Cake and Couture at Hôtel Le Bristol

Paris’s fashion shows are some of the most prominent in the world, and every year designers and their entourages fly in from across the globe for a week of fashion, fury and media hype. But unlike the boutiques it is not easy to catch a fashion show unless you know the dates and have the right connections. Which is where the Hôtel Le Bristol steps in.

set on the exlcusive rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré the hôe has teamed up with its haute couture neighbours to offer Thés à la Mode - a lip-smacking afternoon tea (most Saturdays 3.30-5.00 PM) accompanied by a top-end fashion show for just 55 Euro.

Guests are fed tea, cakes, desserts by pastry chef Laurent Jeannin ( a different one each week inspired by the designer on show) , gourmet sandwiches and a parade of models dressed in new collections. The whole show is satisfyingly sophisticated and surprisingly unpretentious and take place in the bar ( reservations : 01 53 43 43 42).

(Source : Time Out Paris -Spring 2009)

Hôtel Le Bristol, 112, Rue Fbg St Honoré, 75008 Paris, tel 01 53 43 43 00, M° Mirosmenil - M° Franklin-Roosevelt

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