The Runway Afternoon Tea, Inspired By The Exhibition “Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows,” Launches At Four Seasons Hotel London At Ten Trinity Square
The Exhibition Offers An Access All Areas Experience Of Karl Lagerfeld’s Most Influential And Monumental Fashion Shows Will Exhibit For The First Time In The Uk At The Forbes 5-Star Hotel
Widely regarded as one of the most outstanding photographers of his generation, Simon Procter’s exhibition features images captured backstage at Lagerfeld’s shows, providing a glimpse through his lens into the inner world of Chanel and the celebrated designer.
Following the Fall 2020/Winter 2021 shows at Paris Fashion Week, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square and Art Photo Expo will present the UK debut of Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows – an exhibition of photographs by renowned British artist Simon Procter, celebrating the work of the late Karl Lagerfeld. The exhibition will launch on March 18, 2020, and will be on display in the Rotunda Bar and Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.
Widely respected in today’s contemporary art scene and acclaimed as one of the most outstanding photographers of his generation, Procter was also one of Karl Lagerfeld’s most trusted documentary photographers, having been granted unprecedented backstage access at the Chanel shows. For more than a decade, Procter’s daring camerawork captured the energy and essence of the Chanel shows, visually recreating the epic sets. From a luscious forest scene to a rocket launch, Procter combines multiple photographs to illustrate in a single image the many perspectives of the intense but fleeting spectacle. Procter also captured images of Lagerfeld preparing models backstage, a privilege afforded to few, offering a unique glimpse into the inner sanctum of the fashion house.
Following Lagerfeld’s death in 2019, Rizzoli devoted a book comprising Procter’s photographs and candid never-before-seen images of Lagerfeld backstage entitledLagerfeld: The Chanel Shows.
Bringing the book to life, the large-scale photographs will line the circular perimeter of the Hotel’s Rotunda Bar and Lounge, and the exhibition will include some never-before-seen artworks. Guests will be offered an unparalleled look into the wide-ranging creativity of one of history’s most respected and iconic designers, making it essential viewing for all lovers of fashion and admirers of Chanel and Lagerfeld’s incomparable legacy.
In addition to the works showcased in Rotunda, limited edition artworks will be available to view and purchase in an adjacent gallery for the duration of the exhibition, with prices starting from GBP 5,500. The Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows books will also be available for purchase in the gallery, including a limited number of copies signed by Procter himself.
Running until June 30, 2020, visitors can also enjoy The Runway Afternoon Tea inspired by Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows by Simon Procter and a cocktail crafted by Director of Mixology Harry Nikolaou in celebration of the exhibition.
The Hotel’s pastry team will bring the exhibition to life on the plate, creating a bespoke selection of imaginative patisserie that mirrors the photography of the most influential shows and creations at Chanel. Firstly, The Garden, a matcha biscuit topped with pistachio and mint mousse and finished with grapefruit confit, is inspired by Chanel Garden and features the immaculate lawns that served as the backdrop for Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019. The colourful pastry is joined by Monochrome, a striking black and white Battenberg cake with black sesame cremeux and candied orange inspired by the Lagerfeld Above Logo, which showcases the minimalist colour palette at Lagerfeld’s final show for the infamous house. Hydrangea, a crisp ginger shortbread topped with rhubarb compote and jasmine Chantilly, pays homage to Lily-Rose Depp’s famous ruffled pink bridal dress captured in Chanel Thousand from Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017. Finally, Rocket, a dark chocolate biscuit with yuzu-spiked coconut cream, is inspired by Chanel Ultra Rocket from the space-age Fall/Winter 2017 show. Alongside these, diners will also be able to enjoy an array of delicate finger sandwiches and homemade scones.
To accompany their afternoon tea, guests can choose from a selection of rare teas sourced everywhere from Cornwall to China, or choose a glass of Champagne. Alongside this, Director of Mixology Harry Nikolaou has created the Harlequin cocktail, a gin-based cocktail with rhubarb, almond blossom, clarified grapefruit and Mancino Sakura. The Harlequin is finished with whitened lemon and Diet Coke jelly as a playful nod to the famous designer’s favourite tipple.
“Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows will honour the designer’s work through the eyes of wonderful British photographer Simon Procter, so to celebrate we’re combining the quintessentially British afternoon tea with chic French patisserie and a standout cocktail. There are fun and playful elements with each bite and sip that will bring the exhibition to life for our guests,” says Harry Nikolaou.
The Runway Afternoon Tea will be served in the Rotunda daily beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, priced at the below per person:
- GBP 40 – The Runway Afternoon Tea (sandwiches, scones & pastries)
- GBP 44 – The Runway Afternoon Tea with a glass of Champagne
- GBP 48 – The Runway Afternoon Tea with a glass of premium Champagne
Guests can book Afternoon Tea by contacting email@example.com.