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Limited edition cocktail menu toasts the shortlist of the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize

The new fashion season cocktail menu celebrates the four gifted designers who have been shortlisted for the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. The cocktail menu will be available at five Dorchester Collection hotels: The Dorchester, London; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Le Meurice, Paris; Le Richemond, Geneva and The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, where the shortlisting sessions took place.

The cocktail menu will be available during the upcoming fashion season, starting on September 5 to coincide with New York Fashion Week until October 2 when Paris Fashion Week ends.

To create cocktails which exemplify the spirit of the designers’ work and Dorchester Collection’s iconic hotels, the 2013 finalists have collaborated with Dorchester Collection bar directors and managers to produce a limited edition Fashion Prize cocktail menu. 

Inspired by the dirty martini, Barbara Casasola’s favourite cocktail, Daniele Confalonieri of Hotel Principe di Savoia created the ‘Casasola Martini’ by mixing vodka infused with raspberry, Chambord, pineapple juice, raspberry purée and a splash of champagne, creating a rich Bordeaux coloured cocktail with a flavour that is enhanced the more it is sipped.

After seeing the exquisite designs of Huishan Zhang, William Oliveri of Le Meurice conceived ‘Berry Lace’; a spin on a mojito inspired by Huishan Zhang’s collections, composed of champagne rosé, strawberries, raspberries, brown sugar, lime juice and fresh mint leaves. Evoking Huishan Zhang’s feminine style where bespoke lace is the signature fabric of his design house, Berry Lace mirrors the luxurious individuality of his couture and ready-to-wear collections.

Design duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman joined forces with Robert Rouleau of Bar Nineteen 12 at The Beverly Hills Hotel to create ‘Marilyn’, a champagne-based cocktail with peach purée and fraise syrup. The baby pink cocktail has an added splash of colour with a swirl of lemon rind reflecting their bright and dual nature designs. The name is borrowed from the glamorous, sensual and fragile Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, a source of inspiration for Fyodor Golan.

Designer Emilia Wickstead paired up with The Dorchester’s Giuliano Morandin to devise ‘The Emilia’, inspired by her two favourite cocktails: a passion fruit martini and Moscow mule. This sophisticated gin-based cocktail was created with Canton ginger liquor, passionfruit and fresh lemon juice and is topped with champagne. The Emilia is served in a coupe champagne glass which will take guests back to the elegance and glamour of the 1930s, also a key period for Dior couture, which plays a major source of inspiration for the designer.

The esteemed panel of judges evolves year to year and has included world renowned and critically-acclaimed members of the fashion elite. This year the judges include Caroline Issa, Stephen Jones, Daniella Helayel, Nicholas Oakwell, Rupert Sanderson, Stephen Webster, Fabia Di Drusco, Vivia Ferragamo, Guglielmo Miani, Margherita Perico, Derek Blasberg, Catherine Bloom, Penny Lovell, Gelila Assefa Puck, Frederic Aranda, Laurence Desbordes, Jean-Pierre Greff, Lorenz Baumer, Pamela Golbin and Kappauf. 

On October 29, the winner of the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize will be awarded an endowment of £25,000, mentoring from the judges, plus a two night stay at a Dorchester Collection property.

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