Karl Lagerfeld's Christmas cake for Alain Ducasse

Chef Alain Ducasse's Tokyo-based eatery Beige has tapped multi-talented German fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld to design a one-of-a kind Christmas cake for its 10th anniversary.

The creative director of Chanel, Lagerfeld chose to recreate an iconic lipstick shape combining rich flavors of caramel and dark chocolate.

Lagerfeld's vision will become a reality in the capable hands of head pastry chef Julien Kientzler, who will take care to add the designer's personal final touch: the interlocking Cs Chanel logo.

The limited edition pastry will be presented in an exclusive box featuring a sketch by Lagerfeld with only 100 cakes to be sold.

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Valentino: At The Emperor's Table

Recently published by Assouline, "Valentino: At the Emperor's Table" is a stunning new coffee table tome that enters the refined world of famed fashion designer Valentino Garavani.

Lensed by renowned Italian photographer Oberto Gili, and organized by residence, this book offers up various table settings and recipes specific to each home. From flan au chèvre served in porcelain in Gstaad to Mediterranean-inspired plates aboard the T.M. Blue One (Valentino's yacht).

As Mr. Valentino's friend Andre Leon Talley writes in the introduction to At the Emperor's Table, "Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world."

T.M. Blue One; Tureen from a reproduction porcelain dinner service set, after an 1820 Torquay design, Staffordshire; tumblers from a set of sixteen Ralph Lauren crystal tumblers with vertical blue stripes.

Though regardless of residence or number of guests, Valentino's commitment to excellence does not waver. "I am very often alone and enjoying my houses," Valentino says. "Entertaining thirty or one is the same; the food has to be on a beautiful plate. The dream came true."

Valentino: at the Emperor's table
By Valentino Garavani, text by André Leon Talley, photographs by Oberto Gili
10¼ x 13½ in – 26 x 34.5 cm | 192 pages | 80 illustrations
Hardcover in a luxury slipcase
$150 - €115 - £95


Aman Tokyo to Open in December

Scheduled to open its doors on December 22, Aman Tokyo will be the first city property in Aman's portfolio.

Occupying levels 33-38 (the top six floors) of the Otemachi Tower and offering views of the Imperial Palace Gardens, the 84-bedroom hotel will feature a peaceful inner garden, Aman Spa and a 30-metre swimming pool stretching across the skyscape.

The rooms and suites are spacious and modern, drawing inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic. Each room and suite has a large furo, a deep soaking tub and a core part of the Japanese ritual of bathing.

On the ground floor The Café by Aman will specialise in Mediterranean-inspired fare featuring the hotel's own signature sake, and will offer lunch and dinner with outdoor forest view seating. The Lounge by Aman, situated on the 33rd levelis a convivial venue for a drink or snack throughout the day and into the night. The Restaurant by Aman will serve gastronomic fine dining based on Mediterranean cuisine including a selection of Japanese and Asian inspired dishes. In addition, the hotel houses a walk-in wine cellar stocked with over 1,200 carefully selected wines.

Aman Tokyo


Bonhams to sell Royal Worcester porcelain

On November 12, 2014, British auction house Bonhams will sell a superb Royal Worcester vase and cover at its sale of Fine British Pottery and Porcelain in New Bond Street, London. 

Valued at £60,000-80,000 ($96,000-130,000), the vase (dated 1899) represents a unique collaboration by two of Royal Worcester's finest craftsmen, George Owen and Edward Salter. 

George Owen created the spectacular large pierced body of the vase, which features his distinctive honeycomb pattern and a unique 'Arabesque' band around the middle. Placed proudly on the front is a Chinese pheasant, modelled in clay and highlighted with tooled and shaded goldwork by Edward Salter.

Further Royal Worcester items include a beautifully painted plaque by Harry Davis (dated 1908), depicting a roaring stag in a wooded Highland landscape, and is expected to fetch £20,000-25,000 ($32,000-40,000). 

Fine British Pottery and Porcelain
12 Nov 2014, starting at 14:00 GMT.
London, New Bond Street


Nadja Auermann for Vogue Germany

Vogue Germany / November 2014 Issue
Photographer: Luigi + Iango
Stylist: Patti Wilson