Tea and Fashion ... A Match Made in Heaven

Fashion week evokes thoughts of intriguing displays of design, lavish events and a menagerie of the who’s who of the industry. That’s exactly what this years’ Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney was.

After very little deliberation, a friend and I booked in for an afternoon at the Wedgwood Tearoom for ‘The Bloggers High Tea’.

Over the week leading up to the event, we had seen many beautiful images of the Tearoom on social media and we arrived at Carriageworks with great anticipation. We were greeted by a perfectly lit display of the new range of Mercedes’. The SL Roadster is definitely going onto my wish list.

Once inside, it was amazing to see the ingenuity of the organisers, contrasting the exposed, industrial setting of the warehouse with the modernity of the fashion week displays.

Heading over to the tearoom, we quickly spotted the elegant Megan Hess sitting at a small table with a pile of beautiful prints on her left and her gorgeous mini Dior on her right.

I have been particularly inspired by Megan Hess over the years and enjoyed diving into the beautiful world she creates with her fashion illustrations. One book that always takes pride of place on my coffee table is ‘The Dress’. The delicate illustrations cover movie stars, singers, runway standouts and classics. A few of my favourites include, The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown and Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffiany’s dress.

We were lucky enough to talk with Megan and when I mentioned how much I loved her image of the canary yellow dress Kate Hudson wore in ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’, she laughed and said she was particularly happy to hear that. Apparently she had to battle the publishers on including that iconic movie moment. How could you not include the dress that was (almost) more beautiful than the Harry Winston Isadora diamond?

We received a beautiful personalized print from Megan and now I just need to find the perfect frame!

We were directed to our table and couldn’t be more relaxed in the plush seating of the Wedgwood Tearoom.

The white marble tables were laid with sparkling Wedgwood crystalware, fine bone china teacups and cake plates. The regal, blue tones of the room were complimented with beautiful white orchids and ornate mirrors.

Before long, our waiter filled our champagne flutes with the delightful Pommery champagne and as they say “it’s like drinking the stars”.

We had the choice of a number of Wedgwood teas and a 3 tiered cake stand filled with sweet and savoury delights. The pillowy finger sandwiches were delicious and I am always such a fan of a tangy lemon meringue tart.

As we nibbled and sipped our way through our afternoon tea we were also delighted to listen to the talented Kaity of ‘Modern Legacy’ who explained all the in’s and out’s of blogging and her own personal experiences thus far in her career.

We lingered a little longer, not wanting to say goodbye to this beautiful venue and event.

We will surely return next year.

xx The Strawberry Story