L’Heure du The, a frenchy-chic event by Le Style was a high tea unlike any other I’ve experienced in Australia. Echoing more the afternoon repast of an exquisite tea I enjoyed at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris than a high tea at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms (which isn’t to be sneezed at, by the way) this special event was an elegant melange of style and je ne sais quois. Here’s the Ruby Slipper rundown on Saturday’s exclusive L’Heure du The event – replete with french couture clad Madam Virtue designs and cunning Napoleonic headwear.
A high tea at the Langham where I know that ladies and gentlemen will be in their dapper best. What to wear?!? Saturday the 17th of September was a beautiful Spring day (the first of many, I hope) so I felt comfortable to wear a Country Road cream crepe dress sprinkled with a delicate navy star pattern – what could be more french than white and blue, oui. To be ladylike at such an event was a necessity, so I donned a petite chapeau similarly in cream, with a rose and feather quiff – it certainly got me in the Spring Racing mood. After a brunch catchup with girlfriends on Degraves Street, I headed off to The Langham Hotel, Southbank where I was welcomed to L’Heure du The by three pretty french maids, all in a row.
The attention to detail from Le Style’s Sha Anderson and Kyra Pybus of Pybus PR who collaborated on this event was incredible. A Betty Page-come-rococo wallpaper styled harpist was centred in the middle of the Clarendon Ballroom and created a peaceful ambiance for a delicious high tea to be devoured by willing fashionistas. It was terrific to see so many familiar faces in the crowd, and enjoy both copious amounts of tea and a veritable chocolate-box of outfits and hats. Wild!
Slightly blurry, but ever-gorgeous: Jessica Piesse (curator extraordinaire and bon vivant) in her Emerald City style hoopla hat and Kyra Pybus (Pybus PR powerhouse) in a springtime rose gown and a-glitter with Chanel gioielli from a little place called Parisian Street Society, I hear. My friends in tea.
Domain Flowers provided extraordinary, lush centrepieces which topped off the three tiers of ribbon sandwiches, petit gateaux and chocolate-covered strawberries very nicely.
Enjoying a glamour photo with Kyra in THAT gown.
Bust of a Madam Virtue couture gown – JC from Madam Virtue told me that the detail on this gown (burnished safety pins) took many hours of dexterous work to weave into this delicate armour-like pattern. Divine.
Delicate blooms, both literally and figuratively. Cue Jessica Piesse and bountiful springtime display by Domain Flowers.
Post afternoon tea session, we enjoyed browsing through a French emporium of gorgeous vendeurs, including Peony Haute Parfumerie and Ghost & Lola jewellery. In all, a wonderful and strictly luxurious manner to while one’s Saturday afternoon away. I hear that the event was a complete sell-out, and this bodes for a repeat event. Don’t miss out next time, cheries!