Ahh Fashion Week. My Super Bowl equivalent.
There is something so magical about Fashion Week...the parties, the press, the swag...the bizarre outfits you find yourself hating at first glance then end up spending an entire weekend trying to recreate. Why do you think this post is delayed?!
As some of you remember, my very first fashion collaboration was with the lovely Cristina Gabrielle of Heart & Noble. When she asked me if I would be willing to do a cake for her S/S15 CROMA collection, I'm pretty sure I said "%#$@ yeah!" and started jumping up and down! Being a part of Fashion Week has been a dream of mine forever. I guess it runs in the family.
My cousin Rachel was the most fashionable girl I've ever known. Her battle with Omen's syndrome didn't stop her from rocking some amazing looks. I remember watching Project Runway with her every week and freaking out at the good, the bad and the ugly...sometimes almost spilling our bowls of popcorn when Heidi said "Auf wiedersehen" to a fan favorite. The Make-A-Wish foundation granted Rachel's wish of attending Fashion Week here in New York, from the backstage passes to the front row seats to meeting Miss J---the girl lived her dream that week.
A few weeks later, Rachel lost her lifelong battle. I will always be so grateful to the Fashion industry here in the city for taking her in that week and making her a part of something that is a cumulation of dreams and wishes come true. I wish I could personally thank each and every person involved. Being a part of Heart & Noble's show was so much more than a great opportunity. It was for Rachel: living her dream once again, cheering me on backstage... I hope I made her proud.
We definitely threw a party! 15,000 white Post-It notes, 400 vanilla meringue cookies and lots of Vodka Lemonade later, I can confidently say that this was one of the best shows of the season. Flat128, Elizabeth DuBouis's luxury British jewelry shop in the West Village, was transformed into an all-white art installation that would send chills up anybody's spine. The cake reflected the laser cut detailing on the jewelry surrounding it and almost looked like it was wearing some of Cristina's pieces!
Although it was tempting to go the stamp/stencil method, I kept true to the style of craftsmanship and hand cut all of the fondant detailing on the cake. Stippling the royal icing on the cake gave a smooth textured look that matched my shirt perfectly. As far as my look goes, thank God Forever21 is open until 2 am here in NYC! After all of the cake decorating, meringue making and Post-It posting, I completely forgot to gather an all-white ensemble! Head to toe Forever21, one-of-a-kind accessories and a dash of confidence later, nothing was stopping me.
A huge thank you again to Cristina and Elizabeth, and to all of those involved in Fashion Week---press, models, bloggers, fashionistas---you all are a part in making this week magical. You never know who you could impact, and you may just be making someone's lifelong dream come true.
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More cake fashion next week!!!