Tuesday night cravings: haute couture…and cake

Friday, October 25, 2013

On Tuesday night, I witnessed the marriage of couture and cake at a launch party for Bonnae Gokon’s 280-page coffee table read Butterflies and All Things Sweet. A longtime friend of Gokson, Ralph Lauren personally hosted the cocktail affaire at the Ralph Lauren Women’s and Home flagship store on Madison Ave.

Butterflies and All Things Sweet features decadent photographs of Gokson’s forty most spectacular cake creations, among which is a Tom Ford-inspired arrangement- chocolate cake adorned with edible gold coins against a rugged backdrop of poker chips and whiskey tumblers (sexy and yum).

The revered Hong Kong lifestyle guru, fashion consultant and restaurateur (Ms. B Cakery, Sevva and C’est la Bie) looked regal in a slicked pixie cut, bejeweled collar and head-to-toe purple- custom Ralph Lauren. Meanwhile, our designer host channeled something a bit more effortless in a chocolate leather moto jacket, distressed jeans and his deep tan that is Lauren-quintessence.

A fashionable set attended the sugary celebration; guests included Leonard Lauren, Suze Orman, Joyce Ma, Natalie Joos, Cameron Silver, DJ Kiss, Jordan Doner, Miguelina Gambaccini, Karen Erickson, Kim Robinson, KT Travis, Sabrina Fung, Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, Nadja Giramata and others. I chatted with Shanti Sadhwani, a family friend of Gokson, about fashion, auction-house internships, and –naturally- Oscar de la Renta’s billowy take on Snow White- one of ten Disney Princesses designer gowns soon up for auction at Christie’s London.

With champagne flowing, appetizers circulating and the reverb of excited chatter in the store’s palatial interiors, attendees seemed genuinely to be enjoying themselves. Headlining the lavish food-mosphere was Gokson’s Crunch Cake, her signature chiffon dessert with a caramel center, topped with fresh cream and honeycomb crisp.

Though it’s no secret the fashion world is notoriously wary of carbs, Gokson is proof that chic can be oh, so sweet. I left the party with a smile, musing about the words of France’s most notorious and glamorous queen.

“Let them eat cake.”


Butterflies and All Things Sweet can be pre-ordered here.




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