Twelfth Night cake special, Sotheby’s auctions Diana’s famous gown – WWD

PIECE OF CAKE: After sushi and hamburgers, jewelry designer Nadine Ghosn turns to a croissant – with the help of pastry chef Cédric Grolet.

The two collaborated on the Epiphany cake, which will be sold from Wednesday to January 15 in a limited edition of 50 pieces.

And among the lucky few who get their hands on them, one will be even luckier.

Inside one of the cookies is a unique “fève” chip, a croissant-shaped 18-karat gold pendant worth €6,580, which is just over $7,000 at the current exchange rate.

“[His croissants] is my sinful pleasure,” confessed the jeweler, who was initially intrigued by Grolet’s bold designs that set him apart from the vibrant Parisian confectionery scene.

Grolet, 37, has become a household name in the confectionery world after becoming head of the pastry shop at the Parisian palazzo Le Meurice in 2013 and named “Best Confectioner of the Year” in 2015 by the respected gastronomic publication Le Chef Magazine.

His trompe-l’oeil fruits, often intricate cakes hidden in a white chocolate shell to mimic the appearance of their main ingredient, have drawn dozens of admirers to the luxury hotel’s confectionery counter and earned him an estimated 5.9 million Instagram followers. The opening of his bakery on Avenue de l’Opéra caused queues to form around the block.

Whenever she came to Paris, Ghosn would visit the store, and bringing croissants to friends and customers via Instagram became something of a calling card. Over time, they started a conversation and finally met – of course over coffee and croissants.

From that moment, cooperation was the next step. The choice of the croissant was obvious. According to Grolet, it’s not only “the most recognizable thing about a classic French bakery” and one of his store’s best-selling products, but for Ghosn, “awakening our inner children turns the ordinary into the extraordinary,” she said.

Nadine Ghosn x Cédric Grolet Epiphany cakes and 18K gold hidden charm.

Courtesy of Cédric Grolet

In keeping with this idea of ​​fun and childish wonder, Epiphany and the French tradition of hiding trinkets in a cake and giving a paper crown to whoever finds it saw the occasion as appropriate.

Their invention of the Epiphany cake has the traditional frangipan filling, a creamy combination of almonds, butter, eggs and sugar, hidden under an avalanche of individually rolled miniature croissants. As for their precious counterpart, it is an 11 gram solid gold pendant, handcrafted in Paris and bearing both names on the reverse.

It was labor-intensive in both cases, said Ghosn, who went through several prototypes to achieve the distinctive shape and layering of the Grolet croissants and many other polishing steps to mimic their glossy, baked finish.

If each cake contains an Epiphany token, the decision to have only one golden croissant seemed like a wonderful way to embody Ghosn’s lifelong excitement of “playing the treasure hunt” whenever an Epiphany cake is offered, according to the jeweler.

“Besides, who doesn’t want to be king or queen?” she said.

The Nadine Ghosn x Cédric Grolet Epiphany cake will be available on the confectioner’s website for €110. — LILY TEMPLETON

I WILL SELL A DRESS DI: A tulip-shaped strapless velvet gown worn by Diana, Princess of Wales in a royal portrait alongside the then Prince of Wales in 1991, and later featured in a Vanity Fair photo shoot in 1997, will be on sale at Sotheby’s New York Auction, January 27.

The Victor Edelstein-designed dress, estimated at between $80,000 and $120,000, previously sold for $24,150 in a 1997 auction that included 80 dresses from Princess Diana’s personal collection for the AIDS Crisis Trust and the Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund . .

The dress originally appeared in the Edelstein Fall 1989 collection. He was one of Princess Diana’s chief designers for over a decade, from 1982 to 1993.

Eggplant velvet dress worn by the later Diana, Princess of Wales, by Victor Edelstein

Eggplant velvet dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, by Victor Edelstein.

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In 1991, British painter Douglas Hardinge Anderson depicted Diana in a dress in a painting now hanging at the Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund, which she visited.

The dress was later featured on a 1998 Franklin Mint limited edition Princess Diana doll as part of a collection of 1,000 dolls wearing her most famous dresses.

The dress is part of Sotheby’s inaugural ‘The One’ auction, which aims to showcase an unprecedented selection of the best pieces ever.

Painting of Diana, Princess of Wales by Anderson, Douglas Hardinge, now hanging at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.  In the painting, she wore an aubergine tulip strapless velvet dress by Victor Edelstein.

Picture of Diana, Princess of Wales, now hanging at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund

The purple diamond cross worn by Princess Diana is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s this month. The Attallah Cross was named after the former CEO of the Asprey & Garrard Group, the late Naim Attallah, who owned the jewelry that was passed down to his daughter Ramsay.

The princess wore the Attallah cross in October 1987 at a gala at Birthright, a charity that works to protect human rights during pregnancy and childbirth. For the occasion, Diana also wore a purple Catherine Walker gown that resembled a Tudor court gown.

The cross is estimated to reach 80,000 to 120,000 pounds. — TIANWEI ZHANG

RIHANNA’S SUPER CAPSULE: Rihanna, who will headline the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show 2023 on February 12, has released a limited Savage x Fenty collection of soccer-themed styles in anticipation of her performance.

The 17-piece Game Day collection includes hoodies, sweatpants, college tees, tops, caps, caps, boxer shorts and a bandana.

The Super Bowl will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Inspired by the colors of football, the LVII cropped tee and the cookie brown and caviar black LVII hoodie and track pants feature bold logos on the front and back of each style. The LVII two-tone tee has a wild twist with Rihanna’s signature X print on the front, while the LVII T-shirt features Rihanna’s graphic that is only visible when the tee is lifted up. There are also LVII cotton boxers with football designs, an LVII tank top and colorful accessories such as hats, caps and bandanas.

Accompanying the collection is a campaign that sees Rihanna head to toe in a Game Day look featuring a black caviar t-shirt and sweatpants and a cookie brown cap.

Rihanna in the campaign for the Game Day collection.

In addition, Savage X Fenty will kick off a three-day pop-up retail sale in Los Angeles from January 27-29. Customers will be invited to shop for the Game Day Collection in the turf-lined football-themed store with mannequin heads and goalposts as clothes hangers, photo memorabilia and branded gifts.

TP2355953-6517, PS2355727-6517, SB2355726-6517, AC2355694-7465

A look from the Game Day collection.

Sizes range from XXS to 4X and the collection is available at Savagex.com and in retail stores. Prices range from $24.95 to $89.95 for Xtra VIP members and $32.95 to $112.95 for non-VIP members. — LISA LOCKWOOD

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