Fashion Week. It can’t have escaped your notice that twice a year, certain people begin to punctuate their sentences with the words ‘fashion’ and ‘week’. But let’s look a little closer at what these events actually entail. If you’re NOT going to fashion week: endless collections of clothes which you can’t buy or wear now, at prices you possibly can’t afford ever. If you ARE going to fashion week: sore feet, everything running late and too much fizz/not quite enough food. All in all, fashion week is an event to be avoided. The best way to enjoy fashion week? How about with a special collection of cocktails celebrating four gifted, up-and-coming fashion designers? Much more fun!

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The Fashion Season Cocktail Menu features four cocktails, each inspired by one of the designers shortlisted for the Dorchester Collection’s Fashion Prize. This year, the nominees include Emilia Wickstead, Barbara Casasola, Huishan Zhang and Fyodor Golan; a group of highly creative designers all destined for big things. Each designer worked with a mixologist at a different Dorchester Collection hotel to create their cocktail, including Le Meurice in Paris, Milan’s Hotel Principe di Savoia, and – of course – The Dorchester in London.

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We’d definitely recommend slooooowly sipping the ‘Casasola Martini’ which features a strong-as-you-like mix of raspberry vodka, Chambord, raspberry purée along with a dash of pineapple juice and a final flourish of fashion’s favourite tipple – Champagne. Or there’s the ‘Berry Lace’ – a delicate yet modern take on the classic mojito, inspired by Huishan Zhang’s luxurious, elegant designs. How about ‘The Emilia’ which is laced with a heady mix of gin, passionfruit and ginger? Or Fyodor Golan’s glamorous and deliciously girly strawberry-peach Marilyn – topped up with Champers, of course? You may just have to try them all. If you ask us, this is the ONLY way to actually enjoy fashion week…

The Fashion Cocktails menu is available until October 2nd at The Dorchester (London), the Hotel Principe di Savoia, (Milan), Le Meurice (Paris), Le Richemond (Geneva) and The Beverly Hills Hotel (Los Angeles). For more information, see the Dorchester Collection website.