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Friday, 26 April 2013

D'ORA TOKAI: "Hell Bent For Leather"...Monaco style.

This is a well thought out, extremely cohesive and avant garde collection that has caught my eye....after all the delightful designer herself lives around the corner in Monaco.
Let me present to you the new designer that wants to conquer the world of leather...Move over Jean Claude Jitrois...Dora Tokai is in town.

Ambitious Dora is heading in the right direction,everything about her collection from the webpage to the photographs scream professional, well thought out and creative. But she is no flash in the pan,Dora has been immersing herself in the world of "creativity and painting " from a tender age back in her native Hungary. Her parents encouraged her vision by letting her express herself liberally around their home and nothing stopped her inquisitive mind. Studying art and architecture,moving swiftly through European countries to hone her heart and hungry creative mind, Dora moved onto the fascinating world of digital art and when that wasn't enough...Dora hightailed it to London and interior design.

I could list all her achievements that brought her to this point in her young life...but what really matters to me and hopefully to my readers is "the here and now" and that is her fabulously exciting collection inspired from her Monegasque way of life . 

Dora lives amongst the privileged and pampered in Monaco and from every molecule she inhales of the "Monaco Heritage" lifestyle she lives in...a little more pours out of her into her collection inspired by her surroundings : the prestigious galas, the motor racing ...the fast,fast lifestyle of the rich and famous. 

So enough said....I want to let the images speak for themselves and to let Dora's inspiration  and passion seep slowly into your collective minds . 

I am excited about this collection and so should you.... : it is young, sexy and extremely playful and what is the world of fashion if not a little playful.

 .....More from D'ora Tokai




I can't do her collection anymore justice other than to guide you towards Dora's very classy website:

All her pieces are made with care by professionals and when it comes to purchasing an item or 2 Dora tells me that:..." Currently the collections are accessible only to a few in Europe, Middle-East and Singapore. In a few weeks though I am launching an online web shop so that people can place orders and they will also be able to take their measurements thanks to an online body scanner." 

....Come on! How thorough is that? Dora is one step ahead, feet facing forward, her hand on the gear stick revving up her engines...what with Grand Prix season around the corner ....she is in Pole Position and good luck to her.

Many thanks to Dora and to our connection made through LinkedIn!

....Now Let's Eat! Food at "The Wolseley" and at their sister Brasserie : "Zedel"

Food Fest in London...after all that is part and parcel of the trip...the sights...the sounds...the food...the shopping and...the Dad Hatter !

With my stomach attempting a rumble or two well before lunchtime...here are some yummy photos of yummy food:

...too hungry to even remember to take any pictures at NOVICOV once again...Mea maxima Culpa...so here is the bar and the gorgeous orchides on display...
Did I mention we sighted who could well have been an aged and rotund Axel Rose? ...to be confirmed...then again...who cares.
Moving on:

After theatre dinner at The Wolseley....ever impeccable,ever professional mouthwateringly good:
The Wiener Schnitzel with the best fries in town...a little gravy and some Lirac red wine.
Interestingly enough...yet another celebrity sighting: Joan Collins with her husband Percy Gibson and friends. And Yes! I am sure..she was sitting in booth behind us.

Now on to some exciting news , from the folk who brought us the wonderful,delectable eaterie in London: The Wolseley....Here is "Brasserie Zedel"

It is a wonderful Parisian style brasserie in full art deco mode that evokes a sense of deja vu from way back then...cavernous and chic, filled to the brim with happy people eating good French food ...but who can say it better than food and restaurant critic: Jay Rayner

A great-value brasserie that offers the taste of the gastro-palaces of Paris at the price of your local CafĂ© Rouge" writes Jay Rayner.

It is exactly that!

So let me walk you through this charming brasserie with some photos I did take!

Ok..got the gist of it and the fabulous decor?

Let's eat!

Choucroute Alsacienne

With saucisse de Mortaux .....not my favourite in the lot...but a must in this choucroute...

And for dessert:...as Grandma used to make it (well not mine but anyway):

Riz aux Lait and its compote

Hungry yet? God I am ...better get cracking on lunch.

Brasserie Zedel has all the pomp that The Wolseley has but with maybe a hint less circumstance...not that that diminishes it in anyway...just to say it brings in a great lunchtime crowd and at darned reasonable prices.

Brasserie Zedel : Bar Americain / Crazy Coqs Cabaret...
20, Sherwood Street,London w1F 7ED (Off Piccadilly and Regent Street)
Telephone:0207 734 4888