Food and Fashion: When worlds collide

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Ralph Lauren opens a restaurant in Paris. The Council of Fashion Designers of America publishes a cookbook. Vogue’s Anna Wintour turns Fashion’s Night Out into a potluck.

Has the whole world gone crazy? In the Venn diagram of life, food and fashion do not intersect. Food is what fashionistas avoid so that they can fit into their fashion.

Like fashion, food is seasonal and colorful, stylish and trendy. The French and Italians dominated it for ages, but America is coming on strong. It can be original or knocked off; haute or not.

This is not to say that the crossover sits comfortably with all of us.

When Elle Magazine exec Carol Smith was given the reins at Conde Nast’s food publishing group, which includes Bon Appetit and the dormant Gourmet brand, food lovers were alarmed to learn that their beloved publications would be in the hands of an outsider. Ms. Smith has not yet endeared herself to this group. Discussing the unique challenges of her new role with Women’s Wear Daily, Ms. Smith was asked to comment on the differences between food and fashion. “Not much,” she said.

The blogosphere is a better fit. Food and fashion combine organically when there is less annexation and more genuine passion for the delicious and the fashionable.

Food Fashionista is the go-to blog for trendy drinking and dining. Blogger Mika Takeuchi is uniquely qualified to straddle food and fashion as a retail merchandiser who has written for Michelin Guides. When she tells us to pair Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay with ballet flats, we listen.

Maisons des Reverie and Gastrochic stake out New York while Couture au Chocolat and Blushing Ambition lay claim to the west coast as they document fashion trends, sample sales, and culinary escapades.

Cupcakes and Cashmere is for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to make homemade sea salt caramels and give herself a braided up-do.

Fashion Food Fatale covers the latest news, gossip, and trends from the worlds of couture and cuisine. It’s the creation of a pair of media insiders who walk into Harvey Nichols and are torn between the shoe department and the foodmarket.

Nobody works the combination better than Luxirare with her highly stylized, cutting edge approach to clothes and cuisine. Both are meticulously presented through a series of spooky photos that feature their enigmatic, faceless creator. Her products are inventive, daring, proprietarily branded, and not for sale. You need to see this one to believe it.

To see more duds and dishes mashups:

Vogue U.K. presents a slideshow of their favorite fashion and food collaborations  where you can see a crystal shoe that Christian Louboutin designed for Champagne-maker Piper Heidsieck and a dress from designer Giles Deacon that celebrates the Cadbury caramel bunny.

Order the American Fashion Cookbook and whip up a batch of Cynthia Rowley’s mac and cheese, Michael Kors’ pot roast, or Zac Posen’s butterscotch wafers.

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4 Responses to Food and Fashion: When worlds collide

  1. Janice says:

    Love those Chanel handbags đŸ˜‰

  2. Janice says:

    I must confess, I did not do the baking. Just a talented friend.

  3. Marly says:

    They look like they were a lot of work, but I bet they were tasty too.

  4. Sasha says:

    So fun! I love these – I am big into food and art with cupcakes and cookie of my own (I made Alice in wonderland cupcakes that I will be posting in a few days). These are absolutely awesome – my favorites are the LV and Chanel bags. I need to try making something like this soon for my blog, A Kitchen In Brooklyn. The American Fashion cookbook sounds pretty cool too.

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