Par Margaret Kemp
Designer Barbara Bui was born in Paris to a Vietnamese father and French mother, and made her debut in the fashion world in 1983 when she launched her boutique "Kabuki" on rue de Turbigo, Paris. "Brand Barbara Bui
" was created in 1987 when she showed her first runway collection of edgy rock n'roll designs, "it" bags and shoes.
With boutiques and "corners"
worldwide, the most recent addition is a steel and glass three-level flagship store on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Breezy tops and flowing dresses mix with cigarette-thin pants, figure hugging dresses, killer heels or platforms. This season zips, studs and grommets feature on the mostly dark-toned collection. The look is androgynous and feminine, perfect for fashionistas and minimalists alike. So, hardly surprising Ms Bui chose a low-slung sensual, dark square chocolate cake when asked to design a patisserie for " Les Patisseries Fashion
" at Café de la Paix, The Intercontinental Paris, Le Grand Hotel.
Ms Bui worked with Christophe Raoux, the Intercontinental's charming and talented new chef (ex- The Ritz, Groupe Alain Ducasse, Lenôtre etc.) and chef-patissier Guillaume Caron. The result is an astonishing result of sucré-acide, called " Douce Rebelle
". Chocolate, almond, lime, cômpote of mousse and pear jelly spiced with combawa. It will be available, in limited edition, from 16th January-15th May 2010 (15€). Perfect with a flute of champagne.
" I wanted to bring to my first patisserie the same feel I bring to my collections, I'm a person of contrasts so it's both sensible and rock. The top of shiny black chocolate symbolises power; the exotic fruits mean sweetness and sensualité. You can say it's la surprise derriere l'apparence
", explained Ms Bui at the cake launch. " It's a grande première for me, made possible by the patience and talent of Christophe and Guillaume
" Les Patisseries Fashion
" have been running since 2004, the delicious concept combines mode and gastronomy at Café de La Paix, under the umbrella of "Paris, Capitale de la Creation
". Previous mouthwatering and eagerly awaited "patisseries
" have been designed by the likes of: Chantal Thomas, Claude Montana, Jean-Claude Jitrois et son Sarah, Paco Rabanne, Olivier Lapidus and Marithé and François Girbaud and their "Sweet Love" 2009.
CAFÉ DE LA PAIX
5 Place de l'Opera, 9th
Tel : 01 40 07 36 36