Fashionistas starting their diet new year resolutions were completely foiled by Stella McCartney’s recent fete in a West Village private townhouse, since Charbonnel et Walker, the official chocolate manufacturers to the Queen, catered the sweet portion of the evening.
The evidence, seen in the Hudson slideshow, featured various concoctions: sugar covered almonds, cotton candy, vanilla wafers, banana pudding, macaroons, chocolate cake, cupcakes, and creams with orange rind. It was enough to make me burst out of my fabulous Hudson jeans.
Still, a little sweet proves good for the spirit, especially when British tradition backs it. Charbonnel et Walker was founded in 1875 at the behest of Edward VII– then Prince of Wales– who encouraged Mrs. Walker and Mme Charbonnel (from Paris) to set up shop on Bond Street in Mayfair. Stateside blokes and girlies who miss the taste can head to Cafe Charbonnel at 611 Fifth Avenue (at 50th Street.) Diet be damned!