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Berkeley Hotel Lets Us Eat the Clothes We Can't Afford

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  Site Where: Wilton Place Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 7RL
December 3, 2008 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

Ladies: can you afford to blow hundreds (or thousands) on couture? Can you fit into straight-from-the-runway sample sizes? If your answer to one or both of these questions is a resounding hells no, the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge (London) has an answer for you: the Pret-a-Portea afternoon tea service in the hotel's Caramel Room serves edible versions of this season's designer collections. Seriously.

The current menu, updated every six months, currently features "cakes and fancies" that are sugary replicas of designs by Christian Dior, Jimmy Choo and Alexander McQueen. The hotel's pastry chefs hit the fashion shows every season and come up with inventive ways to incorporate runway looks into the sweets for Pret-a-Portea, which you can then stuff in your mouth for £35 per person.

Jezebel caught wind of the creative tea service from the International Herald Tribune, which described a couple of the mouthwatering, er, looks:

Their version of the yellow Smythson "Maze Bag" is a banana sponge cake, iced with all the leather details and even a gold leaf clasp.

A chocolate biscuit version of a Valentino red coat is so exquisitely detailed with gold buttons that it will certainly make it onto every stylish gingerbread man's Christmas wish list.

Yeah, this may, in fact, be the greatest thing ever. If you're going to indulge, you might as well save your money and splurge on a double whammy of calories and couture — everybody wins!

You can check out the full collection of desserts here. We're pretty sure someone over there must have been reading our minds, because we've definitely eyed a pair of Louboutins and said something about loving the shoes so much we "could just eat 'em up."

[Photo: cktzeng]

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