The Beauty of Food Cre­ation

Renowned food stylist Ayako Suwa in­vited guests to Le Voy­age de Sy­n­ac­tif with Clé de Peau Beauté

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus -

Imag­ine a din­ing event where guests get to ex­pe­ri­ence the food with all five senses; rather than just con­sum­ing food, the over­all goal is to evoke var­i­ous emo­tions. This is ex­actly what renowned Ja­panese food stylist Ayako Suwa does with her work. Al­though she re­ceived for­mal train­ing at the Kanazawa Col­lege of Art and has a back­ground in graphic de­sign, she dis­cov­ered her pas­sion for food art in her child­hood and de­cided to in­cor­po­rate it into her ca­reer. Suwa is the di­rec­tor of Food Cre­ation, a cre­ative agency she founded in 2006 that puts a con­cep­tual spin on the idea of food and treats it as a com­mu­ni­ca­tion tool. She of­ten part­ners with com­pa­nies and brands to cre­ate unique and in­no­va­tive din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Suwa was in Hong Kong in Septem­ber to present the lat­est event in her “Jour­ney on the Ta­ble” se­ries, this time in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Clé de Peau Beauté and Miche­lin-starred chef Vicky Lau, who helped pre­pare the dishes. The se­ries has been pre­sented in a range of ci­ties, in­clud­ing Sin­ga­pore, Tokyo, Tai­wan and Paris, and al­though each event is based on a dif­fer­ent theme, the con­cept re­mains the same—to im­merse guests in a culi­nary jour­ney that will in­vig­o­rate all the senses. For the event in Hong Kong, Suwa chose but­ter­flies as the theme.

“But­ter­fly wings re­sem­ble the Clé de Peau Beauté Sy­n­ac­tif eye masks, and we wanted to take guests on a pu­rifi­ca­tion jour­ney through na­ture to reach their des­ti­na­tion,” ex­plains Suwa. “It’s a very beau­ti­ful con­cept and we crafted a deeply im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence—this time, it’s more high-tech with sound ef­fects and video pro­jec­tions. It’s truly an in­no­va­tive din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that the guests have never had else­where.”

It was Suwa’s own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with the Sy­n­ac­tif range that in­spired the con­cept for the event—all the el­e­ments to­gether are meant to em­u­late the ex­pe­ri­ence she had while us­ing the prod­ucts, namely the pu­rifi­ca­tion and trans­for­ma­tion as­pects that are syn­ony­mous with the Sy­n­ac­tif col­lec­tion. Through­out the event, Suwa aimed for guests to feel what she felt, with­out hav­ing used the prod­ucts them­selves, and ul­ti­mately reach a des­ti­na­tion of unimag­in­able beauty.

The Sy­n­ac­tif Eye Care Rit­ual is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the Sy­n­ac­tif range and en­com­passes both a daily eye cream and a weekly eye mask. When com­bined, the prod­ucts help en­hance the clar­ity, smooth­ness and vi­brancy of the del­i­cate skin around the eyes. The Sy­n­ac­tif Eye Care Rit­ual not only helps achieve a beau­ti­ful skin tone and tex­ture, but also re­duces the ap­pear­ance of fine lines and wrin­kles. The lus­cious in­gre­di­ents rev­o­lu­tionise skin­care and trans­form fa­cial ges­tures into ex­pres­sions of beauty.

Clé de Peau Beauté Sy­n­ac­tif is a lux­ury line of skin­care prod­ucts that tar­get the lym­phatic drainage sys­tem to help re­move tox­ins from the body. Sim­ple in ap­pli­ca­tion and packed with en­rich­ing and beau­ti­fy­ing in­gre­di­ents, the range—which is in­fused with the Rose Sy­n­ac­tif fra­grance—mois­turises and re­ju­ve­nates skin to achieve a sub­tle lu­mi­nos­ity.

While it may be un­com­mon to draw in­spi­ra­tion for a din­ing event from beauty prod­ucts, Suwa points out that there are dis­tinct par­al­lels: “I think there is a deep re­la­tion be­tween the two, be­cause beauty is also linked to the senses and emo­tions— just like the food art I’m do­ing.”

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