Queen of Con­fec­tionery

Asia’s premier tastemaker, vi­sion­ary, and icon of style, Bon­nae Gok­son cre­ates wed­ding vi­gnettes in her much- awaited sec­ond book, writes Jeanna Lant­ing

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Bon vi­vant Bon­nae Gok­son re­leases a sec­ond vol­ume fea­tur­ing self- crafted cakes in­spired by wed­ding cus­toms

Af­ter the beau­ti­ful cof­fee ta­ble book But­ter­fliesandAl­lThingsSweet:

TheS­to­ry­ofMsB’sCakes de­buted to in­ter­na­tional praise in 2013, and re­ceived three top awards there­after, many an­tic­i­pated the next cre­ation from its au­thor, the in­ter­na­tional style guru Bon­nae Gok­son. The wait was all of five years, but well worth it. This month, the renowned cake stylist launches her sec­ond book, Wed­dings,But­ter­flies, &TheSweet­estDreams in Manila (26-27 Septem­ber) and in New York (4 Oc­to­ber) in an event hosted by Vera Wang. For the Hong Kong launch, Gok­son would like to do it when she opens her third cake shop in this Asian cap­i­tal she calls home.

“So could you imag­ine the time dif­fer­ences and the chal­lenges we go through just to get things right?”

“This wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion book gives in­ter­est­ing images of de­tails on spe­cial oc­ca­sions across the world,” says Gok­son. “Like, how most Ja­vanese brides wear their hair, wed­dings held in bare na­ture in Colorado, night moods on food in Aus­tralia, and my crafted cakes paired with each sce­nario.”

The idea for the book came about when Gok­son saw a photo of a high-pro­file cou­ple’s wed­ding in Italy. “I thought the wed­ding cake was a let­down,” she says. “It looked roughly fin­ished and just didn’t match the ro­man­tic set­ting.” She saw the need for a book that “shows multi-cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions in a more re­fined way of cap­tur­ing images. And since I love to pair my cakes with beau­ti­ful set­tings and share them on In­sta­gram, I thought... why not?”

For Gok­son, Wed­dings,But­ter­flies,&The

Sweet­estDreams is a labour of passion and love that took over two years to plan. She shares the com­pli­cated process. First, she only shoots her cakes on Sun­days, as her two out­lets in Hong Kong (the restau­rant SEVVA and the cake shop Ms B’s Cak­ery) are so busy with work and de­liv­er­ies all week long. Sched­ul­ing her pho­tog­ra­pher is also a chal­lenge be­cause he is con­stantly trav­el­ling. Then, her cre­ative team is in Syd­ney and her pub­lisher, ORO Edi­tions + GOFF Books, is from the United States. “So could you imag­ine the time dif­fer­ences and chal­lenges we go through just to get things right?” she re­marks.

But the images, in the end, are spec­tac­u­lar. Gok­son par­tic­u­larly cites a cake she de­signed with her sig­na­ture top­ping of cot­ton candy and

hand­painted mac­a­roons. This she paired with a Vera Wang cou­ture gown. “I must say that this is unique as it takes great skills to just even style and twist the cot­ton candy,” she says.

Through the book, how­ever, Gok­son would like to im­part “wishes and hopes.” She adds: “Since I have men­tioned that this book has been pur ely a labour of l ove with my work and cre­ativ­ity, I just hope it brings much joy and in­spi­ra­tion to read­ers all around the globe.”

Highly-re­garded for her im­pec­ca­ble sense of style, Gok­son has made her cre­ative imprints in var­ied lux­ury in­dus­tries—from fash­ion to ho­tel and hos­pi­tal­ity, food and en­ter­tain­ing, and cof­fee ta­ble pub­lish­ing. Af­ter start­ing out as a vis­ual mer chan­diser and buyer in fash­ion for the JOYCE Group, founded and for­merly owned by her sister Joyce Ma, she also served as the re­gional chief of Im­age & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for CHANEL Asia Pa­cific, de­signed in­te­ri­ors for all her es­tab­lish­ments, and sits as the cre­ative ad­vi­sor to the Nic­colo Ho­tels, in­clud­ing its newly opened Mur­ray Ho­tel.

“Ev­ery­thing is in­spir­ing to me—from na­ture to art, fash­ion, and the simpl est ev­ery day sight­ings of life!” she says.

That her style is en­com­pass­ing is at­tested to by the top de­signer Vera Wang and the

fash­ion icon Iris Apfel in their re­spec­tive fore­words in Wed­dings,But­ter­flies,&The

Sweet­estDreams. Both women, icons in their own right, heap praises on Gok­son, honour­ing her for the tastemaker that she is. A fur­ther tes­ta­ment would be the three top in­ter­na­tional awards that her first book, But­ter­fliesandAl­lThingsSweet, has re­ceived: the Paris Book Awards, the Ben­jamin Franklin Book Awards, and the Syd­ney Design Awards.

Gok­son, who calls her­self “Cre­ative-All Rounder” and “Cre­ative Vi­sion­ary,” has a beau­ti­ful way of de­scrib­ing what she does and who she is. “Cre­ativ­ity is in­tel­li­gence having fun. Cre­ativ­ity is the gift that keeps on giv­ing. And I am a per­son that is both of the above,” she says.

“As this book has been purely a labour of love with my work and cre­ativ­ity, I just hope it brings much joy and in­spi­ra­tion to read­ers all around the globe”

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