The fashion empress invites Simply You over for a divine dinner where we learn the story of her three antique-filled homes and glimpse a life lived in colour.
The fashion empress invites us inside her sumptuous home to talk family, fashion and her secrets to hosting the ultimate dinner party
The table is set. Ultraviolet anemones, ruby red anthuriums and winter white orchids spill down a hanging candelabra and out of the gold vases below. Beside them are stacks of pink Versace plates, ornate glass bowls full of dragon fruit and an eclectic mix of candlesticks. At her Auckland home, reclining on a vintage, leopard print-upholstered chair, is Dame Trelise Cooper. She’s wearing a collared jacket and figure-hugging dress by her eponymous brand – a brilliant shock of green with its own embroidered anemones and garden roses. This, and the daffodil yellow fabric fashioned into a tablecloth, are next-season designs. She may fill her homes with antiques, but the dame is always ahead of the times.
Today, she’s welcomed Simply You into her Orakei abode to spill some secrets of the entertaining type. “There’s no better way to come together than around a table,” she says. “It’s a coming together of friendship and love, and I like to celebrate that.”
Flowers and ambient lighting are always on the table, a Spotify playlist in her guests’ favourite genre playing in the background. “I like to honour my guests with a little bit of theatre and a little bit of sumptuous glamour if it’s a full-on dinner party. Whenever I set a table, it’s always thought out, but that’s the pleasure of it for me.”
Trelise’s cooking style is, like her clothing designs, layered with plenty of flavour. From her favoured French-style duck confit with cherry jam to an Ottolenghi-inspired chicken with