Artist's Palate: Dries Van Noten's fresh summer Rosenade

’Mille Nuits Candy Box’, £1,550; ‘Harmonie’ highball, £160, both by Baccarat, from Harrods. Stirrer, £19, by Ettore Sottsass, for Alessi. ‘Fantasy’ pitcher, €120, by Vista Alegre. ‘Forenza’ fabric in Palm, £57 per m, by Romo. Coat; skirt, prices on request, both by Dries Van Noten
(Image credit: John Short)

Dries Van Noten’s green thumb is no secret. The Belgian fashion designer has famously credited gardening as his way of dealing with the stresses of the fashion industry, and he has the plot to prove it. His flower-filled, 60-acre estate, located 20 miles outside of Antwerp, is tended to all year round, whether he has a collection to create or not. Van Noten’s favoured recipe – a reviving summer lemonade made with plenty of rose petals from the garden – reaps the fruits of his labours. Sumptuous, delicate and a little offbeat (it involves no lemons), the drink is the perfect embodiment of Van Noten’s artistic, nature-driven aesthetic.

8 tsp sugar
petals of 35 roses
2 bottles chilled sparkling water

Put water in a pan with the sugar and bring to the boil. Add the petals, making sure the petals are not completely submerged. Boil for a few minutes while stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool, then strain into a jug and add the sparkling water.


Photography: John Short. Interiors: Maria Sobrino

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