By Victoria Fei
BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Few things symbolize love and devotion better than a gift of elegant chocolates.
This Valentine’s Day also is the day for celebrating the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month on the lunar calendar.
Amidst all the romantic celebration, chocolate is a must-have. With true passion, lovers and devoted romantics can turn to Godiva and French artist Nathalie Lété for heartfelt inspiration.
Lété’s collection features little notes of true love. Each bears a French term — “Amour” (love), “Bisou” (kiss), “Merci” (thank you) and “Pour Toi” (for you).
“This adorable quartet was inspired by Valentine’s irresistible mood of romance and generosity,” says Philippe Daue, chef chocolatier for the Pacific Rim and China at Godiva. “For Chinese lovers, these words can express a romantic feeling.”
Bisou Matcha Macadamia Chocolat Noir is a smooth matcha green tea ganache that frolics with a rich, creamy macadamia paste, complete with a complex Venezuelan-origin dark chocolate shell.
Amour Abricot Cérise Chocolat au Lait is a silky ganache made with fresh apricot, cherries and Peruvian-origin chocolate in combination with the richness of Australian macadamia praliné, Dominican-origin chocolate and rice crisps. The delightful crunchiness is completed by a milk chocolate shell.
“Valentine’s Day is about appreciating and sharing, as well as generosity and sweetness,” says Lété. “I envisioned creating a romantic collection to be treasured and enjoyed by all.”
Offering an extensive collection that includes new chocolates of desire, heart-shaped delicacies and an impressive romantic range, Lété’s love-inspired graphics add a collectible, creative touch to every selection.
Delivered with her own perspective, this packaging conveys the simple Valentine’s Day messages of love and gratitude in a poetic and sentimental manner.
Born in 1964 to a Chinese father and German mother, Lété is currently residing in Paris.
After studying fashion design and lithography in Paris, she ventured into broader fields of art.
Lété is known for her original works that are always colorful, naive and poetic. Inspired by her travels, vintage toys, old engravings and folk art, the artist crafts her creativity through her beautiful illustrations, ceramics, textiles, graphics and paintings.
The inspiration she draws from her fondness for flowers and animals is the perfect touch for the message of love and gratitude.
Lété also designed gift boxes for the collection.
The overall feel generated by the colorful, delicate lace base connecting Lété’s hand-sketched hummingbirds, kittens, butterflies, flowers, hearts, and other creations of nature, rendered in a folk art motif, is an expression of an embracing tenderness.
(Source: Shanghai Daily)