Chanel is Chanel, and Chanel is great. I could write about the beautiful pieces shown yesterday at the Grand Palais, but I decide to do otherwise. Karl Lagerfeld created another magnificent couture collection you just have to look at for a bit.
I want to focus on the setting of this show though. Chanel is always great when it comes to creating beautiful sets and themes, but this time I feel they have outdone their selves. Not necessarily with the set design, that I think has been much, much better in some of the other recent Chanel shows. As an architecture student I am not much impressed by this quite boring, old-fashioned Casino (as opposed to, for example, the beautiful paper garden of the Haute Couture show last season). But by choosing to bring the casino to life with a truly fabulous group of people, taking quite literally central stage by playing roulette at some tables in the middle of the room, that quite boring set design became the best Chanel show setting in recent memory.
Top models, Hollywood royalty and their offspring, musicians and socialites played at the Casino Chanel. From Lara Stone, who entered on the arm of Lagerfeld's beloved Baptiste Giabiconi, to Lily Collins and Kristen Stewart, Rita Ora, Lily-Rose Depp-Paradis and Daniel Day-Lewis' son Gabriel who accompanied the great Julianne Moore. Only the most beautiful, glamorous and talented of people are welcome in Chanel's Cercle Privé. Watching this show and watching that carefully curated group of interesting people, is like a fantasy brought to life. A small peak into a fabulous world most of us will never actually know and that maybe doesn't even exist. The least I can say is thank you Chanel and thank you Karl, for taking us all with you in your exquisite dream.