This coat, a major item in the 1922 fall-winter collection, inspired Karl Lagerfeld for his Paris-Shanghai show.It was embroidered by the Kitmir atelier, founded by the Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna.Won over by the designer's strong personality, she often watched Gabrielle Chanel at work and listened as she expressed her ideas and wishes for embroideries. The Grand Duchess then worked relentlessly to turn these ideas into reality.Quickly snowed under with orders and harassed by the sales staff wanting their embroideries delivered, she would sometimes hide in the closet in Chanel's studio to escape from them.
On Thursday 24th June at 9 pm, the first guests came through the doors of the "house" of Chanel, located 25 rue François Sibilli in Saint-Tropez.
A walk around the garden to the sound of the Mambo Social Club brass band, a game of French petanque boules in the shade or even back to childhood with the hallmarked swings - everything had a holiday flavour to it.
A few steps lead up to the redesigned 18th century mansion, where the local architecture contrasts with the contemporary installations. Discover room after room different set designs with opportunities to try on garments and to shop... all in a 1300 square feet area dedicated to Ready-to-Wear and accessories from the Paris-Shanghai collection.
Outside at nightfall, 10 pm:
At nightfall, everyone moved into the garden for an open-air cinema screening of "Remember Now," the latest short movie by Karl Lagerfeld followed by the Cruise 2010/11 show.
“I’ve loved Chinese screens since I was eighteen years old…I nearly fainted with joy when, entering a Chinese shop, I saw a Coromandel for the first time…Screens were the first thing I bought…” (Quoted in “Chanel Solitaire” by Claude Delay – Gallimard – 1983 p.12)Mademoiselle Chanel is believed to have owned 32 folding screens. Her apartment at 31 rue Cambon had eight of them, which she freely used in ways other than for what they were intended — she dressed her walls with them, like wallpaper, or used them to give structure to her private space.
It is also said that she used them to hide the doors. That way, she was sure to keep her guests when receiving them for dinner.The Coromandel screens embody her taste for Chinese art, which she discovered together with Boy Capel. The Coromandel lacquer technique emerged at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), in the Hunan province, in the heart of China. The major themes include mythology, scenes of imperial life and love of nature, which bestow a spiritual dimension upon the art form.
Travelling first from Paris to Shanghai for the Métiers d'Art fashion show last December, the Paris-Shanghai collection has now arrived in Hong Kong.
Chanel illustrates this journey with a futuristic decor featuring an exclusive window display and installations at the JOYCE boutique.
Chanel is available for the first time at JOYCE with a selection of Ready-to-Wear, accessories and shoes.
Until July 9th at G/F New World Tower, Central, Hong Kong.
The French newspaper Libération invites an exceptional editor in chief for its June 22nd edition.
Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director of Chanel, photographer, film director, and publisher comments on the headlines, gives an exclusive interview and illustrates the day's news.
For the occasion, the journal prepared a collector edition with 24 dedicated pages, printed on distinguished paper.
Watch Monday morning’s press conference on Libération.fr
Copyright Libération, June 2010
This summer, starting June 23rd until October 3rd, Chanel opens its ephemeral boutique in Saint-Tropez.
In an XVIIIth century mansion, Chanel creates a contemporary decor with the emblematic codes of the house - black, white, beige and red.
The place to stop by on a walk between the famous "Place des Lices" and the terrace of the café Sénéquier.
Claudia Schiffer photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue Germany on April 22nd
June 2010 issue