In Paris, the “salon” is where everything happens. It’s the most intimate room of the house, and it’s a place to see, be seen and mix business with pleasure. So it always is, when Chanel has the intimate previews for their collections, like a salon in Tokyo where one can see new and old friends in a opulent-cum-casual setting.
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Last week was the preview for the Cruise 2014 collection in Tokyo. This collection is very fresh; young and peppy, as well as young and pReppy. IT’s very 1920s sporty leisure, with vintage cricket uniforms as the most standout inspiration. Even the gowns, dripping in sequins, pearls and brocade, had some sporty stripes in the details.
Speaking of details, you must see some of the accessories: sneakers decorated in the Chanel camellias, and little sporty gloves. Of course the “must-have” (but good luck getting it) handbag is the acrylic “Chanel No 5” perfume bottle. It will set you back a million yen (abt $10k) but when there are only about 10 in stock, you know you’re among one of the few in the world with it.
Being invited to the evening time slot meant being among my favorite peers; popular models, stylists, actresses, singers, and other influencers. For some of them it was like “I haven’t seen you since the last Chanel exhibit!”. Ah yes, how Mademoiselle Coco brings people together…
Singapore was the inspiration and location for the show, and I really feel that the cruise collections by luxury brands are the last bastions of runway show opulence. Nowadays, the Paris Fashion Week pret a porter shows are there to satisfy the masses, and attending one can feel like “business”. But a cruise collection is often held in exotic locales, and in Chanel’s case it is ultimate where’s-where: St Tropez, Venice, Cap d’Antibes and the Versailles palace last season. Where will the brand go next? No matter, as even if we can’t go to Chanel, Chanel will come to us in the salon, ready to catch up like exquisitely-dressed friends.
Asst editor Lisa Ishiwata