If loving Chanel is wrong…I don’t want to be right!
“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity”
Coco Chanel is famous for many things. Her style, her fashion empire, her extraordinary life and the legacy she left to the House. All these elements are beautifully displayed and narrated throughout the premises of the Saatchi Gallery from 13 October to 1 November. Free admission, hurry up!
This show offers an enchanted journey through the brand’s history in Haute Couture, capturing the charismatic personality and spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld. The House’s key elements “audacity, freedom and innovation” are evident in every single piece, making it a not to miss exhibition!
Entering the exhibition, we were greeted by a magical, labyrinth-like garden, designed by this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winners, landscape artists, the Rich Brothers. An oasis of calm with birds singing, guided us to the entrance, where the gentlest of personnel gave us the greatest tip!
“Download the complimentary app, there is a map, quotes and facts on the lady herself” Thank you, dear!!
Installed on all three floors of the Gallery, we were drown by the story of Chanel no5 and the newly reissued “Bijoux de Diamonds” jewellery collection, the first and only fine jewellery collection designed by founder Gabrielle Chanel in 1932, which was unveiled at the recent Casino-themed show.
We wandered through the places that meant the most to Coco – from her virtual Rue Cambon apartment, to Venice, Scotland, her first hat shop in Deauville, and beyond.
We could touch and feel the opulence of real Chanel couture fabrics, from delicate silks to its famous boucle tweeds in the fabric – lined sensory room, while artisans pin and sew on shadow-paper screens.
A feast for the senses.
Upstairs, the clothes themselves are brought to life, firstly in the haute couture space – where the most delicate of dresses are placed on mannequins suspended on bright poles of light – allowing visitors to see the embroidery and workmanship that goes into every piece. Can you see the little girl with the sweet bow on her head drawing dresses in her notebook? Isn’t it amazing? Next new thing! New Coco!
The world of Mademoiselle Chanel was studded with the symbols, codes and lucky numbers that were found throughout her creations. Mystery went hand in hand with fantasy spinning a complete network of connections where lucky charms bounced off one another.
Mademoiselle Chanel’s favourite flower is found on some of her Coromandel screens. A flower without scent. She would wear it in the buttonhole of her suits placed on the left, just over her heart.
Evocation of the photograph of Mademoiselle Chanel standing and turning her back on a statue of a Moor, taken by Cecil Beaton around 1935.
Dress from the Fall-Winter 1996 CHANEL Haute Couture collection, created by Karl Lagerfeld.
Greek – Pop, 2013Installations created by Karl Lagerfeld as part of the Spring – Summer 2014 Ready – to – Wear show decor.
Jardin a la francaise
The maze – like 18th century garden is inspired by the intertwined C motif that Gabrielle Chanel first saw in the stained – glass windows at Aubazine, the orphanage where she lived as a child. The interlocking C letter became the brand’s signature. This garden echoes Karl Lagerfeld’s knowledge and passion for the 18th century french garden.
I have a confession to make. Forgive me God for I have sinned.
My heart is forever chained to Chanel.
The slingback pumps are on my autumn bucket list.
Are you ready to share your sins with us, dear charmers? What’s on your bucket list this season?