The Mademoiselle Privé exhibition explores a creative journey through Coco Chanel's vision, and is named after the sign placed by the couturier at
her atelier door. Walking into the Saatchi Gallery, the sweeping mirrored staircase mimics that in her Rue Cambon Apartment. Chanel would watch
the show unfurl, whilst unseen herself, and be able to see the audience's reaction to her designs. It must have been such an exciting moment in her
shoes; seeing numerous hours of devotion to the craft come together for the world to see...
The sleek elegance transcends throughout the rooms, from viewing her first hat shop in Deauville, to the jewellery boutique at the Place Vendome.
With Karl Lagerfield now at the helm of the brand, iconic details continue to flourish into new collections. It was definitely an occasion for me to
bring out the bouclé tweed, where my Topshop coat and hat happened to harmonize with the surroundings.
Watching Coco Before Chanel, it was inspiring seeing her innovation; transforming menswear into feminine looks with clean silhouettes. In the film,
the fashion's zeitgeist included overly fussy and impractical garments, where she channelled her sewing skills and ideas into sophisticated attire.
Trademark monochrome stripes add depth to various pieces.
A colour palette of black, white, cream, and bursts of red have a subtly striking impact. They signify a simple decadence; contrasting tones accented
with gold for a luxurious touch. Chanel loved camellias, which came to adorn lapels and accessories. The florals are reminiscent of perpetual spring.
Pearls are also a signature emblem, where she believed 'ropes and ropes of pearls' make the perfect accessory.
Walking into an all-encompassing French garden, the interlocking C hedge resembles the brands chain detailing. Wheat was considered a good
luck charm, where it became a symbol for Chanel as never-ending prosperity. In another room, the finery of haute couture was showcased with
sheer dresses aglow. The stunning craftsmanship makes you consider the hours invested in the intricate beadwork and embellishment.
Incandescent strobes highlight the shimmering details; like dripping gold.
The garments come to life upon the couture podium, with delicate fabric swathes and jewellery from the original 'Bijou de Diamants' collection.
Seeing the sumptuous velvets and pleated tulle pieces makes me want to rush into my atelier to create a full-bodied skirt!
According to Chanel, 'diamonds represent'the greatest value in the smallest volume.' The statement jewels complemented the silhouettes, where
the pretty gems inspired me...
Back in my atelier, I delved into the beadtrove for a little sparkle. It's evident that flowers also adorn many of my designs! With myriad floral pieces,
this pearl and gold clasp brooch is perfect as a complementary bag. Imagine walking through a Parisienne garden, bursting with delicate camellia
and Chanel blooms... bliss.