On Thursday evening Karl Lagerfeld will show the Chanel cruise collection at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Venice and yours truly will be sitting front and centre scribbling, arget="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/Grazia_Live">sorry tweeting, frantically to bring you the fashion news as it happens. The Chanel Cruise collections (on sale in November) have become a bit of a fashion happening. Last year it was synchronised swimmers in Miami and the year before the show happened in the concourse of Grand Central Station in New York. This year, it's all about Venice to tie in with one of our favourite movies right now and destined to be a classic fashion favourite of all time, Coco Avant Chanel, starring Audrey Tautou. (**Plot spoiler alert coming here...) The Venetian chapter of Coco's life takes place just where the movie leaves off. Bereft, after the death of Boy Capel, the love of her life, she went to Venice in 1919 to stay with friends. She was so overwhelmed by the life and the art she saw there that some of her inspirations from that time still re-appear in the Chanel collections 90 years later: the classic Chanel red came from a Tintoretto painting; the beach pyjamas she wore for her trip are recurring catwalk themes and the opulent byzantine costume jewellery has become a timeless Chanel classic. Venice, in May, for a Chanel show. Doesn't get much better than that. The only problem I'm having is deciding what to pack for dinner with Karl Lagerfeld tomorrow night. Watch this space (and our Twitter of course) for more on a true fashion moment!
- Paula Reed, Style Director