If you’d like to walk through a gigantic Chanel 2.55 bag (and if you wouldn’t, what's wrong with you?), now you can! That’s exactly what Grazia Daily did yesterday when we stepped from blustery Brompton Road into a fabulous Chanel Wonderland…
Having donned our pearls and tweed, we arrived at Harrods in London's Knightsbridge where a Chanel takeover has begun. Banners for the French brand flap along the façade and every window is filled with their gorgeous goodies.
Inside, we’re met by a pop-up boutique (embossed with lion heads, naturallement) which aims to bring Karl Lagerfeld’s A/W’11 vision of ‘a misty garden’ to life. The classic green Harrods bag has been given a Chanel makeover - but it doesn’t end there. In fact, Chanel has put its Double C stamp all over the store…
In the Beauty Hall, we’re lucky enough to meet legendary make-up maestro Mary Greenwell behind a pink pop-up counter surrounded by over-sized No.5 scent bottles and sweetie jars brimming with Chanel lipsticks, nail varnishes, eyeshadows... ‘It’s like a Chanel Christmas!’ she trills excitedly. ‘And Karl is Santa Claus!’ Ooh, yes please.
Mary introduces us to Chanel's limited-edition Knightsbridge collection, created by Peter Philips. 'The products speak about London in an English Rose way,' she explains, from the glowy Brompton Road blush to the bright pink lipsticks. Personally, we've fallen in lust with the sparkily eye colours that are so squishy, they can easily be applied by finger tip - and Ms Greenwell is their biggest advocate. 'They're not twinkle like [puts on disgusted voice] glitter. They're twinkle modern divineness.' We're sold. (To watch Mary's speedy make-up masterclass with the exclusive beauty range, click here).
Next, we spot nail guru Sophy Robson who is on well, hand to give glossy manicures while showing-off Chanel's exclusive nail polish range of candy colours. Yummy, non?
Seeing as autumn is upon us, Sophy demonstrates her skills using the 'chocolate mousse brown' (that's Chanel's Imperial, FYI) for a leather-ish look. 'A neutral colour works perfectly with your A/W wardrobe and a chocolate tone keeps it warm instead of too dark,' she tells us. 'Metallics and animal prints are also popular this season, especially dalmation.' Thanks for the tip!
Into the monochrome lifts and up to the first floor where it’s time to enter Une Promenade through a curtain of glistening pearls (no, seriously). Behind said pearl curtain, we find an installation of iconic Chanelegance showcasing a miniature version of the S/S ’11 set, Chanel-clad teddies and that gigantic handbag.
The ‘Haute Couture Room’ is brilliantly styled so you feel like you've stepped into Coco Chanel’s Paree apartment. In one corner, Blake Lively’s red rose appliqué dress hangs in a huge box while an elegant mannequin languishes on a chaise lounge swathed in white tulle, thigh-high boots and a twinkling cap. Tres bien!
Then we reach ‘Karl’s Library’ where a back-lit image of the designer looms over suitably chic books in a replica of his studio.
But our absolute fave is ‘Coco’s Nursery’. Cute Coco-a-like dolls, rows of teddy bears wearing tweed capes created by King Karl, and an enormous dolls house in the style of a Parisian store. How much more can you ask for?
But we recommend you check it out for yourself. The Chanel take-over at Harrods lasts for three weeks from TODAY so grab your tweed and get down there sharpish.
- Jessica Vince