Chanel made it again. Following “Little Black Jacket” (2012) and “N°5. Culture Chanel” (2013), the house of Chanel invites us to another journey to the core of the house: Mademoiselle Privé, the exhibition which started on 13th October at Saatchi Gallery in London’s Chelsea area. This time the house focused on three patrimonial elements among others such as high jewelry, haute couture and its iconic fragrance N°5. Why in London? In fact “Les Bijoux de Diamants”, the only one high jewelry collection of diamonds, created by Coco Chanel herself in 1932, was due to be unveiled in London at the time. Yet complicated custom regulation obliged her, even the extremely determined woman, to give up this idea and the presentation was held in Paris instead. Besides, thinking over her personal side, her love of life Boy Capel was a British gentleman. Another forgettable figure among her numerous romances was Duc of Windsor whose “British” men’s wear influence such as tweed, jersey, etc., became key elements for Coco Chanel’s fashion design.
This homage to British inspiration is hinted around the path leading us from the gate to the gallery entrance: A spread of golden leaves animated by birds’ song is the “English garden” designed by landscape designer Harry & David Rich. At the entrance this British mood is blown away and a black and gold Chinese “Coromandel” screen appears in a dim light. Then a change of decoration: Coco Chanel’s super minimalist color palette “black and white”, which was quite particular at her time, brings us to a real journey from one place and time to another. Now we go through emblematic places of Coco Chanel, represented by trompe-loeil drawing walls. What a playful start! Now we are already deep into Chanel’s DNA with much excitement. Following this, a Gulliver version of “Les Bijoux de Diamands” catches us: A giant imitation of diamond comet necklace in a giant bird cage. Before Marilyn Monroe sings that “Diamonds are girl’s best friend”, Coco Chanel described this ultimate stone in a more pragmatic and smart way: “the greatest value in the smallest volume". Yet Lagerfeld wittily reversed the quote of Coco Chanel. Now we know that the show is full of metaphor and Lagerfeld enjoys a dialogue with the ghost of Coco Chanel.
Mademoiselle Privé’s first session at London’s Saatch Gallery will fall curtain on the 1st November. Yet they say that it will pull curtain in another city in the near future. Specially designed mobile app is worth downloading before visiting the exhibition.
Founded in 1765, the legendary Cognac house Hennessy celebrates its 250 years this year. At this occasion the house launched a new luxury cognac “James Hennessy”, named after the elder son of the founder. “ I did not mean a lower version of X.O (around 200 euros), neither a higher version of V.S.O.P. (around 50 euros). It is not just something in between but a real character”. Says Bernard Peillon, CEO of the house, to describe James Hennessy which is offered at 135 euros. And its harmonious, sensual and silky liquid with subtle vanilla and roasted almond note, is sealed in an ergonomically designed bottle created by Marc Newson. “Curve, which is significant in his work, suits us perfectly, since round is a subliminal way to describe cognac. Round is more sensual than straight lines or angles. The world of cognac is all about sensuality." As a homage to international vision of James Hennessy himself, this namesake cognac is dedicated to travelers, thus available exclusively at selected airports around the world, including Hennessy’s “shop in shop” at Charles De Gaulle airport. “I always say to my staff to be 15 minutes ahead to their watch.” Continues Peillon. An exclusive eau de vie at exclusive places. This is how the house can be slightly in advance to our time.
James Hennessy, whose bottle was designed by Mark Newson, is a new cognac sold exclusively on travel retail.
Finally a secret destination of a day trip of launching event is revealed! Landing at Château du Champ de Bataille to discover James Hennessy.
Jacques Garcia, renowned interior designer and the owner of Château du Champ de Bataille, renovated and redecorated the site. Next to the neo-classic main castle stands an astonishing Indian palace.
Jacques Garcia brought every single pieces from Rajasthan to recreate an exquisite Indian Palace.
Every room has different atmosphere.
The house hosted a lunch banquet to celebrate the launching of James Hennessy cognac.
Before the Indian Palace, a vast Indian garden stretches out.
The location was perfectly chosen to make us feel an exclusive travel.
The historical site of Louis Vuitton stands at a small street named "rue Louis Vuitton" in Asnière-sur Seine" (30 mns ride from Paris center). This is the trinity of the work shop where precious leather goods and special order trunks are handcrafted, art-nouveau style family house and its legendary archives. The archives, which used to be accessible only to professional and its staff, had been renovated and secretly opened its door in July 2015. The curator Judith Clark imagined playful scenography showing the house's iconic luggage, prêt-à-porter and accessories alongside historical costume of the 19th century, Vuitton family members' personal effects. etc.,
Open to public only during weekend by appointment
I didn't know that she was born and passed away on the same date. I didn't know that she was a serial fall-in-lover. I didn't know about her secret love with Robert Capa and a bold telegram to Roberto Rosselini. The actrice Ingrid Bergman would have celebrated her 100 years on the 29th August 2015. A moving documentary on her life was on-aired on French/Germain TV channel Arte .
This documentary of 107 minutes by Stig Björkman reveals her intimacy through her letters, personal movies and interview with family members.
Capture from my TV screen showing Je Suis Ingrid : Ingrid Bergman in her early days.
If you are in Paris, don't miss: A spectacle of hommage to Ingrid Bergman at Theatre du Châtelet on the 5th October with Isabelle Rosselini, Fanny Ardant and Gérard Depardieu.
After 2 hours and half flight from Paris, here I landedat Brindisi airport. Then 3o mns of drive took me to Ceglie Messapica, a small charming village. As lovely beginning of holidays, I found a table linen market at the first walk of the historical city center, where I bought lace and embroidered table cloths (5 euros each!). White villages crawl (Ostuni, Cisternino...), an excursion to baroque city (Lecce), driving through olive groves, splash in mild water beach, antique hunting and of course fooding.... a week in Puglia was incredibly diversified.