Friday, 9 September 2011

CHANEL AT HARRODS










This week started off with a bang. I was more than a little overexcited to be invited to the top secret unveiling of Chanel at Harrods. Now I’m a massive Chanel fan and when I say fan- I mean devotee. I love all things Chanel, it’s my spiritual label. Everybody has a spiritual label- one designer house, which makes you go a bit silly and weak in the knees and makes you eat beans on toast for a month when you're a student and broke because you just had to have that bag/shoes/dress (delete as applicable). Some of my friends love Mulberry, Hermes, YSL, and Prada but for me- oh for me it has always been sweet, sweet Chanel. The chic black and white, the pearls, the quilting, the lady like elegance with edge- Oh that lady Coco and her glorious discipline Mr Lagerfeld are right up my street when it comes to what I find beautiful and fabulous.

For 3 weeks only Harrods have also devoted themselves to all things Chanel, as the entire Brompton Road fa├žade has been Chanel-ed, inspired by Lagerfeld's 2011/2012 A/W collection, which is all gothic, sexy fairy tales meets surrealism (love it). There's also a pop up Ephemeral boutique on the ground floor by the Hans Road entrance featuring bags, shoes, costume jewellery and soon to be collectors items, I’m sure- green Harrods/ Chanel bags (a fantastic love child of these two most iconic brands). Another fun Chanel zone is the installation ‘Une Promenade’ on the third floor, which immerses you in the Chanel world. I enjoyed watching the videos of how the classic 2.55 bags are handmade. I love craftmenship and quality, which each bag oozes. 

When it comes to beauty Chanel make up packs a punch and is full of pigment, which looks good on all skintone- no bull! Head down to the  Ephemeral beauty boutique on the ground floor, which showcases the ‘Knightsbridge Collection’, created by Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL make-up. The exclusive range for Harrods boasts the coolest Knightsbridge inspired names such as the Brompton Road palette and corally pinkish Belgravia lipstick, which is fab. I also had a wicked time hanging out with celebrity make up artist Mary Greenwell and Sophy Robson, the cool kid nail expert who can always been seen backstage at fashion week. Sophy gave me a sexy mani in this season’s latest must have colour- Peridot. It’s a shimmering blinging golden, greeny metallic, which feels alive as it changes colour in the light. You can see me modeling the mani in my 'America’s Next Top Model' inspired photoshoot above (I tried to find my light and smize- that’s smile with my eyes for those of you that don't watch the goddess- who is Tyra Banks) in the Chanel photo booth, which can be found at their new make up counter. I was totally overwhelmed and excited by seeing so much Chanel and if you too want to put a spring in your step and a dent in your wallet, get yourself down to Harrods to have fun in this most chic Chanel wonderland.




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