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The World of Chanel at Harrods

13 Sep

This past weekend, some friends and I popped into Harrods to have a look at the Chanel installation that’s been created on the third floor. It is a sight to behold, even if you’re not a Chanel nut like me.

Une Promenade – Coco in Wonderland is what it’s called and it is rather wonderlandy.

From the minute you walk through the giant bubbly pearl bead curtains and over the mirrored floor, you’re transported into Karl Lagerfeld’s slightly surreal world of giant bags, video screens, dolls and camellias camellias and more camellias.

There’s a recreation of Karl Lagerfeld’s library, with a larger-than-life glowing slightly terrifying image of the man himself; a room dedicated to the 2.55 bag; Chanel’s garden, complete with Chanel watering can and garden tools; the Coromandel screens and split mirrors in Chanel’s studio … and so much more.

I particularly liked this Chanel wallpaper:

But my favourite bit was the haute couture room, showcasing some astoundingly gorgeous pieces.

If you want to take a trip into Coco’s Wonderland, go soon. The installation is only around through the 25th of September.

(Unfortunately, photography was not allowed in the Chanel installation, so I’ve borrowed these images from the fantastic Alex Loves¬†and British Beauty Blogger.)



Cut it, Fold it: Build it with Paper

6 Oct

The V&A Museum of Childhood has a new exhibition starting this Saturday featuring architectural paper models. The nearly 200 examples that make up the exhibition are from the collection of Bob Freidus, who has over 20,000 of them, including some from the mid-19th century.

These two, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, are both French and date from the 1890s:

I was obsessed with these as a child, although mine weren’t nearly as beautiful as those gorgeous 19th century ones. My first effort was the Empire State Building, complete with a paper King Kong climbing up it. I also did the Chrysler Building and the Capitol Building. I’m still not sure why my mother trusted me with an X-Acto knife at that age, but I’m glad she did. My models gave me hours and hours of pleasure.

Now I’m beginning to think I should have kept them intact, rather than cutting them up. I wonder how much vintage ’70s paper models go for these days?

The exhibition is on until 9 January 2011 and admission is free. The Museum of Childhood is on Cambridge Heath Road in London.

I’m just hoping I can squeeze a visit in before January!