CULTURE/FASHION: CHANEL’s Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition

Do not disturb, CHANEL in the making

It’s common knowledge that Haute Couture often comes with a pretty hefty price tag. Unfortunately CHANEL haven’t gone and discounted their quilted handbags (which are forever on my wishlist), but they have kindly invited the public to explore the creativity and craftmanship behind the renowned house of fashion without receiving a penny! The result? A luxurious and captivating experience.

Coco’s first hat shop in Deauville

Hosted at London’s Saatchi Gallery (closest tube station: Sloane Square), the exhibition truly immerses us into Gabrielle, known as Coco, Chanel’s world which to say the least, is extraordinary! We begin at Coco’s Rue Cambon apartment where her vision was first established and move through to Venice, Scotland and Deauville, each place crucial to CHANEL’s artistry.

Apparently diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Following this, each space goes onto represent details that are now embedded in the house’s style. A giant version of Coco’s 1932 star-covered diamond necklace leads way to a room filled with CHANEL’s famous bouclé tweeds for us to touch and a wacky but wonderful perfumery. The custom-made Mademoiselle Privé app proves a useful, interactive guide through these aspects as it offers explanations for Coco’s choices and even displays quotes from the designer.

Lily Cole, taken by Karl Lagerfield

For me, the recreations of Coco’s Bijoux de Diamants High Jewellery collection and French garden that inspired the intertwined C of CHANEL stole the show. Both rooms provided such attention-to-detail and exquisiteness, I felt as though I’d been transported back in time.

I won’t say any more and have tried to keep things fairly brief because the beauty of the event is the unravelling of CHANEL’s secrets. This is one all busy shes should find the time for as it’s now open until 10pm each night, ending on November 1st! Did I mention you get a free tote bag and poster too?


CULTURE: Nottinghill Carnival 2015

Too much for every day make-up?

Hello friends and fellow bloggers! What better way to start off this blog than with a little sum-up and huge recommendation for all you busy shes to head to Nottinghill Carnival next year!

It’s easy for annual events to gradually lose momentum and excitement, especially in London where the choice is only growing. However, the city’s biggest celebration of Caribbean culture surpassed my expectations once again and it’s safe to say that yesterday made for a great end to the summer.

If you’re a fan of music, food, dancing or just having a chat with an interesting and diverse crowd then carnival is the place for you. Sure you need to have your wits about you but as a whole people get together to enjoy the colourful floats, buzzing atmosphere and jerk chicken stands (Shout out to you MAMA’S JERK).

Brightening up a dreary London

If you aren’t sold already… it’s free! Completely and totally free! A rare find in the capital these days if you ask me. For that reason alone it makes for a perfect way to spend the bank holiday with work pals, friends and family. Everyone is welcome and I guarantee you, will enjoy themselves.

What’s the phrase? See everyone you love at one event without spending a penny, have a fabulous time and be in for a reasonable time? Sounds like the perfect fun, free festivity that’s a little different before the autumnal working week begins.

Always time for a group photo