Where chic meets el­e­gance

Chanel’s big open­ing party lives up to all the hype

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CITY LIFE - Amoryn En­gel

Phones were ring­ing off the hook with peo­ple won­der­ing how they might se­cure a cov­eted in­vite to the re­cent open­ing party for Chanel. The fash­ion house threw open the doors of its elegant Yorkville Av­enue bou­tique for a bash teem­ing with su­per chic Chanel clients, com­ple­mented by a cool and cul­tured crowd of young artists in­clud­ing Chloe Wise, Caitlin Cro­nen­berg and Na­dia Go­har, along with Cana­dian singer- song­writer Charlotte Cardin, all of whom were decked out in Chanel.

De­signed as a so­phis­ti­cated town­house, with im­pec­ca­ble interior de­sign and be­spoke art­work, the bou­tique fea­tures the brand’s iconic colours of black, white and gold for high lev­els of con­trast, along with el­e­ments in­spired by the Coro­man­del

screens of Gabrielle Chanel’s Parisian apart­ment.

As one might ex­pect, God was in the de­tails as cus­tom fab­rics were used in silk and wool car­pet­ing, in the drap­ing of the walls as well as on wo­ven win­dow pan­els in ivory, gold, black and cham­pagne.

I over­heard many guests com­ment­ing that the store ri­valed the finest of New York, Lon­don or Paris. The bou­tique launched with the Cruise 2017/18 col­lec­tion de­signed by Karl Lager­feld.

Af­ter tak­ing in the space de­signed by ar­chi­tect Peter Marino, guests hot­footed it across the street to Am­ber for a sur­prise party they won’t soon for­get. Chanel com­pletely re- imag­ined the hot lit­tle boite, trans­form­ing the space with in­spi­ra­tion from its Cruise col­lec­tion theme of Mod­ern An­tiq­uity. The decor in­cor­po­rated mar­ble columns, am­phorae and lush olive trees.

It’s no won­der no one wanted to leave.

The in­ti­mate neigh­bour­hood party of­fered a con­tem­po­rary homage to Yorkville’s cul­tur­ally his­toric mu­sic scene and fea­tured a spe­cial live per­for­mance by Mon­treal’s gor­geous Cardin, who had all in thrall with her beau­ti­ful per­for­mance.

The party con­tin­ued un­til the wee hours with mu­sic from DJ Alex Mer­rell while a con­stant flow of Per­rier Jouët cham­pagne was on of­fer, com­ple­mented with the most ex­quis­ite bites by chef Grant van Gameren.

Part­ing was hon­estly such sweet sor­row. Can we do this again, please? I think Made­moi­selle Chanel would ap­prove!

Stephanie Mark

Vic­to­ria Phan and Kelly Mar­shall

Michelle Lloyd Ber­mann, Calvin Lei and Chris­tine Ralphs

Charlotte Cardin

Krys­tal Koo

Grant van Gameren

Caitlin Cro­nen­berg

Charlotte Groen­eveld

Lisa Go­zlan and Ryan Go­zlan

Alexan­dra We­ston

Chloe Wise and Na­dia Go­har

Chanel’s Yorkville Av­enue exterior.

Adrian X and Liz Lokre

The interior of the Yorkville Chanel bou­tique.

Gemma War­ren


Sarah Mac­don­ald

Mosha Lund­ström

Bianca Scar­lato

Alex Mer­rel

Lady Black

Ni­cole Charles

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