I do love being a fashion blogger, especially on days when I get a tour around the new Chanel exhibition ‘Une Promenade’ created exclusively for Harrods. For three weeks only *seriously not long enough* the London department store will kind of looks like it has been sponsored by Chanel, with nearly all the windows redesigned with Chanel branding, the iconic green flags on the front have been replaced with Chanel’s logo, the store has built a pop-up shop on the ground floor with exclusive pieces *see towards the end*, as well as re-styling the beauty counter to look like a candy store complete with limited-edition beauty items and a photobooth fitted with a wind machine.
For me it is all about the magical Chanel installation on the third floor, it is simply stunning from entering via a curtain of white beads to walking through the Chanel garden of camellia trees, it was clear to see that a lot of thought has gone into creating this ‘Coco in Wonderland’.
As you pass through each room you delve into a different area of Chanel, from a room dedicated to the construction of the iconic Chanel 2.55 bag, Karl Lagerfeld’s library, a tweed room, and even an ode to the famous Chanel Number 5 perfume, which stunned me with a video literally playing a message in a bottle *sorry couldn’t resist*, and then there’s the giant Chanel 2.55 bag pictured above, which was an OMG moment.
However, my favourite room had to be the children’s bedroom, filled with giant chairs, a Chanel dolls house *love the chandelier*, my favourite B@arbricks similar to what I saw at the Colette x Chanel pop-up in Paris last season, and figures of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld dotted about the room.
I took a shine to all the dolls *naturally*, not of the plastic variety but still just as amazing, I really wish that I could take this futuristic Chanel beauty home with me. Sadly, none of the dolls or teddy’s are being sold, which is probably a good thing as I wouldn’t be able to afford them anyway – but how cute is the Harrods bear!! Also can you see the wallpaper, filled with Chanel B@arbrick design, tres chic.
From the children’s playroom I went into a replica of Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment at 31 rue Cambon, complete with her Coromandel screens and tall mirrors featuring mannequins wearing Haute Couture designs. What I loved most was seeing the stunning cases which house the wonderful pieces, seriously you could pack me away in them they are so big.
As you can probably tell I loved it and I took way too many photographs to include on my blog, so I have created an album on my Facebook page, you just have to ‘like’ me and then click on the pictures here.
If you do visit make sure you stop by the beauty counter as the photobooth was lots of fun, there is a wind machine setting and I have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to be that strong!!
The pop-up boutique is gorgeous, encased in white and black walls embossed with Lion’s heads it really stands out and the tourists were flocking over it today. Especially for the Chanel take-over there are Harrods iconic dark green exclusives, with prices starting at £640 for these cool weekend boots and rising to £1,830 for the large dark green vinyl shopper, which is gorgeous.
The Chanel experience at Harrods runs until September 24, you’ve been warned only for three weeks and then it is gone!!!
Also if anyone fancies buying me these earmuffs I would be your friend for life!!!