Last night’s Chanel party to celebrate the re-opening of the brand’s Soho store was the place to see and be seen.
The store was so A-list star saturated you couldn’t move without bumping into one. I almost inadvertently tripped Russell Simmons with my way-too-big bag. And I kind of froze when I came face to face with Karl Lagerfeld’s silver ponytail.
Here’s who was there: Karl Lagerfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, Russell Simmons, Diane Kruger, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Rachel Bilson, Liv Tyler, Alexa Chung, Clémence Poésy, Grace Coddington, Shalom Harlow, Freja Beha Erichsen, Abby Lee Kershaw, Rachel Zoe and Brad Goresky. And that’s just the list of people I actually saw. Kanye, Claire Danes, Lou Doillon, Daphne Guinness and countless other models and socialites were also on the tip sheet, and could have very likely been hanging out in Karl’s VIP corner of the store, cordoned off by a team of security guards.
Here’s what I saw and heard: A woman dressed as a Chanel bag, literally. She was wearing a quilted leather miniskirt with suspenders made of braided Chanel straps. Lost’s Maggie Grace and her super hot British man friend bemoaning that there was no more “champers.” Abby Lee has gone platinum and it looks awesome. So many half-empty wine and champagne glasses sitting perilously close to Chanel bags on display.
Chanel world is pretty awesome.