1/29/18, Round Two: Chanel

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well, and things are rolling along smoothly for you.

I’ve been busy, with family, house guests, work, editing, and just general busyness, my children staying with me, one of them while she was working on a fashion show in Paris (see last week’s blog). The day after the show she worked on, I saw the Chanel Haute Couture show, which is always a beautiful event. The decor of Chanel’s fashion shows, both Ready to Wear and Haute Couture, is always spectacular. My absolute favorite being a rocket ship on stage, which actually lifted off, or appeared to at the end of the show. It was amazing. This season’s theme was less astonishing, and a lovely French garden had been set up as the background for the spring/summer fashion show. The colors were pastel, a lot of pink, with a lot of sparkle added, with metallic threads and tiny stones. Boots were made in the matching fabric for almost every outfit. It was a masterful event, and always a pleasure to see the Chanel shows. And after all the models have paraded past, the designer who is truly a genius, Karl Lagerfeld, comes out and takes a bow, and usually walks the stage with the model wearing the wedding gown. This time, Mr. Lagerfeld only appeared briefly, didn’t take the final walk and questions always fly about him, about when he will retire. In his late eighties, he still designs Chanel, both ready to wear and haute couture, designs Fendi as well, and a line that bears his name. He is a boundless source of inspiration, and I cannot think of a single designer talented enough, or even energetic enough, to replace him. So I hope that his shorter appearance at the end of the show was of no great significance. I love almost everything he does!!

I only went to two fashion shows during Haute Couture week in Paris: Chanel, and the Proenza show, although it is ready to wear not couture. And I thoroughly enjoyed both. And I was lucky enough to spend a day with my daughter the day after the shows. It’s an exhausting week for anyone working on the shows. And in a few weeks, it will be fashion week (for ready to wear) in New York, and then Paris.

Meanwhile, I’m busy writing, and I hope that all is well with you.

much love, Danielle

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4 Comments so far
  1. David January 30, 2018 2:15 pm

    Have a wonderful week, Danielle!

  2. Keyla February 1, 2018 6:47 am

    Hi Danielle.
    I’m sorry and I trully hope no one reads this.
    I’m a 29-years old translator who finds it very hard to settle. I’ve always let my life just go and let others help me with everything.
    But, I dont if I want to be a translator, what a want to do or what I want to work with. I want to be a writer, I want to be everything and nothing at the same time.
    I always feel so unhappy. I was doing therapy but I dont have enough money to pay for it anymore. and after a month of vacation with my fiancee, I was supposed to go to work today, but felt like I was feeling a few months ago and just couldnt go out of bed.
    Im at home office today and crying because I look for jobs, courses and everything…but nothing makes sense, or I dont have enough money to pay for what I like..anyways…im just trying not to give up, i’ve promised myself in December that 2018 would be different, but Im still the same person and maybe Im the problem.
    I just needed someone but dont have anyone to talk to

  3. Linda Burton February 3, 2018 4:24 am

    Dear Danielle,
    Just want to tell you again how excited I get to read
    another one of your new books. I am only 3 books behind getting them all read. Cannot wait to read Fairytale & Fall from Grace. You are the best author & I am so thankful my local library keeps all your books in stock. Keep up the amazing writing, thank you for filling my days with books I love to read. From Missouri, sincerely Linda B.

  4. Jean February 16, 2018 8:03 pm


    Love your blog posts and catching up.
    Best to you and yours.