12/12/16, Wow!!!

Hi Everyone,

Less than two weeks til Christmas, I hope you’re enjoying it, and not dreading it, as some people do. I think I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping. I’ve been seeing friends, a little shopping, and had an amazing invitation this week. I most enjoy seeing good friends around the holidays, and spending Christmas with my family, but as you know I go to fashion shows occasionally. They’re mostly in and out affairs, you dash in by invitation, sit down, the fashion show begins, and then half an hour later, after seeing some very pretty clothes, you leave. The locations and decor can be exciting and beautiful (like the year Chanel had flown in an iceberg from Sweden and placed it center stage for the models to walk around—-and then they flew the iceberg back to Sweden after the show. But this week I went to the fashion show to end all fashion shows, a MAJOR event. It took me by surprise, and was a real show stopper.

Once a year, Chanel does a special collection of ready to wear clothes (as opposed to Haute Couture, which is made to order and all hand made. Ready to wear is what you find in stores and can buy off the rack). They do the once a year special collection in an exotic location: Beijing, Dubai, Venice, Dallas, Cuba last year—-and the influence and style of the clothes is influenced by the location. They are called Metier d’Art shows, and are then referred to as the Paris/Cuba show, or the Paris/Dubai show or Paris/Dallas a few years ago, with a kind of cowboy theme. The fashion show introducing the collection is held in the location being honored. And although I’ve been to a lot of fashion shows, I’ve never been to one of these, and had no idea what a massive undertaking it is. They invite well known people in the city where it’s held, and their good customers, and they also fly in hundreds of glamourous women from around the world. So there are women there from South America, Asia, India, Hong Kong, Dubai, all over Europe, the USA, some famous, others just fashionable women. And I discovered that they pick up all the expenses for the women they fly in, airfare, hotel, etc. In this case, the fashion show was held at the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris, and the women invited stayed there too, for four days of related fashion events, all hosted by Chanel. They were given limousines, several of them borrowed clothes to wear to the show, and many of them were also all decked out in fabulous jewelry also by Chanel. Not knowing how elaborate this was going to be, I dressed in ‘grown up clothes’ (black slacks and a sweater, my uniform) wore a pale pink coat, and black suede high heels—-all my own not borrowed. The show was at noon, and I was stunned when I got to the Ritz Hotel to find that there were about 800 women there, at tables all over the lobby floor and restaurants of the hotel, for a noon lunch, followed by the show at 2pm. (There is normally no food served at fashion shows). The luncheon was very elegant, and the women (no men invited that I could see) were dressed to the nines, some even wore evening gowns, and floor length fur coats at lunch time, and tons of jewelry. I felt like a bumpkin from the country in my lunchtime clothes. Several movie stars were there, and the singer Farrell Williams. Lunch was elaborately served and very diet conscious, since probably all of those women were on diets!!! And champagne flowed. I don’t drink, so it was wasted on me. And finally, the fashion show started, it had a jubilant exciting feeling to it, and the theme was “Cosmopolitan Paris” this time, so they were mostly dressy city clothes, and some very glamorous creations—-and the usual beautiful models. It was definitely “A scene”, and not at all what I expected. There was a breakfast the next day, which I didn’t go to, where people could try on the clothes the models had worn the day before, as they threaded through the tables to bouncy music, and looked like they were having fun. Apparently, Chanel spends millions on those events, for publicity. It was dripping glamour, and I had fun, even though I didn’t know anyone there, except a friend of one of my daughters, and I was happy to see her. I was seated at lunch with four very nice Parisian women, and an Italian woman, wearing a gold evening gown, floor length sable coat and a ton of jewels. I looked a lot more subdued in my pale pink coat. It was definitely an experience, and I felt a little (or a lot) like Cinderella after the ball, when I went home to my dogs and my typewriter. And yes, one could think that there are more important ways to spend money, for charity, but in reality this is business for Chanel, great publicity for them, and I’m sure they donate to charitable causes during the year as well. So I had my moment of glamour, and had to share it with you.

Have a great week!!!

love, Danielle

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6 Comments so far
  1. Rob Scott December 12, 2016 12:03 pm

    I can FEEL how happy this event made you, Danielle.

    “WOW” is a cool word too and you got my attention.

    My grandmother who made the greatest impact on my life for good loved fashion and also wore a lot of bracelets.

    Knowing you had fun brightened my day. You deserve it.

    Merry Christmas to you.

    Keep your light on!

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Oaxaca, Mexico

  2. Helen Hu December 17, 2016 4:46 am

    Dear Danielle,
    I can see from your blog what a fabulous event Chanel held. You were so honoured to be part of it! You might be actually ‘stand out’ when you wore differently from the crowd! I was invited to the fashion show (Run-away) twice a year held by David Jones Department Store in Melbourne. But it is much small scale than what you attended.

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2017! (I know Thanksgiving and Christmas mean so much to you because I found you describe these two holidays in almost every of your novel.)
    I am looking forward to reading more of your new novels in the new year!
    With my warmest wishes to you, Helen

  3. mike reid December 17, 2016 8:47 pm

    Hi Danielle – that was really nice – I never knew that these events were so complex – It sounds so interesting and
    colorful. I’m sure you have a keen eye for new styles and appearance. As a writer – you describe this very attentive.
    It draws the reader into the event and is very magical and charming.When I read this I was amazed. I didn’t know
    Chanel got this involved in shows. I do remember reading about CoCo Chanel awhile back that caught my fancy.
    I think you wrote something about her.What a beautiful name.I looked her up online and was intrigued and mystified.
    She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel Brand.Wow – a fashion designer and business women. Beautiful too. Hahahaha – amazing. Anyway – thank you for the great adventure and like you said -only a few more days until
    Christmas. I hope you write again before then. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – Peace mike

  4. Marguerite December 19, 2016 10:01 am

    Wow! Very interesting. Never dreamed these shows were so complex. Great stuff for another of your very readable novels. Look forward to you weaving a wonderful story.

    Best wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas.

  5. joy pettenger January 20, 2017 1:57 pm

    I would have loved to been there with you…I am a retired senior with disabilities…my two favourite thing to do are read(you are my favourite author) and people watch..I would have had a blast!!

  6. Carol Von Slomski January 21, 2017 7:39 pm

    Dear Danielle, I am sure you were one of the most beautiful women there, inside and out. Plus you are so talented with your writing, they were probably wishing they were you. Sincerely, Carol Von Slomski