Mademoiselle Privé - The Saatchi Gallery
As with everything that Karl Lagerfeld and his team do at Chanel, this exhibition was bigger and better than similar efforts presented by any other design houses. Not to say that the installations put on by the likes of Hermes and Louis Vuitton recently weren't worth a visit, but Chanel is Chanel and the Saatchi Gallery are masters at creating an exceptional visual experience.
The cynics out there claim these sorts of exhibitions are nothing more than badly thought through PR stunts, designed only to generate media, both social and journalistic, and in some respects, they're right, but we feel they are more than that. We like to think of them as opportunities to peep through the windows of the ateliers, something normally closed to the general public. Exhibitions such as this one offer the chance to get up close and personal with our favourite designers, and a chance to better understand the design codes of these old fashion houses.
After walking through a specifically designed, 18th century inspired garden, you are then led through rooms organised by themes, all of which reveal different aspects of the Chanel brand. The spaces take you through the many features which shape and define Chanel, including pearls, chains and rouge. The exhibition is slightly sparse at times but if you take your time, and listen to the voiceovers in some of the rooms, you will definitely come away having learnt something.
Highlights for us included the vats of Chanel No.5 that open and close periodically wafting the iconic smell around the room, and the incredible selection of Haute Joaillerie necklaces that are very rarely displayed to the public. Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are 2 fashion giants who have shaped the world of fashion as we know it, and therefore any exhibition honouring their work is worth visiting. If you do happen to stop by, make sure to pop into the Raw Juice pop up just outside, they do delicious coffee and juices!