Monday, January 30, 2006

louis vuitton vs chanel

when the fash pack was in hong kong two weeks ago, we got to check out two new luxury flagship stores that opened a week of each other last december. louis vuitton, which always knows how to throw a party (remember that champagne-filled bash for their greenbelt 4 opening? manila never saw a party like that again), opened its the landmark store with the ultimate A-list guest, the man himself, marc jacobs, in attendance. as well as the woman, the face for its spring/summer 2006 campaign, gisele bündchen. the chanel opening at prince's building, on the other hand, was a bit more low-key, concentrating on the "art" aspect of its store's interior design (they commissioned five artists to create works based on chanel icons). both flagships are located in the central district. both were designed by peter marino (a favorite among the luxury labels). both utilize light-emitting diodes (LED). both have "floating" staircases. both have three floors. both have fabulous façades, which look better at night. and both have the most delicious bags, shoes, jewelry and more!!! but we were on a diet, so all we could do was drool over the merchandise. let's have a tour, shall we?

LOUIS VUITTON:
the front door facing pedder street
the lovely cruise collection
i'll try a seven and a half please
new to vuitton: baby shoes!
wall of sunglasses
the famous bag bar
cute charms in mini trunks
the luggage void
floating staircase
that dang LED staircase that you wanna stare at all day long!

CHANEL:
the LED façade which lights up at night
giant pearls made of murano glass by jean-michel othoniel
a very realistic camellia drawing (next to very realistic mannequins) by joseph stashkevetch
moving tweed pattern on LED screen by michal rovner
portrait of coco created with diamond dust by vik muniz
deer made of bronze by françois-xavier lalanne
tower of sunglasses
jawbreaker-sized pearls
classic chanel tweed (and some of them were even on sale!)
limited-edition tweed jakcet, bag and murano-glass baubles, sold only in HK

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