Wednesday, October 21, 2009

après coco avant chanel

just got home from watching the by-invitation-only screening of "coco avant chanel" at gateway mall—yes, all the way in cubao! which isn't bad if you live in, say, bahay na puti. took us over an hour to get there from makati to catch the 6:30pm cocktails (we were an hour late). ok lang, the manadarin oriental suites was hopping. bright lights were swimming from every corner with cameramen getting soundbites from the guests. ooh, there's madame imelda in all-black! how cute, the guests came in their black-and-white chanel-inspired outfits. the pearls! the camellia! the tweed! the stripes! the gold chains! the quilted bag! the little black dress! even the guys cooperated (even though it wasn't requested in the invite)... that's because such is the power of coco chanel. she was a maverick, an innovator, a true original. try and think if there is any other female designer whose name can instantly conjure a look, a style, a detail—and can be interpreted in your own way at any point in time, from the 20s up to today. ladies and gentlemen, coco chanel...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi FashPack!

Was there, too. What resounded in me was her struggle to be free. Although she had a choice to become a lady of leisure, her drive to achieve and make something of herself was more powerful than a life of ease. I wonder if that also registered among the 2.55-toting ladies in the crowd?

details-later said...

Sorry to be so Pavlovian but... Alessandro Nivola! He learned to speak French for this role! (It didn't hurt he already spoke Italian.)