The Scene at Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010-2011

Ahhh Chanel. The crown jewel of haute couture collections. Chanel is Chanel; it’s the grand-daddy of shows in Paris. I squealed with delight when the lovely folks at Chanel asked for my mailing address in Paris. I had no idea what they are about to send me. It could be anything, you know? Mailing list? Promotional material? A new fragrance? Lookbooks? Nope, they sent me my first haute couture show invitation. Although I’ve done the NY/Europe menswear and womenswear circuit for a few seasons, I’m still a couture virgin.

Until now.
(Well, until last week lol)

Bryanboy at Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010
photo credit: ana clara garmendia

Click click click!

From Givenchy, I shared a cab with Melanie of British Grazia and Val of The Daily to go to the spectacular Grand Palais where Chanel hold most of their shows.

There were tons of people outside — fashion bloggers, street-style photographers, spectators and bystanders.

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010 at Grand Palais, Paris

I’ve decided to stop and take some time for snaps to keep fellow bloggers happy. I’m not gonna deny… I love this!

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010 Paris

Photograph quota? Check. Fashion show invite? Check. Security? Check. A few minutes posing outside, it’s time to go in.

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010 Grand Palais

Let me find my section, section K… but wait a second… Is that a lion I see?

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010 Lion

Oh yes it is!

Lion at Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010 2011

It’s so surreal to be here you know. Never in my life I’d imagine to be at the cavernous Grand Palais, which I’ve only seen in photos and videos, for Chanel. And Chanel Haute Couture, no less!!!!!

Grand Palais, Chanel Haute Couture

I bumped into my Kiwi pal Isaac of Isaaclikes.com and asked him to take my pics.

Bryanboy at Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2010

No fancy phone, no twitter. Allow me to indulge myself by soaking everything in. If only I can scream ‘OH MY GOD I’M AT CHANEL COUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I would.

Bryanboy at Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2010

Enough about me. I think it’s a good idea to say hi to friends and acquaintances before the show…

My beloved mama Aliona Doletskaya of Vogue Russia sitting beside Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani!

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2010 - Aliona Doletskaya, Vogue Russia and Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italia

The impossibly chic and stunning Carine Roitfeld is also there, sandwiched between Loic Prigent and Emmanuelle Alt.

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2010 - Loic Prigent, Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt

A show won’t be complete without paying respect to the almighty Anna Wintour and of course, Grace Coddington of American Vogue.

Chanel Haute Couture - Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour

Gaia Repossi and Julia Roitfeld.

Gaia Repossi and Julia Roitfeld

The shiny and glittering Mickey Boardman of Paper Magazine is there too!

Chanel Haute Couture - Mickey Boardman

The room is filling up fast, so…

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010

let’s throw in a celebrity or two for good measure. Here’s Jessica “Don’t Call Me Latina” Alba…

Jessica Alba at Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010

… and of course, Leighton Meester who deserves an award for wearing THAT dress and braving the HARSH Parisian heat (I think it was 36 degrees celsius that day).

Leighton Meester at Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010

I think it’s time to take my seat. Let the show begin!

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010 2011

Freja Beha Erichsen wore my favourite look from the collection.

Freja Beha Erichsen - Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010

Baptiste and Iris Strubegger took the final walk and closed the show.

Baptiste and Iris Strubegger at Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010

After the show, they served drinks and canapes… I said hello to the lovely Diane Pernet.

Diane Pernet at Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010

As always, male models make me weak in the knees.

Male Model

Twitter pal Phivos from Greece was there!

Phivos

I’m getting hungry so it’s time to leave.

However, I’m not leaving without taking a shot of the airport-security type metal detectors which I went through before entering the show venue. I’ve been to many shows around the world but so far, Chanel is the only one with this sort of thing. Hardcore! But I don’t blame them. Haute Couture clients, some of the wealthiest and powerful people around the world, fly to Paris to view the collections!

Chanel Security

Time to escape! Look at all the people outside!

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010

I ain’t leaving without saying hello (and goodbye) to everyone one last time. HAPPY SNAPS!

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010

And there you have it! What an experience eh? So many things happened but I wasn’t able to take pics.

Coming up next… photos during the show!