Chanel Spring Summer 2011 Backstage

Two days before their spectacular show, the wonderful folks at Chanel emailed to ask if I was interested going backstage before the show. Here’s the catch: my call time was 7AM, as in seven o’clock in the morning.

Backstage sign at Chanel spring summer 2011 fashion show

Bryanboy backstage at Chanel spring/summer 2011 fashion show

Click click click!

I don’t know about you but when Oprah tells you to jump, the first thing you should say is “how high?”… but when the grand daddy of Parisian shows invite you to go backstage, it’s a no-brainer.

Of course I said yes. Even if that meant I had to wake up at 5:30AM to get ready. Even if that means I’ll have 2 or 3 hours of sleep.You know me — I’ll drop anything and everything. Chanel is Chanel. It’s the crown jewel of the collections and it’s a true honor and privilege to be given  “behind the scenes” access on the day of the biggest and grandest show in Paris.

I’m very impressed how things worked backstage. Everything was in order, everything ran like clockwork.  You have separate cabins for hair, make-up and first looks. By the time I got there, most of the models (and there are 84 models) were made up already. Their call time was obviously earlier than mine.

I also saw Karl Lagerfeld arrive for the pre-show rehearsal. I was shy to say hi. A show as big as Chanel require extreme precision and perfection. Time should not be wasted. Hopefully I’ll get to do it the next time… but for now, let me enjoy being a voyeur.

Chanel backstage spring summer 2011

Security at Chanel

Lights

Good morning Karlie!

Karlie Kloss backstage at Chanel spring summer 2011

Coco Rocha!

Coco Rocha at Chanel spring summer 2011

Coco’s shoes

Coco Rocha's shoes

Chanel defile printemps ete 2011

Chanel models

There’s a big screen backstage with the set. The orchestra musicians were already there way ahead of everyone.

Chanel Grand palais

Come follow me to hair and make-up.

Chanel Hair and Makeup

Let’s go!