June 8th, 2016, is a date that will stay circled in my social calendar for a very long time! French luxury house CHANEL re-opened in Vancouver with a new boutique dedicated to fashion, fine jewellery and watches.
Located in Holt Renfrew, the floor space was extended, renovated and divided into two main areas, one dedicated to the fashion creations designed by Karl Lagerfeld (ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and accessories), and the other introducing for the first time in Canada a Watches and Fine Jewellery area.
Like all Chanel boutiques across the globe, the interior was conceived by New York based architect Peter Marino, renowned for his ability to seamlessly translate in his designs the aesthetic codes of the House.
The decor of the boutique draws inspiration from Mademoiselle Chanel’s Parisian apartment showcasing contrasting materials such as soft gold metal and polished surfaces with glass and lacquer pieces. All the fashion is set against a backdrop of luxurious rich textures including handmade wall finishings, woven wool carpets, and iconic tweed seating.
As Mademoiselle Chanel loved the arts, the new store reflects this in the specially commissioned artworks which were selected for this boutique. Upon entering the boutique, clients are greeted by a splendid rock crystal Goossens chandelier and dark lacquer screens featuring gold embossed camellias created by contemporary artist Nancy Lorenz. The luxurious space also includes three artwork adorned fitting rooms, including a VIP one.
The accessories and bag gallery stands out with its black and white contrasting finishes and the shoe salon displays an ivory console by contemporary artist Ingrid Donat.
An intimate and sophisticated atmosphere can be found in the two ready-to-wear salons, where the latest collections by Karl Lagerfeld take center stage alongside an imposing antique fireplace, elegant tweed or silk sofas, and site-specific artworks and furniture. An Alasdair Cook lacquer lamp, a large custom bronze coffee table, a vintage ‘constellation’ table with resin embedded amethysts, are all reminiscent of Mademoiselle Chanel’s taste for all things celestial.
The exclusive fitting rooms include a hanging sculpture by Mark Swanson with five crystal-embellished antlers, a camellia print by Shelter Serra in charcoal, and a black and white ink piece of artwork entitled Chapeau Crapaud! by Remy Markowitsch. The VIP fitting room features a piece by Y.Z. Kami – an exposed print on canvas of the iconic quilt motif.
Some favourites from the Chanel Collection
The new boutique offers its clientele an unforgettable shopping experience and for days afterwards, security were retained to ensure a red carpet experience for those lined-up for entry to shop.