Gabrielle Chanel strongly believed in supporting artists so their talent could bloom. ”Chanel Pygmalion Days” is a program that provides the opportunity for young artists to play at Chanel Nexus Hall. My sweet friend, Gen Tomuro, is one of the six musicians to be selected for the 2012 concerts.
Gen started playing piano by ear at age 6 and has since trained in San Francisco, the New England Conservatory of Boston and under Philippe Entremont at the Conservatoire Americain in Fountainebleau. Nowadays, I get to tea-time with him in Paris. Last year, I had the pleasure of seeing him perform the Brahms Piano Quintet at the Japan Cultural Institute in Paris accompanied by the members of the Belgian National Orchestra in October.
Chanel’s Metiers d’Art show saw the Grand Palais in Paris transformed into an Indian-themed dinner party on Tuesday. Guests sat at banquet tables, which doubled as a runway, complete with chandeliers, opulent candlesticks - and a feast fit for a Maharaja. The Metiers d’Art show was launched in 2003 as homage to the label’s workshop.
Lagerfeld went full force for the over-the-top bejeweling and embellishment of the Maharajas. The color palette was rather sedate considering the point of reference, but he managed to include a few shots of bright pink and periwinkle against all the white, cream, gold, navy and burgundy. The most successful and interesting looks were those were the “Indian” styling was hinted at but presented in a fresh way.
(Images courtesy of DS and CHANEL)