There are moments in life that simply take your breath away. I can recall many of them (I personally liken the first time I walked into the tents at Fashion Week as one of my all-time favorites) and almost everyone in the fashion industry who was blessed to see the spectacle captured in video below will tell you that it was a moment that all of them will remember.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen: it’s the Chanel Spring/Summer RTW 2011 Collection video. Shown in two parts below (due to length and the production quality) the collection was shown at Paris’ Grand Palais and the entire venue was transformed to a likeness of the gardens of Versailles, complete with an 80-piece orchestra. Chanel favorites walked the runway and the closing model was none other than Ines de la Fressange, the face of the house in the 1980’s, walked the runway to an eruption of applause, the signal of the ending of a long-time cold war with Chanel’s designing dynamo.
Fashion editors from NYTimes’ Cathy Horyn to the Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander exclaimed that this was the ultimate show, with Vogue UK’s Dolly Jones tweeting, “Don’t really want to see another show after Chanel, it was so amazing, anything else might feel flat.”
Each model took five minutes to walk the mammoth runway and it was worth savoring every single second. Please do watch and enjoy. Grab a tissue. It’s beautiful enough to bring even the most jaded fashion lover to tears.