Yesterday in Venice, on the sands of the beach at the Lido Westin Excelsior Hotel to be more exact, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld debuted his Cruise collection for the French fashion house.
For something so elaborate as a location-specific runway show, Chanel flies in the most important magazine editors, stylist and international press, and puts them up in the best hotel rooms in the city as part of the whole spectacle. Although they took over the Excelsior's beach for the actual show, we learned from Grazia's blog that the guests were instead bedding down back on San Marco, in the Westin Europa & Regina.
It's from one of the Regina rooms that Grazia's Style Director files the above video, and her free laughter, which escapes during her narration of the delights of the room and the view of the Grand Canal, sounds like pure elation. And it's no wonder she's happy; a room at The Regina for next week begins at 440 Euro a night, and yet Chanel is putting her up there for free.
Congrats to Westin on their total monopoly over the Chanel Cruise Collection festivities; perhaps next time we visit La Serenissima, as Venice is called, we'll stop by the Lido and pretend for a moment that we have also been invited there by Karl Lagerfeld.