Welcome to Brasserie Gabrielle, breakfast is served. So that’s one croissant, with a side of tweed? Bon appetite, mademoiselle.
PFW: Chanel AW15
A fully functioning brasserie, complete with boiled eggs, fluffy baked croissants, gooey pain au chocolate’s, organic orange juice, freshly ground coffee and of course, bottles and bottles of champagne. As ever, no expense was spared, and following on from the AW14’s Chanel Supermarche and SS15’s riotous feminist protest on Boulevard Chanel, it’s safe to say that this was yet another Chanel spectacular. Red leather booths, tiled floor with interlocking ‘BD’ mosaics and staff waiting on each model, hand and foot – Brasserie Gabrielle was most certainly a five star establishment.
When it came to the collection, embellishments, sequins, tartans, feathers and metallic threads were flavour of the season. Whilst Cara Delevingne looked fierce in a quilted tweed-meets-bomber jacket embellished with chunky beads; Jamie Bouchert channelled elegance with an edge, in a white handkerchief skirt and a collared black boucle jacket; and Binx Walton stomped through the bistro in a three-piece red tartan look that featured panels of quilted cubes. With burgundy PVC cuffed jogging bottoms (worn under a skirt) also on the agenda, Karl Lagerfeld’s AW15 girls were ready for all occasions. Post breakfast, of course.
Meanwhile evening pieces came in sheer loose-hung black chiffon. Cara and BFF Kendall Jenner walked through the Brasserie in complimentary outfits – Cara’s hair slicked back into a low ponytail, Kendall’s in an off centre French roll – laughing and exchanging conversation and smiles as they went. Were they deciding what to order from the maître’d? Or, were they planning their Chanel personal orders? Sadly, we’ll never know but we imagine it’s the latter.
Three lucky men also received an invite to this lauded Chanel brunch. Dressed in oversized quilted boucle bombers, complete with patches, paired with velveteen cords and skinny black jeans – following last seasons protest, it would be wrong not to further front gender equality on the runway, right?
Hanging their jackets and coats up within our gaze (before picking up a copy of The New York Times), the models perched in booths or propped themselves at the bar, willing us to participate in a lengthy inspection of their wears.
It was here we familiarised ourselves with the finer details, those we don’t absorb upon first glance. Much to the dismay of every sports-lux lover, trainers were not on the agenda for AW15. Instead, each and every look was complete with an identical pair of block-heel courts – a modification of the classic Chanel pump; whilst bags came in classic quilted styles, with the addition of a double branded saucer bag. Chanel shopping basket? Check. Chanel quilted milkshake cross-body tote? Check. Chanel saucer bag… It’s another sensible investment, right?
Meanwhile newspapers sat in kangaroo type pouches on the back of knitted funnel neck jumpers (convenient and cute), whilst oversized coins hung from chain belts, and hair was complete with embellished headbands – Blair Waldorf eat your heart out.
Covetable clothes, mammoth set design and the cream of the model crop – forget Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this season it’s all about breakfast at Brasserie Gabrielle.
Words: Brooke McCord.