After the spectacle of the Chanel Métiers d’Art show, I really didn’t think anything could ever top the experience, but the dinner in honour of Karl Lagerfeld that followed immediately after the show did just that.
Look. I know I’m on the verge of sounding a little overly lyrical, but it is simply because my words or images can’t quite describe what it was truly like to be there. Led through the medieval castle by candlelight, we emerged through to the other side, where an epic, especially-built staircase led us down towards the surrounding lake where an enormous glass tentcomplex had been erected to host the dinner.
I’d seen pictures of the tent before, but nothing could quite prepare any of us for the experience of walking down those stairs, whilst six bagpipers in the distance played us to our dinner. The surrounding forest was eerily lit, and smoke, torches and fires were the only light to guide us down. Breathtaking would be an understatement – it was an oddly emotional moment, which had everyone completely captivated.
The see-through tents played host to a dinner Mary Queen of Scots would have approved of: the lake on one side, the forest and the castle on the other, and inside, beautiful and elaborately decorated round tables for the 400 guests. The tent was lit by thousands of candles and we were served a Scottish inspired feast, topped off by a surprise performance by one of the hottest young artists of the moment, Jake Bugg, whilst Karl sat front row to enjoy the gig.
The walk back to the castle to get to our modern-day carriages was bittersweet – so beautiful yet also the end of what will go down as one of the most magical nights of my (and many others, I can assure you) life.
Oh Chanel, no one puts on a party quite like you… and how you’ll ever top this one, I’m not sure, but I look forward to finding out.