Chanel Ephemeral Boutique Saint Tropez


For the second year running CHANEL has taken up residence at La Mistralée Hotel, a two minute walk from the Place des Lices and the Old Port. From April through to October the sumptuous interior of this 19th century manor house has been transformed to create a contemporary décor. The Paris-Bombay and the S/S 2012 collection are displayed throughout the house, in the magnificent private gardens and by the swimming pool, juxtaposing the opulence of the house with modernity and boldness.


The spacious “white cube” (contemporary art gallery) drawing room – white walls and chevron parquet – is illuminated by the colours of the Paris-Bombay collection: tyrien rose, gold, and a host of rich and nuanced shimmering metallics. Sculptural monoliths surround the Ready-to-Wear collection and accessories. These minimalist volumes set off the dynamic contrasts: bronze, brass, white mirror and gold on the outside, set against candy pink, burgundy, petrol blue and parma grey inside.


Antique doors open for the walk to the fitting rooms, where each booth is swathed in sensual coppery quilting.

Beneath the glass roof of the conservatory bathed in light, the surroundings become even more summery, providing the perfect vibe for a Saint-Tropez lifestyle. There we discover a six meter-long bar in a metallic shade of champagne for a festoon of hues. We can enjoy perching upon an elegant stool, beneath a glistening beige arch, and try on the costume jewelry and accessories from the collection. A mirrored kiosk has been constructed in the garden as an inviting area in which to relax and to languish in the multi-coloured striped armchair.


Gaze towards the pool house covered with intense block colours, from chocolate, burgundy and taupe grey to Indian pink and mustard yellow. Transparent busts are suspended from the ceiling and appear to float. On display, here are the J12 watches set with diamonds or sapphires as well as the multi-coloured stones, pearls and diamonds from the fine jewelry collection.


An exclusive, limited edition beach bag has been created by CHANEL especially for its ephemeral boutique in Saint-Tropez. The bag comes complete with a reversible mat, woven straw on one side and towelling on the other and will be available end of June 2012. Stay tuned for a photo of the bag coming up soon on Sandra’s Closet.



From April 28th to October 7th 2012
10.00AM-1.30PM / 3.30PM-8.00PM (4.30PM-9.00PM in July and August)
1, avenue du Général Leclerc
83990 Saint-Tropez

What a beautiful store filled with precious must-haves! Happy holiday shopping!

LoL, Sandra





Chanel Paris – Bombay: A Dreamlike Setting

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My look: Fake fur jacket and hot pants, scarf, boots, bag, all by Chanel, bodysuit by Prada.

Yesterday, I attended the Chanel Pre-fall 2012 Paris – Bombay Métier d’Arts show in Paris which left me truly speechless. It was probably the most amazing show I have ever been to with an unbelievable decor. I took so many photos for you to see and dedicate this post only to the setting. The photos of the runway collection will be available here soon as well.
Enjoy this feast for your eyes!

Gate to India

Gate to India


Tea time! The seats were placed at two long tables so that everybody was front row.


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On the huge centerpiece, a “Chanel train” was going around serving food and drinks.





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A nice gift bag was waiting for me at my seat with a beautiful photo book by Armanda Harlech and a bottle of Chanel’s new scent Jersey (more information on it coming up soon).



Chanel PB Seating

We were served with tea, Indian lassis, champagne and yummy patisserie. OMG! A fashion show with food and drinks, this was the best! Please stay tuned for the photos of the collection which was as amazing and outstanding as its beautiful setting. Outside, my driver that Chanel had offered for the day was waiting for me… what a day!
Thank you, Karl, for this dream! I am still on cloud nine!

LoL, Sandra




IMG_5036Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht