‘An Elegant Affair’–BOSL’s tribute to Coco Chanel

‘An Elegant Affair’–BOSL’s tribute to Coco Chanel

In the pantheon of fashion gods, one name rules above all others. A woman who was a pioneer, a rebel–a woman of unswerving self-belief; lover of many, truly known by few. The name is Mademoiselle Coco Chanel. Controversial throughout her life, Chanel created elegant yet simple clothes; garments that shocked and astounded in equal measure. A true innovator, her name still resonates, continually inspiring fashion designers in both real and virtual worlds to strive for excellence.

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Paying tribute to Coco and her enduring legacy, twenty of SL’s most prestigious fashion houses were invited to design key pieces that would simultaneously define their own style and echo that of the great designer herself. Once again, the luxuriant setting of the Patch Thibaud Auditorium was the setting for this, the Grand finale to the ‘Best of Second Life Magazine’ fashion week. With its beautiful art deco furnishings, you could almost sense the ghost of Chanel herself-watching with approval from one of the balconies as the show began.

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As the red velvet curtains drew back, a spectacular stage was revealed based on a Chanel shop front with stunning models from the Boulevard Agency, silhouetted against a Parisian sky. There were gasps from the huge assembled audience. The magnificence of the stage left us all spellbound as Cheri Parker, our welcoming host for the event, introduced the models. The evening’s entertainment, singer Elvera Lerner, serenaded us with her melodious voice, singing a selection of show tunes and Cole Porter classics, thus providing the perfect soundtrack to the supremely glamorous atmosphere.

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The real stars of the show were the clothes themselves and the designers exceeded all expectations. Variations of Chanel classics such as the little black dress were given futuristic flourishes such as swirling fur trim and layers of opalescent tulle.  Chanel’s trademark pearls were encrusted over tight bodices. Her other signature design statement, tweed, was given a contemporary twist and featured on cropped jackets and headwear. Naturally, an emphasis on traditional Chanel colors of dynamic white and black featured heavily throughout, but each designer managed to make the creations their very own, imbuing the clothes with the essence of Chanel yet creating their own unique styles. Enhancing the clothes even further, footwear was provided by the incomparable Stiletto Moody, the perfect shoes to wear with any Chanel-inspired creation.

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Even when the hour-long catwalk show was over, the excitement did not end, as the CEO of BOSL, Frolic Mills took to the stage, accompanied by all the participating models. Standing on top of a glistening white carousel, Mr. Mills announced to the thrilled audience, which included a huge selection luminaries from the SL fashion scene such as Raven Pennyfeather, Applonia Criss, Jarl Soderstrom and Mimi Juneau, that one lucky audience member would receive the entire collection. After calling out a selection of Chanel related questions in local chat, it was declared that the winner of this glittering prize was Nino Heartsdale who told me that she was “overwhelmed, stunned and completely delighted at winning these exquisite clothes”.  This show was undeniably a resounding triumph for all those involved and a fitting homage to Coco Chanel–a woman whose designs shaped the way we all dress today.

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