From The Outside Looking In

By KATIE CLASS 

The air in Paris is cold, people all around are walking with a little extra hop in their step to get to their respective heated locations. However, instead of bundling up in a Canada Goose down jacket, a Parisian favorite, fashion enthusiasts are dressed to the nines in their favorite designers in lieu of Paris Fashion week. I stand outside of the Grand Palais, the venue hosting the Chanel Spring ‘15 haute couture show. I can clearly spot out the notable attendees being chased around by flocks of photographers, most have the official invitation already in hand. The Chanel handbags they carry range from vintage to brand new, from basic to avant garde.

Lyn Yaeger carrying Chanel’s patchwork shearing flap handbag from the Fall/Winter 2014 pret-a-porter collection

Lynn Yaeger, a contributing fashion editor to Vogue.com carries Chanel’s patchwork shearing flap handbag from the Fall/Winter 2014 pret-a-porter collection

Kseniya Sobchak carrying a Chanel handbag with crochet details

Kseniya Sobchak, Editor-in-Chief of SNC Magazine, carries a Chanel handbag with crochet details

Olga Novozhilova wearing a complete Chanel look

Olga Novozhilova, fashion enthusiast wears a complete Chanel look

I chuckle to myself as I watch an attendee strut back and forth for photographers, in an attempt to get the perfect shot. While some vie for the attention of the photographers, others are more interested in getting into the show and out of the cold.  Police direct traffic, I even see a man cleaning the sidewalk removing the cigarette butts as if it were his only job. Clearly the Chanel fashion show is truly an event.

Suzy Menkes flashes her Chanel invitation

Suzy Menkes, International Editor of Vogue, flashes her Chanel invitation

Elina Halimi poses wearing a Barbra Bui coat, and Maison Michel hat

Elina Halimi, Art Director of Kabuki Paris, poses wearing a Barbra Bui coat, and Maison Michel hat

Around the corner, the side entrance of the Grand Palais is yet another world all together. Additional flocks of photographers muse at the ‘more’ famous attendees from behind a barricade. Watching from across the street, I see the large doors swing open, yelling and the flash of cameras fill the air. Kris Jenner of the Kardashian clan poses (in head to toe Chanel), then hops into her private van.

Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner

What a magnificent show, that is, the show from the sidewalk.

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