Monthly Archives: March 2014

Rebecca Wang Joins A-list Celebrities Front-Row at Chanel Paris Fashion Show

Chanel’s 2014 AW collection unfolded on the morning of Tuesday 4th March at 10.30am in the impressive the Grand Palais in the 8me district of Paris.

Tuesday’s show, always one of the most highly anticipated events of Paris Fashion Week, took place against the stunning backdrop of the Grand Palais. Built in 1900 for the World Fair, the building is a mixture of classicist stone facade, art nouveau iron work and glass and is best known for its enormous glass roof which affords plenty of natural light.

Among the show’s attendees were Keira Knightly, Anna Wintour, Melanie Griffith, Rihanna and Rebecca Wang. Helmsman of creativity at Chanel is Karl Lagerfeld, perhaps the most famous designer of international renown who has headed up the design team there for the last thirty years. Lagerfeld not only leads and oversees the creations for each collection, but also photographs the advertising campaigns for all the houses under his direction each season. He is also to design limited edition homes on La Moda, the world’s first dedicated fashion island. Over his time at Chanel, Lagerfeld has retained the brand’s signature features such as tweed, gold accents and chains, but has also chosen to break away with the traditional lady-like look and experiment with different styles. Coco Mademoiselle and In Between Wear, both of which target younger women, have been launched under his direction in the last decade.

Rebecca Wang Joins A-list Celebrities Front-Row at Chanel Paris Fashion Show

Rebecca Wang Joins A-list Celebrities Front-Row at Chanel Paris Fashion Show

His show opened in lively and active mode: the Palais had been turned into one giant hyper market. Aisles of shelves were stacked high with bright supermarket products, many of them bearing the Chanel logo or labels that linked with the brand. Fresh fruit and vegetables, along with “Chanel” doormats, hammers, cleaning liquids and tins of tea and coffee were among the items on view.

Among these aisles moved the models, showing their clothes and simultaneously getting on with their daily lives, shopping for products. The sudden appearance of an older couple, she in pink boucle suit and he with mustache and jacket, both laden with rue de Cambon bags, served to hint at the diversity and sweep of the designs.

Rebecca Wang Joins A-list Celebrities Front-Row at Chanel Paris Fashion Show

Rebecca Wang Joins A-list Celebrities Front-Row at Chanel Paris Fashion Show

The collection’s range ran from conservative love for a suit, through sophisticated tailoring and simple separates to edgy casual. Oversize shoulders, cage waists and a good amount of pastel tweeds were out in force.  Footwear was flat and interpreted with many colored trainers, some of which reached calf-high as front lace boots. Hair was in sleek pony tails which at the back sported extension braids in fabrics hinting at youth, rebellion and ethnic street style.

Rebecca Wang and Karl Lagerfeld

Rebecca Wang and Karl Lagerfeld

Colors were rich and varied and chief among the themes were layering, contrast and variety. Encompassing casual, smart, conventional and edgy, the relaxed collection showed a multiplicity of designs in daily action, offering something for each and every woman.

The end of the show saw a mad grab by attendees for the displayed products, along with assurance that the food on display would later be distributed among the homeless of Paris.  Chanel delivered- a sustainable and totally contemporary show.

Rebecca Wang supports Star Studded Evening at the 23rd Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

Rebecca Wang supports the 23rd Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party attended by Steven Tyler, Donatella Versace, Jane Fonda, Robert de Niro and Lady Gaga.

On Sunday, March 2, 2014 Hollywood welcomed not only Oscar night, but also the most high profile fundraising event associated with the Academy Awards-the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party.  This annual celebration, now in its 23rd year, is the largest of its kind to happen in Hollywood on Oscar night and to date has raised over $40 million towards the Foundation’s wide range of initiatives against AIDS.

The 2014 party was held in the Pacific Design Centre, West Hollywood where Honorary Chairs Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish welcomed Co-chairs and seasoned supporters, including Steven Tyler, Donatella Versace, Jane Fonda, Robert de Niro, Lady Gaga, and Sharon Stone.

The evening was made possible by generous support and donations at the individual and corporate level. Co-sponsors for this year were luxury car brand Audi, cosmetics group M.A.C VIVA Glam, and financial services group Wells Fargo, while the Starkey Hearing Foundation was an Associate Sponsor.

Among regular individual supporters of the Foundation is executive film producer and entrepreneur, Rebecca Wang, who has been a benefactor over consecutive years, and this year acted as a patron to the event. She said, “It is immensely fulfilling for me to be able to support this cause, and such a truly stellar evening, which at the same time is benefiting the ground-breaking initiatives against AIDS that are led by the Foundation.”

The black tie event saw guests gather at 4.00pm for cocktails where Patron Tequila presented the spirits, and Veuve Cliquot the champagne. A five course meal, planned and prepared by Gordon Ramsey, followed at 5.00pm, during which guests watched the live telecast of the Academy Awards ceremony.

After dinner came a live performance from British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, prior to the staging of the renowned live auction, which was conducted by Alexander Gilkes of Paddles. The auction lived up to its promise of lively and competitive bidding for the exotic lots, where frequently sums around $3 million and over are raised during this part of the evening. Among the enviable items being auctioned this year was a 7 day stay in Steven Tyler’s luxury home in Maui, Hawaii.

DJ Johnny Dyell rounded off the evening with music for dancing the night away to.

Chopard, Neuro drinks and Well Fargo regularly support the Academy Awards Viewing Party and this year was no exception. Appreciation was also voiced for the City of West Hollywood, and American Airlines, the official airline to the Foundation.

Outside her philanthropic role with AIDS-related organizations, her passion for all art forms has acted as a catalyst for her to become patron to many prestigious galleries, and other organizations such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Serpentine gallery, the National Gallery and the Tate Modern.