Karl Lagerfeld showed the Chanel pre-fall 2010 collection in Shanghai. He used the Huangpu River and the neon-lit skyline of Shanghai as the dramatic setting. To elaborate the collection’s inspiration, Karl directed a film called “Paris-Shanghai: A Fantasy”, starring Jane Schmitt as Coco, Amanda Harlech as the Duchess of Windsor, and Freja Beha Erichsen and Baptiste Giabicon played a pair of young Chinese Aristocrats.
The clothes are some of Chinese historical clothes- Commnist Mao suits, Mongolian tapestry boots, terra-cotta army and comrade caps.
Did Gabrielle Chanel ever set foot in the gambling parlors; opium dens; and shady, glamorous nightclubs of twenties and thirties Shanghai? Well, no. The collection yielded covetable gilded embroidery in the form of a Chinese cabinet on a windowpane tweed suit, camellias carved into the surfaces of black leather leggings, and a military quilted vest, but the elaborate justification for this latest flex of Chanel’s corporate muscle was a Lagerfeld-directed movie, Paris-Shanghai: A Fantasy, starring the designer’s inner-circle favorites. Amanda Harlech impersonated the Duchess of Windsor, and Freja Beha Erichsen and Baptiste Giabiconi played a pair of young Communists, while the convincing Coco look-alike Jane Schmitt dreamed her way from an afternoon nap in her chinoiserie-decorated Rue Cambon apartment through various sequences in Old Shanghai—not forgetting an encounter with Marlene Dietrich on the way.