BREAKFAST CLUB: Chanel’s sprawling brasserie show set at the Grand Palais on Tuesday had celebrity guests like Florence Welch in the mood to order a second breakfast.
“I’ve drunk a lot of strong coffee already this morning and now I just want more,” said the Florence and the Machine singer, as she sat at a white tablecloth-clad table.
Welch, who previously took her style cues from Stevie Nicks, is exploring new directions for stage costumes ahead of the release of her third album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” on June 1.
“I’ve actually been making a lot of stuff from scratch with a friend of mine in L.A., just like making shirts and stuff, so that’s been really exciting,” she said. “We’ve been looking at a lot of Nick Cave suits and Bowie ‘Thin White Duke’ era [clothes].”
Alessandra Mastronardi said the décor reminded her of a movie set. “I’m starving. I’m going to order breakfast in two minutes — a really elegant brioche with a double-C on top,” said the Italian actress, as she eyed waiters serving coffee and croissants at the bar (the suspiciously good-looking one was Chanel model Baptiste Giabiconi).
Mastronardi was fresh off the Berlin Film Festival premiere of director Anton Corbijn’s “Life,” which stars Dane DeHaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock.
She plays Pier Angeli. “She was an Italian actress and was actually the only girlfriend of James Dean,” she said, adding that costume designer Gersha Phillips painstakingly reproduced the Fifties clothing from archive footage.
The set put Chinese pop star Li Yuchun, also known as Chris Lee, in the mood for singing. “It feels like we’re stepping into a scene from a musical and all the guests are actually actors,” she said through an interpreter.
Carmen Kass came with her eight-year-old goddaughter, appropriately named Coco. “She’s very into designing,” she said. The Estonian model said it was interesting to watch the emergence of the Instagram generation, like Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, who walked in the show.
“It’s a very, very different world today,” she mused, noting that previously, models relied on an industry insider to give them their big break. “Now it’s the world that judges, and I think it’s great. It gives a variety and diversity to the whole business.”
Disco maestro Marc Cerrone, best known for his hit “Supernature,” let slip that he may spin tunes at Chanel’s next cruise show in Seoul on May 4. “They came to see me play at the Palais de Tokyo last week,” he said.
Soko, his label mate at Because Music, said she still owes one of her fans a home-cooked dinner. It was just one of the prizes she auctioned off on Pledge Music to crowdfund her new album “My Dreams Dictate My Reality” — alongside playing fake bride for a day for $50,000.
The dinner cost a relatively modest $2,000, but that won’t include any Kobe beef steak. “I’m vegan. I love making risotto and vegan mashed potatoes that would not go together. But I also do a mean roast and a guacamole — roasted vegetables,” she clarified.