'Dreaming of Chanel' at Cranlana, Melbourne

Nicole Jenkins and my beautiful Cranlana models enjoying lunch after our catwalk parade 
Each talk, event or fashion parade I do with my collection is unique. Some are big with lots of models, dynamic music and huge organising while others are intimate and elegant. My 'Dreaming of Chanel' event at the myer family home, Cranlana in Toorak, was the perfect example of the latter. Cranlana is stunning, full of history and atmosphere and one of the most intimate venues one could imagine for hosting a fashion event. Small tables with 4 to 5 chairs were placed around the ballroom. As each model entered wearing an outfit from the book, they were able to sashay and turn infront of each group of guests. It felt as if we were all sitting in Mlle Chanel's salon in Place Vendome for a private viewing of one of her collections in the 50s. I invited Lisa van Haandel - friend, beautifully dressed and owner of The Prince among other things, and Lisa di Trocchio - another friend and assistant curator of International Fashion and Textiles at the NGV, were my special guests. Both Lisa and Paola brought a dress with them and while delicate canapes and cups of tea were served, they regaled us with stories about their favourite dress. Later, to Penelope Sai's beautiful cd 'Evening Falls', 8 garments were modelled by 5 stunning models. Nicole Jenkins of Circa Vintage (http://www.circavintage.com.au/) helped style the models to perfection. It was a beautiful event. I will never forget the image of models wearing Darnell garments in such elegant surrounds. It reminded me of a very personal visit I had of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's house on the outskirts of Paris many years ago. Thank you to Kerry Gardner for making the Cranlana event happen. All proceeds of the event went to the library at Cardross Primary School in Victoria - affected by flooding in March.