Le Jardin de Tweed Chanel

Ginza TokyoChanel’s Le Jardin de Tweed (The Garden of Tweed), housed on the rooftop terrace of the Chanel Ginza building lets diners take in the spectacular views of Tokyo’s premier luxury shopping district while sipping on Perrier-Jouët champagne and munching on everything from delicious cheese platters to a light meal with dessert. Well worth a visit if you’re ever in town!

Le Jardin de Tweed Chanel Ginza

Linnea Nilsson at Chanel Le Jardin de Tweed Ginza, Tokyo

Chanel Le Jardin de Tweed Ginza, TokyoIf you really want to maximize your multitasking skills you can forgo the lovely shade provided by the parasols and work on your tan while both dining and socializing.

Cheese Platter at Chanel Le Jardin de Tweed Tokyo GinzaA succulent cheese selection from France that makes my mouth water just at the memory…

Lunch at Chanel Le Jardin de Tweed Tokyo GinzaGinza Sakura Box including a prosciutto salad, freshly baked focaccia, roasted pork with mustard, potato puree, marinated salmon and vegetables, beet-flavored ricotta cream, and for dessert a mango and vanilla matelasse and sakura macaron.

Beige Alain Ducasse at Chanel Tokyo

Chanel Beige Restaurant TokyoFeasting on Michelin starred cuisine on the skyline of Ginza- one of the world’s most luxurious shopping districts, is the best pick-me-up after an intensive shopping spree. Alain Ducasse’s restaurant Beige, in collaboration with fashion brand Chanel boasts two Michelin stars and offers a sumptuous setting with excellent service and delicious food that indulges both sight and taste senses.

Beige Alain Ducasse TokyoBeige tweed upholstery in line with classic Chanel suits is used on the dining chairs and the large glass windows feature a square quilting diamond pattern similar to that of the Chanel 2.55 handbag.

Linnea Nilsson at Chanel Beige TokyoI chose a delicate green lentil soup followed by roast chicken from Bresse as appetizer.

Chanel Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo

This was then followed by a main course of seared Kinmedai, two ways fennel, lemon jus.

Small Sweets at Beige Chanel Alain Ducasse Tokyo Small sweets included summery lemon and sakura (cherry blossom) macaroons with chocolate Chanel buttons.

ベージュ アラン・デュカスAs for dessert, I simply had to try the lavish and indulgent chocolate-praline Chanel square sprinkled with gold leaf and served with hazelnut gelato. Délicieux!

Ginza TokyoThe restaurant also offers a fabulous view of the luxury lined streets of Ginza with the Bvlgari, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier buildings in the near distance.

Signature of Elegance at Chanel Nexus Hall

Chanel Nexus Hall Signature of Elegance Lillian BassmanFor you fashionistas or photography buffs, this is the exhibit for you and what better setting than Chanel’s vast Tokyo Ginza store which houses it’s very own gallery space on the 4th floor in the Chanel Nexus Hall. The exhibition Signature of Elegance displays a stunning selection of black and white fashion photographs by the legendary photographer Lillian Bassman (1917-2012).

Chanel Nexus Hall Signature of Elegance Lillian BassmanWhile some images oozed post WWII glamor typical of Christian Dior’s New Look, others appeared as modern as ever. Lillian Bassman’s images of furtive eroticism featuring corsets, girdles and lingerie could easily enough grace the current pages of Vogue Paris without looking out of place. And, unlike the crass, sometimes even disturbing, erotically charged images of Helmut Newton (1920-2004), Lillian Bassman applied a tasteful sensitivity to her work with the female form.

So whether or not you find yourself in Tokyo at the moment and have access to Chanel Nexus Hall, Lillian Bassman is a name well worth looking up and getting some inspiration from.

Chanel – The Little Black Jacket

Chanel - The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionWell, we all know the importance of owning and working that little black jacket or little black dress, regardless of whether or not it’s actually a Chanel. This was certainly the case when it came to Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition at Saatchi Gallery here in London. The exhibit acts as a sort of shrine to the iconic jacket but also to the iconic names that bear the garment in the photographs snapped by none other than Mr. Karl Lagerfeld himself.

Chanel- The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionThe rooms were naturally abuzz but the actual display and curation of the exhibition felt a bit too safe for my taste. The large collection of portrait posters created more of a hall of fame with celebrities, socialites and style icons acting as the focal point as opposed to the actual jacket itself. To be honest, I was a bit let down by the whole presentation as I simply have higher expectations when it comes to a large luxury brand such as Chanel. If this is their attempt at fashion as art, I’m going to need a bit more convincing!

linneabylinneanilsson fashion, coatYes, it was the stylish duo of me (wearing a linnebylinneanilsson coat) and my darling friend Haley who were on the judging panel for today’s event, which was nice but surprisingly left us neither impressed nor blown away.

Chanel- The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionAlthough, this image of a dark Marie Antoinette did have me slightly intrigued… an idea for my Halloween costume perhaps? ♪ Whip it ♪

Chanel’s Le Jardin de Tweed

Welcome to a little bit of paradise, Chanel’s Le jardin de tweed (the garden of tweed) is conveniently located at the rooftop of their Ginza store. So, if you’ve had a tiresome day shopping at Tokyo’s most luxurious streets, this is the terrace to visit and replenish your energies.

The terrace design is sleek and stylish, offering either the option of basking in the sun and working on your jet setter St. Tropez tan or sitting under the safe guard of a parasol.

The stylish terrace offers café-style food with aperitifs and other deliciously elegant snacks. It is catered by Beige’s chef Alain Ducasse which is conveniently located a level down in the Chanel building.

The Champagne Perrier Jouët themed bar serves a range of summery cocktails including champagne of course, but also tea, coffee, and lemonade.

The fabulous view that features Tokyo’s very own version of the Parisian Eiffel tower in the distance, namely Tokyo Tower.

The food arrived in this fabulously simple basket and was presented in a very tasteful manner. I couldn’t wait to dig in and see what a Chanel menu tastes like. I nibbled on a small salad, some poisson (fish) bruschetta and cup of legumes (vegetables). For dessert some pound cake, rose and mint flavored marshmallows, a fabulous macaroon with possibly what tasted like hazelnut filling and some fruit. Such a scrumptious menu!

Ginza street view.

I couldn’t get enough of the dessert menu so I ordered an ice latte to enjoy with some Chanel chocolates.

Très chic!

If you find yourself in need of a trip to the ladies or mens room, you may find yourself searching for quite a while as the outside looks more like a stylish walk in closet than a restroom. A collection of Chanel perfumes is on proud display as is a classic Chanel handbag and some men’s  ties.

The ladies room sign was by far the most stylish one I’ve seen to date.

The men’s room sign proved equally stylish with three Chanel ties in the colors of le tricolore (France’s flag).

All in all, this was the perfect day and such a fabulous experience! A must do if you find yourself in Tokyo.

Details from the Ginza Chanel boutique windows.

Chanel, シ ャ ネ ル

My Louis Ghost chair meets my Chanel makeup and jewelry. A must have in any darling’s makeup kit is the ultra stylish Chanel nail polish. My favorites are their Pearl Drop, Flamme Rose, and Violette colors. Elegant, discrete and always appropriate.

Their lipsticks work wonders as well. I chose these specifically to coordinate with my le vernis but also because they look amazing on. Same goes here, elegant, discrete and always appropriate. Perfect!

(Window displays of garments: Chanel, Ginza)