A lucky auction winner will be headed to the fall Chanel show in Paris and, above, the apartment of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.
Paris fashion getaway highlights Red Cross benefit
If you've ever dreamed of jetting to Paris for the fashion shows, Chanel just might make your wish reality.
The "Ultimate Parisian Fashion Experience" is the pièce de résistance of a silent auction that will be part of "Tea at Halekulani," a benefit for the American Red Cross Hawaii chapter.
The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. May 7 at Halekulani and will feature highlights from Chanel's Spring/Summer 2006 Ready-to-Wear Collection, accompanied by select pieces from Chanel Fine Jewelry. Tickets are $250.
Among items to be auctioned is admission* to the October world premiere of the Chanel Spring/Summer Ready to Wear 2007 collection in Paris. Adding to this ultimate experience will be a private viewing of Coco Chanel's private apartment, where the legendary designer entertained creative artists such as Picasso, Colette and Jean Cocteau.
Bidding opens Wednesday at the Chanel Waikiki Boutique and closes May 12. Minimum bid is $5,000. The auction does not include airfare to Paris.*
To buy tickets for "Tea at Halekulani," call Jaylene Chee at the Red Cross, 739-8130. Proceeds will go directly to the Hawaii chapter and will stay in Hawaii.
"People think they gave to Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina, but we have everyday needs at home," said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaii chapter. "We have one disaster every two or three days in Hawaii."
They might not be on the same level as the southern Asian tsunami and Katrina disasters that depleted Red Cross coffers, but she said, "In the past three months we responded to 71 local disasters, including 48 apartment and house fires, and the floods.
"We're always there side by side with the police and military; people expect to see us, but they don't realize we're not a government agency and we need funding to be able to respond to or to prepare for the next disaster."
Friday, April 21, 2006
» Tickets for two to Chanel's fall show in Paris and a tour of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's apartment will be auctioned at a Red Cross benefit May 7. An article that appeared on Page D1 yesterday incorrectly implied that the package included the trip to Paris.