Out and about with Hatty

Artist Hatty Pedder shares her caricature diary, inspired by Dubai’s creative scene

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What: The unveiling of the Rue de Cambon Vintage Chanel collection.
Where: Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates.
When: Tuesday January 29.

As a Chanel addict, I was excited about the presentation of the Rue de Cambon Vintage Chanel collection from the leading purveyor of vintage couture and owner of US pre-loved designer store What Goes Around Comes Around. I don’t know what it is about the Chanel logo that makes girls go weak at the knees, but it’s powerful and once again I was under its spell.

As I sipped my green mocktail, I spotted two very elegant-looking ladies chatting away on the front row and decided they would make great inking material. I headed over and introduced myself to Julia Niinimaki from Finland, whom I thought looked strikingly like Lady Helen Windsor. Her friend Hanna Karonen, also from Finland, is the founder of Simply Design Interiors.

Finally it was time for the much-anticipated talk by What Goes Around Comes Around founder Seth Weisser, who set up the store with his college friend Gerard Maione in 1993 in New York – it now has many celebrity clients. Seth is a charismatic New Yorker, and as he spoke enthusiastically about vintage, he revealed the excitement involved in seeking out these treasures. He also made me realise I had better start taking care of my own designer pieces.

During the show I became transfixed by three mannequins styled with the classic Chanel beads and statement brooches, and knew I would be obsessing about them for the next few weeks.
For Hatty’s blog and more of her art, see www.hattypedder.com.

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