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Chanel Boutique Re-opening

There are store openings. Then there are Chanel boutique openings. And over on Maiden Lane recently, it was wall-to-wall fabulousness at the re-opening of Chanel.

If we actually could have seen those walls (or the shelves, stairs and vitrines) amid the crush of well-dressed revelers, we’re sure they’re smashing. The boutique’s up-do was created by architect-designer Peter Marino who handles the signature looks of Chanel boutiques worldwide.

Co-hosted by sartorial swans Vanessa Getty and Samantha Traina, the event featured a dramatic black-and-silver party tent which enveloped most of Maiden Lane.

Within mannequins sported the latest couture from the vaunted fashion house as The Misshapes spun their sonic tunes. The tent also featured banquette seating where guests could nibble on Paula LeDuc delicacies such as Peking Duck mini tacos and wild mushroom ravioli.

The boutique currently features designer Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel 2010 Cruise Collection which was inspired by the sights, sounds and style of Venice, a favorite city of founder Coco Chanel.

“Lagerfeld,” said Barbara Cirkva, Chanel Fashion Division President, “takes us us on a journey like no other.”

Check out more photos below . . .

The dramatic Chanel party tent on Maiden Lane

Event co-chairwoman Samantha Traina with her mom, author Danielle Steel and her father, John Traina

SF Ballet principal dancer Yuan Yuan Tan and Goretti Lo Lui

Maryann Opperman with her son-in-law, Billy Getty and her daughter, Vanessa Getty

Todd and Katie Traina

SF Ballet principal dancer Damien Smith and Donald Van der Marcke

Alex and Alison Turner

Yurie Pascarella and O.J. Shansby in matching Chanel jackets

Radio Alice's Hooman checks out the goods