Discours lors de l’événement Chanel à la Résidence de France - le 31 octobre 2018
I am very happy to welcome you all in this historical property, one of the oldest in Bangkok, since it was given to the French government by King Mongkut more than 160 years ago.
For my predecessors and for myself, it has always been an element of pride to live in such a grand residence. And we have constantly been willing to put it at the service of French Art de vivre.
I must say, in this regard, that Chanel fits in particularly well in this house. Because Chanel is not only contemporary fashion, it is also a part of the French heritage and a part of the French spirit, a sense of creativity and a freedom of the mind that Mademoiselle Chanel embodied so well.
So, in a way, you - coming from all over the world - you are all the custodians of this timeless « French Flair » and « savoir-faire ». I wholeheartedly thank you for that. And I do not doubt one second that, tomorrow, the presentation of Karl Lagerfeld’s 2019 Cruise collection on the banks of the river Chao Phraya, will meet the success it deserves.
And on that, I wish you a perfect evening in the magical décor that Chanel designed for you.