Serge Carreira and a walk by the Chanel Windows and what I forgot to do…

Dear Shaded Viewers,

On my way to meeting Serge Carreira at Prada for lunch I passed in front of the Chanel windows.


I felt like I was in Tokyo and it was by far the most fun windows on ave. Montaigne. We all wanted to take home one of the Chanel does Minnie Mouse dolls. Sorry for the glare but we are finally experiencing a sunny day in Paris.


Actually if I had not forgotten to file for my visa I would be in New Delhi now enjoying a little Bollywood glamour and glitz on the runway at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. I know this is New Delhi and not Mombai but Bollywood actors Riya Sen, Sameera Reddy and former model turned actor Arjun Rampal were in the capital to be a part of the WLIFW. I would have loved that although the India papers report that Wills Lifestyle India Fashion week is more about business this year than glitz. What happened was that when I was checking in my bags the other day the agent asked to see my visa for India and guess what this world traveller forgot, the visa had never even crossed my mind. I thought that it could be sorted out on the other end but I was very nicely told that no visa no plane. It depressed me so much that it has taken this long for me to even tell you. The thing is if I had gone to visa express the next day, paid 183 euros for the one day service, the extra charge for being American and the normal visa fee it still would have been too late because the Indian embassy only takes applications from 9h30 – 10h30 and it was 11h when I was at CDG which meant that I would not be able to board a plane until the 31st and arrive there today and then I had to be back in Paris by the 4th and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week ends on the 3rd. It seemed like too much travelling for maximum of 3 days.
I am very red face about the incident. Maybe I’ve been travelling too much and was not one place long enough to think about it. One thing is for sure, I won’t make that mistake again. I had really been looking forward to it for months now. At any rate Shaded Viewers will get news from my former collegue from the days when I worked for Joyce Ma, Caroline Young, who is living there now and offered to keep you all posted on the best from New Delhi. Filep Motwary knew how sad I was about my mistake and sent me a Nico song .NICO / THESE DAYS

I’ve been out walking
I don’t do too much talking
These days
These days
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do

And all the times I had
the chance to

I stopped my rambling
I don’t do too much gambling these days
These days
These days I seem to think about
How all the changes came about my way
And I wonder if I’ll see another highway

I had a lover
I don’t think I’d risk another these days
These days
And if I seem to be afraid
To live the life that I have made in song
It’s just that I’ve been losing
So long

La la la la la
La la

I’d stop my dreaming
I won’t do too much scheming these days
These days
These days I sit at corner stones
And count the time in quarter tones to ten
Please don’t confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.