Chanel's Numéros Privés Exhibit Wows Celebrity Crowd

01/23/2012 at 03:00 PM ET

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It was a day Jessica Alba had long thought about: the day she could finally afford a Chanel bag. Nearly a decade ago, she finally got it.

“I wouldn’t put it down,” she recalled to PEOPLE Friday night. “I’d been an admirer of Chanel for so long. It’s timeless, it’s chic.”

Chanel gave an elite few a peek into that chic world Friday with the grand opening of the Numéros Privés exhibition at Wynn Las Vegas. The invitation-only installation shows guests everything from how the famed bags are made to dolls created by Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld. There’s even a loose recreation of Coco Chanel’s Parisian apartment.

“It’s like every room is an art exhibit,” actress Lily Collins told PEOPLE of the elaborate 10-room tour.

Having received her first Chanel bag from her late grandmother, the history of famed brand wasn’t lost on Collins.  “It doesn’t matter what generation you are. It just blends with your personality and makes you feel that much more chic,” she explained. “The fact that it’s Chanel makes it so you can get away with anything.”

Fashion guru Rachel Zoe told PEOPLE she just “had” to see the exhibit since she’s “obsessed” with Chanel. “I have more Chanel than I have any other single designer for sure,” the Chanel-clad stylist said. “I can’t get enough of it, to be honest with you.” Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung were also on hand to fete the installation, which runs through Jan. 28.

–Mark Gray


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Chinese men love all women but they REALLY love Chinese women. They believe Chinese women are the best. They also think their crltuue, heritage and appearance is better than yours. The hierarchy for a foreign born Chinese man and his family is? usually the following: 1st choice: Chinese; 2nd choice: Korean; 3rd choice: any other east or southeast Asian; 4th choice: white. They say that white women’s noses are too long. Of course there are (very few) exceptions.

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