La Chanelphile

April 17, 2008

Chanel Limited Edition Nail Colors

chanel nail polish
To celebrate the opening of a new Chanel store in Los Angeles next month, Chanel is introducing 4 limited edition nail colors. Inspired by famous streets and the pop-art colors of sunny skies and surf, the polishes are called appropriately enough – Melrose, Rodeo Drive, LA Sunrise, and LA Sunset. The limited edition colors will be available in store and then online beginning in June. I need to get down to LA in May – I really need the Robertson Boulevard purple!


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April 16, 2008

Chanel Fine Jewelry Camélia Collection

*I know proper grammar dictates the use of the word “were” not “was” but the title is a tongue in cheek reference to the song Rich Girl song*
chanel fine jewelry camelia collection
By now you probably know that I love all things Chanel, and their new fine jewelry Camélia Collection is no exception. The Camélia was Mlle. Chanel’s favorite flower and she adorned herself with this bloom often, so much so, that the Camélia is an important part of the company’s branding. The collection features 3 themes: Camélia Sculpté (sculpted black onyx and white cacholong with diamonds), Fil de Camélia (white gold with diamonds) and Camélia Ajouré (yellow gold). I love them all and though they all feature the Camélia in the design, each collection is unique and breath-taking. The Camélia Sculpté collection is a twist on Mlle. Chanel’s favorite color combination: “Feminine and delicate, . . . [the Camélia Sculpté collection] draws on the refinement and perfect harmony of the contrast between black and white, the two fundamental colours [sic] of Chanel.” The Fil de Camélia collection is for the girls who consider diamonds to be their best friend. “This is an irregular line that emphasizes the perfect curves of the iconic Chanel flower and the faultess contours of its petals.” And finally, the Camélia Ajouré collection is a very modern, airy interpretation of the iconic flower. “The feminine curves of the Chanel flower form a breezy mesh of fluide geometric effects and stylized lace impressions on the skin.” I want one of everything please!

View pictures from the three collections after the jump . . .

Chanel Camélia Sculpté Collection:
chanel camelia sculpte
chanel camelia sculpte
Chanel Fil de Camélia Collection:
chanel fil de camelia collection
chanel fil de camelia collection
Chanel Camélia Ajouré Collection:
chanel camelia ajoure collection
chanel camelia ajoure collection
chanel camelia ajoure

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Audrey Tautou: The New Face of Chanel No. 5

audrey tautou
A few months back we reported that Audrey Tautou would be playing the one and only Mlle. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the film adaption of the designer’s life. Today, we just learned that Audrey Tautou is said to also be the face of the upcoming campaign and commercials for the legendary Chanel No.5 fragrance.
chanel no 5
The actress will work with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who directed Audrey in cult classic Amélie. She will follow in the footsteps of actress Nicole Kidman who filmed a commercial and ad campaign for Chanel No. 5 and who worked with director Baz Luhrmann who worked with Ms. Kidman in Moulin Rouge. I LOVED what they did together and I’m really excited to see what the next commercial will be like. You can view the Nicole Kidman Chanel No. 5 commercial here – I never tire of watching it!

I’m really happy with the decision to have Audrey Tautou represent Coco in the film and be the face of the designer’s signature fragrance. Especially, since I was really unhappy with Keira Knightley being cast at the face of the Coco Madamoiselle. fragrance. Though stunningly beautiful, I didn’t think Ms. Knightly embodied the class, elegance and style of Mlle. Chanel. I think the company has made up for this by choosing to work with Mlle. Tautou. What do you think?


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April 14, 2008

Grand Theft Auto Presents: DJ Karl aka Karl Lagerfeld

Veteran Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld, turns DJ in his latest career move. He will be featured in the popular game, Grand Theft Auto, as a virtual DJ. This goes to show that being labeled as a veteran, doesn’t stop Karl from being on top of his game, whether it’s trends or technology.

Source: WWD

Read the full story after the jump…

Karl Spins for Grand Theft Auto
Published: Tuesday, April 08, 2008
By Marc Karimzadeh

NEW YORK — Karl Lagerfeld, video game warrior?

Not quite, but the designer will get his game close-up in the much-anticipated fourth installment of “Grand Theft Auto,” due out on April 29. While “Grand Theft Auto” fanatics will not encounter Lagerfeld speeding down the road or lurking in a dark alley, they can cruise through the game’s Liberty City listening to him on the radio as he DJs on air at the game’s K109 The Studio station.

Lagerfeld was introduced to executives of maker Rockstar Games through his friend, Daphne Guinness, and called the encounter a “friendship at first sight.” He didn’t hesitate about participating. “They are the games of our times,” he said. “Those games in a way changed the world.”

In video games, few things are as anticipated as “Grand Theft Auto IV” — and Lagerfeld’s role is sure to further that sentiment, particularly in fashion circles. “Grand Theft Auto” is one of the most successful video games and has sold more than 65 million copies. Much as it has become iconic, it also has been controversial for its violent nature.

The next installment of the game, which retails for $59.99, will focus on Eastern European immigrant Niko Bellic’s search for success in America. Bellic has to navigate his way through Liberty City, the game’s grimy version of New York, replete with a melting pot of languages, hot dog vendors, music blasting from passing cars, taxis stuck in traffic and passersby on their cell phones.

Players can pick from multiple radio stations for the soundtrack, ranging from licensed songs to new ones. Lagerfeld picked his favorite electronica and dance music and peppered the selection with some of his rapid-fire commentary.

“They had written a politically incorrect dialogue,” the designer said. “I loved it, [particularly] in a time when everybody wants to be so politically correct when they talk.”

He didn’t have to dig too deep to find his music selection. “Music is part of the life of fashion, too,” he said. “Through the famous sound stylist Michel Gaubert, I’m very much ‘au courant’ and know what’s going on.”

While Lagerfeld hasn’t succumbed to game mania and is unlikely to trade in his sketchbook for a wireless controller quite yet, he admitted that he isn’t opposed to being a visible game character fighting his way through an imaginary metropolis one day. “I prefer to be in a video than to play with it,” Lagerfeld said. “I would love to be a very nasty, politically incorrect character.”

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