Last week we told you about Chanel’s Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2009 Collection, inspired by the Russia of the past, and all of its folklore, history and charm. A collection would not be complete without must-have, of-the-moment nail colour by Chanel. For the Paris-Moscou collection, Karl Lagerfeld chose 3 jewel-tones colors “that evoke the riches of the Russian Empire” called: Feu de Russe (“Russian Fire”), Nuit de Russe (“Russian Night”) and Or de Russe (“Russian Gold”). The colors are beautiful and have so much shine that there’s a certain irredescence about them. I always love jewel tones in the autumn, and now ladies, we have the perfect jewel-toned shades for our nails. I wish there was an opulent purple. That’s my only complaint, but I would love to have all of these colors. You can get them online now here and they retail for $30 each.
December 17, 2008
December 10, 2008
There’s so much going around in the “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” turf wars but Chanel’s guitar is no match for those reindeer games. For Spring 2009, Chanel is releasing a black matte acoustic guitar shown on the runway with a flamenco-inspired, tiered, ruffle dress. The guitar would not be compelte without a case – a white leather quilted case, that is. And can we talk about the fingerless gloves the model holding the guitar case is wearing. I want a close up, knowing Karl, those are not plain back buttons . . . small camelias perhaps?? Whatever it is, this guitar makes me want to learn how to strum some chords. Check out the gloves and the case after the jump.
December 9, 2008
Last week we posted about the Chanel silent film teaser but we just saw the whole thing on the Chanel website. You can view the full film here. It’s really wonderful to see Chanel’s early life told in a media format that was popular at the time that the story is being told. Karl is a genius, whether it’s fashion design, photgraphy, dj’ing or now, directing film. Bravo!!
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December 6, 2008
Even Chanel is having a sale! I need to check this out immediately! No word on how long it will last and I believe this is only good at Chanel boutiques
December 4, 2008
Yesterday we told you about the silent film that Karl Lagerfeld directed, in homage to Mlle. Chanel, to introduce the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2009 collection. I just found a teaser, and I NEED to find the whole thing! I love it! It totally captures the Chanel spirit, especially since it’s filmed in a way that was “a la mode” of the time period that he’s portraying. Karl is a genius. Check out the teaser below:
And now, the clothing! Karl always manages to surprise and delight me. Whenever I think I’ve seen it all, he takes it to a whole other stratosphere. Last year, for Chanel’s Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall collection Karl took us to London (literally and thematically). This time, though showing in Paris, Karl was inspired by Russia. It’s not too far off the mark considering Chanel herself had a romance with a Russian noble, and was friends with Russian creatives including Stravinsky and Diaghilev. In fact, she designed costumes for one of Diaghilev’s ballets. She was so inspired by her Slavic circle of friends that she even had a design period heavily influenced by traditional Russian dress, especially, of course, the men’s garment. But alas, I’m digressing – I’m here to talk about the clothes!
I’ve gone through the collection twice (so far), and each time I rush through it so quickly because I can’t wait to see what’s next and I miss so many details. Every time I go back and look again I find something else that makes my mouth water. For me, the hair and head-pieces stole the show. The garments, of course are amazing but the hair, the braids, the feathers, the dangling cascades of pearls and chandelier hair/hats – my goodness! A-maz-ing. The “fantasy folkloric headdresses [were made] by Japanese wizard Kamo.” When asked what he had up his sleeve for next year, Karl said: “Shanghai Express — the trip [Chanel] never made.” Chanel was enamoured with Asian artwork and her apartment is known to have housed many, many Coromandel screens. I cannot wait to see what next year will bring!
More pictures from the collection, as well as some video footage of the goings-on at the show with still images of the fashion. As soon as the actual show footage is available online we’ll post it up for you! Jeez, I need a fairy god mother to bestow Chanel every season. Oh, fairy god mother, where are you??
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December 3, 2008
He’s a bit of a renaissance man that Karl. One day he’s designing, another he’s DJing, while another day he’s a photographer. Those of you who know Karl, know that he shoots many of the Chanel ads himself. The Italian edition of Marie Claire tapped Karl to shoot a 2009 calendar featuring one model, Eva Herzigova. The calendar features 24 photos and, “It’s about how one girl can be every woman. It’s an idea I love,” said Lagerfeld. Karl shot the calendar in twelve hours – from 8PM to 8AM – he does not stop! The January issue of the Italian edition of Marie Claire will hit stands and bookstores on December 16th and come packaged in a black box. I can’t wait to see this!
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Karl Lagerfeld directed a 10-minute silent film, documenting the early years of Gabrielle Chanel, to coincide with a showing of Chanel’s Paris-Moscow, a luxury pre-fall ready-to-wear collection. The homage was fitting since her early years were heavily influenced by French men, and Russian men, alike. The film was shot in 2 days and rather than use extras, Lagerfeld recruited actual workers from the atelier. “I cannot take extras,” Karl stated. “They don’t know how to touch the clothes.”
The idea of a silent film is really new, even though the method itself is a bit antiquated. In a time when we’re constantly bombarded with technology, it’s quite refreshing to sit back for a minute in silence and just watch. “Today, people are ready for silent movies again, as they spend time — hours, I would say — looking at text messages and e-mails,” Karl stated. “I always loved silent movies.” It seems like this is the year for Chanel on film, first Lifetime, now this, and next year the feature film. I cannot wait to see this – I feel like with Karl directing this ship, it will be the most accurate, (and probably best looking), portrayal of Mlle. Chanel’s early life. The show and mini-film will be shown tonight in Paris.