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January 28, 2009

Paper Trail: Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2009

Chanel Couture Spring 2009

Chanel Couture Spring 2009

A few weeks back, Karl Lagerfeld’s quote about “bling” heard ’round the world so people were waiting with anticipation to see what Uncle Karl would do for Chanel‘s Spring 2009 Couture collection. After all, is it possible to have couture without all the accouterment that may, how do you say . . . bling? Yesterday, Monsieur Lagerfeld showed the world that you could still have luxury without ostentatious displays of wealth. He showed us that true luxury is in the details, in the materials and the thoughts and ideas behind it all. His inspiration for the couture collection was very simple: “The idea was a white page,” Lagerfeld stated. The paper theme was seen everywhere from the set design to the clothing and accessories.

Chanel Couture Spring 2009

Chanel Couture Spring 2009

The collection was mostly white with a few black accents and some black and white prints. The pieces were subtle with clean lines, cinched waists and strong shoulders. The textiles are gorgeous and evoke paper through sheerness, texture and weight. Known for kicking off many a nail color trend, the nails were short and white, a complete departure from the blacks, golds and blues the house made so popular last year. The set was created under the direction of Stéphane Lubrina, who, with a team of 40 people and over 15 weeks, created 6,700 assorted-species blossoms. And of course, the house wouldn’t dare use paper made from trees – rather all the paper was glass-based. The gorgeous head pieces were also made from paper by Katsuya Kamo, Japanese hair stylist extraordinaire. The detail of the hair pieces is incredible and I’m wondering what’s going to happen to all of those treasures after the show? They are little works of art in and of themselves and I hope they find a happy home. If they need one, I can provide one! Read the full story for more images from the show and catch the video below to see Karl Lagerfeld being interviewed, Keira Knightley’s take on the show and some runway footage.

Images: Style & WWD

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Filed under: Chanel Haute Couture — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 7:47 pm

January 20, 2009

Wearin’ The Money – Chanel “5″ Euro Cuffs

Chanel “5″ Euro Cuffs
Chanel “5″ Euro Cuffs

Back in November we gushed about the Chanel 5 Euro Coin made to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Gabrielle Chanel’s birth.  If you didn’t get your Euro, this Spring, Uncle Karl is releasing cuffs – accessories that Mademoiselle herself used to wear, with the gold coins embedded in them.   If he’s got these up his sleeve (pun intended), I can’t wait to see what other “coin” pieces he has.  Please, please have bracelets and belts with dangling coins galore ala vintage 80s Chanel!!

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Filed under: Chanel Jewelry,Coco Chanel,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 8:03 pm

January 8, 2009

V is for Vendetta: Chanel’s Newest Nail Obsession

Vendetta by Chanel
Vendetta by Chanel

Last month I wrote about the Chanel Paris-Moscou collection of nail color and I was confused how a royal color such as purple wasn’t included in a collection heavily influenced by the folklore and charm of Czarist Russia.  I went to a Chanel boutique a over the holiday break to pick up Or de Russe (“Russian Gold”) and I found my reason why:  Chanel DOES have a very regal purple as part of their Spring collection so I guess they didn’t want to double up.  It doesn’t matter to me what collection it’s a part of.  I’m just happy that Chanel’s newest shade, Vendetta, is here.  Vendetta is a gorgeous, deep violet with just the right amount of shimmer.  I normally don’t like shimmery nail polish and always opt for matte nail color, but Chanel always manages to give you just a touch of shimmer that’s the perfect amount.  And, what a great name!  This color is not for sissies!  You can purchaseVendetta at Chanel boutiqes and online here.

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