La Chanelphile

December 18, 2009

Vol de Jour – A Short Film by Karl Lagerfeld

A unique short film by Karl Lagerfeld showcasing the Spring Summer 2010 Pre-Collection. Now we can see the Chanel motorcycle in action. Don’t try this at home!

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December 15, 2009

Case Against Chanel Thrown Out of Court

World Tricot Carmen Colle

Last week, a Paris court threw out a case against Chanel brought by World Tricot, a textile company run by Carmen Colle.  Colle alleged that in 2004 she proposed a white crochet design to Chanel, which the company rejected.  She further alleged that a few months later, Chanel used a similar pattern and she sued the couture house for about $3.7 million for alleged counterfeiting and breach of contract.

The case against Chanel was thrown out of court and ‘Chanel was awarded €200,000 for what the house labeled ‘a smear campaign.’” (NY Mag).  It wasn’t a complete loss for Colle, the court awarded her €400,000 for breach of contract because Chanel stopped all pending order with World Tricot once the suit started.

In the ever increasing blurry world of fashion and copyright, this case was a victory for designers who were distinguished from suppliers who make things for designers.  This is an interesting area of the law, especially with regard to knock-offs and it will be interesting to see how this area develops.

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December 5, 2009

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai
The much anticipated Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai collection was shown today in Shanghai and like past Métiers D’Art collections, Karl Lagerfeld took us on a journey to another time and place. It turns out the silent film he wrote and directed did indeed give us a glimpse of some of the time periods in China’s history that inspired some pieces, namely the 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s and traditional imagery from the Imperial Court.

The collection featured Chinoiserie at its best with borrowed elements including the utilitarian military looks of Communist China, cheongsam gowns, Coolie straw hats, and accents of red and yellow. The collection was very luxurious with pendant earrings and hair pieces, camelia leather leggings, sculptural coats and shaggy furs. It wouldn’t be a Chanel show without the usual suspects: camelias galore, the iconic 2.55 handbag, and the signature tweed suit.

The collection is beautiful and I can’t wait to see detail shots of the accessories and nail colors. My favorite item in the collection by far are the leather camelia leggings – they are sexy, feminine and so necessary in my closet! More images from the collection below, as well as a video of the runway show set against the backdrop of the beauty of Shanghai.

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai

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December 3, 2009

Paris-Shanghai: The Trip That Coco Chanel Only Made In Her Dreams

Paris-Shanghai: The Trip That Coco Chanel Only Made In Her Dreams

Today Paris-Shanghai: The Trip That Coco Chanel Only Made In Her Dreams, a short film written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld, premiered online.  The film opens in the 1950s with Coco Chanel having tea with the Duchess of Windsor who notices Chanel’s Chinese art collection and then tells Mlle. Chanel about her adventures in Shanghai.  After their brief meeting, Chanel takes a nap and has a series of dreams where she visits Shanghai at different periods in history – the 1960s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s and the Imperial Court period.  I’m thinking that’s a clue to the periods of time that Karl Lagerfeld may have found inspiration for the collection – we’ll find out tomorrow.

The film is interesting because it’s actually filmed in Coco Chanel’s apartment but there were little things that irked me.  Chanel has a french accent when speaking English as a young woman, but no accent as an adult…where did the accent go??  (They had this same issue in the Liftetime movie).  Also, a big pet peeve was that they had Chanel familiar faces like Freja Beha and Baptiste Giacobini play Chinese characters.  Sorry, black winged out eyeliner doesn’t make a person Asian, and is up there with Black Face in my eyes – I’m just sayin’.  I’ll try to ignore the aspects I don’t like for now and channel my energy into being excited about seeing the collection tomorrow – stay tuned!

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December 2, 2009

Chanel Paris-Shanghai Diary of the Collection Videos

La Chanelphile: Chanel “métiers d’art” Paris Shanghai collection Diary of a collection

A little while back we gave you a sneak peek of the Paris-Shanghai collection.  Tomorrow the Short Movie made by Karl Lagerfeld for the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai premiers and the following day the fashion show for the collection will take place in Shanghai. I can’t wait!

In the mean time, we can keep our appetites sated by watching the following videos that are part of the “Diary of the Collection.” Each episode is great because it gives a glimpse of the inner workings of Chanel from Karl sketching, to behind the scenes views of shooting the press kit and short film, to samples getting packed for the fashion show.  It’s so exciting to see how things are done at the House of Chanel.  Watch the episodes below…

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The History of the Chanel 2.55 Handbag and How to Spot a Fake

I recently came across an informative article that goes over the history of the iconic Chanel 2.55 Handbag and all of the details, and the inspiration behind them on Fashion Pearls of Wisdom.

Chanel 2.55 Handbag Original and Classic

The writer takes us through her most recent find of an original Chanel 2.55 bag from the 1950s-1960s that was designed by Mademoiselle Chanel herself.  So gorgeous!  She then details the differences between the original bag (“reissue”) and the handbag that Karl Lagerfeld tweaked in the 1980s (“classic”).  Both bags are still available today and have very subtle differences.

Finally, the writer gives us tips on how to spot a fake – very helpful clues.  I still don’t have a 2.55 bag and it’s on the top of my wish list but now I would love to get my hands on an original designed by Coco herself.

Read the full article on Fashion Pearls of Wisdom.

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