La Chanelphile

March 30, 2010

Chanel Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Makeup Collection

Chanel Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Makeup Collection

In December, Chanel presented the Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai collection in Shanghai.  The Métiers D’Art collections are always my favorite because Karl always takes us to exotic locales and the pieces are always exquisitely crafted by the artisans and craftsmen that the house of Chanel is know for working with.

Each season, Peter Philips creates a beauty collection to accompany the fashion collection and for this year’s Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai Collection he created Noir et Or (“Black & Gold”).  Noir et Or takes cues from the apparel and accessories collection that featured jet black with gilded gold accents.

Chanel Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Makeup Collection

I’m very excited about this collection because for the first time, Chanel is offering a black matte nail colour called Black Velvet ($25).  The other Le Vernis colors include Gold Lamé, a Satiny gold nail color ($25) and Illusion d‘or, a transparent sparkling gold nail color ($25).  Though Chanel is no stranger to gold nail polish, Gold Lamé and Illusion d‘or are different than the Gold Fiction and Or de Russe (”Russian Gold” from the Paris-Moscou collection).  Gold Lamé looks like a more subtle version of Gold Fiction and Illusion d‘or is clear with just a hint of gold sparkle.  I definitely can’t wait to get my claws on all of these!

For eyes, Chanel is releasing Ligne et Ombre de Chanel in Jet-Gold, a matte black eyeliner and sparkling gold eyeshadow ($45).  I love the juxtaposition of matte black with lustrous gold.  Chanel herself was said to wear gold eyeshadow – one of my favorite eyeshadow colors.

Noir et Or will be on counters later this week for April 2010 and will be sold exclusively at Chanel boutiques, Chanel Makeup Studios and on Chanel.com.

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March 29, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Image Source: The Greyest Ghost

Last week the fashion community was atwitter on twitter. Why? Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel crew were spotted in the streets of the Lower East Side of New York shooting the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear campaign.  The models on set included Karl’s girl of the moment Freja Beha Erichsen, as well as Abbey Lee Kershaw. It’s not everyday that you get to see Karl Lagerfeld on the streets of New York – I wish I was there to see it with my own eyes! For more behind the scenes images – and close ups of the Chanel Autumn/Winter collection visit The Greyest Ghost.

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Les Pop-Up De Chanel Summer 2010 Makeup Collection



Coco Chanel made tans chic, and now Peter Philips had concocted a summer cosmetics collection that will make bronzed skin glow.  Inspired by Mademoiselle’s idyllic seaside vista, Les Pop-Up De Chanel, boasts a fresh crops of colors that will surely be the cult favorites of the summer.  Neon pink, sunny coral and brilliant turquoise are sure to complement any glowing tan (faux or not).

The limited edition collection features Soleil Tan de Chanel (Moisturizing Bronzing Powder), Rouge Allure (Luminous Satin Lip Color $32), Aqualumière (Sheer Color Lipshine SPF 15 $29), Aqualumière Gloss (High Shine Sheer Concentrate $27), Gloss Fluo de Chanel (Brilliant Lip Shine $27), Lèvres Scintillantes (Glossimer $27) and Le Vernis (Nail Colour $23).

I’m especially loving Le Vernis Nail Colour in Nouvelle Vague – it’s a bit reminiscent of the ever-popular Jade but it’s a bit more blue evoking the Mediterranean Sea. All of these colors looks great together and will take you from the beach to le club. Les Pop-Up De Chanel Summer 2010 Makeup Collection hits stores in May 2010. I know I can’t wait to get my Nouvelle Vague!



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March 23, 2010

Chanel Wins Domain Name Dispute

When you are a brand like Chanel, protecting the brand’s integrity is of the utmost priority. Since the market for counterfeit goods is far-reaching and vast, it’s difficult to control the sale of counterfeit products.

In recent years, counterfeiters have come under attack, notably in New York City and the infamous Canal Street where you used to be able to get knock offs of just about anything. Last December, numerous businesses were closed down and  NYC officials confiscated over $1 million in bootleg goods. And that’s not all;  eBay, the online store has been sued (sometimes successfully) by the likes of Louis Vuitton (NYTimes.com) and Tiffany (MarketWatch.com) for selling counterfeit merchandise.

It seems that the problem of counterfeit goods is not just a problem on the streets and on eBay.  The problem extends to domain names as well.  We’ve all heard stories of domain names purchased with the intent of selling the name to a rightful owner for an exorbitant amount.  That’s not the only foul play regarding domain names.

Some domain names incorporate a brand name solely for the purpose of selling counterfeit products.  For example, chanelsunglassessale.com – Chanel has no intention of every using that domain – but the brand had a problem with someone else using its brand name in their url to sell fake products. In recent years, Chanel has brought several cases against people/companies that purchase domain names with Chanel in the url where the intent is to use the site to sell counterfeit goods.

Chanel has taken great care in trademarking its name and logo around the world – it seems unfair that anyone could then snatch up a url that could confuse customers into thinking they were purchasing legitimate product – and apparently, Courts agree. A little while back, Chanel filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center against Chenying of Xiang Gang, the People’s Republic of China, for purchasing the following domain names: chanelsunglassessale.com; chaneljewelrysale.com; chanelbagsales.com.

The Complainant [Chanel] stressed that the sale of counterfeit goods on the websites under the disputed domain names is paradigmatic bad faith. The Complainant argues that the public is likely to be confused into believing that the disputed domain names and the websites associated therewith have a connection with the Complainant.

The mediators found in favor of Chanel stating that (1) the url was confusing similar with Chanel’s trademark; (2) Chenying didn’t have any rights to use the Chanel name; and (3) the url names were purchased in bad faith.  The decision, dated February 19, 2010 can be read in full on the WIPO site.

It appears the url transfers have not yet been made, but I would bet that they will either be taken down very soon, or look like the sites below…

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March 18, 2010

“I Sold My Soul to Karl Lagerfeld” – Chanel Ambassadors on Style.com

Um, can I be a Chanel Ambassador pretty please??

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Karl Lagerfeld Interview in Vice Magazine

The March issue of Vice Magazine features an interview with Karl Lagerfeld.  The question and answers are very conversational and you get a glimpse into the genius that is Uncle Karl.  Read the full Karl Lagerfeld interview on Viceland.com.

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Filed under: Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 12:57 pm

March 17, 2010

Coco Chanel Virtual Paper Doll on StarDoll.com

Coco Chanel Virtual Paper Doll on StarDoll.com

Did you ever think you’d get the chance to dress the legendary Coco Chanel?  Me neither.  But now you can!  Stardoll.com is a site geared toward young girls (or those young at heart) who have an interest in fashion.  Girls can either make their own virtual paper dolls or dress the likes of Lady Gaga, Cleopatra or Naomi Campbell.  One of the role models available to dress is none other than Mlle. Chanel.  Here are some of the looks I came up with… I want everything in the virtual closet!

Coco Chanel Virtual Paper Doll on StarDoll.com

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Filed under: Chanel Culture — Tags: , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 12:19 pm

March 11, 2010

Karl’s Two Cents: WWD Chats with Karl Lagerfeld

Uncle Karl does not stop! Soon after the presentation of his icy Chanel Fall 2010 Ready to Wear collection, he sat down to chat with WWD. What follows below is the interview republished from WWD:

What is your take on the fashion system today?
We are in the middle of change, like the movies changed. There will be a change from two-dimensions to three-dimensions, just as films went from silent to talking. This is a very interesting period. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. These are our times, and if you start to fight against them, you are lost. You are a loser or a has-been.

How do you deal with the speed of fashion today, the endless seasons, etc.?
We live in a speedy world. We are here to make the products light and modern. If speed is too much for you, don’t complain. That’s our world. We are not in the old days with two couture collections a year. At Chanel, we have six ready-to-wear collections, in fact: fall, pre-fall, métiers d’art, spring, pre-spring and cruise, and so the merchandise in the stores changes every two months. We reduce the time as much as we can. Creativity is not an issue. If you are not capable of doing it, you do another job. Doing fashion today is like being a racecar driver. That’s how I see it. So if the world of today doesn’t fit with your creativity, do your thing in an intimate, small way, but don’t play the victim. We have to fit in to our times.

That said, you’re not a fan of online retail.

I don’t believe in selling luxury online because shopping is pleasant. E-commerce deprives people of the pleasure of shopping in beautiful shops. And you know, fashion is not only what the clothes are made of — it’s the feeling of luxury where you shop, how you shop, the way parcels are beautifully wrapped. (Online) there are too many fakes, too many copies. Originals still have to be seen and touched. Because expensive clothes are not only about the look. It’s also about the touch.

You don’t use Twitter or other social media.

But I have nothing against it. I buy computers because they are beautiful objects. Personally, I don’t use them that much, but I don’t use cell phones and Blackberries and all that. It’s not because I want to be cut off from the world, but because I have different priorities. I like to do everything myself. I know pretty well about dressmaking — a technique that is difficult to get, as you know. My eyes are open, but they are not limited to a screen. For me, the world is a huge screen. That’s how I see it.

If the show calendar were to be reworked, what would be the perfect timing?

They should do men and women together [in January and June]. The men, why they are so early? Men’s clothes are much easier to produce than women’s clothes. So why don’t they do it all together? That would be wonderful. I think men and women should be in the same time together, 10 days or a week. Some people should make beautiful showroom presentations instead of doing poor-looking big shows. I’m very much against runway collections that nobody buys and who don’t exist. Everything you see on the Chanel runway, you get in the showroom.

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Filed under: Chanel Culture — Tags: , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 12:52 pm

Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear

Image: Chanel News

At Chanel, no expense is ever spared and the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear show was no exception. For starters, a 265-ton iceberg was imported from Sweden to the Grand Palais for the Chanel show.   Sitting in a shallow pool of water and reaching 28 feet high, 35 ice sculptors took six days to carve the iceberg to form the perfect peaks and valleys.  Needless to say, the room was kept chilly to keep the ice from melting and the tone was set for the show.

The show opened with what I would call polar bear costumes – full fur bodysuits.  For PETA’s sake, all of the fur in the show was faux – and there was a lot of it!  I have to say that I did not like these polar bear outfits at all.  I think they look ridiculous and unless you are dressing up as a polar bear for Halloween, or are living on the Arctic Circle, I have no idea why or where you would wear these furry jumpsuits.

Thankfully, the collection did not just include fuzzy costumes.  The highlight of the show – apparel wise – was the interpretation of tweed and knits to go along with the faux fur theme/cold weather theme.  The tweeds had fur, lace, yarn and tulle – and some even had stone embellishments.  The knits ranged from sweaters, dresses, and tights and looked cozy chic.

My favorite part of the collection was the accessories (no surprise there).  Necklaces, cuffs, earrings and hair pieces dripped with metals, stones, yarn and faux ice.  I especially loved the bracelet with metal and yarn fringe (pictured above).  The boots looked like they had spats attached to them which I also loved.  The fur boots – like the jumpsuits – I did not love, but I appreciated the cleverness of the “ice” heels.  The highlight of the accessories were of course the handbags.  From fur covered, to faux ice appliqued onto a bag with melting double CC’s the bags were exquisite.  My favorite was a play on the famous Chanel quilted pattern that actually looked like ice cubes.

The hair was big, teased and a bit messy, perhaps evoking the static of hat head in the winter?  I loved the eye makeup that was black and applied in a bit of a sporadic light, almost feather pattern.  The rest of the face was kept pretty bare and nude, as well as the nails.  As always, curious to see what the actual nail color will be – I’m sure it will cause a stir just like prior colors de jour.

View the rest of the collection below.

Runway Images: Style
Image Layout: Feesh

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March 8, 2010

Vanessa Paradis Replaces Lily Allen as the Face of Coco Cocoon

Chanel’s Coco Cocoon collection launched last year with Lily Allen as the face of the campaign.  For the next campaign for the collection, Lagerfeld has chosen to replace Allen with Vanessa Paradis, the French actress that is currently the spokesperson for Chanel’s Rouge Coco lipstick.  Like the other Chanel campaigns, the campaign was shot by Karl Lagerfeld. The images are scheduled to debut in the June issues of magazines.  Paradis also has a long history of working with Chanel and began her partnership with the brand in 1994 when she was featured in an ad campaign for the Coco fragrance.


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