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January 25, 2011

Animating Chanel Video – Here Comes the Beauty Pack

Today, Nowness launched an animated Chanel video featuring the Chanel Beauté products as robots.  Think Transformers – but instead of cars, it’s Chanel cosmetics.  The animation is adorable and entertaining and exclusively on Nowness.

Here’s what they have to say about the film – as soon as I can get an embed link I will post it on the site…

A jet-propelled robot, a beaming sun god and an impish spider are not the likeliest of characters to embody the ultra-luxurious world of Chanel, but Peter Philips, the innovative mind behind them, has made his name pursuing the unexpected. Chanel’s Global Creative Director of Makeup took a break from conceptualizing cosmetic gold to don the animator’s cap for today’s short, a work inspired by a series of headdresses he crafted from beauty product packaging for a Vogue Paris shoot. Built from a trove of compacts, glosses, brushes and more, Philips’s characters embark on a journey that begins with a lipstick-powered automaton blasting through the clouds and ends on more familiar ground, with a model whose chic ensemble channels Mme Chanel herself. Philips came to the task with the requisite technical skills, having studied graphic design before attending Antwerp’s Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts. But he did concede on one creative point—the music. “If it were up to me it would have been disco,” he confesses.

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Chanel Haute Couture Preview


Hilary Alexander of the Telegraph sat down to chat with Karl Lagerfeld in his studio just days before the Haute Couture show (tomorrow!). In the interview, Karl charms us as is his way, and he tells us what he’s into: books on the origin of language, pretentious intellectual pursuits and Anna Calvi. Even better than hearing Uncle Karl wax poetic on luxury, is getting glimpses of the collection itself. I love the black chokers – so simple and chic! And those very simple, very flat, very pointy ballet flats need to be on my feet this spring!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Haute Couture — Tags: , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 12:07 am

January 24, 2011

Beautiful Dreamer: Peter Philips Interview on Nowness

As Chanel’s Global Creative Director of Makeup, Peter Philips’s instinct for trend forecasting is unmatched. Since his appointment in 2008, the Belgian beauty guru has rolled out one hit after another—from his limited-edition nail varnish Jade, which sold for a breathless $100 a bottle on eBay at its peak, to his “temporary tattoos,” a project with Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s spring 2010 show, which had a waiting list of 3,589 names before the designs went on sale. For today’s film, directors Jauretsi and Crystal Moselle visited the onetime makeup artist at his Manhattan home to discuss his early memories of his mother, Irving Penn’s light-sculpting ability, and the inspiration behind Philips’s robot-themed animation for Chanel, which has its world premiere on NOWNESS tomorrow.

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Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011

The Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011 show is on Tuesday and it will be shown at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines.  Chanel posted a preview of the invite on Chanel News and it’s posted below.  It’s difficult to get a read on what the inspiration may be old feeling to it.  The tiled double-C’s remind me of the Paris-Byzance collection but they look more like cobblestones to me – like streets in the 1800s rather than mosaic tiles.  There’s something about the image that makes me think of horse drawn carriages.  I guess I’ll know for sure tomorrow…

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Haute Couture — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 11:40 am

January 23, 2011

Window World: Chanel Spring/Summer 2011 Pre Collection

Two weeks ago we posted about Karl Lagerfeld’s newest Chanel short film, Window World.  Now, Chanel has launched a Window World site devoted to the Spring/Summer 2011 Pre Collection looks featured in the short.  The site is a virtual rendition of the film – it shows images of Magdalena Frackowiak, Barbara Dvorakova and Baptiste Giabiconi as mannequins without the eerie music from the film.  Check out screenshots from the site below, as well as lookbook shots of the Spring/Summer 2011 Pre Collection.  If you haven’t seen Window World yet, you can also see it below.

My favorite thing about the collection has to be the red accents – the red shoes with black toe cap, the red quilted bags, and the red wigs.  I also am loving the black cuffs with chains and the t-strap top cap heels. The website is also cool and I love how the images move – it makes up for the less than stellar short film.

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January 19, 2011

Culture Chanel Exhibit at Shanghai’s MOCA

“The story of Chanel is really a story of emotions, of images and words. It is not just a history of fashion. It is more a history of feminine behavior. It is a social history by itself.”

-Jean-Louis Froment, Curator Culture Chanel

Back in October we learned that the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art was hosting Culture Chanel an exhibit featuring items from the life of Chanel and that illustrate her relationship with the arts.  With over 400 items, curator Jean-Louis Froment brings us into Chanel’s world as she saw it and places her designs in the larger context of other artistic movements such as painting, music, dance and writing.  The exhibit also shows some of the seeds of Mlle. Chanel’s inspiration and shows how mere thoughts and experiences shaped her designs.

Wallpaper* Magazine and WWD had coverage of the event and the images that follow are republished from those sites. This exhibit is a once in a lifetime event: It’s a chronology – culturally and socially – of the influences and designs of Coco Chanel. The exhibit runs through March 14, and I truly hope that it comes to the U.S. I NEED to see this exhibit first hand! Until then, the images below will have to suffice…

**UPDATE 1.23.11 – Culture Chanel has its own site you can visit it here.

Sources:  WWD & Wallpaper*

Curator Jean-Louis Froment; Chanel No.5

French actress and Chanel brand ambassador Anna Mouglalis. She also played Coco Chanel in "Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky"

Pablo Picasso display and ink drawing

A photo of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in front of one of her many coromandel screens in 1959. Chanel collected coromandel screens but never went to China.

Origin Section of the Exhibit: This part of the exhibit focuses on Chanel's childhood where she spent some time in an orphanage run by nuns in Aubazine.

From left: Original 'Cométe' brooch, created by Gabrielle Chanel for her exhibition 'Bijoux de Diamants', 1932, © Photo Didier Roy Pen and ink image taken from pavement of the abbey of Aubazine, the orphanage where Gabrielle Chanel lived, 1996, © Alexandre Céalac 1965 - 1980 Haute Couture collection, © Photo Olivier Saillant

From left: Half-Length portrait of Catherine de' Medici, by Francois Clouet, 16th century, © RMN (Domaine de Chantilly) / René-Gabriel Ojéda Gabrielle Chanel with a white collaret by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1939, © Horst Carmen Kass wearing an outfit from Chanel's 2009 Autumn/Winter ready-to-Wear collection, by Dusan Reljin, © Dusan Reljin

From Left: Costume design for Potiphar's wife in 'Joseph's Legend' by Léon Bakst, 1914, © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Theater and Dance Collection, don de Madame Adolph B. Spreckels Gabrielle Chanel in front of the Coromandel screens of her apartment at 31 rue Cambon, Paris by Boris Lipnitzki, 1937, © Lipnitzki/Roger-Viollet The ‘Coromandel’ coat by Karl Lagerfeld for the 1996 Autumn/Winter Chanel Haute Couture collection, © Photo Karl Lagerfeld

From Left: Portrait of Gabrielle Chanel with her dog, Gigot, at her villa ‘La Pausa’, in Roquebrune, France, circa 1930, from Collection Chanel, Paris, © D.R 'Acrobats' by Pablo Picasso, 1905, © Collection Marina Picasso/Courtesy Galerie Jan Krugier & Cie, Genève (Suisse)/Succession, Picasso 2010 Barbara Palvin wearing an outfit from CHANEL’s 2010 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear collection by Martin Lidell, © D.R

Chanel Iconography - The Camelia: From Left: Marcel Proust in the garden of Reynaldo Hahn, Photographe Inconnu, 1905, © Snark/Art Resource, NY ‘The Lady of the Camellias’ printed book, Alexandre Dumas Fils, 1858, © Musée de la Dame aux Camélias Amber Valletta wearing an outfit from Chanel’s 1995 Autumn/Winter Ready-to-Wear collection, © Photo Peter Lindbergh

Chanel Iconography - The Wheat Shaft: From Left: Gabrielle Chanel leaning against a fireplace in her apartment, photo by Cecil Beaton, 1965, © Beaton/Vogue/Condé Nast Archive Ear of Wheat by Salvador Dali, 1947, © Salvador Dali, Fondation Gala-Salvador Dali, ADAGP, Paris 2010 Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s 2010 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear collection, © Photo Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel

Chanel Iconography - The Number 5: From Left: Cover project for the exhibition catalogue of 1921 by Alexander Rodchenko, © A. Rodchenko & V. Stepanova archive/ADAGP Paris 2010 Bottle of Chanel N°5 perfume, from Collection Chanel, Paris, © Photo Didier Roy ‘The Five Fingers’ musical score by Igor Stravinsky, 1921, from Collection Chanel, Paris, © Copyright 1922 Chester Music Ltd worldwide

From Left: Vogue Paris, 1 November 1926, © Courtesy Vogue Paris 'Figure' by Pablo Picasso, Avignon, © Marina Picasso Collection, courtesy Galerie Jan Krugier & Cie, Geneva / Succession Picasso 2010 Honor Fraser wearing a dress from Chanel’s 1996 Autumn/Winter Ready-to-Wear collection, © photo by Gilles Bensimon

The influcence of the nuns of Aubazine. From Left: Head of ‘La Bernardine’, 15th/16th century sculpture, © Région Limousin. Service de l’Inventaire et du Patrimoine Culturel/Philippe Rivière. Ville de Brive-la-Gaillarde – Musée Labenche d’art et d’histoire Bianca Balti wearing an outfit from Chanel’s 2010 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear collection, © Photo Camilla Åkrans Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, 1990 Autumn/Winter Haute Couture collection, © Photo Olivier Saillant

Haute Couture Chanel dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the 1990 Fall/Winter Collection. This dress appears to have been inspired by Chanel's love of coromandel screens.

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 10:54 pm

Karl Lagerfeld’s Wedding Dress Suggestion for Kate Middleton

WWD asked many designers to submit a sketch of what they think princess-to-be Kate Middleton should wear for her royal wedding to Prince William.  Karl Lagerfeld submitted a sketch for Chanel and he suggested a “Victorian wedding dress, with a twist — high boots and open in the front.”  Though she’s rumored to have already selected a British designer Bruce Oldfield, we won’t know until the actual day of the wedding.

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Filed under: Chanel,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:03 am

January 17, 2011

Chanel Beauté at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Last night was the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Ceremony and the Chanel office has shared some of the celebrity makeup tips – straight from the Chanel makeup artists. Check out details and info on products and how to get the look below.

ANNE HATHAWAY / Makeup Artist Kate Lee

Beauty Inspiration:
“Anne wore a nude rose sequin gown. The dress featured a strong shoulder, so I wanted to make sure the make up was approachable and feminine to allow the dress its full attention.”

Beauty Tip:
“I used CHANEL Sublimage Concentrate to add an intense boost of hydration to the skin. Next I used Nars Oil free pro prime to help the make up to stay put. The foundation was CHANEL Vitalumiere Fluid Makeup, I love its dewy finish. I used Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting powder in Medium to pop Annie’s cheekbones. On the eyes, I used CHANEL Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Sand, which is like a toasty rose gold. In the socket I added depth by adding a little taupe shadow. I curled the lashes, applied one soft coat of CHANEL Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Noir, my go-to for all award shows! Her lips were prepped with CHANEL Hydramax + Active Lip Care, then blotted and given a coat of CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Mademoiselle, and then topped with CHANEL Coco Shine in Bel Ami which gave the rose a violet hue. (Available in April). I tucked the lip color plus the CHANEL Natural Finish Pressed Powder compact inside her purse, and off she went!”

(more…)

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:50 am

Chanel Ephemeral Boutique at “Chalet de Pierre” in Courchevel

Chanel says “ephemeral boutique”, we say “pop-up shop” – it sounds so much nicer the Chanel way, non?  In any case, the latest temporary Chanel outpost is in Courchevel, a ski resort in the French Alps.  The boutique takes cues from its alpine environment and is mixed in with Chanel signatures.  The minimalist design with industrial materials is the perfect backdrop to highlight the most recent Chanel collections.  I couldn’t think of anything I’d like to do more than visit this boutique Après-ski!

More images of the boutique on Chanel News.

Le Chalet de Pierres
Until April 15th, 2011
Piste des Verdons
Courchevel 1850
France

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Boutiques — Tags: , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 5:11 am

January 14, 2011

Extra 20% Off on Chanel on Portero.com

If your money is burning a hole in your pocket Portero.com has some beautiful gently used Chanel pieces for sale.  To top it off you get an extra 20% off on select pieces until Monday.  Happy Shopping!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 7:59 pm
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