La Chanelphile

May 31, 2011


chanel ring
A Brooklyn woman is suing Chanel for unspecified damages when her finger got stuck in a ring she was trying on at the Chanel store on 57th Street.  Then New York Post states:

Rosy Mizrachi Gindi had to be taken to the emergency room after staff at the store couldn’t slip the ring off her hand.

Gindi spent three or four hours at the hospital, where medical staff managed to get the ring off without cutting it, said her lawyer, Michael David.

The ring was worth “at least $10,000. It could have been a lot more,” said David, who didn’t know the exact price.

I love the U.S. but I hate how litigious it can be.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Jewelry — La Chanelphile @ 7:09 pm

Kirsten Dunst Wears Chanel on Visit to Turkey

kirsten dunst chanel haute couture spring 2011

Kirsten Dunst is riding the Chanel wave from the Cannes Film Festival across the Mediterranean to Turkey where she’s been spotted wearing Chanel to two events.  Dunst wore Chanel Haute Couture from the Spring 2011 collection to a Courtney Love performance that she attended with Ryan McGinley. She seems to like this collection – because this is the second dress from this collection that she’s worn that features the sheer panels and intricate beading. The delicateness of the dresses complement the delicateness of the actresses features. She also looks really nice in the pale cream/pink/white colors that she’s been wearing.

kirsten dunst chanel resort 2011/12 antibesDunst also attended a presentation of the Chanel Paris-Byzance Métiers d’Art collection at the luxurious Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel wearing a cream dress from the recent Chanel 2011/12 resort collection shown in Antibes.  How wonderful to see the Paris-Byzance collection in the place that inspired the collection!   I love this dress – especially the hem and sleeve length – so elegant yet sexy – reminds me of the 1940s.  I do however think that the dress might be a little tight on Kirsten in the bust area – either that or the way she’s posing is making the dress bunch up a bit in the neckline area.

I’m wondering if Kirsten Dunst wearing all this Chanel is a prelude to a campaign?  I suppose only time will tell…

Pictures of Kirsten Dunst in Chanel Haute Couture at the 2011 amfAR Gala.

Pictures of Kirsten Dunst in Chanel Haute Couture and Chanel Beauté at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Images of Kirsten Dunst via Just Jared.

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Chanel J12 Chromatic Video

A while back I posted about the new Chanel J12 Chromatic – what a gorgeous combination of innovation, quality and design! Now you can see the video and learn more information on the Chanel J12 Chromatic microsite.

Info & Images on the Chanel J12:

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Jewelry — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 5:29 am

May 27, 2011

Enjoy the Weekend!

chanel hamburger fast food

This weekend is Memorial Day in the US – also known as the unofficial start of summer.  I’m going to barbecue, spend time with the family, go to a museum and have a hamburger – or two.  I’ll be back on Tuesday – enjoy the weekend!



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May 26, 2011

Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/12 Makeup: Illusions d’Ombre de Chanel

Illusions d'Ombre de Chanel Fall 2011 Makeup

Illusions d'Ombre de Chanel Fall 2011 Makeup

The Chanel Fall-Winter 2011-12 makeup collection called Illusions d’Ombre de Chanel has started surfacing online and it looks lovely. It’s a great match for the dark, smoldering Fall-Winter 2011/12 ready-to-wear collection. The lips and cheeks are pretty neutrals while the eyeshadows are smokey and rich. We’ve seen Le Vernis courtesy of nail artist extraordinaire Sophy Robson and they shimmer like the minerals they are named after. The most exciting part of the collection are individual eyeshadow pots; the eyeshadows have a creamy texture and the colors are gorgeous. They seem like they would look nice on any eye color and I especially love Mirifique (black), Illusoire (eggplant) and Epatant (olive green).


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Chanel Chance Commercials – Then & Now

chanel chance
Anne V is back for a Chanel Chance reprieve. She was in the original Chance ad campaign, and ten years later she’s back and looking great. The new ad is directed by Jean-Paul Goude. Earlier this week Anne V stated, via her Twitter account: “I feel so happy to be a part of Chanel family again and honored that 10 years later they have me back again in their Chance commercial.”


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Boy Chanel Bag Collection

chanel boy bag collection
I was intrigued by these bags when I first saw them on the runway during the Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/12 presentation but the more I see them, the more I want them. PurseBlog has the inside scoop on the new Chanel Boy collection of handbags along with some nice product shots.

You won’t see any quilting on the bags in the Chanel Boy Bag collection but you will see the signature chain strap – though it’s a much thicker, heavier chain. The bag can be worn over the shoulder or across the body in the same way the 2.55 can be worn.

Long inspired by menswear, the Boy Bag collection is said to be inspired by cartridge bags used by hunters. Karl Lagerfeld stated: “Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel.”

The Boy Chanel Bags come in black, ivory, flat red, intense grey and lead green – all in glazed calf skin.  I’d be happy with any of the colors and sizes but I have a small, red Boy bag on my wish list.  The bags come in three sizes – the small being a purse and the large being a tote and they range in price from $2500 – $4300.

I love these bags.  I love the simplicity, the thick chain and the embossed Chanel logo on the “spine” – it looks very much like a book.  How nice to have a “library” of these bags, non?  The bags hit shelves in August so start saving up your pretty pennies now – I know I am!


chanel boy bag collection

chanel boy bag collection

chanel boy bag collection

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May 25, 2011

Chanel Introduces New Fragrances for Fall 2011

Chanel No.19 Poudré

Chanel is introducing two new fragrances: Chanel No. 19 Poudré, a re-imagining of Chanel No. 19 with the addition of Iris notes and Jersey, an addition to the Les Exclusifs range.  I love Les Exclusifs because the scents are so light and they are named after places and things important to the history of the house of Chanel.  Jersey was one of Chanel’s favorite fabrics and was the first fabric she designed apparel with when she made the transition from milliner to couturier.  Chanel No. 19 Poudré and Les Exclusifs Jersey will be out this Fall.

Interview with Jacques Polge, famed “nose” of Chanel that has created over thirty fragrances, republished from WWD:

jacques polge chanel nose

How have you seen the business evolve since you joined Chanel in 1978?
Unfortunately, I’d say perfumes have become trivialized today. There are too many! It’s become so easy, everyone is launching one. But they’re also trivialized where they’re sold, or when you open a magazine now, it’s full of perfumes. We try to fight against that here, but we’re also directed by the waves of the market. That’s just how it is. Also, now we only speak of global perfumes. There used to be an American perfumery that had different criteria than in France. Traditionally in France, good taste meant having some discretion. In America, and I’m speaking in broad strokes here, the idea was more that perfume was something expensive, and so you should really smell it. Today, brands have replaced national traditions, and brands do their fragrances for the whole world.

Has your creative process changed a lot?
I’m not sure it’s changed, but I know more now about Chanel and where I think we’re going than when I joined. It’s something I feel much better about than I used to. Our creative strategy is always to look within the roots of the company, and when I started, the only fragrance we were really selling was No.5. Now we have Coco and Coco Mademoiselle and others, too, so that’s great. But here, every new fragrance has to be different, and occupy a space where there is no fragrance. So the process is always new. And we’re constantly trying to find better and newer raw materials, ones that only we have.

What was the last new ingredient that blew your mind?
We’ve found some new musks that are very interesting, and we are working a lot at the moment on iris, which is a very important ingredient in No.19 Poudré. We have our plantations in Grasse, with rose and jasmine, and we’re trying to find new qualities in those. But we’re also trying to reproduce what was done 40 years ago, that nobody does anymore. Iris, for instance, is a very special product. It has a long processing time. You plant it. Then you remove the roots and dry them for three years to augment the irone, or the scent principle. Then you put it through some other processes so that only the purest part remains. No one does that anymore, because no one has the time. Sourcing iris is also difficult. So much of it comes from China now and it has a different scent. In this way, it’s not that we’re always doing totally new things, we’re also maintaining the artisanal side, and doing what no one does anymore. That combination gives us a result that no one else has.

And with your lab, you have greater control. You are somewhat unique in that, no?
Though Monsieur Beaux created No.5 in 1921, the company has had a fragrance arm since 1925. Since then, Chanel has always created its own products. In that sense it’s unique. There are other companies now that have their own labs, like Dior, and Hermès. Then there are others who closed theirs, like Lanvin. Guerlain has their own, but they haven’t made every single scent there. We buy products from firms like IFF and Firmenich, too, of course. There are lots of ways of working. But I can say we’re the only company that has both had its own lab and made all its own scents since the beginning.

What’s a perfumery trend you don’t love?
Those fragrances they call “marine scents.” I’ve never liked those. They discover two ingredients that people say smell like the sea, but to me, the sea never smelled like that! “Trend” is a difficult word. We don’t want to follow trends as much as create them, but it’s true that perfumes are very allied to fashion and fashion dictates trends. We had minimalist fashion at the same time that perfume started to return to very pure florals like L’Eau d’Issey and Estée Lauder’s Pleasures. Perfumes do follow fashion.

Even if they’re supposed to stay relevant for much longer?
Absolutely. The complicated part for us is we have so much to choose from. Monsieur Lagerfeld does six collections a year and we create a totally new perfume, not a variation, maybe once every 10 years.

Speaking of trends, you have avoided unisex entirely.
I find unisex interesting, but it’s true, it’s not a direction that we have taken. That said, there’s been a considerable evolution of what we call feminine scents and masculine scents. None of that is as simple as it used to be. How much masculinity do we put in a feminine fragrance, and vice versa? That changes. Sycomore, one of the Les Exclusifs, has lots of vetiver, and vetiver has usually been considered a masculine scent. Though it was conceived as a women’s fragrance, a lot of men are wearing it, too. If I had wanted to make it for men, I’d have done it slightly differently, but I’m pleased as long as people like it!

Do you believe in mentors?
When I was young, there were older perfumers and professors who impressed me a lot, but I wonder if it’s possible to have a mentor, really, in this métier. There’s no nose that resembles another. I’d say we have affinities for each other. It’s a small world. Then again, my son now works for IFF, developing fragrances for other fashion houses, and I have helped others start, as well. If I find someone I think seems intelligent, I’ll push them to do fragrance. Someone who works well, works well. I don’t want to make a comparison that sounds pretentious, but Pablo Picasso would have been a success at whatever he did. He could surely have been a great banker.

How do you know when a scent is finally finished and ready to be released?

It’s never finished. Sure, at one point you have to stop, but if they let me…let’s just say I can easily imagine a perfumer working on the same fragrance his whole life, like the painter Pierre Bonnard, whom they caught at the museum trying to retouch his canvasses. In another sense, perfume is never done because we manufacture our catalogue constantly, and we use a lot of natural ingredients, so we also have to control a lot for consistency. And then if we find a new raw material that complements something we already have, maybe we’ll do a variation. In that sense, a finished perfume isn’t ever really “finished” either. We had Coco and then 10 years later, Coco Mademoiselle.

What’s your favorite fragrance not created by you?
I will never denigrate my confreres, but I’m not going to advertise them, either! That said, we all love the first perfumes made by the great houses, like Guerlain or Coty, because that’s the beginning of it all. There’s a type of conversation that happens in perfumery. When Coty did Chypre de Coty, Guerlain did Mitsouko. If we try to name all the fragrances with a relation to Shalimar, we’d be in the hundreds. I will say there’s a perfume by Schiaparelli that’s now gone called Shocking. I worked for the company that made it before I was at Chanel and it still interests me. It has a lot of patchouli and every time I work with patchouli, I think of it.

What about favorites among your own?
I’d say Allure for women, because it’s very simple and when I smell it on a woman it’s very pleasant. It has great potential, though unfortunately, I’m not criticizing, but the company doesn’t push it compared to others. You can’t push them all. I’m also very fond of Égoïste. It’s a perfume for men like no other because of that accord between spice and sandalwood. It was derived from Chanel’s Bois des Îles, a women’s scent, and it wasn’t a big success, but I think people remember it.

Do you have to protect your nose? If you have a cold, do you not show up for work?
No, I’m here! I take no precautions. When we’re sick, of course, we’re handicapped, but oddly there are some things you smell then that you don’t when you’re well. With a little experience, a perfume formula is something you can read, too, like a musician can read music. Also, I don’t take precautions because though I might propose perfumes, it’s everyone else who judges them and makes them a success. You have to guard against becoming too specialized.

You studied poetry. Do you see a connection in that to what you do now?
Perfume is a poetic form. It’s a language that uses neither words nor images, and yet it’s one everyone can speak in their own way. [Jean] Cocteau said, “I sculpt the invisible,” and that’s an idea that works for me, too.

What do you do to relax?
Nothing at all! Relaxing is important.

How do you work within the pressure of a massive enterprise and stay creatively free?
You’d better stay free! You know for me, ultimately I don’t see an opposition between commercial and noncommercial. Good perfumes are perfumes that sell. I have no problem with that. But at the same time, you have to start with a perfume you love. Even if no one else does, at least you do!

What’s something a perfumer should never be?
Sure of himself.

Being sure of yourself and doing creative work is a fatal combination. You always have to doubt.


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Chanel Links: May 25, 2011

chanel links
Lots of interesting Chanel news going on lately – when it rains, it pours! Click, click for more reading…

chanel no. 5 chanel coco mademoiselle bleu de chanel

In a new rating of 2010 Best Fragrances, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle ranked #1 for and Chanel No. 5 ranked as #4 for women’s fragrances and Bleu de Chanel ranked as #3 for men’s fragrances, via WWD.

jen brill chanel the coveteurChanel ambassador Jen Brill played in the Chanel archives for a shoot for The Coveteur – so jalouse! The Coveteur

Uniqlo has teamed up with Vogue Nippon and GQ Nippon and various artists including Karl Lagerfeld to produce Save Japan tees. Her World

A Question Of has produced a tee with Karl Lagerfeld’s likeness called “Conscious Karl” – you can purchase the tee on their online shop.

Bergdorf Goodman unveiled a new Chanel boutique that looks like a “luxuriously appointed residence mirroring the brand’s styles and fabrics.” WWD.

The Chambre Syndicale is hosting a very fancy couture bash at Versaille on July 7th “to inaugurate an exhibition charting the influence of 18th-century France on contemporary fashions” and of course, Chanel pieces will be in the exhibition, via WWD.

chanel fine jewelry chanel j12

“The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) on Tuesday announced that Chanel, a Member of the Council, has become certified against the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards established by the RJC’s Member Certification System.”  IDEX

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May 24, 2011


Chanel recently posteda short film showing some of the best sunglasses from recent collections. It seems to be the first episode in a series. I love all the sunglasses – especially the ones from the Chanel 2009/10 Cruise collection shown in Venice that look like opera glasses!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Eyewear — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 11:41 pm
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