It’s been some time in the making but I’m happy to present you with What Would Coco Do?, a new webseries devoted to answering life’s questions as I think Coco Chanel would answer them. I hope you enjoy my first episode and there will be more to come. If you have any questions you want me to answer, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing your questions!
August 31, 2011
August 30, 2011
An unlikely duo, it seems that Karl Lagerfeld and Snoop Dogg may be working together on a music video in St. Tropez. Uncle Karl was spotted wearing all white ensemble and entering “Saint-Tropez’s mythic cafe, Senequier, to shoot a video clip with Jean-Roch, the nightclub impresario whose latest single is dedicated to the famous resort town. The track also features Snoop Dogg.” I want to see Karl’s gangsta lean
A few pages of Carine Roitfeld’s book, Irreverant, have surfaced online. The book is essentially a catalog of her thirty-year career and includes an illustration by Karl Lagerfeld himself. Word on the street is that the two are also working on a book together – seems like they are partner’s in crime. Since she left French Vogue Carine Roitfeld styled a Chanel ad campaign, curated Karl’s amfAR art show, Karl interviewed and photographed her, and now they are working on a book together. I wonder what’s next!
For fall, Chanel is unveiling a new matte lipstick – Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet. The soft, yet intense rich matte color is created with the inclusion of mother-of-pearl pigments. The introductory collection of Rouge Allure Velvet includes eight shades La Ravissante, La Câline, La Raffinée, L’Exubérante, La Fascinate, La Somptueuse, La Sensuelle, L’Exquise. The non-drying matte Rouge Allure Velvet comes in a sophisticated click-open case. The Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lip colours will retail for $32.
The Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet collection will also include 3 Le Vernis shades, Pirate, Rose Caché, Rose Exubérant, and the introduction of Beauté des Ongles – a new topcoat that will give any shade of nail polish a matte finish. The limited edition topcoat and Le Vernis shades will retail for $25.
I’m excited to see this collection. I’m a fan of matte lip and nail products, I think they look really sophisticated. I also love the feel of this ad – it’s so simple and chic – very Chanel. The lighting, especially the use of the spotlight, creates a very femme fatale effect.
August 26, 2011
If 2009 was the year of Chanel films, then 2011 is the year of Chanel books. Originally published in 1987, Jean Leymarie, a French art historian, wrote Eternal Chanel, a work that elevated Coco Chanel’s place in history from fashion designer to artist. The work was out of print for some time but earlier this year, the work was re-printed with a cover redesigned by Philippe Apeloig.
I recently purchased Chanel by Jean Leymarie and it now holds a dear place in my Chanel library. Part art book, part biography, Chanel is unlike other books on Coco Chanel because of it’s approach. Rather than detail her life story, Leymarie set out “to provide a general overview of Chanel’s creative history and evolution within the context of the artistic world of her time.” (Chanel, Jean Leymarie, p.7). The book starts off with a brief history of fashion beginning in Ancient Egypt to modern day. Then the book reviews art movements and key moments in Chanel’s career.
Chanel by Jean Leymarie is a lovely book because you can see Chanel’s work alongside popular art movements of the time. Providing a context to see Chanel’s work, you are transported through time to a different era. Chanel has many photos I have not seen published in other books, as well as old favorites. I am so happy I bought this book and I know it will be a book that I refer to often. You can purchase Chanel by Jean Leymarie on Amazon.com.
August 25, 2011
Les Aquarelles de Chanel, the newest makeup collection from Chanel, is the corresponding makeup collection to the Summer haute couture collection. You may remember, but the Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 haute couture collection was inspired by the paintings of Marie Laurencin, specifically a portrait she painted of Coco Chanel, hence the name Les Aquarelles which is French for watercolors. The soft watercolors translated to a palette of soft pastelles and breezy fabrications of chiffon with light reflecting beading. The makeup collection to match is just as light and soft.
The highlight of the collection is the limited edition OMBRES TISSÉES a graduating color palette with beiges, pinks and peaches (creating a signature tweed effect) perfect for sweeping on eyes or cheeks (or both). The collection also includes blushes JOUES CONTRASTE in Pink Cloud and Rose Pétale, eyeshadow OMBRE ESSENTIELLE in Gris Exquis, lipstick ROUGE COCO SHINEin Royallieu, mascara STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF in Ebene and LE VERNIS in Tendresse.
Les Aquarelles de Chanel can be purchased online on Chanel.com or in Chanel boutiques.
The latest issue of Interview is full of Karl Lagerfeld. He shot the images of Anne Hathaway looking stunning and he also interviewed Carine Roitfled, and took photos of her as well. Of course, if you get Karl talking then you KNOW you are going to have a lot of quotable material. Here’s just a taste…
Karl Lagerfeld to Carine Roitfeld on her children…
No one can say that you don’t take care of them. You’re also lucky because they are very beautiful. It would have been difficult to have an ugly daughter.
August 24, 2011
So many goodies in the mail lately! Last week I received a copy of Chanel’s Magazine 31 Rue Cambon. Like anything they produce, the Fall-Winter 2011 issue of 31 Rue Cambon is exquisitely crafted. The magazine gives an inside glimpse to the collections and has gorgeous close up photos of the Fall-Winter 2011 Haute Couture collection. The issue also includes sketches by Karl Lagerfeld and articles on the new J12 Titanium watch, shoe atelier Massaro, Fall-Winter 2011 Ready-toWear collection, the Mademoiselle bag, Les Exclusifs de Chanel and other cosmetics, among other highlights from the season. I love flipping through the pages and seeing all of the Chanel eye candy page after page. I’m definitely adding 31 Rue Cambon to my Chanel library.
August 23, 2011
La Pausa, Coco Chanel’s residence in the French Riviera from 1929 to 1953, is up for sale. The villa was one of her residences away from Paris and she entertained Stravinsky, Cocteau, Picasso, Bonnard, Luchino Visconti, and Somerset Maugham among others.
Chanel was very involved in the design of La Pausa and the stairway in the foyer was inspired by the stairway she climbed everyday in the orphanage she spent time at in her youth in Aubazine, France. Many of the original furnishings, including her wrought-iron bed frame with stars (a recurring theme in her designs) still remain.
According to the realtor’s website: “It was later inhabited by author, literary agent and art collector Emery Reves: during that time, Winston Churchill was a frequent guest. But the villa was also a social destination for such other figures as Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the Duke of Windsor, Noel Coward, Aristotle Onassis, Greta Garbo, Rose Kennedy, as well as Graham Sutherland, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, Konrad Adenauer, Anthony Eden, and Paul Reynaud.”
For £35m La Pausa could be yours. I wish the French government would purchase the property and make it a museum! If £35m is beyond your means, you can imagine yourself there as you spritz yourself with Les Exclusifs de Chanel in 28 La Pausa, a scent created by Jacques Polge inspired by the villa.