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September 25, 2011

Retna Paints Chanel Robertson Boutique

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True to the spirit of Coco Chanel and her patronage of the arts, Chanel has commissioned Retna, an LA-based artist to paint the interior of the Los Angeles Chanel boutique on Robertson.   I’ve followed Retna‘s work since his AWR/7th Letter Crew days and it’s amazing to see how he’s come up from the streets of LA to working with one of the storied houses of haute couture.

Retna’s signature handstyle is distinctive and beautiful – evocative of many different scripts including of Old English gang graffiti, Asian calligraphy, Incan & Egyptian hieroglyphics, Hebrew and Arabic. I love the black on black writing with white Chanel iconography “tagged” over his own work.

Retna’s years of hard work are paying off.  Earlier this year I attended Retna’s first solo NY exhibition “The Hallelujah World Tour” (opening during New York Fashion Week) and he’ll be appearing in Vanity Fair later this year and photographed by David Lachapelle.

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  1. Just a quick note:
    I’ve seen a couple otehr blogs post on this “Chanel happening”, and everyone’s got it wrong! It is NOT the Rodeo Dr. store that has been painted, rather it’s the Robertson store. The Chanel on Rodeo Dr., is a massive two level store and it’s on the corner with no parking allowed in front or on the side of it. The Robertson store is very small and their purse display is exactly as shown in the photo’s here. Chanel on Rodeo doesn’t do that.
    Anyway, thought I’d let you know so at least someone could get the location correct :)

    Comment by Lauren — September 27, 2011 @ 11:23 am

  2. Hi Lauren!
    Thanks for the update. I’m not there so I only went by what I saw online. Thank you I will make the correction now!

    Comment by La Chanelphile — September 27, 2011 @ 11:29 am

  3. Awesome!
    I love your blog, it’s obvious you put a lot of hard work and care into it. Like you, I love everything Chanel and am so fascinated with her life. I’ve been reading books about her for years. Haven’t had a chance to check out the new ones, but I’m looking forward to it and reading your reviews!

    Comment by Lauren — September 27, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

  4. Hi Lauren!
    Thank you so much! :) Gabriella

    Comment by La Chanelphile — September 28, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

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