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October 17, 2011

Contrastes de Chanel Joaillerie Collection

Chanel Soleil d'Automne Ring

Chanel Fine Jewelry has released a new collection – Contrastes de Chanel – featuring an array of gemstones of different shapes and sizes. The Soleil d’Automne ring pictured above is one example of the stunning pieces in the new collection. Chanel reps stated:

All these juxtapositions bear a palette of emotions and new sensations. These gemstones so dear to Gabrielle Chanel unveil themselves to the light of a new day and are magnified by a surprising play of reflections and nuances. Stunning materials and colors set the tone for a new and audacious collection and together compose a totally new symphony of jewels in softness and power, femininity and spirit.

Coco Chanel was known for her collection of jewels – both real and costume – and the Contrastes de Chanel collection carries on the legacy of her appreciation for precious bijoux. You can get an inside glimpse of the exquisite craftsmanship behind each piece by viewing the video below. For more information on the collection please visit Chanel Fine Jewelry online.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Jewelry — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 5:24 am

October 14, 2011

Dior Is Killing Me

I’ve been particularly grumpy this week. Not sure why, just in an irritable mood for no particular reason.  So please take this post with a grain of salt…but have you seen the new Dior video on Nowness?  The focal point is PEARLS.  Yes, pearls, the white round precious objects that are pretty much synonymous with Coco Chanel.  Not only that, but this video also seems like Dior’s answer to Peter Philips’ brilliant Here Comes the Beauty Pack

Back when Christian Dior came out Coco Chanel was irritated by him and now it appears, the legacy continues. Who knows, maybe it’s just me and my grumpy mood…what do you think? See for yourself…

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Media — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:35 pm

Peter Philips’ Cure for Tired Eyes

peter philips chanel le crayon kohl in clair

Peter Philips is a makeup genius so whatever he says works for tired-looking eyes, I want to try. Allure Magazine caught up with Peter Philips backstage at fashion week to find out what product he can’t live without and it’s the Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Clair.  He lines the inner rim of models’ eye with the beige pencil and this trick is the secret to all of his runway looks.

“Beige liner takes out any redness the girls might have. When use you do this with white liner, it just looks too much like makeup, and too noticeable—this is more natural.

I have to agree about the white eyeliner – I tried it a few years back and it was too obvious looking.  I definitely going to try the beige pencil trick.  Do you have any tricks up your sleeves?

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 5:42 am

October 13, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of 10.10.11

So much news, so little time! I’ll keep it brief, let’s get to it…

chanel news in italianFinalmente, our Italian Chanelphiles can now read Chanel News in Italian. Chanel News

chanel ginza tokyoCNN highlighted “fashion architecture” in a piece on architecture as an extension of the brand experience and the Chanel Ginza store in Tokyo designed by Peter Marino + Associates Architects was considered a standout example.

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen - Image Source Just Jared

According to the NY Times, Karl Lagerfeld photographed Elizabeth Olsen for a coffee table book.  No word about this project but here is what she said about working with Uncle Karl:  “The Chanel designer had been shooting her for a coffee table book, and the photo session had gone long. She modeled an oversize classic Chanel tweed jacket for him. “I didn’t get to keep it,” she said, laughing as she pointed to her own nondescript sweater and T-shirt.

karl lagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld can add “gallery booth designerto his resume – he’s designed Zurich’s Gmurzynska Gallery’s booth for the FIAC in Paris from October 20 to 23.  Hollywood Reporter

sofitel st james bar the balconLondon posh hotel Sofitel St. James renovated their brasserie and is unveiling The Balcon on October 17th.  The St. James bar in The Balcon is “inspired by the interiors of Coco Chanel’s 1920’s Paris apartment at 55 Rue Cambon and highlights will include vintage cocktails from antique recipe books. There will also be a Champagne Angel on hand to provide expert advice.”   Do you see the curved staircase and banister?  I’ll toast to that!  The Handbook

Here’s a Karlism for you – Karl Lagerfeld takes his time with the models he chooses to photograph. He stated: “I do a lot of portraits. I really take time to choose my models. I don’t think one should ever be a model guzzler.” ContactMusic

karl lagerfeld scarf
Just in time for winter, you can get a printed cashmere scarf with Karl Lagerfeld’s face on it. NY Mag – The Cut

Chanel ranked #15 on a British survey of the Top 20 “cool brands”. Huffington Post

Beau Dunn’s mom was a model and she has ridiculous vintage Chanel from the 80′s. I hate her. I’m not afraid to say it…

On a lighter note, check out the backstage behind-the-scenes of the recent Chanel Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear show…

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October 12, 2011

Karlisms: Sneak Peek of CNN’s Karl Lagerfeld Interview

Karl Lagerfeld is always quotable but this short clip of a CNN interview that is airing this weekend is a goldmine. I can’t even imagine what the full interview will be like. I do know that I want to tune in and watch Karl wax poetic about his work.

“Fashion: Backstage Pass” premieres Saturday, October 15 at 2:30pm ET on CNN.

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Filed under: Chanel,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 7:53 pm

Chanel Perfection Lumière Review

**GUEST POST** Written by Alexis Dayers and re-printed from M.I.S.S.

Truth be told, I am a new Chanel beauty customer – I have admired it from afar. I have bought a solo shadow here, a lipstick or Glossimer there and I owned the original Vamp polish back in 1994. But I always stayed away from the Chanel foundations because I just found them too light for my brown skin. I was a MAC girl, hello Studio Fix, for years but I would always have to take a break as the formula would either make my skin itch or I just felt that I needed more coverage.

I did come close once when I discovered the Teint Innocence Compact in Soft Honey, however it still didn’t have enough yellow pigment to suit my skin tone. It also made my forehead look ashy. This challenge made me learn how to warm up any foundations with a bronzer. Also I stopped applying foundation to my forehead and used bronzer along my hairline only. I didn’t want to give up as I really liked this formula – it was buildable and it didn’t make me breakout. So I tried the next darker color, Walnut and it was a bit too dark but perfect with my summer tan.

What was I to do come Winter? Once again I stopped using Chanel and discovered NARS Sheer Glow. I didn’t have any trouble finding a suitable color but the last time I used it, I felt it was too thick on my skin – it looked like a kabuki mask. Then, I went strictly to tinted moisturizers – Laura Mercier was my go-to. This is perfect for hot weather and days when I knew I was going to work out during my lunch hour and I didn’t have the time to reapply my foundation. Not only was I challenging myself to find a next to perfect skin match but I also wanted it to be comfortable enough to wear through a workout.

You can imagine my sheer giddiness when I heard from my regular Chanel Sales Associate at Nordstrom, Ms. M, that Chanel had planned to release a new formula that was going to carry a broader skin tone color spectrum!

Here it is:

Perfection Lumière

The beauty of this foundation is it’s patented* Chanel Perfect Light Control complex. This is new technology that combines two powders (one that is transparent and the other that is coated with mineral ceramic pigments) to give the complexion a second skin texture and hold. Skin looks clear and luminous from natural and opalescent pigments – this photographs beautifully. The texture is light weight and you can build upon it – almost like a super pigmented tinted moisturizer. It only contains an SPF 10, if you are sensitive to foundations with built in SPF in a higher amount. I use a separate (Aveeno with SPF 30) sunscreen before my primer.

After I apply a foundation primer on my face, I dispense a pump and a half on the top of my hand. I warm it up a bit with my fingers and apply, I don’t like using a foundation brush. It absorbs and settles quickly, it feels velvet smooth on my skin right before it finally sets. Again I avoid applying on my forehead and use a bronzer along my hairline.

The color Ms. M helped me select:

#44/Beige Ambre

I know it looks too yellow on my forearm but consider that the inside of my forearm is slightly lighter than my face.

Here it is on my mug:

Left picture is without flash and Right picture was taken with flash. My skin looks clear, natural and the best part – does not make me look ashy!

I am happy to report after wearing continuously for one week it hasn’t made me break out and has endured hot yoga studio sessions as well as intense lunch time Spin classes. Normally, the thought of foundation during a Spin class made me itch but this particular Chanel foundation is very breathable, despite not being an Oil-Free formula. The primer does help keep it intact on my face, so don’t forget to that important and often forgotten step.

I also wanted to mention the fragrance, in case you have any fragrance aversions, this has a heavy fragrance at first but does fade away rather quickly. Ms. M tells me that the scent consists of white peach and citrus over a delicate bouquet of jasmine with a base of white musk notes. I will say that this does smell lovely, it is very reminiscent of Chanel skincare I have tried in the past. Honestly, I’d be just as happy with this foundation if it were fragrance-free.

Another bonus that was a surprise – pump dispenser. Why do some companies charge for a separate dispenser? Don’t they know that all we want is bottle with a built in dispenser for easy distribution?

All I can tell you is to run to your nearest Chanel counter and get a sample. This was well worth my hard earned cash.

This was bought by yours truly at my local Nordstrom counter, $55/30ml, 1 oz

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 5:58 am

October 11, 2011

Fashion In The Street: Chanel Sightings at the Chanel Luncheon

fashion in the streets chanel bag
A few weeks ago when I was in New York I attended a Chanel Luncheon held in honor of Justine Picardie. You know that the editors and writers who attended wore their Chanel best – here are some images of some products I was able to photograph…

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October 10, 2011

Book Review: Intimate Chanel by Isabelle Fiemeyer

Intimate Chanel by Isabelle Fiemeyer

Everything has been said, written, and filmed about Chanel for four decades now-everything, that is, except the landscape of her private world, her beliefs and inspirations, her attachment to symbolism, spiritualism, and esotericism, to literature and poetry, to the men whom she loved, and above all to her family.
-Isabelle Fiemeyer, Preface, Intimate Chanel

Intimate Chanel, by Isabelle Fiemeyer, is one of the many books coming out this fall telling the story of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s life and as the title suggests it tells a very intimate tale indeed.  What differentiates Intimate Chanel from other biographies is the role of Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie – Chanel’s only direct descendant.  Not only did Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie write the forward, but many passages of the book are actual quotes where she recounts private conversations between herself and Coco Chanel – presenting us with “Auntie Coco” a woman very different from Coco Chanel’s public persona.

The gorgeous photographs of Francis Hammond also make Intimate Chanel a very in-depth account of the life of Coco Chanel.  Hammond took photos of Chanel’s personal effects – many never seen before or published – including items from Coco Chanel’s personal wardrobe, her jewels, gifts given to her from the men in her life, favorite furniture pieces, family photos and books with personal inscriptions.  These haunting images together with the passages in Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie’s own voice truly makes this a personal account of Coco Chanel’s life.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Intimate Chanel and zipped through it in a matter of hours but I know that I will go back to it often to look at the inspiring images.  Intimate Chanel would make a lovely gift for a Chanelphile or a gorgeous addition to any Chanel collection.  You can purchase Intimate Chanel by Isabelle Fiemeyer on Amazon.com.

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Filed under: Chanel,Coco Chanel — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 5:10 am

October 9, 2011

Round and Round We Go…

Chanel Autumn Winter 2008 2009 Carrousel

Chanel Autumn-Winter 2008-2009 Carrousel

For the Autumn-Winter 2008-209 show Karl Lagerfeld dreamt up a Chanel carousel with oversize Chanel iconography such as bows, pearls, cuffs, 2.55 bags and camelias.  For the Spring-Summer 2012 show Marc Jacobs conjured up a white carrousel for Louis Vuitton.  Though the Louis Vuitton carrousel is a more traditional carrousel complete with horses, I think it’s a bit too similar too soon, non?  What do you think?

Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2012 Carrousel

Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2012 Carrousel

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Ready To Wear — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 1:10 pm

October 6, 2011

Chanel Spring 2012 Nail Colours – Sneak Peek!

chanel spring 2012 nail polish april may june

Yesterday I posted the names of the three Chanel Le Vernis nail colors releasing in January as part of the Spring 2012 collection – April, May and June.  I just found an image of the polishes online and they’re bright and colorful – a perfect compliment to our summer tans.

Sources: Lisa Eldridge & Style

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