La Chanelphile

April 12, 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Showing at Versailles

Coco Chanel at Château de Versailles photographed by Douglas Kirkland
I love the Chanel cruise shows because Karl always takes us to luxurious locales to soak in the sun.  The past years have taken us to Miami, the Venice Lido, St. Tropez and Antibes.  This year he’s not going to the beach but he’s certainly not skimping on luxury – Lagerfeld is presenting the Chanel Cruise 2012 show at Château de Versailles. The presentation will be set in the gardens which also inspired the set for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 collection based on the film Last Year at Marienbad. I can’t wait until the evening of May 14th to see the collection!
Château de Versailles photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

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April 11, 2012

Linda Evangelista in Chanel’s Spring 2012 Eyewear Ads

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Linda Evangelista is the face of the Chanel Spring 2012 eyewear ad campaign. I love this photograph and Linda
Evangelista looks amazing – a bit airbrushed but that’s to be expected I suppose. The photo was taken by Karl Lagerfeld and I love the pop of color with the yellow glasses. My favorite part of the photo is that when I first saw the image, I thought it was an old ad from the late 80s – early 90s. There’s something very classic, almost vintage looking about this photo, yet it’s still modern. I can’t wait to see the rest of the campaign.

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Chanel Pieces in Heritage Auctions Spring Luxury Auction

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Heritage Auctions has launched its Spring Luxury Auction, a bi-annual major luxury auction, online and bidding is now open.  The actual auction will take place on August 29th in New York.  Here’s a sampling of the gorgeous Chanel pieces – including a very rare Chanel bicycle!  You can see all the pieces and bid online on the Heritage Auctions website.

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heritage auctions chanel

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April 10, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld Designing Helicopters

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The list of things that Karl can add his midas touch is seemingly infinite.  Next up? Helicopters.  Karl Lagerfeld has been chosen by AugustaWestland to design the exterior and interior of the AW139 model but the partnership may extend to other commercial models.  If I had to guess, I’m thinking Karl will give these helicopters a makeover in black and white.  We shall see..

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KARL Inspired DIY Pearl and Lace Collars

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DIY Lace Collar worn with KARL by Karl Lagerfeld brooch

Collars are huge for spring and I was inspired by the KARL by Karl Lagerfeld collection to make some of my own. Starting at over $100 a pop they can get pretty pricey but you can make your own for about $10 each. Be forewarned, I’m short on time and I know everyone doesn’t have or know how to use a sewing machine so I tried to find the easiest way possible to make these collars.

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Tools you'll need to make the DIY Lace Collar

DIY Lace Collar Tools:
Collared shirt (I got mine for $3 at a thrift store)
Lace (or fabric of your choosing)
Double-sided Fusible Tape

1. With a scissor cut the collar off the shirt – be sure to not cut off the stand – the back part of the collar that rests against your neck. Try to cut as close to the seam as possible. If you have a sewing machine you can un-stitch the collar off and then sew the seam closed.

2. Using the collar as a pattern, cut the fabric based on the shape of your collar. Be sure to leave extra fabric on the sides where you will wrap fabric around the back of the collar. You don’t have to cover the entire underside of the collar but you can. It you opt not to then try the collar on before you cut the fabric so you are sure of the areas that are visible when worn.

3. Each brand of tape may have different instructions so go by what is listed with the product you choose. According to the tape instructions, apply the tap and fabric to the collar to all of the areas of the collar that are visible when worn.

That’s it!

DIY Pearl Collar

DIY Pearl Collar worn with vintage bow tie

DIY Lace Collar Tools:
Collared shirt (I got mine for $3 at a thrift store)
Embellishing Glue

1. With a scissor cut the collar off the shirt – be sure to not cut off the stand – the back part of the collar that rests against your neck. Try to cut as close to the seam as possible. If you have a sewing machine you can un-stitch the collar off and then sew the seam closed.

2. If you have lots of time on your hands and are crafty with a needle and thread, the best way to apply the pearls is by sewing each one on individually. If you have no time for that, then just simply apply glue to the collar and then place the pearls on the glue. Go in small sections so the glue doesn’t start drying before you get the pearls on the collar. Let the collar dry according to the glue instructions.

That’s it!

diy pearl collar

Tools you'll need to make the DIY Pearl Collar

I hope you get inspired to make your own – all you have to do is choose a collar shape that you like and your favorite embellishment (beads? feathers? rhinestones? faux fur? sequins?) and go to town. Have fun getting crafty!

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April 6, 2012

The Little Black Jacket – Trailer 6/6

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture — La Chanelphile @ 10:50 am

Nothing Says I’m Sorry Like Chanel

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If you’ve had access to the internet the last few months then you’ve probably had enough of the the whole Karl called Adele fat drama – I know I have.  I didn’t get involved because I was actually amused at the near mass hysteria that Karl’s comments caused.  Yes, what Karl said was not well though out or very nice, and yes, Adele could lose a few pounds.  Is it any of our business? No.

Fast forward two months and Adele is on a diet and the word on the street is that Karl Lagerfeld apologized to Adele and made a peace offering in the form of Chanel bags.  The Sun (not the most reliable of sources) reports:

He told his team to send Adele the best the fashion house have to offer after hearing she collected bags. He said he really wanted to make it up to her so they could maybe work together in the future.

He could see her fronting a campaign for Chanel Mademoiselle bags when the contract with Blake Lively ends. He’s annoyed with himself because he ended up insulting her when he meant to compliment her.

He thinks she’s beautiful and calls her divine.

A Chanel spokesperson would not confirm or deny The Sun’s reports and simply stated “No comment.” Vogue UK

All I have to say is that Karl Lagerfeld can call me fat any day if it means I’ll get some Chanel bags. Just sayin’.

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April 5, 2012

Karl Magnus Lagerfeld Guest Editing French Edition of Architectural Digest

karl lagerfeld french architectural digest
“[H]e has an opinion on everything.” – Marie Kalt on Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld is guest editing the May 2012 issue of the French edition of Architectural Digest. Though Lagerfeld has worked on an array of projects – this is not the first time he is writing about interior design. He used to write under the pseudonym Magnus Dancourt because, “Magnus, it’s my middle name. And Dancourt because it’s very French.” (WWD)

The issue includes interviews with designers that Karl Lagerfeld admires including Martin Szekely, Zaha Hadid and François Morellet, 20 cool chairs that KL selected among 140 options and his selection of gadgets. We also get a glimpse of how Uncle Karl lives – his Quai Voltaire apartment is pictured on the cover and his photos of his apartment are featured inside. In true Lagerfeld fashion, the issue lacks color and most of the items featured are black and white. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

karl lagerfeld french architectural digest

Since whatever Karl Lagerfeld touches turns to Gold, Architectural Digest is printing 150,000 copies of the magazine to meet the increased demand. If you see a copy I would buy it quickly as I’m sure they will sell out fast.

karl lagerfeld french architectural digest


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April 3, 2012

Chanel Links: Week of 04.02.12

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Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are listed on TIME Magazine’s list of All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons.

Chanel Illustration by Sem

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel will be inducted into the 2012 FiFi Hall of Fame on May 21. The FiFi Awards are sponsored by the Fragrance Foundation and Jill Belasco, chair of The Fragrance Foundation stated:


Chanel fragrances have reached near mythical status thanks to the vision of Coco Chanel, her enduring commitment to in-house master perfumery and an uncompromising commitment to luxury and quality. To this day, men and women everywhere delight in wearing fragrances marked by the entwined double C’s of Chanel.


Charlotte Casiraghi chanel couture
Charlotte Casiraghi wore Chanel spring-summer 2012 haute couture to the 2012 Monaco Rose Ball in Monte Carlo – I’m not crazy about her modifications I think it looked better on the runway… Red Carpet Fashion Awards

chanel espace parfum bloomingdales
Chanel opened a fragrance bar dubbed Espace Parfum at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street in NYC – the Espace Parfum will specialize in creating a new experience for discovering Chanel fragrances including Les Exclusifs and other limited distribution scents. WWD

Drew Barrymore is engaged to art consultant Will Kopelman, the son of Arie Kopelman, a former head of Chanel USA, so naturally, the bride will be wearing Chanel.  Brides

karl lagerfeld sketch chanel mobile art
Listen to the DFA Mix by Tim Sweeney (2008) for Chanel Mobile Art Launch – NYC

A new luxury building is being built on Newbury Street in Boston and the first two floors will house a Chanel boutiuque. Boston.com

Karl Lagerfeld’s latest project is to redesign the outside areas of the Métropole Monte-Carlo including a fresco-style depiction of Ulysses’ journey etched on fifteen panels of glass (two pictured above). WWD.

Kristen Stewart wore a Chanel manicure to the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards.

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The Little Black Jacket – Trailer 5/6

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