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June 8, 2012

Flash Back Friday: Inès de la Fressange for Chanel

Ines de La Fressange Chanel

Inès de la Fressange was Karl Lagerfeld’s muse in the 1980s. What a great time to be his muse! She was the first model to sign an exclusive contract with an haute couture fashion house – in this case Chanel. The relationship between Karl Lagerfeld and Inès de la Fressange produced a large body of work as she was the face of the company for most of the 80 when Chanel re-emerged in 1983 until 1989. Their relationship simmered down when she decided to lend her likeness to create a bust of Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic. Karl Lagerfeld and Inès de la Fressange reunited in the past several years and we even saw Inès de la Fressange walk the runway for the Chanel Spring/Summer 2011 show.

I’ve compiled some of my favorite videos, photos and ad campaigns featuring the lovely Inès de la Fressange. Enjoy!

French Coco by Chanel Ad

I can’t get enough of these ads – I don’t know the exact year but the print ads are from 1986 to 1988 so I believe the videos are from the same time. I hate to say this but I find the video below, a commercial for the U.S. market to be a bit silly. I much prefer the French ad, it’s much more chic and truer to the brand.

US Coco by Chanel Ad

Someone, please tell me what they are saying… and how amazing is that fashion show in the background?!

Interview with Inès de la Fressange

Click the first image in the gallery to see all of the images full size and in a slideshow.

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  1. Hi,
    In the third video : they are talking about Chanel’s style, to summarize they say : it’s always modern, never old-fashioned.
    The fashion show in the background is the Chanel one for fall-winter 1987.

    Love your blog and love Chanel ;-)

    Comment by Fan de beauté — June 8, 2012 @ 6:23 am

  2. Hi Fan de beauté,
    Thank you so much! One of the reasons I want to learn French is so I could understand interviews of Coco Chanel!

    Thank you for the compliment, and thank you for reading!

    Have a great weekend!

    Comment by La Chanelphile — June 8, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  3. Merci Gabriella pour ce Ines Week-end!

    Je suis un inconditionnel de celle qui pour moi a su le mieux incarner le style Chanel par Karl Lagerfeld, avec classe, avec désinvolture, avec élégance, avec du chien. J’ai eu l’occasion de croiser Ines et de discuter avec elle à plusieurs reprises dans ma vie et j’en ai chaque fois apprécié le moment.

    La première émotion mode Chanel, après celle olfactive du N°5 porté par ma maman, est née avec les photos des campagnes de PAP et de Haute-Couture avec Ines, c’était en 1984, époque à laquelle j’avais seulement 11 ans…depuis je collectionne chaque coupure de presse, catalogues, publications sur Chanel, sur Ines et sur Maître Karl of course! Et je sais que je ne suis pas le seul quand je vois votre site et vos publications Gabriella que j’apprécient énormément!!!!!

    Merci beaucoup Gabriella et longue vie à Chanel, à Karl, à Ines et à vous!


    Comment by Alexandre FONS — June 9, 2012 @ 8:40 am

  4. Merci beaucoup Alexandre!

    Comment by La Chanelphile — June 9, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

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