La Chanelphile

September 28, 2012

Chanel Acquires Causse Gantier

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Causse Gantier gloves

Chanel is preserving the skills and craftsmanship of artisans – “ateliers d’art” – through Paraffection. Launched in 1997, Paraffection is a Chanel subsidiary created to preserve artisanal manufacturing and includes in its portfolio Desrues (costume jewellery), Lemarié (feather-maker), Maison Michel (hat-maker), Maison Lesage (embroidery), Massaro (boot-maker), Goossens (goldsmith), Guillet (fabric flowers-maker) and Atelier Montex (embroidery). The neweset addition to Paraffection is Causse Gantier – a Parisian glove-making company.

causse gantier

Maison Causse was founded in the town of Millau by Paul Causse in 1892. For more than a century, four generations of this family successively led the company until 2003. In a few years, Causse became a supplier to leading names in the French and international luxury sectors. Today, as the last active glove-maker in Millau, the “historic capital of luxury gloves in France”, the company’s 40 employees produce close to 25,000 pairs of gloves per year.

The partnership between Causse and CHANEL is all the more natural as the atelier has worked with Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL’s design studio for many years on the Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear collections. Bruno Pavlovsky, President of CHANEL Fashion as well as of Causse, stated, “Maison Causse has rare traditional expertise that we wanted to preserve. Through this acquisition, we are sustaining excellence in glove-making in France.”

causse gantier

Causse will pursue its partnerships with all major luxury brands, with no exclusivity, and grow the presence of the Causse brand in France and throughout the world.

In welcoming Causse in Paraffection, CHANEL reaffirms its attachment to “Métiers d’art” and creation’s fundamental role, as well as the House’s wish to help expand and accompany their development.

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September 26, 2012

Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 Ready-to-Wear Invitation

Chanel will present its spring-summer 2013 on October 2nd at the Grand Palais in Paris France. It’s hard to figure out what the imagery in the invitation is.  It almost looks like a photo of mountainous terrain taken from above, and awash in blue.  There’s been so much natural inspiration – the Sea for Spring-Summer 2012, the scorched earth for Fall-Winter 2011/12 and stalagmites for Fall-Winter 2012/13 and who can forget the iceberg of Fall-Winter 2010/11? I wonder if Karl Lagerfeld is keeping with a theme based on nature or if the imagery on the invitation is more abstract.  We’ll find out on October 2nd…

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Chanel Camellia Sneakers

chanel camellia sneaker pre spring 2013

I came across these sneakers today online and they took my breadth away. I used to collect sneakers but I never have gone the route of high-end sneakers because I’ve never seen a pair that I just had to have. But these! I need these Chanel camellia sneakers from the pre-spring 2013 collection. I better start saving my pretty pennies now!


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September 25, 2012

Chanel Fall-Winter 2012/13 Accessories

Chanel Fall-Winter 2012/13 Accessories
Yesterday we got a closer look at the Chanel Fall-Winter 2012/13 Pre-Collection accessories. Today, we see the Chanel Fall-Winter 2012/13 set against the backdrop of crystals. I’m already missing summer but looking at these lovely winter accessories is making the thought of cold weather a bit easier to bear.

Please click on the first image to see all of the images larger and in a slideshow.

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September 24, 2012

Chanel Fall-Winter 2012/13 Pre-Collection

Chanel Fall-Winter 2012/13 Pre-Collection
Though we get to see the lovely Chanel accessories on runway photos I love seeing the close-up photos that Chanel posts online. Take a look at the gorgeous accessories in store now as part of the Chanel Fall-Winter 2012/13 Pre-Collection…

Please click on the first image to see all of the images larger and in a slideshow.

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September 20, 2012

Chanel Beauté Holiday 2012 – ÉCLATS DU SOIR DE CHANEL

Chanel Beauté Holiday 2012 - ÉCLATS DU SOIR DE CHANEL

The photos are here! We now have a first look at the Chanel Beauté Holiday 2012 collection. Intrigued by the alchemy of precious metals, Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, debuts a resplendent Holiday 2012 Collection, ÉCLATS DU SOIR DE CHANEL.  Gold and bronze shade harmonies dust eyes with festive shimmer, while soft beige, pinks and deep reds set face, lips and nails aglow.

Here’s a breakdown of the products:

Chanel Beauté Holiday 2012 - ÉCLATS DU SOIR DE CHANEL

Regard Signé de Chanel – Quadra Eye Shadow
This season’s eyeshadow palette is at once a gift, a jewel and the ideal accessory. Embossed with a quilted effect and the CC monogram, each powder eyeshadow is reminiscent of the classic Chanel jacket button. Deep, dense bronze-gold with a radiant sheen complements colours from violet-plum red to smoky taupe to pink, for the definitive look of holiday glamour. $65.00

Poudre Universelle Libre – Natural Finish Loose Powder
New peach shade lights the face with an incandescent warmth. $52.00

Chanel Beauté Holiday 2012 - ÉCLATS DU SOIR DE CHANEL

Joues Contraste – Powder Blush
Delicate pink highlights cheeks for a festive glow. $43.00

Rouge Allure Velvet – Luminous Matte Lip Colour
Bold and intense with a matte effect, deep burgundy or velvety pink gives lips luxurious colour. $32.50

Chanel Beauté Holiday 2012 - ÉCLATS DU SOIR DE CHANEL

I love that each holiday season gold plays a key role.  I’ve been waiting for months for the new Illustion d’Ombre in Apparence to come out – I can’t wait to wear it!  Fortunately, we don’t need to wait much longer, the ÉCLATS DU SOIR DE CHANEL will be available at CHANEL.com, CHANEL Boutiques and department stores in October 2012.

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Interview with Maïwenn, face of the CHANEL Eyewear Campaign

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Maïwenn, an emblematic figure in contemporary French cinema, is the new face of CHANEL’s 2012/13 Fall-Winter eyewear collection. I posted a look a the campaign photos back in July. Now, Chanel just released a video interview where Maïwenn discusses what it was like to work with Karl Lagerfeld and what she loves about Chanel…

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Lagerfeld Links: August & September 2012

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Lagerfeld Links!

Yesterday I caught up on Chanel-inspired news and today I’m focusing on Karl Lagerfeld-inspired news…

Let’s start off with a very Happy Belated Birthday to Karl Lagerfeld! Uncle Karl celebrated his 79th birthday on September 10th.

karl lagerfeld cupcake

Carine Roitfeld thinks Karl Lagerfeld is a rockstar: “It’s funny, he’s like a rock star now. You go on the street with him and it’s like being with J-Lo.” Female First

This is what Karl Lagerfeld looked like as a child – it seems like he’s always liked collars and ties. dailyELLE

karl lagerfeld as a child

If you haven’t shopped the new collection yet, the KARL fall-winter 2012/13 collection is for sale on Net-a-Porter. I’m especially loving the KARL camo! Also, you may notice his new collection includes pearl and lace collars – I beat him to it and showed you how to DIY pearl and lace collars back in April!

karl by karl lagerfeld fall winter 2012 2013 net a porter

Watch the making of the Karl fall-winter 2012/13 campaign…

Just in case you were wondering what Karl Lagerfeld zombie nail art looked like…StyleBistro

karl lagerfeld zombie nail art design

Karl Lagerfeld designed the layout for the 26th Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. He stated: “I like antique dealers and everything the Biennale represents, and I love the Grand Palais, which is my favorite place in Paris. I have so many memories there of Chanel runway shows with their outsized decor.” Karl

Biennale des Antiquaires karl lagerfeld sketch

Karl Lagerfeld’s Mon Shu character made many appearances at the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura (SUKL) launch in the form of a balloon, plush dolls, animated character (flying on a lipstick) and nail decals. In discussing Japanese schoolgirls – his inspiration for Mon Shu – Karl Lagerfeld stated: “They dress a little like me, even if this is more exaggerated.” WWD

karl lagerfeld mon shu

I may need to start a new column called the Choupette Link List!

Here we see the “Coco Cat” illustrated by Karl Lagerfeld and the mini Chanel model Hudson Kroenig wearing a tee with Choupette on it. LDNfashion

Choupette Lagerfeld coco cat

Laetitia Casta was “fucking scared” that Choupette would leap to her death during a photo shoot the two were working on together. Fashionista

Laetitia Casta choupette

Here’s a very informative infographic comparing Karl Lagerfeld and his kitty Choupette. Grazia

karl lagerfeld choupette infographic

Before Choupette, there was Mr. Ashton...W Magazine

karl lagerfeld dog pet

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September 19, 2012

Chanel Links: August & September 2012

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Chanel Links!

I’ve been out of town most of the past month traveling for my other site MISS so I apologize for the sporadic posting. Of course, the Chanel news does not stop so here are the best tidbits of Chanel-related info from the past few weeks…

Top Coco Chanel quotes on The Smithsonian.com

chanel mini backpacks

It’s official, the 90′s are back – and the mini-backpacks are here to prove it! Another Mag

justine picardie

My favorite Coco Chanel biographer, Justine Picardie was named Harper’s Bazaar U.K.’s new editor-in-chief. WWD

chanel the little black jacket exhibitPhoto by Frederic David courtesy of Chanel

“The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld” is heading to London and will run from October 12-28 at the Saatchi Gallery. Artinfo

tokyo chanel camellia karl lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld took some great Chanel camellia photos in Tokyo for i-D Magazine.

A South Korean bar dubbed the “Chanel Business Bar” was ordered to pay Chanel damages for infringing on the Chanel Trademark. Telegraph

chanel 1932 fine jewelry dazed digital

Dazed Digital posted an exclusive shoot featuring the Chanel 1932 Fine Jewelry Collection. Dazed.

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Photos by Terry Richardson

Lady Gaga dressed as a black bird and posed in front of Chanel. MTV Style

vanessa paradis chanel jalouse

Vanessa Paradis wears Chanel and Maison Michel on the cover of Jalouse. Coco’s Tea Party

elizabeth olsen bullet

Elizabeth Olsen dons pink hair and Chanel for a Bullett photoshoot. Bullet.

coco chanel as a simpson

Earlier this year, our favorite fashion satirist AleXsandro Palombo illustrated Karl Lagerfeld as a Simpson. He now updates his illustrations with Coco Chanel as a Simpson. Humor Chic

gwen stefani chanel

Gwen Stefani used her Chanel Coco Cocoon bag to run errands. Daily Mail

The Luxury Institute conducted a survey and found that Chanel ranked hightest among women on the Luxury Brand Status Index and was the “leading brand for delivering the best customer experience, and the one most deserving of charging premium prices.” Fashion Broadway World

keira knightley chanel couture vogue cover

Keira Knightley is wearing a look from the Chanel Haute Couture “New Vintage” fall-winter 2012/13 collection on the cover of the October 2012 issue of Vogue.

chanel punk

Chanel will be one of the brands featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s spring 2013 exhibition “Punk: Chaos to Couture”. Telegraph

Alexander Khokhlov chanel face illustration

Alexander Khokhlov, a photographer from Moscow took beautiful black & white photos of a model with her face painted with cultural icons – Chanel included. Fubiz

chanel world tricot

In December 2009, I posted about a case brought by World Tricot against Chanel being thrown out of court. The appeals court “fined Chanel 200,000 euros in damages for stealing a design from a local knitwear supplier, overturning a 2009 ruling clearing the fashion house.” Chanel maintains that there was no copying but rather a misunderstanding. AFP

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September 11, 2012

Fashion in the Street: Chanel at New York Fashion Week SS13 – Part 1

la chanelphile chanel street shot
I’m in New York for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week and all of the attendees are dressed in their finest which usually includes some form of Chanel (in some cases something Chanel-inspired). Though I’m not able to shoot ALL of the Chanel I see, here’s a little taste of the Chanel accessories and the lovely ladies who wear them. More to come in the following days and weeks!

Click on the first image to view all of the photos larger and in a slideshow…

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