Baby, it’s cold outside, the families in town and the tree is up. I’m ready for a break to spend time with family and friends, reflect on 2012 and dream for 2013. I have some posts that I want to get up before the year is over but I’ve been sick and I’m taking the next few days off. I wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! I hope to be back next week to wish you a Happy 2013!
December 21, 2012
December 17, 2012
The Chanel Spring 2103 was one of my favorite recent collections. There are a few accessories that I have on my wishlist, but in the mean time, we can get a glimpse of what’s to come with the makeup collection.
Named for the precious beauty of Spring, the new colour collection PRINTEMPS PRÉCIEUX DE CHANEL celebrates Gabrielle Chanel’s codes of simplicity and sophistication. Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup Peter Philips channels the season’s splendor with a collection of contrasts. Elegant neutrals complement soft-to-sultry pinks on face and lips, while nails are adorned with vivid polish.
The Chanel Spring 2013 makeup collection Printemps Précieux de Chanel will be available at CHANEL.com, CHANEL Boutiques and department stores in January 201.
December 16, 2012
On Friday and Saturday, the San Francisco streets were a bit more dressed up with the presence of a refurbished Chanel trolley car. Decked out in signature black and white, the Chanel Nº5 Trolley featured tweed seats and a six-window display detailing the history of Chanel Nº5.
The exhibit began with Chanel Nº5′s start as a creation of Gabrielle Chanel and perfumer Ernest Beaux and a 3D printed replica of 31 Rue Cambon.
Next, the evolution of the Chanel Nº5 bottles was displayed – also 3D printed replicas – along with the current Chanel Nº5 ad campaign featuring Brad Pitt.
As you walked through the Chanel Nº5 trolley you were invited to experience the scent of May Rose – one of the main ingredients of Chanel Nº5 – and the sweetest, loveliest rose scent I have ever experienced.
To experience each of the different interpretations of Chanel Nº5, Chanel had its patented, exclusive ceramic blotters. The use of ceramic blotters allows the user to experience the truest form of the scent without the need for spraying. While other perfume brands just water down the scent to create Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette, Chanel does not engage in this practice. Instead, adjustments are made to the basenotes of the fragrance for each interpretation.
Created in 1921, Chanel Nº5 Parfum is a blend of florals and aldehydes with May Rose and Jasmine, both from Grasse, France at the forefront. In 1924, the Chanel Nº5 Eau de Toilette was created with the Sandalwood scent enhanced creating a more woodsy scent. We don’t see a new development until 1986 with the creation of Eau de Parfum, by Chanel Master Perfumer Jacques Polge, which softened the Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang notes. There was a large time span between the creations of Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum because before the 197-s Eau de Parfums did not exist. Finally in 2008, Jacques Polge created Chanel Nº5 Eau Premiere, a modern, lighter interpretation of Chanel Nº5.
After experiencing each of these fragrances, I was surprised to learn that I had never actually smelled the original Chanel Nº5. I knew that the main ingredients were May Rose and Jasmine but I could never find them in the scent. That’s because the Chanel Nº5 that I was familiar with was the Chanel Nº5 Eau de Parfum and I didn’t know that each interpretation was a bit different. I’m so happy that I was able to experience the true essence of Chanel Nº5 in the Chanel Nº5 trolley!
After guests made their way through the trolley to view the exhibit, they were helped off the trolley by handsome models and given a ticket that was stamped – with a stamp in the shape of a Chanel Nº5 bottle.
Once you received a ticket you were invited to visit Macy’s to receive a free sample of Chanel Nº5 Eau de Parfum and Chanel Nº5 Eau Premiere.
Visiting the Chanel Nº5 was a wonderful experience – and a lovely way to start off a day of holiday shopping in Union Square, San Francisco. Attending a Chanel event lets you experience the brands exquisite attention to detail where absolutely nothing is overlooked. From the immaculate design of the trolley complete with interlocking C’s on the hubcaps and steering wheel, to the tweed on the seats, to the little Chanel Nº5 bottle stamp for the tickets. If you were in San Francisco I hope you had a chance to experience this for yourself. If not, I hope you enjoy the photos.
December 14, 2012
As ever, the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Pre-Fall 2013 presentation was the place to be with celebrities and VIPs showing up in droves – and wearing Chanel of course. The following celebrities attended the Métiers d’Arts ‘Paris Edimbourg’ show and wore CHANEL:
Alicia VIKANDER wore a pink organza top with pearls, crystals and sequins embroideries, look 17, from the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012/13 Collection. She was carrying a black satin clutch.
Amira CASAR wore a pleated silk tulle black blouse with bow at the neck and balloon sleeves, look 48, from the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012/13 Collection and a long black pleated tulle Haute Couture skirt. She was wearing a black velvet belt and a silver bracelet.
Anna MOUGLALIS wore a long black velvet Haute Couture skirt with a pink Haute Couture top and a black cashmere coat from the Paris Byzance Collection.
Zhou XUN wore a cropped dark brown wool tweed and silk tulle top on a matching knee-length dress, look 16, from the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2010/11 Collection and a black coat from the Paris Byzance Collection. She was carrying a grey tweed clutch.
Poppy DELEVINGNE wore a short blue strapless organza dress with sequins and gold beads embroideries and matching top, look 61, from the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2010/11 Collection and a long green tweed coat, look 18, from the Fall/Winter 2012/13 Collection. She was wearing a dark purple trapper hat and was carrying a blue silk bag.
Caroline SIEBER wore a short blue knitted Haute Couture dress with purple and red sequins embroideries. She was wearing grey knee high boots and was carrying a blue denim Boy bag.
Amber ANDERSON wore a gold jacket, look 43, and a short purple skirt, look 41, from the Fall/Winter 2012/13 Collection. She was wearing black shoes and carrying a black Boy bag.
Sophie KENNEDY CLARK wore a short blue and gold dress, look 39, from the Cruise Versailles Collection. She was carrying a gold leather clutch.
Miroslava DUMA wore a long multicolor knitted sweater, look 25, and a purple tweed skirt, look 19, from the Fall/Winter 2012/13 Collection. She was carrying a purple Boy bag.
Caroline DE MAIGRET wore a long flared dress in navy blue wool tweed, look 33, from the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011/12 Collection with a black feather coat. She was wearing black and grey shoes and was carrying a grey python clutch.
CHANEL Fine Jewelry: She was wearing a “Plume” ring and a “Ruban” necklace, both in 18K white gold and diamonds.
Joana PREISS wore a long ivory dress with gold embroideries from the Paris Bombay Collection and a black cashmere cape from the Paris Moscow Collection. She was wearing black boots and was carrying a red clutch.
December 12, 2012
I’m excited to announce that I’m FINALLY launching La Chanelphile forum! I had to make some tweaks to ensure that there wouldn’t be any spam commenters and (fingers crossed) I’m hoping I’ve made all the fixes.
You can find the forum in the top navigation – see the red arrow in the image below:
Once you’re on the forum page, the register button is on the top right corner of the page – see the image below:
Fill in the required info, and assuming you are not a spambot you will become a member!
I’ve started some threads to get the conversation going but I’m really interested in hearing from my fellow Chanelphiles. If you have any technical issues please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
“Clang, clang, clang went the trolley!” I am very excited to announce that Chanel will be hosting an event in San Francisco this week to celebrate Chanel N°5 and the holiday season! Chanel has created an installation where the public can experience the world of N°5 inside a reconstructed San Francisco trolley car. The Chanel N°5 trolley will be open to the public on Friday, December 14th @ 12noon – 3:30pm and Saturday, December 15th @ 12noon – 3:30pm. It will be parked outside of Macy’s on Geary St. in Union Square Park. I can’t wait to see it! If you can’t make it don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it
December 11, 2012
Chanel has shared images of the atmosphere surrounding the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Pre-Fall 2013 presentation at Linlithgow Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland. The photos are beautiful and show details of the collection, the set and notable personalities. Enjoy!
Images courtesy of Chanel
We’ve come to expect extravagant sets for Chanel presentations and it doesn’t get much more dramatic than Linlithgow Palace in Scotland at dusk. Chanel showed its Metiers d’Art Paris-Edinburgh collection in the courtyard of Linlithgow palace with models circling the courtyard as guests watched swathed in their lap blankets provided by Chanel. No expense was spared in creating the atmosphere and for one brief moment in time, Linlithgow Palace was full of life once again.
Photos courtesy of Chanel
The past few years have been difficult for any admirer of Coco Chanel as her name has been slandered and libeled in conversations, supposed biographies and online. Uneducated accusations have flown that Coco Chanel was a Nazi, while anyone who either knew her or has researched her life with integrity has come to very different conclusions.
You may remember a while back I posted about Chanel’s only interview about WWII conducted by Malcolm Muggeridge, an MI6 agent. If you have not yet read the interview, I found it highly informative and most convincing since it’s the only evidence regarding Coco Chanel’s actions during WWII that are based on her word and not assumption and conjecture. You can read the interview by clicking this link: Coco Chanel – Malcolm Muggeridge Interview.
I recently learned of the Baudelaire Society’s intention to release a documentary film and/or book next year to further shed light on the evidence in Coco Chanel’s defense. From the letter below, it appears that Isée St. John Knowles, the President of the Société Baudelaire, will work with Gabrielle Chanel’s living great-niece Gabrielle Labrunie. I look forward to seeing what they produce and I will be sure to share it with you.
December 9, 2012
As is his custom, Karl Lagerfeld photographed the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Press Kit at Studio 7L in Paris. Here is a look at the behind the scene action.
Images: Photos by Olivier Saillant courtesy of Chanel