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November 15, 2010

Secrets of the Chanel Handbag – Part 1

This weekend I went to the Chanel boutique in San Francisco to see the Secrets of the Handbag exhibit, which highlighted how the most iconic handbag – the Chanel 2.55 – is made. The exhibit was on the second floor of the boutique and featured a row of seven mannequins with video screens hanging off of them. Each video screen was encased in a black leather quilted cover complete with chain strap – very reminiscent of the bag the exhibit was celebrating. Alongside each mannequin was a display that highlighted a step in the process of manufacturing the Chanel 2.55 handbag.

If you’ve read this blog then you know that I am DYING for a Chanel 2.55 handbag (black leather lambskin – not caviar thank you very much).  I enjoyed seeing each step of the process and it shed a bit of light (just a little) on why those bags are as expensive as they are.

Gabrielle Chanel was a perfectionist and she paid attention to every detail in the manufacture of her bags.  Each bag has certain steps that can only be done by hand – white gloved hands that is.  Learning about the history of the 2.55 and how it is made gives us a glimpse into the mind of the long-gone couturier.

Please see below for each step in the process (apologies for not getting step 3 – there were people standing in front of it and I forgot to go back :( ).   Images of the vintage Chanel pieces in the store windows and scans of the program soon to come.

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November 9, 2010

San Francisco Exhibit: Discover the Secrets of the Handbag

When I received information last week about a Chanel handbag exhibit in San Francisco my day was made.  Usually the really good events are reserved for NY but once in a while, San Francisco gets a taste of the glamorous life.

This coming weekend Chanel San Francisco is hosting Les Secrets Du Sac, The Secrets of the Handbag, an exhibit exploring the iconic Chanel 2.55 Handbag.  The presentation will include bags from the Parisian archives, as well as bags from the new collections.  I will definitely be there – I’m not sure they’ll allow pictures but I will let you know how it is regardless.  I can’t wait!  For more information on the history of the 2.55 bag and how to spot a fake check out a previous post.

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October 8, 2010

Chanel Cruise 2010/2011 Trunk Show Schedule

Coming soon to a Chanel boutique near you… call for appointments.

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September 16, 2010

Chanel Soho Exclusives

To commemorate the re-opening of the Chanel Soho Boutique, Chanel not only released a Beauté collection, but also released exclusive footwear, leather goods and ready to wear pieces. The ready to wear pieces include a lambskin and “fantasy fur” coat featuring Crystal Renn in a shot made famous because her famous body was cropped out.  (I personally don’t think it was a big deal – I prefer cropping to photo shop any day).  The leather goods are handbags of different shades and sizes such as metallic python (in brown, red and light grey), black calfskin and caviar (in black and red). The calfskin bags feature a tweed lining, and all the bags have a “CHANEL Soho 2010” signature hidden inside – just to make it official. My favorite of the bunch is the footwear, especially the red python classic ballerina and the weekender boot made of black calfskin and python. Those boots were definitely made for stomping all weekend long in your favorite city. Take a look at the full collection below. To purchase, please visit the Chanel Soho Boutique at 139 Spring Street, 212-334-0055 or email SoHo2010Exclusives@chanelusa.com.

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September 15, 2010

Art Imitates Life: Chanel’s Soho Graffiti

Earlier this year in January 2010, the Chanel Soho boutique was tagged with pink spray paint.  Last week, the Chanel Soho boutique re-opened on Fashion’s Night Out.  As part of the festivities, and to avoid cluttering the newly designed shop, two temporary tents were erected at the corner of Wooster & Spring streets.  Inside the tents, Chanelphiles were greeted by a digital interactive graffiti where guests were invited to “tag” with Chanel spray cans.

There has been no official word on what inspired the digital graffiti but my hunch is that Uncle Karl took some inspiration from the real vandalism that occurred at the Soho boutique and elevated it to a whole new level.    It’s not the first time that Karl has taken Coco Chanel’s infamous quote to heart and looked to the “streets” for inspiration:

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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September 1, 2010

Chanel Soho Story Collection

For me, SoHo is a place where Bohemian ideals meet the toughness of the city… I love the tension and energy this creates.

-Peter Philips

To commemorate the re-opening of the Chanel Soho Boutique, and just in time for New York Fashion Week, Peter Philips created the Soho Story Collection features feminine pinks juxtaposed with industrial metallics.  The collection includes a palette inspired by pop art with the letters SOHO stamped in the powder.  One swipe of all 4 shades gives you a healthy, natural glow.  From nails to lips, the Soho Story Collection covers all bases.  Peter Philips explained,

I had a specific girl in mind who is both hard and soft. A girl who discovers a new city, a new life.” adds Peter Philips. “This is a very special kind of New York woman.  She is innocent, but she has a steely determination that fuels the city.

The full collection consists of: Soho de Chanel ($65.00), Quadra Eye Shadow in Stupendous, ($56.00), Rouge Coco in Stunning, ($30.00), Rouge Allure Laque in Stunt, ($32.00), Glossimer in Star, ($27.00), Le Vernis in Steel, ($23.00), Le Vernis in Strong, ($23.00).  Chanel’s Soho Story collection will be available on chanel.com on September 7th and September 10th at the SoHo Boutique (Fashion’s Night Out).

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August 20, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld Hosts Dinner For Soho Boutique Re-Opening

On September 9th, Karl Lagerfeld will jump-start New York Fashion Week with a chic dinner to celebrate the re-opening of the Soho Chanel boutique.  Approximately 300 guests will be in attendance and I’m sure it will be a who’s who of the young, rich and beautiful.  What I would do for an invite!

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March 8, 2010

Chanel Latin Lover – Spring/Summer 2010 Look Book

Chanel‘s Spring/Summer 2010 brochure, Latin Lover is available now at Chanel boutiques.  Shot by Karl Lagerfeld, Latin Lover is also available online for the first time at chanel-latinlover.com.  The site is a virtual look book with all of the images floating on the screen.  To see something up close, you click on the image.  Once you’ve zoomed into an image, you can click on each of the items featured in the look book for close-ups.

The web look book is a nice addition to the Chanel suite of sites and it seems like it’s part of Chanel’s larger move of having a greater presence online.  I’m looking forward to see what else they have up their sleeve!

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March 2, 2010

Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel: Kate Lee Shares Her Tattoo Application Expertise in LA

Les Trompe-L'oeil de Chanel: Kate Lee Shares Her Tattoo Application Expertise

Les Trompe-L'oeil de Chanel: Kate Lee Shares Her Tattoo Application Expertise

On March 5, in Los Angeles, celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee is sharing her expertise in temporary tattoo application to celebrate the launch of Chanel’s Les Trompe-L’oeil (aka Chanel temporary tattoos!).  Ms. Lee will be at the Chanel on Robertson Blvd from 4pm to 7 pm.

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March 1, 2010

Chanel Shanghai Accessories

Chanel Paris-Shanghai Accessories

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Chanel has Shanghai on the brain for 2010.  First there was the Chanel Shanghai boutique opening, then there was the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai collection.  We know Coco Chanel was infatuated with Shanghai and would have loved to have traveled there.  But I wonder if that was the only inspiration for the Chanel Shanghai collection – could it be that it was timed to coincide with the upcoming World’s Fair Expo in Shanghai in May, 2010.  Whatever the reason, the accessories are amazing!

After the success of the Chanel Paris-Moscou Matryoshka doll purse, Uncle Karl has created a similar purse for the Shanghai collection. The matching drop earrings are adorable – I wonder if he used these little ladies on any other accessories? Lagerfeld also reinterpreted the classic 2.55 bag with large sequined palletes in red and jade.

Chanel Paris-Shanghai Accessories

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My other favorite bag is Chanel’s rendition of the classic takeout box – with leather chain strap and all!  The Chanel cuff is also especially beautiful and is reminiscent of Chinese pottery and vases.

This is just a little glimpse into the details of the collection and I can’t wait to see more!

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