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May 15, 2013

Chanel Links: February – Mid-May 2013 Part 1

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Chanel Links!

Rita Ora graces the cover of Elle UK’s May 2013 Women In Music Issue and wears Chanel couture.
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rita ora elle uk chanel

Chanel unveiled a newly revamped Bal Harbour boutique in Miami designed by Peter Marion. Architectural Digest

chanel bal harbour peter marino

It seems like Rihanna is loving the Chanel Spring 2013 pearl accessories as much as me – except she can actually afford to buy them all! Rihanna’s Instagram and Daily Mail.

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I don’t like to promote knock-offs but I’m making an exception here because I’m almost tempted to buy them! You see, I am deeply in love with all of the magnificent pearl accessories from the Chanel Spring 2013 collection but I cannot spend my life savings on Chanel. So what is a girl to do? This website has created some pearl accessories inspired by the Chanel Spring 2013 costume jewelry collection. Do what you will with that info. Pret a Portobello

Want to DIY your own pair of Chanel-inspired espadrilles? Learn how on Cocorosa.

diy chanel espadrilles tutorial

Ever seen a Chanel coin? Well, you’ll need one for the Chanel vending machine. Vogue UK

chanel mascara vending machine

And a shout out to La Chanelphile reader Samantha Thompson who sent over a photo of the vending machine. Merci!

chanel mascara vending machine

Like seeing celebrities in Chanel? Check out the red carpet arrivals from the 2013 Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner. Monsters and Critics

Alexa Chung Chanel

Alexa Chung arriving at the 2013 Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner.Picture copyright by Marco Sagliocco / PRPhotos.com.

Chanel West Coast is releasing a track called “Karl Lagerfeld” – here’s a shot from her video shoot – looks like she’s channeling the 90s. MTV

chanel west coast karl lagerfeld

Glamour magazine interviews Karl Lagefeld and Alice Dellal about working together on the second Chanel Boy Bag campaign.

Dying for a Chanel Boy Brick bag (the Lego-inspired one) but don’t have 10K to pay for it? Make your own Lego-inspired bag. Learn how on Studs and Buttonholes

diy chanel lego bag

Learn how to make your own DIY Chanel-inspired pearl bracelets. Popsugar


Baselworld 2013 has come and gone but these beautiful Chanel Premiere Flying Tourbillon were on display – with a limited run of only five pieces each. Blouin Art Info

chanel premiere flying tourbillons

chanel premiere flying tourbillons

Chanel Beaute’s research and development department has exclusively partnered with Plant Advanced Technologies to formulate new plant-based “pure active ingredients.” Cosmetics Design Europe

Coco Chanel has inspired many things – and now you can add a one-of-a-kind $250,000 piano. Haute Living
coco chanel piano

coco chanel piano

Chanel’s iconic location 31 Rue Cambon is set for expansion beginning in 2014. Chanel has purchased 19 Rue Cambon – also on the corner of the Rue Saint-Honoré another prestigious Parisian street. The project is scheduled from completion in 2016. WWD

Anne Hathaway wore Chanel Haute Couture from the Fall 2009 collection to the Les Miserable premiere at the 2013 Berlinale International Film Festival. Global Grind & Style

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Chloe Moretz celebrated her Sweet 16 in Chanel – with a matching manicure of course. MTV Style

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It doesn’t seem like Chanel will sell fashion apparel or accessories online anytime soon. Bruno Pavlovsky stated “Fashion is about clothing, and clothing you need to see, to feel, to understand.” Bloomberg

Learn how to make a DIY Chanel-inspired pearl bracelet. Popsugar

I love this photo of the Chanel Metiérs d’Art Paris-Edimbourg collection – it captures the mood perfectly. Vanity Fair

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Ugh. I have so many more links on my list to get to so this is becoming a multi-part post. Back later this week with more links for you!

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January 24, 2013

Unofficial Chanel Le Vernis iPhone Cases

Chanel Le Vernis iPhone Cases

There are a lot of back Chanel-inspired iPhone cases out there -you know the ones with all the rhinestones – but I saw these Le Vernis phone cases on Instagram yesterday and my jaw dropped. These are amazing! I tracked them down on Etsy and yes, I ordered one in Dragon. You can find the Le Vernis iPhone cases on Etsy.

Chanel Le Vernis iPhone Cases

Chanel Le Vernis iPhone Cases

Chanel Le Vernis iPhone Cases

Chanel Le Vernis iPhone Cases

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Filed under: Chanel Knockoffs,Chanel Nail Colour — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 7:08 pm

November 13, 2012

Chanel Links: October-November 2012

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Chanel Links!

The end of October was a bit busy for me because my daughter was celebrating Halloween for the first time with trick or treating and events at school and I took some time to spend with my family. But, Chanel news doesn’t stop coming. Here are some of my favorite Chanel-related items…

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Bookmark this for next Halloween – learn how to carve a Chanel pumpkin. LDN Fashion

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For Halloween, Bette Midler dressed up as the ghost of Coco Chanel.

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You can wear this tongue-in-cheek representation of the Chanel logo. Ssur

The Chromatics, who performed at the Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 Ready-to-Wear show, filmed their video for Looking for Love at the Chanel show and you get some great views of backstage and the show. Refinery29

Gaspard Ulliel, the face of Bleu de Chanel has been cast as the designer Yves Saint Laurent in a biopic that has started filming.

yves saint laurent gaspard ulliel

Karl Lagerfeld sketched a “no smoking” sign but it’s not your typical sign. However, he was not making a statement about unhealthy habits, instead he was noting all the YSL references on many runways and he was stating that you would find a “smoking” – the french term for tuxedo – on his runway. Lagerfeld stated: “We don’t have to do smoking. Hedi Slimane really does it well.” WWD

karl lagerfeld no smoking

Membership in the Chanel club has its benefits. Keira Knightley, the face of Coco Mademoiselle, was dressed in over £1.25 million worth of Chanel jewels for her role as Anna Karenina. InStyle UK

keira knightley anna karenina chanel jewels

A few weeks ago Karl Lagerfeld shot the Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 campaign in New York City with models Stella Tennant and Ondria Hardin. Lagerfeld stated: “Stella has such a style… Stella is, for me, the perfect Chanel woman.” WWD

ondria harden and stella tennat

Peter Philips gives tips on how to perfect your foundation. News.com.au

peter philips chanel makeup

Last week Rihanna performed at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and she wore vintage Chanel sunglasses during her performance and wore a Chanel sweat suit and vintage sunglasses around NY.

rihanna vintage chanel

A few weeks ago Keira Knightley wore Chanel cosmetics to the NYC premiere of Anna Karenina.

Keira Knightley Anna Karenina NYC Premiere

Last night Kristen Stewart wore Chanel cosmetics to the LA premiere of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn LA Premiere

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August 13, 2012

Chanel Links: July and August 2012

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Chanel Links!

There’s been so much going on and though I don’t have time to do full posts on all Chanel news that comes my way – I still wanted to share some of my favorites…

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Sanya Richards-Ross won gold in the 400M and the 4x400M wearing Chanel!

Lisa Chaney, author of Chanel: An Intimate Life discusses the life and influence of Coco Chanel in the video below…

You can customize your Firefox tooblar with a “Chanel” add on – I was tempted but found it distracting.

Not everyone can afford Chanel so you can learn how to DIY “Chanel-ify” a cardigan.

chanel fall 2012 ad campaign
You’ve probably seen them by now in magazines but the Chanel ads are out and they were shot by Karl Lagerfeld.

Jacques Polge, Chanel’s nose, discusses Chanel N°5 in the video below – if you don’t see English subtitles, click the CC on the bottom menu.

chanel nail stickers

If only Chanel would make real ones! If you’re dying to have Chanails you can get Chanel-inspired nail stickers.

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October 31, 2011

Faux Chanel “Brandages”

Something tells me Coco would not approve – on so many levels…. It saddens me to see the Chanel logo bastardized by fake inflated boobs.  Coco Chanel is now rolling in her grave.

 

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September 24, 2011

Chanel Sues 399 Websites Alleging Trademark Infringement

Earlier this week Chanel filed a claim in the U.S. District Court is Las Vegas against 399 websites alleging cyberpiracy and trademark infringement due to the sale of counterfeit Chanel products bearing the Chanel name and logo.  Many of these websites operate outside the country and dilute the Chanel mark. (Intellectual Property Brief)

Claimants in trademark infringement cases need to prove customer confusion – that is, they need to prove that customers visiting one of the 399 websites may be confused as to whether the products are authentic Chanel goods.  Since the websites are unlawfully using the Chanel marks and selling fake products I don’t think this will be a difficult case to prove.

This is not the first time that Chanel has made efforts to protect its mark. Last year I wrote a post about Chanel winning several domain name disputes where counterfeit goods were sold online through websites that misleadingly had the word “Chanel” in the url and in October 2010, Chanel Inc. sued a chain of costume jewelry stores for selling counterfeit merchandise.  Chanel also took out an infamous letter on the back page of WWD asking editors not to use the Chanel name to describe products that are not made by Chanel.  The ad stated:

A note of information and entreaty to fashion editors, advertisers, copywriters and other well-intentioned mis-users of our Chanel name:

Chanel was a designer, an extraordinary woman who made a timeless contribution to fashion. Chanel is a perfume. Chanel is modern elegance in couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, watches and fine jewelry. Chanel is our registered trademark for fragrance, cosmetics, clothing, accessories and other lovely things. Although our style is justly famous, a jacket is not ‘a Chanel jacket’ unless it is ours, and somebody else’s cardigans are not ‘Chanel for now.’ And even if we are flattered by such tributes to our fame as ‘Chanel-issime, Chanel-ed, Chanels, and Chanel-ized’, PLEASE DON’T. Our lawyers positively detest them. We take our trademark seriously.

Merci,

Chanel, Inc.

Chanel has even sent cease and desist letters to DC Shoes because of the similarity in logo design.

With all of this legal activity surrounding the Chanel brand, it’s a little funny that Thursday Friday is now selling a tote bag with the likeness of the Chanel 2.55 bag printed on it.  You may have heard of the brand a while back when they came out with the Birkin totes – which by the way they are now being sued for.  It seems to me it’s just a matter of time before Chanel sues them as well.

Thursday Friday Diamond Series Chanel Tote

Thursday Friday Diamond Series Chanel Tote

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture,Chanel Knockoffs — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 11:16 pm

September 16, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of September 12, 2011

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  • Kirsten Dunst wore a long white Chanel skirt to the Melancholia premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.  (Just Jared)
  • Read about Grasse, the region in France where many of the flowers used in Chanel fragrances come from. (New Zealand Herald)

karl lagerfeld manicure

  • Chin Chow sported a lovely manicure and when asked about it, all she could say was that it was for a shoot she did with Karl Lagerfeld – can’t wait to see!  I love this manicure – I may have to replicate it! (Style)
  • Word on the Hollywood streets is that Lea Michelle and Dianna Agron, both of Glee fame, are sourcing rare vintage couture from the Chanel archives for the Emmy Awards.  I hope this is true because I would love to see dresses from the archives – though I’d be afraid to wear it!  (E!)
  • Another rumor, this on the financial end, but word is because of the weakend dollar in Asia, some Chanel boutiques in Asia are “limiting new customers to one bag before they get into a deeper relationship.”  (Forbes)
  • Tory Burch debuted her first clothing collection at New York Fashion Week and Suzy Menkes called it “Coco Chanel Lite”.  (New York Times)
  • Elizabeth Taylors clothing and jewels are up for auction this December including a dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld back when he was designing “for the Tiziani label in Rome.”  (New York Times)

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  • Chicks on Speed have created a “Voodoo Chanel” exhibit and one of the designers stated: “I actually wanted to offer them [Chanel] to do a youth line – that Voodoo Chanel becomes super hip, because we’re making Chanel cool by making Voodoo Chanel!”  REALLY?  YOU’re making Chanel cool? Ha!  (WWD)
  • mrluxlifey shows us what it’s like to open up a box with a Chanel bag for the very first time (mrluxlifey)

  • Chanel tops Alexa Chung’s list of fashion favorites, she stated:  ‘They’re just so frigging classy.”  Well said.  (Elle UK)
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Pharrell Williams Customized His Boots With Double C’s

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Pharrell Williams had the Twitterverse atwitter when he tweeted a photo of a pair of black Timberland boots with double C’s on them.  Everyone was speculating about a potential new collaboration but it appears it was simply some DIY magic.  He customized the boots himself – looks like he’s a Chanel fan – but he should just wear the real thing non?

Sources: Moe Jackson & Complex

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August 12, 2011

Dior Stepping on Chanel’s Toes?

Dior Copying Chanel by aleXsandro Palombo
I recently came across this cartoon on Humor Chic by aleXsandro Palombo and he was able to capture in one image some of the sentiments I’ve been feeling for a while. When I saw the quilting of the Dior lady bags I always thought that it was an odd choice of fabrication. Sure, the shape is different but as far as I knew, quilting is not part of Dior’s lexicon – not the way the Chanel quilting is. But, now with this new style of bag they’ve also added a chain strap. Lots of companies are making quilted bags with chain straps these days, but when you look at the ad pictured above (and below) it starts getting a little uncomfortable. It seems like there is too much borrowed from Chanel iconography – the tweed jacket paired with the quilted bag is just too much. If this were a mass market brand it wouldn’t bother me because they’d be offering a look at a lower price. But this is DIOR – another storied couture house. I know Dior is having problems but this is just adding to it.

dior copying chanelIt gets worse. I recently saw an ad for the new Dior watch and my jaw dropped. It looks pretty close to a J12 to me. (Ok, the J12 is a bit close to the Rolex Submariner but at least Chanel did something new with it and made it in ceramic).  What do you think?  Am I being too territorial?  Do you think Dior is borrowing a bit too heavily from Chanel?

dior copying chanel

Image Source: Humor Chic by aleXsandro Palombo

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March 29, 2011

Knock It Off! Dirty Laundry Copies Chanel Camellia Rain Boots

I was searching online for rain boots and I came across a pair by Dirty Laundry that is a copy of the Chanel Camellia rain boots from Fall-Winter 2009/2010. Tsk tsk!!  The flowers are exactly the same.  Dirty Laundry added a chain – but that too is borrowing from the Chanel lexicon.

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