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January 15, 2013

New Culture Chanel Exhibit In Guangzhou, China

culture chanel exhibit

In 2011 Chanel opened a Culture Chanel exhibit in China at Shanghai’s MOCA. The exhibit took a biographical approach and looked at events in Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s life and how they influenced her life’s works. On Wednesday, Chanel is opening the second installment of the Culture Chanel exhibit at the Guangzhou Opera House.

GUANGZHOU opera house culture chanel

The Guangzhou Opera House was designed by Zaha Hadid, who if you remember, also designed the Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion. The decision of venue is an indication of the direction of the exhibit which Chanel explains as an exploration of “the behaviours and attitudes that set this style in motion and that the Chanel designers apply today, giving Chanel a timeless contemporary quality.”

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Coco Chanel’s fearlessness and independence “allowed women to breathe, move, love, dream, and invent their life as a woman.” As such, the exhibit is split up into these categories to delve into the world of Coco Chanel’s creative process, and her relationships with avant garde artists of the time including Jean Cocteau, Amadeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Raymond Radiguet, and Pierre Reverdy.

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Art Director Jean-Louis Froment, curator of the Culture Chanel exhibit stated: “It is a unique history that intertwines and may merge with history as a whole. It is the creation of a language that goes from Gabrielle Chanel’s timeline to the line of creations that the brand has to offer today.”

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Today Chanel released a video of the behind-the-scenes preview of the Culture Chanel exhibit. In the video, we see the hanging of “Le Train Bleu” by Pablo Picasso. “Le Train Bleu” was a ballet by the Ballets Russes where Pablo Picasso painted the backdrop and Coco Chanel designed the costumes. This was but one example of Coco Chanel’s collaboration with the leading thinkers and artists of her time.

Culture Chanel Exhibit

I wish I was going to be in Guangzhou so I could see this exhibit! If you are there in the next few months here are the details of the exhibit:

In collaboration with the Guangdong Museum of Art and the Guangzhou Opera House Chanel presents Culture Chanel.
Guangzhou Opera House
No 1, Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District,
510623 Guangzhou, China
January 16, 2013 – March 3, 2013
Opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Sunday
Free admission upon presentation of valid ID

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Jean-Louis Froment will present a wide – audience lecture to enhance the visit.
In the auditorium of the Opera House – 
January 16 2013 at 3pm
Free admission – Advanced booking required

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Culture Chanel Exhibit

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January 6, 2013

New Year Wishes From Chanel

chanel christmas card 2012
This lovely holiday video from Chanel matches the Christmas card the company sent out – so simple and lovely. Hope you had a wonderful holiday and wishing you a Happy 2013!

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December 16, 2012

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

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.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

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.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley – Created by Gabrielle Chanel and Perfumer Ernest Beaux

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley – 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.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley – The evolution of the Chanel Nº5 bottle

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.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley – The lovely scent of May Rose

The exhibit closed with experiencing the different iterations of Chanel Nº5 – Chanel Nº5 Parfum, Chanel Nº5 Eau de Toilette, Chanel Nº5 Eau de Parfum and Chanel Nº5 Eau Premiere.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley – The Different Interpretations of a Classic Scent

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.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley – Close-up of the Tweed Seats

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.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley – Close-up of the steering wheel

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!

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

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.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley ticket with stamp

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.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 sample received with the Chanel Nº5 Trolley ticket

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.

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

Chanel Nº5 Trolley in San Francisco

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December 12, 2012

Visit the Chanel N°5 Trolley in San Francisco!

chanel no5 san francisco trolley ticket

“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 :)

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December 3, 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Berlin & Seoul Videos

While the rest of us have been pining away for an invitation to Chanel’s Metiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg show, the fashion elite have been jet setting around the world to catch the openings of Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition in Berlin and Seoul. Both openings have come and gone but here are the video previews and post-event videos. The Seoul exhibit is the last stop on the tour and the exhibit closes on December 16. Enjoy!

Soundtrack:
Title: Wheels of Intrigue
Artists: Andrew Britton (PSR) and David Goldsmith (PSR)
Label: Atmosphere Music LTD

Soundtrack:
Symmetry, Live
Glass Candy, Live (Label : Italians Do It Better/ Echo Park Records)

Soundtrack:
Title: “Currents of Data”
Artists: Chris White, Richard Dutnall
(Bruton Music Ltd)

Soundtrack:
Plastic Kid “Ping Pong”, Live

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November 19, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld Shot Victoria Beckham at 31 Rue Cambon

victoria beckham karl lagerfeld 31 rue cambon

These pictures have been out for some time now but they are too lovely not to post. The images are of Victoria Beckham shot by Karl Lagerfeld for the November 2012 issue of Elle France. The photos were shot in Coco Chanel’s personal apartment and on the infamous mirrored staircase at 31 Rue Cambon. Many of the photos – the settings and poses – are re-enactments of photos of Coco Chanel herself. The photos are nice but Victoria Beckham is no Coco Chanel.

victoria beckham karl lagerfeld 31 rue cambon

victoria beckham karl lagerfeld 31 rue cambon

victoria beckham karl lagerfeld 31 rue cambon

victoria beckham karl lagerfeld 31 rue cambon

victoria beckham karl lagerfeld 31 rue cambon

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November 11, 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Opening in Paris – Video

Here’s a look at the scene of Chanel’s opening of The Little Black Jacket in Paris complete with a performance by Frank Ocean.

Music Credits: “Iwaad” by Actress (Honest Jon’s Records / Westbury Music) and “White” by Frank Ocean (Live).

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November 9, 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket in Paris

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket is opening in Paris on November 10th, 2012.

La Petite Veste Noire
Grand Palais, Galerie Courbe
Entrance Rotonde Alexandre III
Corner Avenue Winston Churchill
Cours la Reine
75008 Paris

10.00 AM – 8.00PM from November 10th to November 25th 2012
Free admission

thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com

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November 2, 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket: Sydney Recap and Paris Preview

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition is making it’s way around the world – it recently showed in Sydney, Australia and is en route to Paris opening on November 10th at the Grand Palais. Check out the Sydney recap video and the Paris preview videos below.

Have a great weekend!

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October 22, 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Exhibit Heads to Sydney

Starting October 27th, Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Exhibit will be shown in Sydney, Australia. The little jacket that could is making its way around the world making stops in fashionable cities like Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, New York, London and Moscow. After Syndey the exhibit will make stops in Paris and Berlin. Check out the preview below for the Sydney show…

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