Chanel’s whirlwind tour of The Little Black Jacket exhibit has arrived in Moscow and the opening party was last night. Mila Jovovich provided the soundtrack as celebrities and high-rollers took in the sights. Check out the video below which features interviews with Elena Perminova, Vanessa Paradis, Sergey Nicolaevich and Svetlana Bondarchuk.
October 19, 2012
October 7, 2012
For the first time, CHANEL tells its story online at http://Inside-Chanel.com
Chapter 1: the legend of N°5. Journey back in time through the CHANEL archives into the heart of this magical perfume, beginning with the revolutionary moment of its creation.
What better way to prepare for the launch of the new Chanel N°5 campaign featuring Brad Pitt than by celebrating the iconic perfume’s history?
The Story of Chanel N°5 in English:
The Story of Chanel N°5 in French:
October 4, 2012
Chanel always seems to launch a bunch of things at once. Just off the heels of the Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection, Chanel is launching Inside Chanel, a website which gives the inside story of Coco Chanel and the Chanel brand. Right now, the site includes a timeline that documents Coco Chanel from her birth to her death – with all of her milestones in between. The timeline covers the rest of the brands history covering the launch of new product lines, fragrances and notable hires like Jacques Polge and Karl Lagerfeld. Chapter One focuses on the story of Chanel No.5 and has vintage photos of old Chanel ads along with a video. See the website for yourself at Inside-Chanel.com.
Inside Chanel Trailer in English:
Inside Chanel Trailer in French:
October 1, 2012
Back in September I mentioned that after Tokyo, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong, CHANEL’s photo exhibition, “The Little Black Jacket”, arrives in London on October 12th. The exhibition will run October 12-28 at the Saatchi Gallery. For more information visit http://thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com. In the mean time, here’s a video to get you ready…
Bersarin Quartett: “Geschichten Von Interesse”
Denovali Records / Copyright: Thomas Bücker
September 19, 2012
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
It’s official, the 90′s are back – and the mini-backpacks are here to prove it! Another Mag
Photo 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
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
Dazed Digital posted an exclusive shoot featuring the Chanel 1932 Fine Jewelry Collection. Dazed.
Lady Gaga dressed as a black bird and posed in front of Chanel. MTV Style
Vanessa Paradis wears Chanel and Maison Michel on the cover of Jalouse. Coco’s Tea Party
Elizabeth Olsen dons pink hair and Chanel for a Bullett photoshoot. Bullet.
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 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 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 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, a photographer from Moscow took beautiful black & white photos of a model with her face painted with cultural icons – Chanel included. Fubiz
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
September 6, 2012
Baudruchage, the final touch to an exquisite creation. In this meticulous procedure, a delicate seal, the “baudruche,” is placed around the neck of the bottle’s stopper. It is held in place with two rows of cotton thread and secured with a wax stamp bearing the double C. Only a handful of artisans, working within the CHANEL studio, know how to perform this precise art.
July 18, 2012
Back in February I mentioned that Chanel was celebrating the 80th anniversary of Coco Chanel’s only fine jewelry collection created in 1932 called the Bijoux de Diamants collection. To commemorate the anniversary, Chanel has designed a collection of fine jewelry inspired by Coco Chanel’s jewelry designs featuring five themes that were Coco’s signatures: the sun, comets, feathers, fringes and ribbons/knots. The designers added a sixth theme – the lion – because Coco Chanel was a Leo and surrounded herself with portrayals of lions. The collection is now on display in an exhibit called simply “1932″.
Only one piece remains from Coco Chanel’s original 1932 collection – a comet brooch – and the brooch is on display at the 1932 exhibit. The exhibit is on display at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris starting September 14 – 23, 2012. The exhibit will travel to New York in October and to Tokyo in November. I hope that I can make the New York exhibit! You can see a bit of the exhibit in the video below.
July 8, 2012
CHANEL The Little Black Jacket photo exhibition opened at the Space, 210 Hollywood Road in Hong Kong and will be there until July 16th.
Learn more on www.thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com
CHOI SAI HO , “Violin Cityscape” (Live)
June 29, 2012
Chanel’s iconic interlocking Cs logo is one of the most widely-recognized logos in the world. However, much like Coco Chanel’s life story, much of the origin of the interlocking Cs is shrouded in mystery. A few weeks ago a hairpin belonging to Catherine de Medici, Queen of France in the 16th century, was found at Fontainebleau Palace, a royal residence outside of Paris. A momentous find, the hairpin was the first possession of the Renaissance queen found in modern history. But what makes this find most curious of all is the very familiar looking interlocking Cs.
To fully understand the roots of the interlocking Cs we must take a look into the history of France as well as the formative years of Coco Chanel’s life.
Queen Claude of France
Queen Claude of France is the first person recognized to use the interlocking Cs as her insignia. The interlocking Cs are found at the Château Royal de Blois, where “the symbol was carved in white in the apartments of France’s Queen Claude, who found in the inital “C” an inspiring personal motto: candidior candidis – the fairest of the fair.” (The Secret of Chanel Nº5, Tilar J. Mazzeo, p.107) We get a clearer picture of Queen Claude’s personal apartments in Catherine de Medici, where the authors state: “the apartments of Queen Claude of France…in which may still be seen, delicately carved, the double C accompanied by figures, purely white, of swans and lilies signifying / candidior candidis / – more white than the whitest – the motto of the queen whose name began, like that of Catherine [de Medici] with a C…” (Catherine ‘de Medici, Honoré de Balzac and Katharine Prescott Wormeley, p.54)
Catherine de Medici
Queen Claude of France was Catherine de Medici’s mother-in-law – Catherine de Medici joined the French royals upon her marriage to Claude’s second son Henri II. Having an initial C, like Queen Claude before her, Catherine de Medici adopted the symbol as her own.
It seems Catherine de Medici and Coco Chanel shared not only the “C” initial but also a penchant for jewels. Queen Catherine loved lavish jewels but most of her collection was sold, lost or stolen over hundreds of years. Similarly, Mademoiselle Chanel loved jewelry – both real and fake – and like Queen Catherine, many of her signature pieces were stolen in the hours shortly after her death. To find a piece of Catherine de Medici’s jewelry now is a significant find, and may help unlock some of the mysteries of the Chanel logo.
As a side note, this is not the only similarity between Catherine de Medici and Coco Chanel – both women loved fragrance as well. In fact, one of the many rumors surrounding the creation of Chanel Nº5 is that the formula is derived from “the lost ‘miraculous perfume’ of the Medici queens, an elixir said to preserve aging beauties from the ravages of time.” (The Secret of Chanel Nº5, Tilar J. Mazzeo, p.31)
Another legend says that Coco Chanel saw the interlocking Cs at Château Crémat, a château in Nice that Irène Bretz, and American heiress purchased. Coco Chanel was friends with Ms. Bretz and attended parties she hosted at Château Crémat and “one summer night Coco Chanel looked up at a vaulted arch at one of Irène’s famous parties and found inspiration in a Renaissance medallion: two interlocking Cs.” (The Secret of Chanel Nº5, Tilar J. Mazzeo, p.107)
Chapel at Aubazine
The explanation that Chanel (the modern company) and biographer Justine Picardie subscribe to is that the answer can be found at the Chapel of Aubazine, a Cistercian monastery and abbey that also housed an orphanage where Chanel spent the latter half of her childhood.
A few shafts of light pierce the shadows through the opaque grey and pearl-white windows; there is no figurative stained glass in this Cistercian abbey, but the panes form geometric patterns, knots and loops that look eerily like the double C of Chanel’s logo.
(Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life, Justine Picardie, p. 28).
Capel & Chanel
Justine Picardie also alludes to another meaning behind the double C – Boy Capel and Coco Chanel. Boy Capel was the love of Coco Chanel’s life and Chanel as we know it today may not even exist without Boy Capel. In addition to being her lover, Boy Capel was in some ways a founding business partner of Chanel. He funded her business and her first boutiques and Coco Chanel eventually paid him back his investment.
After Boy Capel’s untimely death, interlocking the Cs of Capel and Chanel was a way of keeping them together. Picardie states:
There was no business contract to bind them together, just as there was no marriage certificate, but it nonetheless joined them, as the double C logo seems to suggest; Chanel and Capel; overlapping, but also facing away from each other.
(Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life, Justine Picardie, p. 74-5).
The Double C Lives On
We will never know where Coco Chanel found inspiration for the Double C Chanel logo. It could have been from long lost loves, royal families, her sad childhood, or a combination of them. What we do know is that the symbol is as mysterious as the woman who made it infamous.
Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life by Justine Picardie
The Secret of Chanel Nº5, Tilar J. Mazzeo (review coming soon!)
June 25, 2012
Have you seen the June 2012 issue of Elle US? I’m always a little bit behind on reading my magazine but this weekend I decided to delve into my pile. I was happy to see that Elle did an editorial celebrating Chanel’s little black jacket to commemorate The Little Black Jacket exhibition and book. Elle took Chanel’s little black jacket and gave it six very different looks pairing the jacket with current pieces and vintage Chanel. The six different looks are – in order of appearance: Street Wise, Classic, Menswear, Sporty, New Romantic and Haute Rebel. My favorites are definitely the first three – sorry I can’t choose one! Which is your favorite look?
Photographed by Thomas Whiteside
Styled by Lester Garcia