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September 22, 2011

Fashion In the Streets: New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 Presentations

CHANEL Fashion in the Streets

As promised, here are all the images I captured at the tents at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.  For every image I was able to take, there were probably about 5 that I didn’t get.  Ladies get dressed in their best to see fashion shows and for many women, “their best” includes a Chanel bag.

The overwhelming majority of women have the Chanel 2.55 Classic (as opposed to the Chanel 2.55 Reissue).  There were also a few colors represented but for most women, the color of choice was black. I think the reason for that is twofold:  first, black is quintessentially Chanel and second, for many women a Chanel bag is an investment piece.  It’s not a secret that Chanel bags demand a hefty price tag so I think women opt for a color they will get the most wear out of.

One last note, I was taking pictures quickly so there definitely may be some fakes in the mix. I was not able to inspect the bags closely.  Some items I know are faux (like the rhinestone leggings!) but sometimes fakes are so bad that they’re good….

I’ll be making this a regular feature of the site so any feedback would be appreciated! Enjoy!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags,Fashion in the Street — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 1:51 pm

September 11, 2011

Chanel Cruise 2011/2012 Accessories

chanel cruise 2011 2012

The Chanel Cruise 2012 accessories are online now and we can see the pieces in detail. Each piece is exquisite and it’s very difficult to choose favorites when they are all so stellar. I especially like the pops of color like the lemon yellow and sky blue. View all of the accessories below…

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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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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags,Chanel Jewelry,Chanel Knockoffs — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 5:24 am

July 28, 2011

Chanel Fall 2011 Palette Small Leather Goods Collection

Chanel Fall 2011 Palette Small Leather Goods

Chanel Palette Small Leather Goods Collection

It looks like Chanel is not leaving the metallics to their beauty collection for Fall – you can get your shine on with the Chanel Fall 2011 Palette Small Leather Goods collection.  Whether you love the glimmer of gold or the shimmer of silver, the aged calfskin with flat lozenge quilting is unmistakably Chanel.  The collection includes a card holder, change and key purse, assorted wallets and my favorites, iPhone and iPad cases.  The collection will hit stores in September – which piece are you saving up for??

Source: Purse Blog

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 5:13 am

May 26, 2011

Boy Chanel Bag Collection

chanel boy bag collection
I was intrigued by these bags when I first saw them on the runway during the Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/12 presentation but the more I see them, the more I want them. PurseBlog has the inside scoop on the new Chanel Boy collection of handbags along with some nice product shots.

You won’t see any quilting on the bags in the Chanel Boy Bag collection but you will see the signature chain strap – though it’s a much thicker, heavier chain. The bag can be worn over the shoulder or across the body in the same way the 2.55 can be worn.

Long inspired by menswear, the Boy Bag collection is said to be inspired by cartridge bags used by hunters. Karl Lagerfeld stated: “Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel.”

The Boy Chanel Bags come in black, ivory, flat red, intense grey and lead green – all in glazed calf skin.  I’d be happy with any of the colors and sizes but I have a small, red Boy bag on my wish list.  The bags come in three sizes – the small being a purse and the large being a tote and they range in price from $2500 – $4300.

I love these bags.  I love the simplicity, the thick chain and the embossed Chanel logo on the “spine” – it looks very much like a book.  How nice to have a “library” of these bags, non?  The bags hit shelves in August so start saving up your pretty pennies now – I know I am!

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chanel boy bag collection

chanel boy bag collection

chanel boy bag collection

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Filed under: Chanel Handbags — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 12:07 am

May 21, 2011

Reader Submission: Vanessa Vanni & Her Autographed Chanel Jumbo 2.55

vanessa vani chanel x colette pop up boutique

Hello lovelies! One of our fellow Chanelphiles wrote in to share some photos that have me green with envy.  Vanessa Vanni went to the Chanel x Colette Pop Up Boutique and was able to get her red Chanel Jumbo 2.55 signed by Karl Lagerfeld himself!  Ah!  It doesn’t get much better than that.  You’re a lucky girl Vanessa – thanks for sharing!

karl lagerfeld chanel x colette pop up boutique

If you have any photos of yourself wearing Chanel or others who wear it well, please don’t hesitate to send your submissions in.  You can send submissions to gdk@lachanelphile.com.  I can’t wait to see what you send in!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags — La Chanelphile @ 5:41 am

May 19, 2011

Chanel Fall 2011 Handbags

chanel fall 2011 handbags

While I was reading online I came across a sneak peek of the some of the Chanel Fall 2011 Handbag collection. The 2.55 bag is done up in python fabrication with embroidery that gives it the look of decomposing – fitting since the collection looked a bit post-apocolyptic. I like the simplicity of the new style of bag featured – simple leather, big gold clasp and heavy Chanel chain. My favorite of the bunch is the black round quilted purse with camellia on it – so pretty and feminine. It’s a bag that is so classic you could wear it from season to season. What do you think? What’s your favorite bag?

Source: Purse Blog

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags — Tags: — Miss Interns @ 5:06 am

May 17, 2011

“The Secrets of the Handbag” in Los Angeles

making of the chanel 2.55 bagLast weekend The Secrets of the Handbag exhibit made a brief stop in Los Angeles.  I was busy celebrating my Tiny Dancer’s first birthday so I apologize for posting this late. I thought you may still want to see the beautiful images of the process and hear about “the secrets: of the Chanel 2.55 handbag as stated in the Chanel press release via Trendland…

People often ask why CHANEL accessories never seem to age. It is because, having been influenced by the men in her life and even more by her own experience, Mademoiselle Chanel designed them to be practical and, except for a few decorative trimmings, always sensible. Above all, she was her own model: she imagined them, then wore them and finally added the finishing touches. Each detail was there for a reason. She endowed them with perfection and made them the emblem of luxury and elegance.

More than half a century later, still carrying the magic of a great myth, CHANEL accessories remain the symbol of modernity and good taste. This is due to Karl Lagerfeld’s talent. When he took over the famous inheritance of the rue Cambon in 1983, he adopted Goethe’s famous phrase as his motto: “Create a better future from the widened elements of the past,” and endeavored, without ever destroying anything, to change everything nonetheless.

In 1929 Mademoiselle Chanel was the first to introduce an elegant version of the shoulder bag. It did already exist, in the form of a large pouch with a wide strap, but was only used by members of the military on campaign. Women discovered, to their delight, that by using a thin strap they could walk around with their hands free. A new fashion was born. From then on, Mademoiselle Chanel constantly used this idea, until she eventually created the bag commonly known as the “2.55” (which is in fact its “date of birth”) in February 1955.

In leather for day, in silk or jersey for evening, the 2.55 is a “chef d’oeuvre” of refinement and perfection. First and foremost she wanted it to be functional, so she gave it a double flap which has a zip-fastened pocket inside it – a secret place for storing a love letter or blank notes. The three bellow pockets inside the bag and particularly the tube pocket for lipstick are equally useful.

To give it volume and shape – “it has to have body” she insisted – it was quilted in a diamond shaped pattern, using plain stitch, while on the garnet colored lining (the color of the uniform she wore in the orphanage) a double C is stitched like a coat of arms. Lastly, like an artists finishing touch, the rectangular clasp is gilted with gold, and the famous leather and chain shoulder strap slips easily through golden eyelets. Only details, perhaps, but nobody else had ever thought of the them. From then on the 2.55 became an integral part of the legend of CHANEL. Today it is considered a classic amongst leather goods: It is one of the accessories that every elegant woman must own.

Launched into orbit by Mademoiselle Chanel, the famous bag, a mythical object par excellence, has not, as yet, finished its trajectory. Today it is propelled into the contemporary world by Karl Lagerfeld. He adorns it with all the colors of the rainbow, dressing it from season to season in denim, tweed, velvet, sequins or raffia, and as if by the stroke of a magic wand, it is transformed into a giant or a Lilliputian. Or, in a practical frame of mind, fulfilling the demands of a new generation of women, he metamorphosises it, with gentle wit, into a rucksack, banana bag or vanity case.

Constantly inspired by contemporary trends, Karl Lagerfeld has, with a touch of irreverence, turned this legendary bag into the ultimate modern accessory. Even if the clasp still has a double “C” (gold plated, 3 microns), the chain and leather strap is sometimes replaced by one in stitched lambskin, the quilting patterns become more fanciful, herringbones or honeycombs, the CHANEL bag still remains faithful to its style and that “something” which makes it recognizable among all the others. The care taken over the quality of the leather and the finishing touches is just as important for Karl Lagerfeld today as it was in the time of the great Mademoiselle. The manufacture of the bag, with its 180 essential operations, still requires a level of precision and craftsmanship which is jealously guarded.

1955-2002…Mademoiselle Chanel once confided to Paul Morand: “Tired of carrying my bag in my hand and losing it, I added a strap and wore it as a shoulder bag”, must be satisfied. She may be intrigued, but also confident to see that her tradition is constantly renewed. Karl Lagerfeld can certainly prove that he still has more than one cat to let out of his bag!

Source: Trendland, “Chanel: The Making of the 2.55″ by Cyril Foiret

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags — Tags: , , — Miss Interns @ 12:18 am

April 28, 2011

Katy Perry in Chanel Track Suit

katy perry wearing chanel tracksuitKaty Perry flew the friendly skies in a beige Chanel track suit from the 2011 spring/summer collection.  She paired the track suit with Marc by Marc Jacobs mouse flats and a Chanel 2.55 bag.  It’s a very comfy look – I’m a bit jealous.  I love sweatpants and it doesn’t get better than Chanel sweatpants.  I do have one pet peeve though… I’m not so into wearing sweatpants in public unless you are on your way to the gym.  Does the fact that they’re Chanel sweatpants make it ok?  It was a 15 hour flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne and it is afterall, Chanel, so I’ll let this one slide ;)

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April 5, 2011

Nike x Colette Away Kit: Chanel “Marinière” Bag

nike away kit colette france chanel tote

Nike, the official sponsor of the French Football team has created the away kit featuring the blue and white stripes of the “marinière”. To commemorate the launch, Nike teamed up with Colette to present the Away Kit, bringing together luxurious brands and their take on the signature blue and white stripes. Chanel is one of the brands to participate in the project and the “marinière” tote is the result. Very French Nautical chic – I love it! Karl Lagerfeld also photographed Alou Diarra, the captain of the French National Team for the project.

Alou Diarra photographed by karl lagerfeld

Sources: SlamxHype, Nowness

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