La Chanelphile

May 20, 2010

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show – St. Tropez

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show - St. Tropez

Last week, Chanel debuted its 2010-2011 Cruise collection in St. Tropez and like his previous collections that show in special locales, this Cruise Collection took inspiration from the myth and magic of the diamond of the French Riviera.

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show - St. Tropez
The St. Tropez Chanel Cruise Collection has a very laid back vibe – very fitting since technically these are vacation clothes. Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by iconic St. Tropez moments – from the Brigitte Bardot’s St. Tropez of the 50s and 60s to Mick and Bianca Jagger’s wedding in the 1970s. These moments translated to fashion cues from mod shift mini dresses, high-waisted bell bottoms and an all white suit (a nod to Bianca Jagger’s YSL wedding suit).

The collection also included fun denim pieces, cropped jackets and sweaters, and beautiful flowing pastel chiffon pieces. Crocheted pieces evoked fishing nets used in the waters of St. Tropez. This seasons interpretation of tweed saw it mixed with metallics and sheers. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a view of the accessories but I’m sure they won’t disappoint.

To coincide with the launch of the collection Karl Lagerfeld produced a film, Remember Now. The short film was shot in St. Tropez and does a good job of bringing the inspiration to life. You can view the video and see the full collection below…

Images via Style – Gigi Iorio agency News Press Photo

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May 3, 2010

Les Fidèles De Chanel: Caroline Sieber’s Favorites of the Spring/Summer 2010 RTW Collection

Les Fidèles De Chanel, or “the faithful ones” are girls about town that act as modern-day Chanel ambassadors.  One of Fidèles is Caroline Sieber, London-based stylist and brand consultant.  For Spring/Summer 2010 her favorite picks have mostly to do with the color red…

Les Fidèles De Chanel: Caroline Sieber's Favorites of the Spring/Summer 2010 RTW Collection

Les Fidèles De Chanel: Caroline Sieber's Favorites of the Spring/Summer 2010 RTW Collection

P.S. – Chanel, if you need any more Fidèles I’m ready and waiting!

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March 29, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Image Source: The Greyest Ghost

Last week the fashion community was atwitter on twitter. Why? Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel crew were spotted in the streets of the Lower East Side of New York shooting the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear campaign.  The models on set included Karl’s girl of the moment Freja Beha Erichsen, as well as Abbey Lee Kershaw. It’s not everyday that you get to see Karl Lagerfeld on the streets of New York – I wish I was there to see it with my own eyes! For more behind the scenes images – and close ups of the Chanel Autumn/Winter collection visit The Greyest Ghost.

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March 11, 2010

Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear

Image: Chanel News

At Chanel, no expense is ever spared and the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear show was no exception. For starters, a 265-ton iceberg was imported from Sweden to the Grand Palais for the Chanel show.   Sitting in a shallow pool of water and reaching 28 feet high, 35 ice sculptors took six days to carve the iceberg to form the perfect peaks and valleys.  Needless to say, the room was kept chilly to keep the ice from melting and the tone was set for the show.

The show opened with what I would call polar bear costumes – full fur bodysuits.  For PETA’s sake, all of the fur in the show was faux – and there was a lot of it!  I have to say that I did not like these polar bear outfits at all.  I think they look ridiculous and unless you are dressing up as a polar bear for Halloween, or are living on the Arctic Circle, I have no idea why or where you would wear these furry jumpsuits.

Thankfully, the collection did not just include fuzzy costumes.  The highlight of the show – apparel wise – was the interpretation of tweed and knits to go along with the faux fur theme/cold weather theme.  The tweeds had fur, lace, yarn and tulle – and some even had stone embellishments.  The knits ranged from sweaters, dresses, and tights and looked cozy chic.

My favorite part of the collection was the accessories (no surprise there).  Necklaces, cuffs, earrings and hair pieces dripped with metals, stones, yarn and faux ice.  I especially loved the bracelet with metal and yarn fringe (pictured above).  The boots looked like they had spats attached to them which I also loved.  The fur boots – like the jumpsuits – I did not love, but I appreciated the cleverness of the “ice” heels.  The highlight of the accessories were of course the handbags.  From fur covered, to faux ice appliqued onto a bag with melting double CC’s the bags were exquisite.  My favorite was a play on the famous Chanel quilted pattern that actually looked like ice cubes.

The hair was big, teased and a bit messy, perhaps evoking the static of hat head in the winter?  I loved the eye makeup that was black and applied in a bit of a sporadic light, almost feather pattern.  The rest of the face was kept pretty bare and nude, as well as the nails.  As always, curious to see what the actual nail color will be – I’m sure it will cause a stir just like prior colors de jour.

View the rest of the collection below.

Runway Images: Style
Image Layout: Feesh

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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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February 16, 2010

Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel – Temporary Skin Art/Tattoos

Les Trompe-L'oeil de Chanel - Temporary Skin Art/Tattoos

I just received a package in the mail and was excited to see that it was my set of Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel, better known as the Chanel Temporary Skin Art/Tattoos.  The tattoos made their debut a few months back at the Spring 2010 Chanel Ready To Wear presentation.

The set includes 5 sheets with a total of 55 designs – each hand-drawn by Peter Philips, Chanel’s Global Creative Director of Makeup.  Each trompe-l’oeil references a classic Chanel motif – pearls, the double C’s, and chain links with woven leather.  Traditional tattoo references also include sparrows and cherry blossoms.

I love this set, though I will confess, I bought Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel purely as a collector’s piece – I won’t be using any of these temporary tattoos.  I like to keep my skin canvas blank, but if you don’t want to commit to a real tattoo, then what it doesn’t get better than a Chanel temporary tattoo.

I was on a waiting list to get Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel but it may not be too late to get yours.  Try contact Ruby at the Chanel at the Encore in Las Vegas and tell her Gabriella sent you!

Les Trompe-L'oeil de Chanel - Temporary Skin Art/Tattoos

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January 25, 2010

Chanel “Spy Camera” Documents Behind the Scenes at Spring/Summer 2010 RTW Show

A few months back we gave you a glimpse of the Chanel Spring/Summer 2010 show – barn, hay, clogs and all!  Now, a “spy camera” video has surfaced of the behind the scenes of the show.  Check it out below…

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January 8, 2010

Tattoo You: Chanel Temporary Tattoos Hit Shelves March 1st

chanel tattoos

Chanel comes out with it’s fair share of novelty items from bicycles to basket balls so I’m not sure I was surprised to learn that the tattoos that the models were sporting on the runway at the Chanel Spring 2010 Ready to Wear show will be available for sale this spring.

Les Trompe L’œil de Chanel, a set of 55 individual tattoos, will retail for £49 (or roughly $78 US).  I can’t say I’m a fan of temporary tattoos but I must have this!  I probably wouldn’t even use them it’s just something that I need to possess.  I’m sure there will be mass hysteria so get prepared to wait in line.

Info Via Elle.uk

Image via Chanel

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December 5, 2009

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai
The much anticipated Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai collection was shown today in Shanghai and like past Métiers D’Art collections, Karl Lagerfeld took us on a journey to another time and place. It turns out the silent film he wrote and directed did indeed give us a glimpse of some of the time periods in China’s history that inspired some pieces, namely the 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s and traditional imagery from the Imperial Court.

The collection featured Chinoiserie at its best with borrowed elements including the utilitarian military looks of Communist China, cheongsam gowns, Coolie straw hats, and accents of red and yellow. The collection was very luxurious with pendant earrings and hair pieces, camelia leather leggings, sculptural coats and shaggy furs. It wouldn’t be a Chanel show without the usual suspects: camelias galore, the iconic 2.55 handbag, and the signature tweed suit.

The collection is beautiful and I can’t wait to see detail shots of the accessories and nail colors. My favorite item in the collection by far are the leather camelia leggings – they are sexy, feminine and so necessary in my closet! More images from the collection below, as well as a video of the runway show set against the backdrop of the beauty of Shanghai.

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai

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December 2, 2009

Chanel Paris-Shanghai Diary of the Collection Videos

La Chanelphile: Chanel “métiers d’art” Paris Shanghai collection Diary of a collection

A little while back we gave you a sneak peek of the Paris-Shanghai collection.  Tomorrow the Short Movie made by Karl Lagerfeld for the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai premiers and the following day the fashion show for the collection will take place in Shanghai. I can’t wait!

In the mean time, we can keep our appetites sated by watching the following videos that are part of the “Diary of the Collection.” Each episode is great because it gives a glimpse of the inner workings of Chanel from Karl sketching, to behind the scenes views of shooting the press kit and short film, to samples getting packed for the fashion show.  It’s so exciting to see how things are done at the House of Chanel.  Watch the episodes below…

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