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June 10, 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Details of the Collection Video

The Chanel Cruise 2012/13 collection was so breath-taking from afar so words can not describe what I felt when I watched the following video showcasing the details of the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 collection. The intricacy of the beading, fabrics, enamels is amazing. So much attention is paid to every little detail – you can see why wearing Chanel is the ultimate luxury. I also think the soundtrack is a lovely accompaniment to the look of the collection. View the video below – and keep a tissue handy in case your mouth starts watering like mine did!

Soundtrack:
The Postmarks “Thorn In Your Side”

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May 22, 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012-13 Final Walk and Decor

chanel cruise 2012 2013I always love the final walk of a Chanel runway show because I feel like it’s Chanel flexing for the rest of the world the kind of power it carries.  It always starts with Karl Lagerfeld choosing his muse du jour and walking the course of the runway with all of the models (or mannequins as they like to call them) strutting behind him like a peacock tail opening to show off it’s lovely colors.

The final walk of the Chanel Cruise 2012-13 was no different except this time, there were 66 models walking and the course of the runway were the grounds of Château de Versailles in the Bosquet des 3 Fontaines, which was restored (from original paintings from the period),thanks to the support of Madame Catharine Hamilton, President of the American Friends of Versailles (A.F.V.) and the Château de Versailles.  The decor set up for the Chanel Cruise 2012-13 show included 16 tents, 22 lamps, 480 seats (really? 480 seats and one of those couldn’t be mine?! :) with three gorgeous fountains spouting all the while.   Though the decor was simple and chic it took one week to set up.  Check out more pics of the view below…

chanel cruise 2012 2013

chanel cruise 2012 2013

chanel cruise 2012 2013

chanel cruise 2012 2013

chanel cruise 2012 2013

chanel cruise 2012 2013

chanel cruise 2012 2013

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May 17, 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Show Behind the Scenes Video

Chanel just released a video showing the behind the scenes action of the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Show from hair and makeup to VIP arrivals. How contagious is that song that’s in all the vidoes?? Check it out below…

Soundtrack
Schlachthofbronx : Singstar (feat. Gnucci Banana)
Courtesy of Disko B

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May 16, 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Collection Review

Chanel Cruise 2012 2013

“I always liked Versailles. I think more French you cannot do.” – Karl Lagerfeld (WWD)

On Monday, Karl Lagerfeld unveiled the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 collection set amidst the gardens and fountains of château de Versailles. Inspired by the château’s last residents Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, Karl’s collection was a delicate mixture of Rococo and Rock ‘n Roll. Perhaps inspired by his latest muse Alice Dellal, or Sofia Coppola’s rendition of Marie Antoinette, Karl stated: ‘It’s Coco Rock, Not Rococo!’

The soft pinks hues in the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 are reminiscent of sweet macaroons and were a soft counter-point to the stark black and white pieces of the collection. And, of course it wouldn’t be RoCoCo without some bold gold pieces and accents.

Karl Lagerfeld managed to make 18th century fashion modern. He reinvigorated historical items like panniers – the side hoops that extend the width of skirts on the side but are left flat in the front and back. We saw pannier-like references in everything from mini-skirts to shorts. For Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Karl Lagerfeld also brought back fichus, neck kerchiefs that are tucked into the neckline. In true Chanel fashion, Lagerfeld also borrowed from the boys and put the ladies in breeches – knee-length pants that fit snugly – and waist coats.

The fabrications included pastel tweeds, sheer fabrics like lace and chiffon, and lovely watercolor florals. I haven’t seen close up pictures yet but from a distance you can see the intricacy in the details – the ruffles, floral embroideries and beading – all of it makes the garments look as if they stepped out of the 18th century but look as fresh and modern as ever. Other highlights from the collection included cropped jackets, palazzo pants, a tweed cargo-pant “track suit and feminine little day dresses perfect for afternoon tea, sight-seeing, shopping, lounging and all the fancy things that people do who “cruise” in the winter.

As is my custom my eyes went to the accessories first, and apparel after. The shoes were a metallic mix of platform sneaker meets creeper. I personally was not a fan of the platform sneaker but I liked the heeled booties and sandals the models wore with dresses. There were new interpretations of the Boy Bag, translucent cuffs, chokers, wide-brimmed hats and most importantly a quilted watering-can – for your camellia garden of course.

The hair and beauty were gorgeous as always – I’ll be posting about it separately soon so stay tuned. In the mean time, enjoy… click on the first image to view larger photos in a slide show.



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May 15, 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 – Interviews with VIP Guests

Interview with VIP Guests that attended the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 presentation at the château de Versailles. Guests included Vanessa Paradis, Haider Ackermann, Maiwenn, Tilda Swinton, Inés de la Fressange and Cécile Cassel.

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Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Interview with Karl Lagerfeld

Interview with Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 presentation at the château de Versailles.

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May 14, 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Invitation

Today, Chanel showed its Cruise 2013 collection on the ground of the Château de Versailles. I’ll have reviews and images coming soon but to kick things off, here’s a look at the invitation…
chanel cruise 2012 invitation versailles

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April 12, 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Showing at Versailles

Coco Chanel at Château de Versailles photographed by Douglas Kirkland
I love the Chanel cruise shows because Karl always takes us to luxurious locales to soak in the sun.  The past years have taken us to Miami, the Venice Lido, St. Tropez and Antibes.  This year he’s not going to the beach but he’s certainly not skimping on luxury – Lagerfeld is presenting the Chanel Cruise 2012 show at Château de Versailles. The presentation will be set in the gardens which also inspired the set for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 collection based on the film Last Year at Marienbad. I can’t wait until the evening of May 14th to see the collection!
Château de Versailles photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

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March 24, 2012

View Chanel’s “The Little Black Jacket” Exhibit Online!

chanel the little black jacket exhibit online
For those of us who were not fancy enough to be invited to the opening of Chanel’s “The Little Black Jacket” exhibit or don’t live in Japan (or won’t be visiting any time soon), we can still see the stunning work of Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld. All of the photos from The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld are on view on a new Chanel microsite devoted to the exhibit. The site is a bit interactive as hints of photos rotate you click on one to see the full photo.  It will take some time to see all of the photos – I kind of wish there was a way to just scroll through them all but that’s just the rushed person in me who has no time for everything.  By displaying the photos the way they did, I think Chanel intends for you  to peruse and discover as you would in a real gallery.  Enjoy!

http://thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com/

Check out the teaser below:

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March 21, 2012

CHANEL – The Little Black Jacket Exhibition Opening in Tokyo

The Little Black Jacket CHANELs classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld

Last night at the G-bldg in Aoyama, CHANEL officially opened the exhibition The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, a celebration of the iconic little black jacket, with Karl Lagerfeld in attendance.

The exhibition set over two floors includes 113 prints depicting celebrities and other personalities in the CHANEL jacket, taken by Karl Lagerfeld and selected from the forthcoming book The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.

Joining Karl Lagerfeld, guests included actress Kiko Mizuhara, architect Junya Ishigami, models Saskia de Brauw, Stella Tenant, Saki Asamiya and Rina Ota, artists Yi Zhou, Ellie and Asami Kiyokama, jewellery designer Harumi De Rola, CHANEL ambassadors Vanessa Paradis, Alice Dellal, Zhou Xun and Gaspard Ulliel and actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Clémence Poésy and Astrid Bergès- Frisbey.

I REALLY hope this exhibition travels to the U.S. – I would love to see it! If the exhibition doesn’t travel we’ll always have the book though we’ll have to wait until this fall. The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, will be available in bookstores beginning autumn 2012.

The Exhibition runs from March 24th to April 15th
11AM-7PM from Monday to Friday
11AM-8PM Saturday and Sunday
Free entrance
G-building Minami Aoyama
Minami Aoyama 5-4-48
Minato-Ku, Tokyo

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