La Chanelphile

April 19, 2013

Video: CULTURE CHANEL – Jean-Louis Froment

Chanel released another video featuring Jean-Louis Froment the curator of the Culture Chanel exhibitions. Hear more about the meaning behind the exhibitions and why they are significant.


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March 18, 2013

Karl Lagerfeld Directs Keira Knightly in Chanel Deauville Film

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Last November I mentioned that the upcoming Chanel Resort 2014 collection will take place in Deauville to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Coco Chanel’s first boutique. While it appears that he is now showing the Cruise collection in Singapore, Karl Lagerfeld is directing a Chanel film featuring Keira Knightly as Coco Chanel. Though shooting in Paris, he plans on recreating the seaside town with “detailed retro sets.” Chanel’s aunt Adrienne (pictured above on the right with Coco Chanel) will be played by French actress Clotilde Hemse. The film will also feature Stella Tennant, Tallulah Harlech, Caroline De Maigret and Brad Kroenig and his son Hudson. The film will debut in May along with the collection.



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March 12, 2013

Alice Dellal is the Face of Chanel Boy Bags Again

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Alice Dellal made her Chanel debut in the first Chanel Boy Bag ad campaign last spring and now Chanel has unveiled the second Chanel Boy Bag campaign starring Alice Dellal as the face of Boy Bag again.  The campaign features black and white images of Alice Dellal on horseback  – these photos are reminiscent of an image I’ve seen of Coco Chanel on horseback (with Boy Capel) and were probably inspired by that image (see below).  The campaign was photographed at La ferme de la Chapelle, Fontaine-Chaalis.

For more information on Chanel’s Boy Bag collection visit boy.chanel.com.

alice dellal chanel boy bag spring 2013

alice dellal chanel boy bag spring 2013

alice dellal chanel boy bag spring 2013

coco chanel boy capel


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March 11, 2013

Preview of Inside Chanel Episode 4: The Jacket

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Chanel has released Episode 4 of Inside Chanel and this video takes us inside Chanel’s infamous jacket. This film illustrates the rich heritage surrounding the house’s iconic jacket, which is as relevant today as it was the day Mademoiselle Chanel created it in 1954. Along with the film, Chanel has released some sketches by Karl Lagerfeld featuring Coco Chanel and her signature jacket. The full version of the film releases on Wednesday, March 13th. Stay tuned for more!

1. Artist: Bersarin Quartett
Title: “Alles ist ein wunder”
Denovali records

2. Artist: Katsuhisa Hattori
Title: “500,000,000 JPN”
Toho Music Corporation / Shochiku Music Publishing Co, Ltd

3. Artist: Chromatics
Title: “Lady”
Italians do it better

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coco chanel karl lagerfeld sketch

coco chanel karl lagerfeld sketch

coco chanel karl lagerfeld sketch

coco chanel karl lagerfeld sketch

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February 22, 2013

Coco Chanel’s Tips on Making Unique Style

La mode passe mais le style reste.
(Fashion passes, but style remains.)
–Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

What makes your style unique? That was the question posed to me Diet Dr Pepper. It sounds like an easy question but when you have to sit down and articulate it, it’s not that simple. So I looked to the Queen of Style – Coco Chanel – for some on ways to explain how I make my style unique.

Know Thyself

The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you.
-Coco Chanel

The first element in having a unique style is knowing yourself, what works on you and what doesn’t. That also means know what you’re comfortable in because something can look great on you but if you’re not comfortable in it that will show through and take away any “style” you have.
For me, I am under five-feet tall – I’m not going into specifics ☺ I know that since I am very petite I need to keep my clothing understated because if the clothing is too loud, voluminous, or long the outfit will very easily end up wearing me – and that’s never a good look. Instead, I often opt for clean, simple streamlined clothing that doesn’t overwhelm my small body.
Since I’m petite I also need to be weary of clothing that can come off as too young. For some reason, people equate height with age and if I were to wear a ruffle, I would look twelve-years old. Knowing the body and skin you’re in is the first – and most important – step to achieving unique style.


Elegance is refusal.
-Coco Chanel

Since I keep my clothing simple because of my petite frame I like to make a statement with my accessories. Earrings, necklaces, cuffs, bracelets, shoes and bags – I love them all – and if they are Chanel, well that’s a bonus! Fortunately, for the most part, most accessories work on most people so I can be more adventurous in this area. Just remember Coco Chanel’s advice and before heading out the door, take one thing off.


In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
-Coco Chanel

It could be your long curly hair or your red lips or a signature scent – but if you want to create a unique style all your own you must have some signatures themes. Consistently playing up certain features, or wearing certain types of items helps you to create a signature. Though repeating an item can seem boring to some, it’s how you create your stamp on something and make it your own. You don’t always have to wear the same shade of red for example, but if wearing lipstick is part of your “look” then always wearing a bold lip is part of your unique style.


Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.
-Coco Chanel

You can spend all day dressing yourself up but if you don’t have a personality then it’s for nothing. At the end of the day it’s your smile, your laugh, your charm, your wit that people will remember. Without that, there’s nothing.

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February 20, 2013

N°5 Culture Chanel Exhibit Comes to Paris

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Coco Chanel & Chanel N°5

1937 - Gabrielle Chanel in her suite at the Ritz hotel in Paris. Published in Harper's Bazaar in 1937, this photo was chosen for the CHANEL N°5 advertisement. For the first time, Chanel herself promoted her perfume.   Photo François Kollar © Ministère de la Culture Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN

1937 – Gabrielle Chanel in her suite at the Ritz hotel in Paris. Published in Harper’s Bazaar in 1937, this photo was chosen for the CHANEL N°5 advertisement. For the first time, Chanel herself promoted her perfume.
Photo François Kollar © Ministère de la Culture Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN

In 1921, Gabrielle Chanel launched her first perfume – N°5.

She entrusted this task to Ernest Beaux, a French perfume creator to the court of Russia until 1917, whom she later met in Grasse in 1920. Together they invented a fragrance “with the scent of a woman” as she would like to qualify it. Thought out like a designer-dress, N°5 was the first “abstract” fragrance. Unlike the fragrances in fashion at the time, which often suggested a single “figurative” scent like rose, jasmine or lilac, N°5 had no identifiable dominant note among the eighty ingredients that made up its composition.

New and audacious, N°5 evoked a mysterious flower. This olfactory revolution succeeded in outmoding all other fragrances. If Mademoiselle Chanel conceived her N°5 to be a manifesto, she also carefully and intentionally decided on its stark name, once again defying conventions of the time with just a simple laboratory sample number, which also happened to be her lucky number.

The same minimalist rigor was applied to the N°5’s visual presentation, with its squared edges and clean graphic lines, it was slid inside white gros-grain packaging edged with black, which echoed the pure lines she used in her fashion creations.

Mademoiselle Chanel knew that this radicalness would launch her off into the avant-garde of her time – N°5’s destiny was to become an icon of modernity.



N°5 Culture Chanel

Photographer : Thierry Depagne

Palais de Tokyo, Gianni Motti Big, Crunch Clock, 1999-2005
Photographer : Thierry Depagne

From May 5th until June 5th, 2013 the Palais de Tokyo in Paris will house the N° 5 CULTURE CHANEL exhibition as part of its Guest Program. This exhibition has once again been entrusted to Jean-Louis Froment, the curator of the previous editions of CULTURE CHANEL, held successively in Moscow’s Pushkin State Museum for Fine Arts, in Beijing at the National Art Museum of China and more recently in the Opera House in Canton.

Made up of subtle plays of correspondences, N° 5 CULTURE CHANEL cracks the N° 5 code to reveal the links which connected it to specific moments in time and to the avant-garde movements it spanned.

The works of art, photographs, archives and objects exhibited provide an account of the many inspirations which fed the imagination and world of Mademoiselle Chanel. They echo her inner thoughts and shed light on this unique and timeless perfume; whether through her favorite destinations like Venice, Russia or her villa, La Pausa or through the creations of her artist, poet and musician friends Cocteau, Picasso, Apollinaire, Stravinsky, Picabia.

Focusing on the long lasting attachments between CHANEL and the arts, N° 5 CULTURE CHANEL seeks to reveal the timeless and iconic artistic essence of the N° 5 perfume. The N° 5 CULTURE CHANEL exhibition has been put together by Jean-Louis Froment with the participation of Irma Boom, Piet Oudolf, Laurent Burgisser and Jérôme Schlomoff.

Learn more on 5-culture.chanel.com.




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January 28, 2013

Archival Video Footage of Coco Chanel’s 1932 Diamond Exhibit

Discovered by the CHANEL Direction du Patrimoine in the Pathé-Gaumont cinematographic archives, this film presents the “Bijoux de Diamants” exhibit held from November 7th-19th, 1932 at Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment 29 Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris. Broadcasted before the feature movies in every French cinema, it was a prominent event in French news in November 1932.

I love seeing the archival footage of the original exhibit in Coco Chanel’s own home!


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January 21, 2013

Culture Chanel Exhibit Images

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Last week I wrote about the Culture Chanel exhibit in Guangzhou, China.  The exhibit is now open and WWD had some great coverage of Culture Chanel.  Here are some images from the exhibit, one of my favorite items is Mademoiselle Chanel’s door and her personal effects.  Take a look below…

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Photos by Joyce Yung for WWD

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December 11, 2012

The Truth About Coco Chanel During WWII

The past few years have been difficult for any admirer of Coco Chanel as her name has been slandered and libeled in conversations, supposed biographies and online.  Uneducated accusations have flown that Coco Chanel was a Nazi, while anyone who either knew her or has researched her life with integrity has come to very different conclusions.

You may remember a while back I posted about Chanel’s only interview about WWII conducted by Malcolm Muggeridge, an MI6 agent.  If you have not yet read the interview, I found it highly informative and most convincing since it’s the only evidence regarding Coco Chanel’s actions during WWII that are based on her word and not assumption and conjecture.  You can read the interview by clicking this link:  Coco Chanel – Malcolm Muggeridge Interview.

I recently learned of the Baudelaire Society’s intention to release a documentary film and/or book next year to further shed light on the evidence in Coco Chanel’s defense.  From the letter below, it appears that Isée St. John Knowles, the President of the Société Baudelaire, will work with Gabrielle Chanel’s living great-niece Gabrielle Labrunie.  I look forward to seeing what they produce and I will be sure to share it with you.

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November 13, 2012

Chanel Links: October-November 2012

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Chanel Links!

The end of October was a bit busy for me because my daughter was celebrating Halloween for the first time with trick or treating and events at school and I took some time to spend with my family. But, Chanel news doesn’t stop coming. Here are some of my favorite Chanel-related items…

chanel pumpkin

Bookmark this for next Halloween – learn how to carve a Chanel pumpkin. LDN Fashion

bette midler ghost of coco chanel

For Halloween, Bette Midler dressed up as the ghost of Coco Chanel.

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You can wear this tongue-in-cheek representation of the Chanel logo. Ssur

The Chromatics, who performed at the Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 Ready-to-Wear show, filmed their video for Looking for Love at the Chanel show and you get some great views of backstage and the show. Refinery29

Gaspard Ulliel, the face of Bleu de Chanel has been cast as the designer Yves Saint Laurent in a biopic that has started filming.

yves saint laurent gaspard ulliel

Karl Lagerfeld sketched a “no smoking” sign but it’s not your typical sign. However, he was not making a statement about unhealthy habits, instead he was noting all the YSL references on many runways and he was stating that you would find a “smoking” – the french term for tuxedo – on his runway. Lagerfeld stated: “We don’t have to do smoking. Hedi Slimane really does it well.” WWD

karl lagerfeld no smoking

Membership in the Chanel club has its benefits. Keira Knightley, the face of Coco Mademoiselle, was dressed in over £1.25 million worth of Chanel jewels for her role as Anna Karenina. InStyle UK

keira knightley anna karenina chanel jewels

A few weeks ago Karl Lagerfeld shot the Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 campaign in New York City with models Stella Tennant and Ondria Hardin. Lagerfeld stated: “Stella has such a style… Stella is, for me, the perfect Chanel woman.” WWD

ondria harden and stella tennat

Peter Philips gives tips on how to perfect your foundation. News.com.au

peter philips chanel makeup

Last week Rihanna performed at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and she wore vintage Chanel sunglasses during her performance and wore a Chanel sweat suit and vintage sunglasses around NY.

rihanna vintage chanel

A few weeks ago Keira Knightley wore Chanel cosmetics to the NYC premiere of Anna Karenina.

Keira Knightley Anna Karenina NYC Premiere

Last night Kristen Stewart wore Chanel cosmetics to the LA premiere of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn LA Premiere

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