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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 21, 2012

Chanel Introduces Le Vernis Nail Colour In Beige

chanel le vernis beige

I love neutral nail colors – especially because I need to keep my nail short (so I won’t scratch my tiny dancer) and because I don’t have the time to get manicures as often as I would like.  I especially like neutrals set against lightly-tanned summer skin.  Chanel has introduced the perfect new summer shade – Beige.  If the color looks familiar, it may be because I mentioned it in an earlier post as being worn by Kristen Stewart, January Jones and Greta Gerwig at the 2012 Costume Institute Gala. The color is available exclusively on Chanel.com.  I know some of you live in countries that don’t have Chanel e-commerce set up, I’m waiting to hear back about what international distribution will be like.

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May 18, 2012

Flash Back Friday: Vintage Chanel Featured in Elle US Editorial

elle us october 2011 editorial vintage chanel

In October 2011, the U.S. edition of Elle Magazine published a fashion editorial featuring Victoria’s Secret babes Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Miranda Kerr, and Chanel Iman. Though shot last year, the shoot featured mouth-watering vintage Chanel accessories – some of it dating back to the 1960s (those gorgeous giant dangling 5 hoop earrings!!). The flashy editorial was styled by Joe Zee and photographed by Alexei Hay. Click on the first image to see all of the images larger in a slideshow. Enjoy and have a nice weekend!

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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…

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

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May 16, 2012

First Look: Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 Ad Campaign

chanel prefall 2012 ad campaign

Back in December Karl Lagerfeld took us on the Bombay-Paris express to see the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay collection. Earlier this week images surfaced online of the upcoming ad campaign featuring Daria Strokous, styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.

The styling, hair and makeup seems similar to what we saw on the runway. The photos are set in front of a bar that looks luxurious but is not glitzy. The photos are shot in black and white and I like the way the grayscale makes the photos look a bit aged and the poses are reminiscent of dancing Shiva statues. Stay tuned as you’ll be seeing these ads in magazines in a few months.

chanel prefall 2012 ad campaign

chanel prefall 2012 ad campaign

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Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Show Beauté

Versailles de CHANEL Collection chanel cruise 2012 2013

Peter Philips created a lovely pink look that was “between girly and rebel” – very editorial and runway but not sure how it will translate as an everyday look. I will say that it was very pretty on the models and was the perfect compliment to the pastel rainbow of tweeds and chiffons that Karl Lagerfeld sent down the runway. The icing on the let-them-eat-cake look were the velvet double-C Chanel logo stickers that were placed high on the cheekbones and under the eyes of the models to mimic beauty marks made famous by Marie Antoinette.

As striking as the makeup was, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the hair by Sam McKnight. From the initial images, I thought that the models all were just wearing Dutch Boy bob wigs in pastel colors. When I saw close up images I saw that the hairstyles were actually much more complex. In a way, it was like an 18th century interpretation of a mullet – business in the front and party in the back. And by party, I mean long ponytails with big bows at the nape of the models’ necks.

Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:

Skin prepared with HYDRA BEAUTY SERUM Hydration Protection Radiance

The Complexion
VITALUMIERE Moisture-Rich Radiance Fluid Makeup SPF 15
ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder


The Eyes
LIMITED EDITION OMBRE ESSENTIELLE in Rose Favorite – “Versailles de CHANEL” Collection
LE CRAYON KHOL Intense Eye Pencil in Clair
CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler

The Cheeks
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rose Pétale

Little black velvet CHANEL logo specially created for the show**

Versailles de CHANEL Collection chanel cruise 2012 2013

The Lips
ROUGE COCO SHINE Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Evasion

The Nails
LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Tendresse

Versailles de CHANEL Collection chanel cruise 2012 2013

*The “Versailles de CHANEL” Collection will be available at specific point of sales in December 2012
**Chanel stated that these will not be sold in the press release but we reported yesterday that they would be sold based on other sources. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a last minute decision to sell these!

First three photos by Vincent Lappartient – all others from Style.com

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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

I’m Going Cuckoo for Coco – Literally!

I just needed to take a moment to vent because my head is going to explode and it’s all of Chanel’s fault. In a mere 24 hours I have received news of and need to post on: the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 collection, a music video featuring Uncle Karl, a new lip color, a new nail color (post coming soon!) and the pre-fall 2012 ad campaign. (Oh, and I have a St. Tropez pop-up shop post lingering in my drafts). Please be patient with me, I’m going to get it all up, just not as fast as I would like (read: instantly). Ok, back to our regularly scheduled Chanel programming…

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Chanel to Sell Double-C Face Stickers

chanel face sticker beauty mark cruise 2012
I’ll have a more detailed post on a break-down of the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 collection coming soon but I just read on the Elle blog that Chanel will be selling double-c Chanel logo, velvet face stickers as part of the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 cosmetics collection. For the show, Peter Philips hand-painted on the double-Cs but they will be produced as velvet stickers for the launch.  Just think of them as the fanciest fake beauty mark – ever! You may remember that they released the Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel as part of the Chanel spring 2010 collection and we saw Freja Beha cry Chanel tears so I guess this is just the natural progression. Whatever it is, I can’t wait for these to come out!

Update 05.16.12: Chanel confirmed that the Chanel logo face stickers will not be for sale. SAD FACE.

chanel face sticker beauty mark cruise 2012

Photos: Karl Lagerfeld

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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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