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March 24, 2012

Lagerfeld Links, Karlisms and Karlification: The Big Fat Karl Lagerfeld Update!

Lagerfeld Links!

I’ve been traveling and dealing with a sick child so I haven’t been able to update as quickly as I would like. There has been so much Karl Lagerfeld news lately so here’s a big round-up of the best Karl news…

Karl Lagerfeld’s new line KARL now has a website where you can purchase online if you are in the U.K, France, Germany and Italy. The Karl website also includes a blog for everything Karl related - even KARLISMs – which I will take full credit for thank you since I’ve been using the term since 2010!! KARL.com

karls eye karl lagerfeld political cartoons

Karl is adding political cartoonist to his resume – he’s now drawing political cartoons called “L’Oeil de Karl” (“Karl’s Eye”) for French Elle leading up to the French elections.

karl lagerfeld Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

Karl Lagerfeld recently designed costumes for karl lagerfeld Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s performance of Opus 40. WSJ

karl lagerfeld Biennale des Antiquaires

Karl Lagerfeld has been selected to design the setting for Biennale des Antiquaires – Europe’s premiere antiques fair showcasing approximately $50 billion worth of goods. Forbes

karl lagerfeld funeral

This is what Karl Lagerfeld’s funeral would look like. See the rest on Humor Chic.

Karl on grocery shopping: “It’s the first time I’ve stepped into a supermarket. It’s crazy – fascinating what one can buy. There’s enough here to easily gain 20 kilos”. French Elle

Karl Lagerfeld photographed Saskia De Brauw & Karlie Kloss for Numéro Paris March 2012.

Karl covers i-D magazine with a self-portrait.

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Chanel and Japan Photos – The Pop Up Store Opening and Party

chanel and japan pop up shop

The party of the week was in Tokyo last night to celebrate the opening of the Chanel and Japan pop up shop. After the opening party at the boutique itself the crowd moved to The First To-Un Building to party the night away with a performance by Karl Lagerfeld’s current fave Azealia Banks.

Ephemeral boutique in Tokyo Information:
March 24th to April 15th
5-11-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
Monday-Friday: 11h-19h / Saturday-Sunday: 11h-20h

Photos from Chanel by Delphine Achard

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Chanel and Japan – Tokyo Ephemeral Boutique Photos

chanel and japan tokyo ephemeral boutique

Here are the images I promised of the Chanel and Japan Tokyo Ephemeral boutique. So lovely, I wish I could be there!

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CHANEL & Japan Video: The Pop Up Store Party

I wish I was there!!! I don’t have anything else to say.

Post with images coming soon.

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Chanel and Japan Spring-Summer 2012 Haute Couture Show

Chanel and Japan Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

The Chanel team, including Karl Lagerfeld is in Tokyo for the Little Black Jacket exhibition and while they were there, they also presented the Chanel Spring 2012 Haute Couture show – faux airplane and all.    Many of the usual suspects were in attendance The video below has some great detail shots – view it below …

Song : M-Work
Artist : Michael Nyman
Label : MN Records Ltd
Publisher : Chester Music Ltd./Michael Nyman Ltd c/o Première Music Group

Click on the first image to scroll through the gallery…

All images courtesy of Chanel – except last 2 are from WWD

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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!


Check out the teaser below:

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March 22, 2012

Book Review: “Coco Chanel, An Intimate Life” by Lisa Chaney

coco chanel an intimate life by lisa chaney
I have been reading Coco Chanel, An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney for months now and I have finally finished it! It didn’t take me a long time because I didn’t like it, rather I quite enjoyed it. I simply couldn’t find the time to sit and read, one of my great relaxing pleasures. Yes, I could have skimmed the book and written a quick review but I didn’t think that would be fair to you and I really wanted to give the book a full read and I’m glad I did.

Last year so many biographies of Coco Chanel came out and I was wondering if they would all have something new to add and surprisingly, they all do. The general story is the same and Lisa Chaney does a fine job of recounting the tale that Coco told. What distinguishes Chaney’s telling is her historical context. Lisa Chaney dives deep into the societal and cultural mores, and explains in detail what was happening around Chanel. Giving Chanel’s story context helps paint a more detailed picture of the life that Coco Chanel lived. As someone who loves history, I really enjoyed this aspect of Coco Chanel, An Intimate Life and it shed more light on the mysterious Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel, An Intimate Life is available online at Amazon.com.

Listen to an interview of the author Lisa Chaney from NPR:

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March 21, 2012

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne Opening & Eye Palette

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne

Earlier this month CHANEL feted the opening of its new boutique at 51 Avenue Montaigne in Paris in the presence of Karl Lagerfeld. Positioned on one of the most prestigious addresses in the world, the 6,500-square-foot boutique will house the unique world of CHANEL and all of Karl Lagerfeld’s creations – Ready-to-Wear, handbags, shoes, costume jewelry and other accessories. Watches and fine jewelry are also showcased.

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne

Inspired by the refined private apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel at 31 rue Cambon, the store is set over two floors and reflects the luxury, elegance and modernity of CHANEL. The conception of this store was entrusted to architect Peter Marino. With typical verve he has designed an exceptional venue that embodies the aesthetic codes which characterize the brand.

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne

The Chanel 51 Avenue Montaigne opening party guests included French actresses Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Joana Preiss, Virginie Ledoyen, Elisa Sednaoui and Anna Mouglalis, CHANEL ambassadress, Chinese actress Zhou Xun, Taïwanese actress Michelle Chen, British actress Kaya Scodelario, Canadian singer Coeur de Pirate and Brazilian actress Laura Neiva as well as the architect Peter Marino turned out to discover the new boutique during the opening cocktail which was followed by a live concert given by the British group Django Django at the Maison Blanche. The boutique looks lovely – I hope to see it the next time in Paris!

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne


To commemorate the opening of the CHANEL Boutique at 51 Avenue Montaigne, Peter Philips created Ombres Matelassées palette – a gorgeous palette consisting of the following shades: Pear, Pale Gold, Gold, Golden Khaki and Black Night. The two darker shades can be used as eyeliner when applied with a damp brush. The embossed Matelassées pattern of course is inspired by the iconic 2.55 bag. Right now this palette is available in Europe but I’m guessing it should make its way stateside the way the Las Vegas de Chanel collection eventually branched out beyond Las Vegas.


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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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March 20, 2012

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Compact

Chanel’s new Vitalumière Aqua Compact is a water-based foundation compact with 24% water content. The water content gives a fresh feel to your skin that doesn’t feel sticky. The Vitalumière Aqua Compact’s light formula dries instantly and is perfect for dry and normal skin. The all day formula contains moisturizers, vitamin E and SPF 15. The Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Compact is available in six shades in two color families: Harmony Beiges – Beige 10, Beige 20, Beige 30, Beige 40 and Beige Rose – Beige 32 and Beige 42.

Vitalumière Aqua Compact is available now at Chanel makeup counters. I definitely want to give this a try. I’m not a fan of heavy foundations but I’m definitely needing a little something to even out my skin tone. Can’t wait to try it out!

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