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July 6, 2013

Video: Staging of the Fall-Winter 2013/14 Haute Couture CHANEL Show

On Tuesday, July 2nd, Chanel presented its Fall-Winter 2013/14 Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris. Here we have the video showing the staging of the Chanel Fall-Winter 2013/14 Haute Couture show. The video takes us from the design studios with Karl Lagerfeld approving models in looks, to backstage to the final bows of the show. You also get a great look at some details – enjoy!

“Airglow Fires”
R&S Records / Warp Music


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Haute Couture — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 2:16 pm

Enjoying the 4th of July Weekend

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel at the Lido in Venice

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel at the Lido in Venice

Sorry for my absence but I took a little break for the 4th of July week. Luckily we had gorgeous weather and I’ve been spending my time with my family and taking swimming breaks whenever we can. I’ve got a nice base tan going – Coco Chanel would be proud.

I’ll be updating you on the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 show that Chanel presented earlier this week soon.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


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Filed under: Chanel,Coco Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 2:04 pm

June 27, 2013

Videos: Chanel Presents Dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler

chanel dr amy wechsler

Chanel presents a new video series entitled “In Conversation with Dermatologist Amy Wechlser.” The videos feature Dr. Amy Wechsler, one of the few doctors in the world who is board certified in both dermatology and psychiatry and a trusted advisor to CHANEL Skincare, who shares her unique point of view on the infinite connections between the mind and body, and their effect on skin.

Chanel did a Q&A with Dr. Amy Wechsler – read about her theories on beautiful skin and check out the first three videos in the series below…

How are mind and body connected?

The mind and body are intertwined when it comes to treating skin. I look at beauty from both the inside and the outside, because I know that they are inextricably linked. I’m both a psychiatrist and a dermatologist. I’m interested in treating the most external organ, the skin, and the most internal one, the brain. I find the connections between the two to be interesting and infinite. My experience in psychiatry complements my dermatology practice like no other specialty could. A lot of patients come for help with their appearance and end up talking about life issues. Skin care can be so emotional. So much of how we think affects how we look, and vice versa.

I have always believed in treating the body as intrinsically connected to the mind. I’ve always believed in a very strong mind-body, and, more specifically, mind-skin connection. There’s the basic science of it, where there are so many interconnections between the brain and the skin in terms of the circulation, neurotransmitters and hormones. The skin has the largest surface area of any organ of the body and has so many connections to the brain that it’s bi-directional. Anything that affects our mind, in either a positive or negative way, will definitely affect the skin and vice versa.

I get to treat patients as a whole, and try to take care of people in their entirety because I think about not only their skin, but also what’s going on in their lives, in their minds, at work, their stress levels, their relationships, how they’re sleeping, how they’re feeling. It makes me a better doctor. I get to know people really well, and in getting to know them really well, I get to take better care of them.

How do stress and lack of sleep affect skin?

It’s incredible – the skin has its own endocrine system and makes some of its own molecules. Stress and sleep deprivation are usually talked about in a negative way when connected to skin. We’re all stressed out, but I think the paradigm is sleep deprivation. Most people who are stressed don’t sleep very well.
There are molecules that heal the skin, and there are molecules that may cause inflammation, which can damage the skin. Inflammation has been a buzzword in medicine for the last few years. We want everything to be anti-inflammatory because inflammation causes everything from wrinkles to heart attacks to acne.
When we’re awake and stressed, inflammation in the skin breaks down collagen, and breaking down collagen causes wrinkles. It also disrupts the skin’s barrier and there’s more of what’s called trans-epidermal water loss – meaning that the skin dries out more. Dry skin looks bad and appears more wrinkled. If your skin’s dried out, you’re more prone to rashes and skin irritation; plus you look more tired.

How can you break the stress patterns inevitable in life?

The good news is that you can break the cycle of stress – either by reducing stressful conditions or sleeping more. You’ll bathe the skin in those anti-inflammatory molecules, like endorphins and growth hormones, which are at their highest while we’re sleeping. If someone isn’t feeling good about themselves on the inside, it will not be reflected on the outside no matter what she’s wearing. Stress can dry the skin out, because cells don’t turn over as well. This causes a dull, sallow appearance. People also tend to abandon their skincare routines when they are stressed, so I always recommend taking five minutes a day to take care of your skin by washing your face, moisturizing, and applying sun protection. I love CHANEL Hydra Beauty Crème for a year-round moisturizer that hydrates really well and also offers anti-oxidant protection followed by CHANEL UV Essentiel SPF 50, which I wear religiously year round. Small ways of taking care of yourself build on each other.


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 10:11 pm

June 25, 2013

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Gloss Attitudes by Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge shows us the different looks you can achieve and moods you an express – all with choosing the right shade of Chanel Levres Scintillantes lip gloss…


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 9:21 pm

Chanel Unveils Its Largest Boutique on Bond Street in London

Peter Marino, the architect of choice for luxury brands has re-designed the newly unveiled Chanel London flagship, now the largest Chanel boutique in the world. The London Bond Street Chanel boutique is over 12,000 square feet and is modeled after Coco Chanel’s famed apartment at 31 Rue Cambon. The centerpiece of the boutique is a floor to ceiling sculpture of a strand of pearls. If you’re in the area you should definitely visit the new boutique – it will not disappoint.

British Vogue also has an excellent video along with interviews – you can watch it on the British Vogue website.


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Boutiques — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 9:02 pm

Hip Hop Loves Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld

chanel west coast karl lagerfeld

Luxury brands are constantly referenced in hip hop but Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are having a moment right now. Chanel West Coast an LA-based rapper best known for her work on shows with skater Rob Dyrdek has a much hyped track entitled “Karl Lagerfeld.” You can hear a bit of it below and see a glimpse of the behind the scenes action of the video shoot…

Next up, Wiz Khalifa dropped a new tracked called “Old Chanel” – I think he’s referring to Vintage Chanel but maybe “Old” Chanel sounded better with the rest of his rhymes…

Finally Troy Noka just released a track called Coco Chanel…


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June 19, 2013

Le Vernis: New Chanel Nail Colours for 2013

chanel fall 2013 nail polish

Images have started to surface online of the Chanel Fall 2013 Le Vernis nail colours and they are (drumroll please…): Alchemie (golden khaki), Elixir (vibrant pink) and Mysterious (army green). At first glance they look similar to existing colors – for example, when I saw Alchemie I immediately wondered how it would compare to Peridot. The Beauty Look Book has some excellent photos and swatches of the new Chanel Fall 2013 nail colours with comparisons to colors from previous collections.  I’m especially excited about Alchemie and Mysterious – can’t wait to get my hands – I mean my fingertips – on them!

Image: The Beauty Look Book


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Nail Colour — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 11:32 pm

Sofia Coppola Started Out as a Chanel Intern

karl lagerfeld sofia coppola

If there’s anyone that’s lived a charmed life, Sofia Coppola is one of them. As the daughter of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola she’s had access to things most of us can only dream of. Case in point? An internship at Chanel. Here’s what she told British Vogue about her experience:

I was 15 or 16 and a friend of my parents worked there and they take a few girls every summer to do an internship,” said Coppola. “It was so exciting to go to Paris in the Eighties at the height of Chanel. I was in the design studio, so I got to see Karl Lagerfeld doing haute couture sketches for the final shows. It was incredible – he is so creative. I was getting coffee and doing intern stuff, but just to be around him was amazing.

How amazing to watch Karl Lagerfeld sketching haute couture! And what a great time to be there!
Image: German Vogue


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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 11:05 pm

Video: CHANEL The Little Black Jacket in Beijing

Chanel hosted the opening to The Little Black Jacket opening night in Beijing and the exhibition is currently on view from June 19th to July 7th at the Workshop. The video below shows highlights from opening night including interviews with Virginie Ledoyen, Yi Zhou, Alicia Vikander, Zhou Xun, Han Huohou and Sun Feifei.

Interviews by Yi Guo.

Track: Gravity’s Rainbow
Because Music / Universal Music Publishing


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June 11, 2013

Video: “Once Upon A Time…” Behind the Scenes

Last month we saw the release of Once Upon A Time, a short film by Karl Lagerfeld featuring Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel. We now get a sneak peek of the action behind the scenes. Hh to be a fly on the wall – here’s our chance!

“Ah ! Finalmente !” Extract from “Tosca”
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Gottfried Hornik, Fernando Corena, José Carreras, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan ℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg


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