La Chanelphile

August 23, 2011

Coco Chanel’s Villa La Pausa Is For Sale

coco chanel la pausa

Coco Chanel entertaining at La Pausa

La Pausa, Coco Chanel’s residence in the French Riviera from 1929 to 1953, is up for sale. The villa was one of her residences away from Paris and she entertained Stravinsky, Cocteau, Picasso, Bonnard, Luchino Visconti, and Somerset Maugham among others.

Chanel was very involved in the design of La Pausa and the stairway in the foyer was inspired by the stairway she climbed everyday in the orphanage she spent time at in her youth in Aubazine, France. Many of the original furnishings, including her wrought-iron bed frame with stars (a recurring theme in her designs) still remain.

According to the realtor’s website: “It was later inhabited by author, literary agent and art collector Emery Reves: during that time, Winston Churchill was a frequent guest. But the villa was also a social destination for such other figures as Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the Duke of Windsor, Noel Coward, Aristotle Onassis, Greta Garbo, Rose Kennedy, as well as Graham Sutherland, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, Konrad Adenauer, Anthony Eden, and Paul Reynaud.”

For £35m La Pausa could be yours. I wish the French government would purchase the property and make it a museum! If £35m is beyond your means, you can imagine yourself there as you spritz yourself with Les Exclusifs de Chanel in 28 La Pausa, a scent created by Jacques Polge inspired by the villa.


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Filed under: Chanel,Coco Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 6:15 am

August 22, 2011

Emma Stone in Chanel Haute Couture at The Help Los Angeles Premiere

emma stone in chanel couture at the help premiereEmma Stone looked stunning in Chanel Haute Couture, from the Spring-Summer 2011 collection, for the Los Angeles premier of The Help.  The dress is relatively unchanged from the runway version though it looks a tad longer.  Emma Stone matched her dress with a Chanel purse and Chanel Fine jewelry and nude pumps which elongated her leg.   Her soft makeup and ginger locks were a beautiful complement to the dress.  I’m not sure if it’s just a lighting issue, but the color of the dress looks different on the red carpet.  On the runway, the chiffon looked grey, while on the red carpet it looks greenish-grey.  Not sure if it’s the same color or not but both look lovely.

Images: Right – Just Jared; Left – Style

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Chanel N°19 Poudré – A Classic Reinvented

CHANEL N°19 Poudré

Model: Édita Vilkeviciute; Photographer: Solve Sundsbo; © CHANEL - Solve SUNDSBO

One day, having ordered labels with the name “Coco” on them, she realized that it didn’t work for that fragrance. And so sche called it “N°19″.

Why N°19? Not long before her death, Coco explained why to her friend and confidante, Carmen Tessier.

“It is the day of my birthday, August 19. I was born under the sign of Leo – the lion. And I am just like the lion. I will bring out my claws to protects myself against being hurt. But believe me, it is harder for me to lash out at someone than to have someone lash out at me.”

So what do you think of this fragrance? she asked, while spraying us with more. “Believe it or not but a man once stopped me in the street because of it. As I was leaving the Ritz, I felt someone touch my shoulder. I turned around and saw a stranger. Before I could sharply brush off this intruder, he said, with an American accent:

Excuse me, I’m with two ladies who would like to know what perfume you are wearing.’

I told him: ‘Why don’t you all follow me.’ And I took them to the CHANEL boutique, where – once we arrived – they realised who I was….”

–Mandemoiselle Chanel speaking with Carmen Tessier, Les Anees Chanel by Pierre Galante, 1972, p. 321-322.

On August 19, Chanel unveiled its newest fragrance, Chanel N°19 Poudré, the newest addition to the Chanel N°19 fragrance family.  Early that morning, I was delighted to find a package from Chanel – my very own bottle of Chanel N°19 Poudré Eau de Parfum.  It’s one thing to receive a press kit about a fragrance and write about it based on a description, it’s quite another to actually experience the fragrance yourself.

I immediately opened the bottle and began spritzing.  At first you are hit with a very light crisp scent.  But the experience doesn’t stop there.  There are many layers to Chanel N°19 Poudré.  After the lightness settles, you sense a sensual muskiness at the end.  With these diverse layers, I can easily say that Chanel N°19 Poudré is as complex as the woman behind it.

Because of the duality of the fragrance, lightness and musk, Chanel N°19 Poudré is a fragrance that would work for summer, or winter, or even as a transitional fragrance to wear between seasons.  Since I received my bottle of Chanel N°19 Poudré on Friday, I’ve worn it everyday and I now have a new favorite.  Chanel N°19 Poudré is available for sale online at Chanel.com or at Chanel boutiques.

For more on Chanel N°19 Poudré check out:

Interview with Jacques Polge and information about the fragrance.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 5:49 pm

August 19, 2011

Chanel N°19 Poudré Marks Coco Chanel’s Birthday

Chanel N°19 PoudréIn 1970, a new number entered the world of perfumery -  N°19. A date, but not just any date. The day that Gabrielle Chanel was born: August 19. A symbol that has imprinted elegance into the collective unconscious for over 40 years. Today, N°19 adds a new chapter to its story with the launch of N°19 Poudré …here’s a sneak peak into the world of this delectable fragrance:

Of all the world-renowned fragrances designed by Gabrielle Chanel, it was her last creation that she deemed her signature scent, named N°19 in reference to her August 19th birthdate. Initially bold and distinct, its floral-green notes were deep and complex making it a fragrance that was at once audacious and assertive.

Today, Jacques Polge’s new interpretation of the scent is creative and daring, boldly combining crisp green notes with powdery iris. The scent ends sublimely, trailing off to a delicate finish, and in keeping with the original composition, N°19 Poudré still has that same light, velvety, floating feeling. This deeply personal CHANEL fragrance remains true to its original wearer — resolutely modern, boldly sophisticated, but ultimately sensual and feminine.

N°19 Poudré will be available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue and Chanel.com beginning today.

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 7:05 am

Different Like Coco Book Review

Different Like Coco

Today is Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s birthday, and to commemorate this day, I’ve decided to finally review Different Like Coco, a children’s book about the life of Coco Chanel. I actually bought this book while I was still pregnant – as soon as I found out I was having a little girl, I decided Different Like Coco should be her first book.

The Tiny Dancer is too young to understand the story so I’m holding off on reading it to her. I gave it a read and it’s a PG summary of Coco Chanel’s life. The story of the most elegant woman in the world is a great one for little girls. From starting out poor and growing up in an orphanage, to becoming one of the most influential women of the 20th century is no small feat. The moral of the story, that it’s ok to be different, is an invaluable one for children. I can’t wait until the Tiny Dancer is old enough to appreciate this story. I can just see us putting on our faux pearls, sitting the Tiny Dancer on my lap and reading this story over and over. I hope she grows up to love Coco Chanel the way I did. And if not, that’s ok, after all, it’s ok to be “different like Coco.”

Different Like Coco is available on Amazon.com.

*Republished from Lil-Miss

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Media,Coco Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 6:57 am

Happy Birthday Coco!

chanel cake

Today is Coco Chanel’s birthday! In honor of this day, don your pearls, bows, camellias and any other items that remind you of Chanel and celebrate the queen of elegance and chic.

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Filed under: Chanel,Coco Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 4:46 am

August 18, 2011

Not My Coco…

Rumors have been all over the interweb the last week about a new book Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War by Hal Vaughan which alleges, among other things, that Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy.  Haven’t read the book (yet) I can’t say with any accuracy what this information is based on.  We all know that she was Baron Von Dincklage’s (Spatz’s) lover – an issue that is not contested.  But it’s quite another thing to allege that someone is a Nazi spy (and the book releases the week of Mademoiselle’s birthday – the nerve!).

I’ve been holding my tongue on this issue because the whole thing makes me uncomfortable.  I suppose when you are one of the most influential women of the 20th century and your life is shrouded in mystery there are going to be rumors.  Thankfully, Chanel came out with a statement to British Vogue – here it is:

“Such insinuations cannot go unchallenged,” a Chanel spokesperson took the unusual step of telling us. “She would hardly have formed a relationship with the family of the owners or counted Jewish people among her close friends and professional partners such as the Rothschild family, the photographer Irving Penn or the well-known French writer Joseph Kessel had these really been her views. It is unlikely.

“We also know that she and Churchill were close friends for a long time. She apparently approached him about acting as an intermediary between the Allies and the Germans for a peace settlement known as Operation Modelhut. No one knows for sure exactly what happened or what her role was to be. There are several different versions and it will no doubt always remain a mystery.

“More than 57 books have been written about Gabrielle Chanel. To decide for yourself, we would encourage you to consult some of the more serious ones.”

The book also claims that Chanel was the lover of a spy, Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, who “reported directly to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, right hand of Hitler”.

“We know for a fact that she had a relationship during the war with a German aristocrat she had met in Paris in the Thirties,” Chanel acknowledged, conceding, “the timing of this romance with a German was unfortunate even if Baron Von Dincklage’s mother was English and their relationship started before the war.”

Image: AleXsandro Palombo

Yellow X: moi

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Filed under: Coco Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 4:10 pm

Chanel’s Fashion’s Night Out! Chanel Introduces Les Jeans de Chanel

In my NY Fashion Week prep I was researching the Fashion’s Night Out events and of course, the first thing I looked for was the Chanel event.  Last time I was in NY for FNO, I stopped by the Chanel boutique for the Jade and Jade Rose manicures. When I heard that Chanel was unveiling a new line of Le Vernis for FNO and giving manicures at the store, I knew immediately where I would be on FNO (just deciding which of the Chanel boutiques to go to).

Today Chanel announced the new nail colour collection, created by Peter Philips, that is releasing on FNO – Les Jeans de Chanel!  Though Chanel herself didn’t wear jeans – denim is something that she would love today.  It totally fits within her mode of working – taking something casual and making it chic, co-opting menswear and making it feminine and making comfortable clothing.  Les Jeans de Chanel is a trio of denim-inspired blues: Blue Rebel, Blue Boy and Coco Blue.  Without having seen them in person yet, based on the photo my favorites are Blue Rebel and Blue Boy.

Les Jeans de Chanel goes on sale on September 8th in Chanel boutiques and on Chanel.com.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Nail Colour — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 12:12 pm

Coco Chanel Would Be Proud of My Tan

Duke of Westminster and Coco Chanel on the Flying CloudEarly on, tans were déclassé and were a symbol of poverty — only those who toiled in the hot sun had bronzed skin.  Coco Chanel is credited with making tans chic.  With all her time spent on the French Riviera and on the Flying Cloud it’s no wonder that she became tan – and what Coco did, everyone else did.

Today, things have changed.  We’re supposed to douse ourselves in sunscreen and if we want a tan, we need to opt for the faux kind.  I was in Kaua’i last week and I’m happy to say that I am bronzed – the real kind.  I wore SFP 30 (and even reapplied!) and instead of burning, I tanned.  There’s no way around that hot Hawaiian sun.  I’m very happy with my bronzed skin.  I happen to think everyone looks better with a tan and whenever I get a glimpse of my tan complexion it reminds me of the amazing trip I had to Kaua’i.  My skin may pay for it later, but right now I’m very happy in my bronzed glory.  Merci Mademoiselle!

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Filed under: Chanel,Coco Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 5:44 am

August 17, 2011

Anne Hathaway’s Chanel Beauty Look at the “One Day” Premiere

anne hathaway new york premiere one day

Last week Anne Hathaway looked stunning on the red carpet at the New York premiere of One Day.  Chanel Celebrity Makeup Artist Kate Lee works with Anne Hathaway regularly and she created this red carpet look.  Here’s how she created the look:

Annie wore a black Alexander McQueen resort collection gown with gold embroidery. The dress had a great structure to it, so we wanted to keep the look cute, young and casual.

For her face, I started with CHANEL Perfection Lumière Long Wear Makeup SPF 10 (launching October 2011), which I swept across Annie’s skin and perfected with a sponge.

On her eyes, I used Burberry sheer eye shadow in Antique Rose, which is a purplish brown that defined her socket line. I drew a thin line with CHANEL Intense Eye Pencil in Noir at the base of the lashes, top and bottom, and also inside of the waterline to give an ink pot effect. Then over the top, with a small natural fiber brush, I padded CHANEL Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow in Mirifique which I took to the outer corner, blending a tiny amount under the eye to soften the shape.

I curled the lashes with the new CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler and coated her lashes with a few strokes of CHANEL Inimitable Intense Mascara…then a few extras were added for even more intensity! Her brows were slicked into place with Anastasia Brow Gel.

I defined her cheek bones with Kevin Aucoin shading colour in Medium and I finished her look by applying CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Fetiche on the lips.

Perfection Lumière Long Wear Makeup SPF 10 (launching October 2011), $55.00
Intense Eye Pencil in Noir, $29.00
Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow in Mirifique, $36.00
Precision Eyelash Curler, $34.00
Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir, $30.00
Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Fetiche, $32.00

Image: Just Jared

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