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August 21, 2008

Chanel Mania! “Coco Chanel” on Lifetime

If you’ve read M.I.S.S. for a minute then you know that I love Chanel. She’s an icon and an inspiration for women striving to achieve their dreams. Lately, you’ve probably hear us talk about Coco Avant Chanel, the movie set for release next year starring Audrey Tautou as Mlle. Chanel. Well, it appears the mania is spreading and the Lifetime Network is the next to hop on the band wagon. On Saturday, September 13th at 8pm Lifetime is premiering Coco Chanel, the made-for-television movie depicting the life of Gabrielle Chanel. Barbora Bobulova plays the Chanel of youth and Shirley MacLaine plays the older, wiser Chanel. Now, I’ll watch this because it has to do with Chanel. But, I have to admit that I am less than excited about Shirley MacLaine playing Chanel. I have a giant mental block – I can’t see MacLaine as the sleek, sophisticated and suave Mademoiselle. It seems I’m not the only one, Vogue UK reported that so far, the critics are not impressed. If you’re curious, and want to make your own opinion (advised), tune in to Lifetime on September 13th. You can find more information on the Lifetime movie here.

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August 15, 2008

Boy Capel Part Cast In “Coco Avant Chanel”

Coco Chanel never married but she had several partners throughout her life. The man that was “the one true love” was Boy Capel, an English business man who helped finance Chanel’s first millinery shop. We reported a few months back that Audrey Tautou was cast as Mademoiselle Chanel. Today, we learned that Alessandro Nivola is cast as Boy Capel, Chanel’s “love of her life.” Tragically, Boy Capel died in a car crash and afterward Chanel’s collections featured what became her signature black. Other designers of the time commented that she was making everyone mourn for her lost love by using black as a main color in her collections. Whatever the reason, Chanel broke barriers and gave new life to the color black. We’ll learn about this and much more about the designer’s early life. I cannot wait to see this movie!!

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****IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR INFO ON OLIVER SITRUK, THE FRENCH ACTOR WHO PLAYED BOY CAPEL IN LIFETIME’S MADE-FOR-TV COCO CHANEL MOVIE PLEASE VISIT HERE.

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June 18, 2008

Coco Avant Chanel – Coco Chanel Film Update

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Last year we told you that a film based on the life of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was in the works with Audrey Tautou cast as the fashion icon.  The mysterious film set for release next year has a name:  Coco Avant Chanel, which translates roughly to Coco Before Chanel, is the back story to Chanel’s life before she became an internationally recognized designer.  British Vogue spoke to Tautou recently about her role and she stated:

I’m very happy with the script because it is about her youth and the elements which tell us what she would become and why her style is what it is today. . . . It gave me the freedom to be between the image of what people think about her [Chanel] but also her before her success.

I can’t say enough how I think Audrey Tautou is the perfect actress for this role.  This film can’t come out soon enough!

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June 10, 2008

Chanel Mobile Art Museum

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A few months back, we told you about Chanel’s Mobile Art Museum, a traveling pavillion made to house art exhibits, and we’re excited to say that last week it touched down in Tokyo, Japan.  The museum houses original works paying homage to the iconic Chanel quilted purse and includes works by:  Blue Noses, Daniel Buren, David Leventhal, Fabrice Hyber, Leandro Erlich, Lee Bul, Loris Cecchini, Michael Lin, Nobuyoshi Araki, Pierre &  Gilles, Sophie Calle, Soju Tao, Stephen Shore, Subodh Gupta, Sylvie Fleury,  Tabaimo, Wim Delvoye, Yang Fudong, Yoko Ono, and Y. Z. Kami.   The most important work of the show however is the actual museum designed by Zaha Hadid.  The museum looks like it’s touched down from outer space and is very curvy, and features a loop design.  It’s the first travelling museum of its kind.  Future stops for the museum include New York, London, Moscow and Paris.  If you are in one of these cities, or are close to one, this is a definite must see!

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Images & Info:  SuperTouch

More pics after the jump . . .

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March 12, 2008

Chanel Carousel & More!

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OMG! Chanel just updated their website with news, pictures, videos and footage about their Mobile Art traveling exhibition, their Custom Carousel and Chanel dresses in movies and at the Oscars. I could go on and on about how amazing it is but you really just need to see this for yourself! Read about it all here.

More pics after the jump . . .

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February 26, 2008

“dearest constellation, sweetest invitation” by Comenius Roethlisberger


Colette’s newest artist installation in its boutique is a collection called “dearest constellation, sweetest invitation” by Comenius Roethlisberger. The pieces are pretty striking because of the familiarity of the iconic luxury brands portrayed but the amazing thing about these pieces is that they are written using a mix of sugar and cocaine. Is he telling us that the pillars that these brands are built on are as fragile as the sugar & coke cocktail they’re written in? Or perhaps that these brands give the same kind of rush one would get from cocaine or a sugar high? I think it’s safe to say that these pieces have meaning and are commenting on many levels. Here’s what Colette says about the show . . .

Swiss artist Comenius Roethlisberger is frequently said to be provocative through his pieces, doing some extreme choices. His “Dearest constellation, sweetest invitation” installation plays with famous logos of big luxury brands written with a mix of sugar powder and cocaine, all presented in clear polyester resine boxes. Insolence, fantasy, cynicism, his work incriminates imaging, and fashion or advertising shots, letting no one unconcerned.

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The installation is on view at Colette on the first floor from February 25th through March 1st. That’s less than a week, so if you’re in Paris I would def go check this out in person.
More images after the jump . . .

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January 6, 2008

M.I.S.S. January 2009: “Chanails”

M.I.S.S. January 2009: “Chanails”
M.I.S.S. January 2009: “Chanails”

“Partner let me upgrade you,” yeah Beyonce said it best. 2009 ladies, it’s all about the UPGRADE! Whatever it may be: your job, your bank account, your kit, your man . . . you’re worth the best, so think big, go hard and trade-up! To inspire you on your journey for success we are starting the year on top . . . and what brand wouldn’t be more goal worthy than Chanel? Yeah, we thought you might agree. Presenting M.I.S.S. January 2009, lovingly nicknamed, “Chanails,” we bring you a mani inspired by all things Chanel: interlocking CC’s, the cap-toe, tweed, chain-link, quilting . . . luxluxlux!!!

Your mantra for the new year: “Two Thousand and MINE!” We here at M.I.S.S. wish you a year of love, health, wealth and the real deal . . . no Canal Street specials here ya’ll! This is the Fo’ Real not the Faux Real and yes those boxes are full.

You can download the M.I.S.S. January 2009 Calendar here and the Desktop here.

Three finger pearl ring by Chanel (2001), Chanel Sneakers (year unknown), Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colours: Black Satin, Gold Fiction and Blanc Ceramic.

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September 27, 2007

Coco Mademoiselle – The Film

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You may have noticed that the Coco Mademoiselle campaign that once featured a young Kate Moss has been recently revamped with the beautiful Keira Knightley as the new face of the fragrance. Based off of the success of the Nicole Kidman Chanel No. 5 film, Chanel has created another film for the Coco Mademoiselle perfume – all filmed in Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment at 31 Rue Cambon. You can view the film and get an inside look into the infamous apartment here.
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September 24, 2007

Largerfeld Confidential


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Wasn’t there suppose to be a Anna Wintour documentary hitting cinemas to coincide with the release of Vogue’s infamous/over-sized September issue? Oh well, we’ll take Unkle Karl over any crazy fashion editrix anyday(although, I would like to know why she needs so many Hermes scarves).

Last Thursday night at a secret venue in Soho, a few members from the press were treated to the first glimpse of the Lagrfeld-Confidential docu-film. Directed by Rodolphe Marconi, it provides a glimpse in to the life of one of the most influential designers of the 21st century. Marconi was allowed into the life of Lagerfeld for two years and was given access to a number of important events. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the creative director of Chanel and many rumors circulating regarding his past(so scandalous). This film sheds light on many of these issues and reveals a very different side to Lagerfeld than the one portrayed in the press.

Laregerfeld-Confidential hits theaters October 26, but if you’re dying to see Karl’s bowl of silver rings you can get a sneak peak here.

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September 12, 2007

Coco Mademoiselle Press Packet – Part Deux

Chanel invited a group of international bloggers to Paris for the launch of their latest scent project, Coco Mademoiselle. Jean Aw of NOTCOT, who kindly shared images of the gorgeous Coco Mademoiselle packaging with NOTCOT readers, has a couple of posts up sharing her Chanel experience.

In her Sealing Chanel post, Jean shares amazing behind the scenes images of how the Coco Mademoiselle bottles are sealed. I love that Chanel allowed photos of the very detailed process when most companies are very closelipped about such things.

Jean Aw quickly became one of my favorite people of the week with her Chanel Proportions post. This beyond-awesome lady cracked a Chanel myth that you’re going to have to read about, in her words, to understand. The designer in me GEEKED! Check it!

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