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July 9, 2012

Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012/13 Runway Collection Review

Chanel Haute Couture Fall Winter 2012 2013

Last week Chanel presented its Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012/13 collection entitled “New Vintage.” The “New Vintage” invitation featured an illustration by Karl Lagerfeld of a young Coco Chanel. Based on the invitation I thought I would see references from the early designs of Coco Chanel. Instead, Karl gave us a collection of instant classics that took us through the decades.

The most obvious reference was the 1940s with all of the models sporting snoods in their hair. It was actually an interesting presentation because Coco Chanel actually didn’t design during the 1940s – she closed her atelier in 1939 at the beginning of WWII. In many ways, this collection was Karl Lagerfeld’s interpretation of what her designs may have looked like had she designed during that time.

Though the 1940s references were very prevalent in the shapes such as trousers and the Old Hollywood glamorous dresses, I also saw hints of the 1960s and 1970s. The boxy swing dresses and coats reminded me of the 1960s and the blouses, tunics and long skirts reminded me of the 1970s.

The collection was muted in black, ivory and grey with pops of mauve and pink to lighten things up. I liked the unexpected hit of pastel for fall/winter. The gowns were lovely with intricate floral details and I would love to see some of these dresses on a red carpet. Please view the collection for yourself below – more to come on accessories and beauty!

Runway Images: Style
Last 5 Final Walk Images: Chanel

TRACK LISTINGS:

Be With You / Hercules And Love Affair
Labyrinth (Club Mix) / Joakim
In The Grace Of Your Love (Pional Remix) / The Rapture

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Haute Couture — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 11:20 am

July 3, 2012

Chanails! Chanel Nails from the Fall-Winter 2012/13 Haute Couture Show

chanel nails haute couture fall winter 2012 2013 One of the things many people are excited to see during Chanel shows are a glimpse of the nails.  For the Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012/13 show Chanel stepped it up and gave us some nail art instead of a one-color manicure.  The two colors look like silver and pink but on the runway the pink looked a bit like coral.  I’m not sure if it was a different color or the same color under different lighting.  I’ll let you know as soon as I have some more info but I thought I’d give you a first look. Enjoy!

Images: Style

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Haute Couture,Chanel Nail Colour — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 9:42 pm

Chanel Fall-Winter 2012/13 Haute Couture – Making of the Press Kit

chanel haute couture fall winter 2012 2013 making of the press kit

Even though I’m on vacation did you really think I could stay away from the computer the day of a Chanel Haute Couture show??  I’m going to need some time to turn around images but I’ll slowly getting some posts up.

Karl Lagerfeld shot the Chanel Fall-Winter 2012/13 Haute Couture press kit at Studio 7L – check out the images of the behind-the-scenes action…

Photos courtesy of Chanel by Olivier Saillant

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Haute Couture — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 8:56 pm

June 28, 2012

Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012/13 Invitation

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come next Tuesday (07.03.12) at the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012/13. Called the New Vintage and with Coco Chanel on the invitation, I can only expect that Karl Lagerfeld will be re-visiting old classics. He always does an amazing job of giving Coco Chanel’s classics a modern spin so I’m wondering how this will be different. I can’t wait to see!
chanel haute couture fall winter 2012 2013 invitation

**Please note, I will be out of town next week for the holiday so there may be a few days delay in getting coverage of the show up.

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April 3, 2012

Chanel Links: Week of 04.02.12

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Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are listed on TIME Magazine’s list of All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons.

Chanel Illustration by Sem

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel will be inducted into the 2012 FiFi Hall of Fame on May 21. The FiFi Awards are sponsored by the Fragrance Foundation and Jill Belasco, chair of The Fragrance Foundation stated:

 

Chanel fragrances have reached near mythical status thanks to the vision of Coco Chanel, her enduring commitment to in-house master perfumery and an uncompromising commitment to luxury and quality. To this day, men and women everywhere delight in wearing fragrances marked by the entwined double C’s of Chanel.

Happi

Charlotte Casiraghi chanel couture
Charlotte Casiraghi wore Chanel spring-summer 2012 haute couture to the 2012 Monaco Rose Ball in Monte Carlo – I’m not crazy about her modifications I think it looked better on the runway… Red Carpet Fashion Awards

chanel espace parfum bloomingdales
Chanel opened a fragrance bar dubbed Espace Parfum at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street in NYC – the Espace Parfum will specialize in creating a new experience for discovering Chanel fragrances including Les Exclusifs and other limited distribution scents. WWD

Drew Barrymore is engaged to art consultant Will Kopelman, the son of Arie Kopelman, a former head of Chanel USA, so naturally, the bride will be wearing Chanel.  Brides

karl lagerfeld sketch chanel mobile art
Listen to the DFA Mix by Tim Sweeney (2008) for Chanel Mobile Art Launch – NYC


A new luxury building is being built on Newbury Street in Boston and the first two floors will house a Chanel boutiuque. Boston.com

Karl Lagerfeld’s latest project is to redesign the outside areas of the Métropole Monte-Carlo including a fresco-style depiction of Ulysses’ journey etched on fifteen panels of glass (two pictured above). WWD.

Kristen Stewart wore a Chanel manicure to the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards.

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January 26, 2012

BLEU ILLUSION: Chanel 2012 Spring-Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup

chanel 2012 Spring Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup by Peter Philips

Karl Lagerfeld and Peter Philips are a match made in heaven. Karl conjures up intoxicatingly beautiful themes and collections and Peter Philips is always able to translate Karl’s visions into an equally gorgeous beauty collection. For the Chanel spring-summer 2012 haute couture Peter Philips gives us BLEU ILLUSION.

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 (available April 2012)

The Complexion
PERFECTION LUMIERE Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10
ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen
CORRECTEUR PERFECTION Long Lasting Concealer
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder

The Eyes
EXCLUSIVE CREATION ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Apparition and Destination (available July 2012)
EXCLUSIVE CREATION LE CRAYON YEUX Precision Eye Pencil in Bleu Aérien (available July 2012)
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long Lasting Eyeliner in Marine
LE CRAYON KHOL Intense Eye Pencil in Marine
CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
INIMITABLE WATERPROOF Mascara in Black
RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler

The Cheeks
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rose Ecrin

The Lips
ROUGE COCO BAUME Hydrating Conditioning Lip Balm
LE CRAYON LEVRES Precision Lip Pencil in Natural
ROUGE COCO Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Superstition

The Nails
EXCLUSIVE CREATION LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Sky Line (available July 2012)

* The Exclusive Collection BLEU ILLUSION will be available at specific points of sales in July 2012

chanel le vernis sky line spring summer 2012 haute couture

chanel 2012 Spring Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup by Peter Philips

Photos by Vincent Lappartient

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January 25, 2012

Making of the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012 Press Kit

making of the chanel spring summer 2012 haute couture press kit
Yesterday Chanel presented its Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 collection. Chanel News posted some images from the making of the press kit for the bedazzling collection. As is customary, Karl Lagerfeld took the photos but I apologize I don’t know the name of the model. My readers always help me out in this regard so feel free to chime in if you know who she is! I always love seeing Karl in action. Enjoy…

making of the chanel spring summer 2012 haute couture press kit

making of the chanel spring summer 2012 haute couture press kit

making of the chanel spring summer 2012 haute couture press kit
Photos © Olivier Saillant

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January 24, 2012

Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 Presentation Video

Earlier today I reviewed the Chanel Joaillerie collection which pays homage to Coco Chanel’s 1932 Bijoux de Diamants collection that was inspired by celestial bodies. Later on, I reviewed the spring-summer 2012 haute couture collection that simulated a commercial space shuttle but it wasn’t until I saw the actual presentation video below that I saw the connection.

This is purely my own hypothesis, but I’m betting that Karl Lagerfeld is paying homage to Coco Chanel’s 1932 Bijoux de Diamants collection through haute couture fashion. It’s just a hunch but must me more than coincidence, no?

The video below also gives us some much needed close-ups of the hair pieces and the nail polish which looks like a shimmery powder/sky blue.

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Filed under: Chanel Haute Couture — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 11:49 pm

Air Chanel. Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012

chanel haute couture spring summer 2012

“No Fifties, no Sixties, no Seventies. Just what I like.”
-Karl Lagerfeld, WWD

Chanel presented its Haute Couture spring-summer 2012 collection at the Grand Palais in Paris on Tuesday and the airplane window hint Chanel dropped on Monday was confirmed.  The Grand Palais was transformed into the interior of a “commercial space shuttle flight that, during the course of the show, left the Earth’s atmosphere and headed for space. Toward the finale, the Earth actually passed overhead, across the clear dome that allowed passengers a view of the starry sky outside.” (Style.com)

Having brought in an iceberg to the Grand Palais, surely bringing in and replicating the interior of an airplane must have been a piece of cake.  The set or “aircraft” featured a 164-foot aisle, double-C monogrammed carpet, modern seating – all complete with a bar cart (I wonder if they had double-C ice cubes?).

chanel haute couture spring summer 2012

Image from Chanel

Air travel not only inspired the set – but the color palette of the collection – a palatte Karl Lagerfeld called a “monochrome rainbow” though he was quick to point out that “I don’t have the blues.” (WWD).  Every shade of blue was represented – from nearly translucent and almost white to the darkest of midnight blues.

The true innovation of the show however came in the form of the new silhouette Karl showed: exaggerated boat neck collars, large bell sleeves, long skirts and hyper-dropped waists.  Known for playing with androgyny and borrowing from the boys (a legacy started by Mademoiselle herself), Karl said the very low waists (at about thigh level) were meant to look “like boys whose jeans are slipping off.” (Style.com).  The show came to a traditional close with the showing of a wedding dress though there was nothing traditional about the dress at all.  I love how Karl can adopt a new silhouette each season that looks completely new and unexpected, yet so classic and chic that it looks like it came from the Chanel lexicon.

I wish I could have seen the pieces up close because the amount of detail and workmanship cannot be appreciated from photos taken from so far away.  But even with the photos, you can tell that the garments are dazzling.  The embroidery and beading alone are gorgeous.  I also would have loved to see a close up of the shoes and the hair pieces.  Speaking of hair, it seems Alice Dellal is more than just the face of the upcoming Chanel Boy Bag campaign – she was also the muse for the hairstyles worn on the runway.

I’m hoping to receive more detail images of the beauty – curious to know about new beauty products and of course – nail polish!  Stay tuned.

Thank you for flying with Chanel.

All images except as indicated from Style.com

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Haute Couture — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 11:26 pm

January 22, 2012

Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 Sneak Peek

chanel haute couture spring summer 2012 sneak peek
Chanel posted the image above in reference to its upcoming Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 collection showing on Tuesday, January 24. It may be a part of the invitation – I’m not sure as there is no other information aside from the image itself. It seems Uncle Karl may be going for an aviation-inspired theme – can’t wait to see!

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