La Chanelphile

January 16, 2012

Chanel at the 2012 Golden Globes and Art of Elysium Heaven Gala

Julianne Moore Chanel Couture Golden Globe Awards
It’s award show season and it wouldn’t be a true red carpet without Chanel! Last night was the 2012 Golden Globe Awards and Julianne Moore looked lovely in black Chanel couture. The gown that Stella Tenant wore in the Chanel Couture Fall 2012 was one of my favorites and thought it looks lovely on Julianne Moore, I miss the shoulder ruffles.

At the Art of Elysium Gala January Jones and Rachel Bilson wore Chanel cocktail dresses. Rachel Bilson shined in Chanel Spring 2012 RTW and January Jones wore Chanel Resort 2011/12 collection.

Rachel Bilson Chanel Art of Elysium Gala

January Jones Chanel 2012 Art of Elysium Gala

Runway Images: Style.com
Red Carpet Images: JustJared.com

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Haute Couture,Chanel on the Red Carpet,Chanel Ready To Wear — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 12:37 am

October 24, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of 10.20.11

chanel links

I love this Chanel-inspired half-moon manicure! I need those nail decals pronto!  AnotherMag

chanel half moon manicure

Karl Lagerfeld wishes he invented the white shirt and is obsessed with cuff links.  Forbes

Karl Lagerfeld’s advice for surviving the recession?  “Sack your assistant chauffeur!”  Independent

The Ritz in Paris will be closing for two years to undergo renovations – who will keep Coco company? AFP

chanel suite at the ritz

Speaking of hotels Coco Chanel lived in, the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland is not too shabby.  Pursuitist

More images of the Spring 2012 Le Vernis collection.  Fashion

spring 2012 chanel nail polish

Check out the playlist from the Chanel Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear show.  Chanel News

The International Center of Photography is showing Harper’s Bazaar: A Decade of Style, an exhibit that features photos by by Karl Lagerfeld as well as a portrait of Uncle Karl.  International Center of Photography

Justine Picardie debates the merits of Chanel handbags.  The Guardian

Can’t afford vintage Chanel? No problem, you can rent it! Style

vintage chanel

Lindsay Lohan wore a Chanel bag to court – in other news, what is up with her blush? Grazia

Diane Kruger wears Chanel Fall 2011 on the red carpet – she looks great but this outfit doesn’t read “red carpet” to me.  Red Carpet Fashion Awards

diane kruger chanel fall 2011Elizabeth Olsen wore Chanel haute couture from the spring 2012 collection – she’s a pretty gril but I have to say that I’m not loving the dress on her – her breasts look flattened and her shoulders seem to broad for this kind of top. Just Jared

elizabeth olsen in chanel haute couture


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October 1, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of 09.19.11

Karl Lagerfeld Cat

In case you were wondering, this is what Karl Lagerfeld would look like as a cat…Racked.

Paper Magazine chats with Karl Lagerfeld.

Images of Karl Lagerfeld and his Memphis-furnished Monte Carlo apartment from the 1980s on display at the V&A’s Post-Modernism Exhibit. Telegraph

Karl Lagerfeld contributes to the new exhibition catalog of Helmut Newton’s work.  Ecosalon

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana decided to close D&G because they want to be like Chanel.  Styleite

May I have some toast please? The Zhush

Elizabeth Taylor Chanel Couture

On December 14th, you can bid on Elizabeth Taylor’s Chanel couture dress.  DailyMail

Daphne Guinness Exhibit ChanelDaphne Guinness’ collection on display at the FIT Museum includes Chanel, naturally.  Washington Post

I never made it to NY to see the Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion (nor any of the other cities) and then the tour was cut short.  Here’s a great video to give you an idea of what you may (or may not) have missed….http://youtu.be/P7j1tl4sEIo

Chanel Camélia from MagnétoTV on Vimeo.

Chanel from MagnétoTV on Vimeo.

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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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August 8, 2011

Carnet Vendôme Illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld

carnet vendome

Since the set of the Chanel Fall-Winter 2011 Haute Couture presentation was a recreation of Place Vendôme, it’s only fitting that Carnet Vendôme was handed out to all the guests at the show.  Carnet Vendôme is a guide that has information on the more than 60 Vendôme members, many of which are luxury retailers, including of course Chanel Fine Jewelry.  Carnet Vendôme is printed in three languages (French, English and Chinese) and for the current issue, Karl Lagerfeld drew all of the illustrations.  You can find Carnet Vendôme at Galignani bookstore for 10€.

Librairie Galignani
224 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Tel.: +33-1-42-60-76-07

Source: WWD



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August 4, 2011

Maison Michel Fall 2011 Lookbook

Maison Michel Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearMaison Michel is a millinery atelier that was purchased by Chanel in 2002 as a part of PARAFFECTION, a solution to keep haute couture ateliers alive.  In doing so, Chanel is keeping a rich legacy of knowledge and tradition intact and preventing fashion techniques from becoming lost arts, as well as ensuring that haute couture remains robust.

Maison Michel makes all of the hats for Chanel but also releases its own ready-to-wear collection.  The Fall 2011 collection just released and the look book images are beautiful.  Shot by Karl Lagerfeld and featuring Clemence Poesy, Sasha Pivovarova and Anna Calvi, the simplicity of the black and white images is juxtapozed against the intricate details of the head pieces. I love the lace headbands, the spiked headbands – really I love every piece.  There’s something for different looks and occasions.   I also love that Maison Michel specializes in millinery and that is how Coco Chanel herself got her start.  Check out the look book…

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July 21, 2011

Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture Inspiration: Metropolis

return to metropolis vogue germany karl lagerfeld

It’s no secret that Karl Lagerfeld is a fan of Metropolis, a German Expressionist science-fiction silent movie filmed in 1927.  Last year for the February issue of Vogue Germany Lagerfeld shot a stunning editorial called “Return to Metropolis.” It’s also been said the he recently purchased a set of film stills signed by Fritz Lang, the film’s director to Brigitte Helm, the young actress who starred in the film. So, it would only seem natural to see a bit of Metropolis seeping into the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2011/2012 collection.

Metropolis is the most expensive silent film ever made – adjusted for inflation it cost about $200 million.  The film is about a futuristic dystopica and explores the relationship between groups in society (simplisticly speaking thinkers v. workers).  In the midst of all this we have a “mad scientist” of sorts who has created a robot woman.  (I apologize there’s really more to the story but I’m trying to be brief).

chanel LED light shoes

So where do we see Metropolis in the Chanel Fall 2011 couture collection?  Karl is rarely, if ever, inspired by just one thing so we see little hints here and there.  First, the film was released in 1927, when Coco Chanel was riding her shooting star of a career and many of the clothing styles in the couture show were inspired by the 1920s and 1930s.  The futuristic feel of Coco Vendôme lit up at night in lights and the models’ LED light shoes felt futuristic.  And the robotic Coco atop the central columns perhaps an homage to the robot in Metropolis?  We’ll never know for sure, but what I do know, is that Karl Lagerfeld likes to keep us guessing.  He gives us enough to come up with our theories but he’s always full of surprises.

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July 20, 2011

Then & Now: Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture Design Inspiration

karl lagerfeld sketch of chanel dress 1931

Karl Lagerfeld has adopted Goethe’s famous motto: “Build a better future by expanding on elements of the past.” At CHANEL he has changed nothing and everything, interpreting CHANEL in his own way with elegance and wit. He would have certainly met Mademoiselle’s approval, since her ideas also often created mini-revolutions before becoming the industry standard.

–Chanel Corporate

The above statement is on the Chanel website and it is eloquent and precise in describing Karl Lagerfeld’s deft hand in picking up where Coco Chanel left off.  You can see elements of Coco Chanel in all the collections but nowhere has this been more apparent than in the Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture collection, appropriately called Les Allures de Chanel.

In the sketch above, Karl lends his hand to a dress that Coco Chanel designed in 1931.  The first thing I noticed was the peplum – many pieces in the Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture collection highlighted this same very design feature.

Below you can see the 1920s influence of the flapper dress with low waist, straight silhouette and neckline with deep V detail.

chanel haute couture comparing coco chanel and karl lagerfeld

In the next image you can see a Chanel print that may have inspired the fabrication of the dress on the left.  The black fabric with pops of color seem reminiscent of the Chanel print.

chanel haute couture comparing coco chanel and karl lagerfeld

Finally, there’s the boater hat – the hat that started it all. The boater hat is the first hat that Coco Chanel started designing. She would buy them in bulk from the store and then customize them. Her simple straw hats were a fresh counterpoint to the heavily feathered hats of the day that made Coco wonder how women could think underneath all of that excess. Karl Lagerfeld knows the significance of the boater hat so I’m guessing that is why every model in the show was wearing one. An homage to Coco would be nothing without a boater.

boater hat chanel haute couture comparing coco chanel and karl lagerfeld

Unfortunately there are not a lot of images of original Chanel designs but I will continue to look for comparisons to see how Karl has taken the legacy of Coco Chanel and given it a current spin in future collections.

Image 1: Karl Lagerfeld sketch of a Coco Chanel dress designed in 1931, scan from Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life by Justine Picardie, p. 193.

Image 2: Left: Chanel evening dress, 1923-24, scan from Chanel: The Couturiere at Work, by Amy de la Haye & Shelley Tobin, p. 37. Right: Style.com.

Image 3: Christian Bérard illustration featured in American Vogue, July 1937, scan from Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life by Justine Picardie, p. 231. Right: Style.com.

Image 4:  Chanel wearing one of the first boater hats she designed to the horse races in 1910, Chanel and Her World: Friends, Fashion and Fame, p. 60. Right: Style.com

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July 16, 2011

Chanel Lace Veils: Then & Now

Coco Chanel : The Granger Collection : Topfoto

One of my favorite details of the Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/2012 runway show were the lace veils worn over the models’ eyes.  I love lace in general, but worn over the eyes it’s very mysterious and seductive.  While Peter Philips said that the lace veils in the Fall-Winter 2011/2012 show were inspired by cat burglars, the idea was not entirely without any basis in the Chanel brand.  In 2007, veils were used on the runway and Coco Chanel herself wore hats with lace veils attached to them.

In the Chanel Spring 2007 Haute Couture show models wore similar veils.  The 2007 veils were not made of lace but look like they were made from tulle or chiffon.  The main difference is that the 2007 veils had beading/rhinestones near the eyes. I can’t say which I like better – I love both of them.  The lace veils are very runway/editorial – I wish I had the guts to wear this out.  I need to be invited to a masquerade ball.


chanel haute couture lace masks 2007 and 2011

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July 15, 2011

Coco Vendôme – Coco Chanel and Place Vendôme

coco chanel place vendome coco vendome

As I mentioned in a previous post, the recreation of Place Vendôme for the Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture show was significant because The Ritz, the place where Coco Chanel laid her head down to sleep is located in Place Vendôme.  It was a place that she was not only familiar with, but she lived there (she spent her days and entertained at 31 Rue Cambon but slept at The Ritz).  The show invitation gave us a preview of the set of the show which was a recreation of Place Vendôme complete with tower – except the statue of Napoleon was replaced with a robotic Coco Chanel (Metropolis inspiration post to come soon!).

Chanel News posted some more details about the historical significance of Place Vendôme that I’m re-posting here:

“Chanel and Place Vendôme are very linked. She lived in the Ritz, now there is a Jewelry shop, it’s very Paris, there are many photos of her on the place Vendôme. The big site of the Ritz is also still the Ritz, a part of the place Vendôme.” Karl Lagerfeld

From the 1920s onwards, Mademoiselle Chanel refused to “settle down” and stayed at the Ritz Hotel occasionally before she decided in 1937 to move in and rent a suite on the third floor.

Place Vendôme was one of her sources of inspiration. The octagonal cap of her first perfume, Chanel N°5 recalls its geometry and proportions. Later on, the Première watch equally reminds of this aesthetic.

Today, directly facing her suite at the Ritz is the Chanel Fine Jewelry boutique which opened at number 18 in 1997.

Photo: 1937 – Gabrielle Chanel at the balcony of her suite at the Ritz Hotel, Paris © Photo Roger Schall / Collection Schall

chanel fall-winter 2011/2012 haute couture show invitation

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