La Chanelphile

January 1, 2012

Chanel Avant Karl – Rare Period Chanel Costume Jewelry

rare period chanel costume jewelry 1stdibsHere is my belated gift to you: a feast of Chanel costume jewelry treasures designed by Gabriella “Coco” Chanel herself.  This very rare collection of jewels is now on sale online through 1stDibs.com.  Prices range from $1,000 to $20,000 and every piece is a treasure.  A true glimpse into Mademoiselle’s exquisite taste, the collection of jewelry is museum worthy.  I’m so very jealous of anyone that purchases any of these pieces.  Ranging from $1,400 to $22,000 this jewelry is truly worth the investment.

rare period chanel costume jewelry 1stdibs

rare period chanel costume jewelry 1stdibs

rare period chanel costume jewelry 1stdibs

rare period chanel costume jewelry 1stdibs

rare period chanel costume jewelry 1stdibs

rare period chanel costume jewelry 1stdibs

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Jewelry,Vintage Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 4:24 pm

December 8, 2011

The Original Chanel Paris-Bombay: Vintage Chanel Bombay-Inspired Designs

vintage coco chanel designs paris bombay

Silk Lamé tunic and trouser ensemble; Bib Necklace, Gabrielle Chanel, Spring/Summer 1969. Image from Chanel: Couture and Industry by Amy de la Haye

“In the late Fifties, early Sixties, she designed several Indian-inspired outfits — and that was enough.”
-Karl Lagerfeld, WWD

Karl Lagerfeld’s creativity knows no bounds, but what I love about him as the designer for Chanel is that he utterly respects the foundations that Gabrielle Chanel laid. With each Chanel Métiers D’Art collection he takes us on a trip around the globe to view a visual fusion of Paris and some glamorous destination. But these destinations are not pulled out of his magician’s hat (or fingerless gloves), rather, they are based on clues that Gabrielle Chanel left us long ago.

Having access to the Chanel archives, Karl Lagerfeld knew that Chanel herself was inspired by South Asia and designed clothing and jewelry in the sixties that were Indian-inspired.  Reviewing some of my Chanel books, I was able to cull some examples for you to see.  It’s interesting to see how glitzy previous examples are and how subdued the current Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay collection is.  It’s also interesting to note that this is not the first time that Karl Lagerfeld has referenced this South Asian inspiration.  The bottom two photos show images of Karl Lagerfeld designs for Chanel from previous collections .

vintage coco chanel designs paris bombay

Evening Suit, Mughal patterned gold lamé and silk brocade, Gabrielle Chanel, 1960. Image from Chanel: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition Catalog

vintage chanel designs paris bombay

Evening Ensemble, Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 1989-90. Image from Chanel: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition Catalog

vintage chanel designs paris bombay

Evening Suit, Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Prêt-à-porter, Autumn/Winter 1996-97. Image from Chanel: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition Catalog


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December 6, 2011

Book Review: Chanel – Couture and Industry by Amy de la Haye

chanel couture and industry by amy de la hayeChanel: Couture and Industry is one of the many new recent books that have come out about our favorite couturière, Coco Chanel.  Unlike some of the more scandalous biographies, Chanel: Couture and Industry is a breath of fresh air because it focuses on Chanel in the context of fashion history.

Coco Chanel is synonymous with elegance, fashion innovation and modernity and in Chanel: Couture and Industry, Amy de la Haye examines the creative output of the House of Chanel from its infancy in the 1920s, to the present day under the tutelage of Karl Lagerfeld.  Using the renowned collections of the V&A as her sources, fashion historian Amy de la Haye shows how Coco Chanel changed the way modern women dress.

Chanel: Couture and Industry includes beautiful images of original Chanel pieces – many of which can only be seen in museums – and many of which I have never seen before in any other Chanel publication.  Chanel is the third book in the V&A Fashion Series covering key innovators in the world of fashion.  If you are looking for a book that focuses more on Chanel in the context of fashion history then this is the book for you – or a great gift for any Chanelphile.  Chanel: Couture and Industry is available online on Amazon.com.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture,Coco Chanel,Vintage Chanel — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 5:47 am

November 29, 2011

Rare Chanel on The Coveteur

rare chanel on the coveteur

The Covetuer is every fashion lover’s inside look into the closets we all wish we had.  As a year in review, they’ve gathered all the photos of rare Chanel items that they’ve come across and published them in one place.  I selected a few of my favorites but you should definitely check out The Coveteur for the full experience.

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rare chanel on the coveteur

rare chanel on the coveteur

rare chanel on the coveteur

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags,Chanel Jewelry,Vintage Chanel — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:53 pm

October 24, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of 10.20.11

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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 13, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of 10.10.11

So much news, so little time! I’ll keep it brief, let’s get to it…

chanel news in italianFinalmente, our Italian Chanelphiles can now read Chanel News in Italian. Chanel News

chanel ginza tokyoCNN highlighted “fashion architecture” in a piece on architecture as an extension of the brand experience and the Chanel Ginza store in Tokyo designed by Peter Marino + Associates Architects was considered a standout example.

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen - Image Source Just Jared

According to the NY Times, Karl Lagerfeld photographed Elizabeth Olsen for a coffee table book.  No word about this project but here is what she said about working with Uncle Karl:  “The Chanel designer had been shooting her for a coffee table book, and the photo session had gone long. She modeled an oversize classic Chanel tweed jacket for him. “I didn’t get to keep it,” she said, laughing as she pointed to her own nondescript sweater and T-shirt.

karl lagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld can add “gallery booth designerto his resume – he’s designed Zurich’s Gmurzynska Gallery’s booth for the FIAC in Paris from October 20 to 23.  Hollywood Reporter

sofitel st james bar the balconLondon posh hotel Sofitel St. James renovated their brasserie and is unveiling The Balcon on October 17th.  The St. James bar in The Balcon is “inspired by the interiors of Coco Chanel’s 1920’s Paris apartment at 55 Rue Cambon and highlights will include vintage cocktails from antique recipe books. There will also be a Champagne Angel on hand to provide expert advice.”   Do you see the curved staircase and banister?  I’ll toast to that!  The Handbook

Here’s a Karlism for you – Karl Lagerfeld takes his time with the models he chooses to photograph. He stated: “I do a lot of portraits. I really take time to choose my models. I don’t think one should ever be a model guzzler.” ContactMusic

karl lagerfeld scarf
Just in time for winter, you can get a printed cashmere scarf with Karl Lagerfeld’s face on it. NY Mag – The Cut

Chanel ranked #15 on a British survey of the Top 20 “cool brands”. Huffington Post

Beau Dunn’s mom was a model and she has ridiculous vintage Chanel from the 80′s. I hate her. I’m not afraid to say it…

On a lighter note, check out the backstage behind-the-scenes of the recent Chanel Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear show…

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August 9, 2011

Vintage Chanel Sale on Billion Dollar Babes Today

vintage chanel

Billion Dollar Babes is holding a special online private sale featuring more than 65 rare, vintage Chanel pieces guaranteed to make any Chanel collector feel lucky. The sale will include handbags, belts, sunglasses, small leather goods, shoes and of course gorgeous jewelry, all from the ‘80s, ‘90s and early ‘00s, and all in great condition.

Among the featured pieces in this Billion Dollar Babes sale is a limited-edition necklace like the one Meryl Streep wore in The Devil Wears Prada. A true collector’s piece, the faux-pearl-and-links necklace is adorned with iconic Chanel charms including the Le Vernes classic red Chanel nail polish, the decorative Chanel #5 perfume bottle and red lipstick. And there’s the gold-plated Chanel pin, a whimsical effigy of Coco Chanel herself.

The opportunity to own these rare, vintage Chanel pieces begins Monday, August 8 at 8 a.m. PST on BillionDollarBabes.com where membership is free. The sale ends Tuesday, August 9 at 11 pm PST.

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Filed under: Vintage Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 3:56 am

August 7, 2011

Vintage Frames Company x Revive: Vintage CHANEL Vault Collection

vintage chanel
Over the past 8 years Vintage Frames Company owner Corey Shapiro has been curating one of the most elite Vintage Chanel Jewelery Collections on the planet. Constantly adding to the vaulted collection, waiting for the right moment to unlock the vault, and release the treasures. The historic Chanel Collection ranges from editorial and ready-to-wear pieces originally produced from the late 1980’s until mid 1990’s. No one piece in the vaulted collection will be alike! The Vintage Chanel Collection contains necklaces, pendents, rings, bracelets, and more. With their constant strive for only the most elite luxury goods, REVIVE has unlocked the vault and will be making the collection available exclusively at REVIVE.

I was in touch with Corey to ask about how items were authenticated and he said: “All chains are put through a process to guarantee their authenticity in accordance with Chanel.”  The cost on items varies but ranges from $500-$3500.  You can purchase via phone by calling 248.731.7849.  I wish the collection were available for sale online I’d love to see it all!

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Filed under: Chanel,Vintage Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 11:10 am

July 21, 2011

La Chanelphile Beauty Editorial – “All That Glitters”

I’m happy to introduce the first of La Chanelphile beauty editorials. The Chanel PR team was generous enough to send over Illusions d’Ombre de Chanel, the Fall 2011 cosmetics collection. The shimmering metallics were a beautiful counterpoint to the gorgeous gold vintage Chanel accessories provided by The Goods! by Liz Baca. Please enjoy the photos and stay tuned for “get the look” breakdowns and a behind-the-scenes video.

Production Credits:
Photography: Amanda Lopez
Stylist: Liz Baca, The Goods!
Makeup: Jenni Tay
Hairstylist: Filomena Bettencourt
Nail Stylist: Elizabeth Robles
Models: Malia, Jordan and Rachel, LOOK
Behind the Scenes Footage: Nina Parks
Producer: Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee, La Chanelphile

all that glitters - chanel beauty editorial

all that glitters - chanel beauty editorial

all that glitters - chanel beauty editorial

all that glitters - chanel beauty editorial

all that glitters - chanel beauty editorial

all that glitters - chanel beauty editorial

all that glitters - chanel beauty editorial

all that glitters - chanel beauty editorial

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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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