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December 12, 2012

Chanelphiles Unite! Introducing La Chanelphile Forum

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I’m excited to announce that I’m FINALLY launching La Chanelphile forum! I had to make some tweaks to ensure that there wouldn’t be any spam commenters and (fingers crossed) I’m hoping I’ve made all the fixes.

You can find the forum in the top navigation – see the red arrow in the image below:

chanel forum

Once you’re on the forum page, the register button is on the top right corner of the page – see the image below:

chanel forum

Fill in the required info, and assuming you are not a spambot you will become a member!

I’ve started some threads to get the conversation going but I’m really interested in hearing from my fellow Chanelphiles. If you have any technical issues please contact me directly at gdk@lachanelphile.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 6:31 am

Visit the Chanel N°5 Trolley in San Francisco!

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“Clang, clang, clang went the trolley!” I am very excited to announce that Chanel will be hosting an event in San Francisco this week to celebrate Chanel N°5 and the holiday season! Chanel has created an installation where the public can experience the world of N°5 inside a reconstructed San Francisco trolley car. The Chanel N°5 trolley will be open to the public on Friday, December 14th @ 12noon – 3:30pm and Saturday, December 15th @ 12noon – 3:30pm. It will be parked outside of Macy’s on Geary St. in Union Square Park. I can’t wait to see it! If you can’t make it don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it :)

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 4:17 am

December 11, 2012

Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Show Details and Atmosphere

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Chanel has shared images of the atmosphere surrounding the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Pre-Fall 2013 presentation at Linlithgow Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland. The photos are beautiful and show details of the collection, the set and notable personalities. Enjoy!

Images courtesy of Chanel

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Filed under: Chanel,Metiers d'Art — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 11:16 pm

Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Set at Linlithgow Palace

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We’ve come to expect extravagant sets for Chanel presentations and it doesn’t get much more dramatic than Linlithgow Palace in Scotland at dusk. Chanel showed its Metiers d’Art Paris-Edinburgh collection in the courtyard of Linlithgow palace with models circling the courtyard as guests watched swathed in their lap blankets provided by Chanel. No expense was spared in creating the atmosphere and for one brief moment in time, Linlithgow Palace was full of life once again.

Photos courtesy of Chanel

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Filed under: Chanel,Metiers d'Art — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 4:29 pm

The Truth About Coco Chanel During WWII

The past few years have been difficult for any admirer of Coco Chanel as her name has been slandered and libeled in conversations, supposed biographies and online.  Uneducated accusations have flown that Coco Chanel was a Nazi, while anyone who either knew her or has researched her life with integrity has come to very different conclusions.

You may remember a while back I posted about Chanel’s only interview about WWII conducted by Malcolm Muggeridge, an MI6 agent.  If you have not yet read the interview, I found it highly informative and most convincing since it’s the only evidence regarding Coco Chanel’s actions during WWII that are based on her word and not assumption and conjecture.  You can read the interview by clicking this link:  Coco Chanel – Malcolm Muggeridge Interview.

I recently learned of the Baudelaire Society’s intention to release a documentary film and/or book next year to further shed light on the evidence in Coco Chanel’s defense.  From the letter below, it appears that Isée St. John Knowles, the President of the Société Baudelaire, will work with Gabrielle Chanel’s living great-niece Gabrielle Labrunie.  I look forward to seeing what they produce and I will be sure to share it with you.

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Filed under: Coco Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 4:12 pm

December 9, 2012

Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Making of the Press Kit

Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Making of the Press Kit

As is his custom, Karl Lagerfeld photographed the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Press Kit at Studio 7L in Paris.  Here is a look at the behind the scene action.

Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Making of the Press Kit

Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Making of the Press Kit

Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Making of the Press Kit

Images: Photos by Olivier Saillant courtesy of Chanel

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Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Press Kit

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Here are the final images of the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edimbourg Press Kit shot by Karl Lagerfeld.  I don’t know who the models are – if you know please leave a comment!

chanel metiers d'art paris edinburgh press kit

chanel metiers d'art paris edinburgh press kit

chanel metiers d'art paris edinburgh press kit

chanel metiers d'art paris edinburgh press kit

chanel metiers d'art paris edinburgh press kit

Photos by Karl Lagerfeld

Source: Vogue.it

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Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Édimbourg Beauty

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When I saw the models walking down the runway for the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Édimbourg show, the first thought that came to mind was Mary Queen of Scots. When I learned that the presentation would take place at Linlithgow palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, I wanted to learn more about the tragic queen because I had a hunch that Karl Lagerfeld would be inspired by her. Looking at the red hair of many of the models and the upswept hair, it was hard not to see the similarities to the portraits of Mary Queen of Scots. The pale skin and the flushed cheeks evoked the cold weather of the Scottish Highlands and should be an easy look to replicate – especially in the fall and winter months.  I also loved the winding braids that evoked Renaissance hairstyles.

Here’s a rundown of the products 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

The Complexion
VITALUMIERE ECLAT Radiance Comfort Compact Makeup (Available in Asia)
MAT LUMIERE Long Lasting Soft Matte Makeup SPF 15
ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen
CORRECTEUR PERFECTION Long Lasting Concealer
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder

chanel paris edinburgh metiers d'art

The Eyes
LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow in Raffinement – Spring 2013 Collection (Available January 2013)
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Longlasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense
LE CRAYON KHOL Intense Eye Pencil in Clair
CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler

chanel paris edinburgh metiers d'art

The Cheeks
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rose Initiale

The Lips
ROUGE COCO BAUME Hydrating Conditioning Lip Balm
LEVRES SCINTILLANTES Glossimer in Plaisir

The Nails
LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Taboo – Lèvres Scintillantes Collection 2013 (Available April 2013)

chanel paris edinburgh metiers d'art

Images: Photos by Benoit Peverelli courtesy of Chanel

chanel paris edinburgh metiers d'art

chanel paris edinburgh metiers d'art

chanel paris edinburgh metiers d'art

Close-Up Shots: WWD

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Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Édimbourg Prefall 2013 Collection

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The Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Édimbourg Prefall 2013 Collection was presented in the dark mist of Scotland in Linlithgow Palace. The collection was a study in Scottish Highland dress – traditional motifs like Tartan, Argyle and Fair Isle were worn with a sophistication that only Chanel could conjure. Layering was a key element of the collection with Lagerfeld piling on scarves, sweaters and coats all in a mix of plaid patterns and tweeds. Nods to traditional Highland Dress were also seen in the accessories such as flasks, belts, bonnets and sporran and in details that evoked kilts. Footwear included ghillie brogues, Dr. Martens-type boots and fur covered boots – all of the shoes and boots were flats.

chanel metiers d'art paris edinburgh prefall 2013

There was also an element of Renaissance style in the collection that was seen in the white blouses with elaborate bow ties paired with plus fours (traditional golf pants) and bubble skirts reminiscent of men’s Renaissance dress. The final pieces in the collection were a nod to the royal dress of Mary Queen of Scots and models looked as if they walked out of the 16th century with details like funnel sleeves, lace collars and jabots.

chanel metiers d'art paris edinburgh prefall 2013

The Métiers d’Art collections are my favorite because they are a celebration of the ateliers that Chanel has acquired through Paraffection to keep these skills and traditions alive. The ateliers include the milliner Maison Michel, the shoemaker Massaro, the costume jeweler Desrues, the embroiderer Maison Lesage, the feather dresser Lemarié, the embroiderer Atelier Montex, the goldsmith Goossens and the newly acquired glovemaker Causse.

Live music was provided by Jake Bugg.

View the collection in its entirety below…

Collection Images: Style

Karl Lagerfeld Photo: Chanel

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Filed under: Chanel,Metiers d'Art — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 5:51 pm

December 5, 2012

Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Édimbourg – Behind the Scenes Video

Take a look at the behind the scenes view of the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Édimbourg Pre-Fall 2013 collection. I love the behind the scenes videos because you get to see details that are often overlooked on the runway. Enjoy!

Soundtrack:
Claude Debussy: “Sonata for flute, Viola and Harp ‘Finale’ ”
Editor: Koka Media

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