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November 9, 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Paris Exhibition VIPs

Chanel's The Little Black Jacket Carine Roitfeld

As Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition makes its way around the world, a host of Chanel VIPs attend the opening of the exhibit before the show opens to the public. Being that the exhibit is now in Chanel’s home turf – Paris – there was a huge turn out of Chanel VIPs. Take a look at who attended and below is a list of what they were wearing.

All photos by Olivier Borde

Anna MOUGLALIS wore a navy black and blue tweed jacket worn over a sleeveless and low waist dress from the Haute-Couture Spring/Summer 2012 Collection with CHANEL shoes. She was carrying a CHANEL clutch.
CHANEL Fine Jewelry: “Franges Swing” necklace from the “1932″ anniversary collection, in 18K white gold and diamonds.

MAIWENN wore a blue jacket from the Fall/Winter RTW 2012/13 Collection with a black CHANEL jacket and CHANEL boots.

Astrid BERGES-FRISBEY wore a black sequined jacket with a short pink tweed skirt from the Cruise Versailles Collection with CHANEL shoes. CHANEL Fine Jewelry: “Eventail” bracelet in 18K white gold and black and white diamonds, and a “Première” watch in steel and black leather.

Laetitia CASTA wore a short navy dress with feather details from the Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2011/12 Collection.

Charlotte CASIRAGHI wore a black tweed CHANEL skirt suit with CHANEL boots.

Carine ROITFELD wore a black and white CHANEL knitted cardigan.

Theophilus LONDON wore a black tweed CHANEL jacket.

Ana GIRARDOT wore a short pink embroidered dress from the Cruise Versailles Collection with CHANEL shoes. She was carrying a CHANEL clutch.

Caroline DE MAIGRET wore a black tweed CHANEL jacket with a CHANEL necklace and CHANEL shoes.

Yi ZHOU wore a black and white dress from the Act 1 Spring/Summer 2013 Collection with CHANEL boots. She was carrying a yellow CHANEL Boy bag.

Sigrid AGREN wore a black CHANEL jumpsuit from the Fall/Winter RTW 2012/13 Collection and CHANEL necklaces. She was carrying a CHANEL bag.

Lily MCMENAMY wore a long black lace dress from the Act 1 Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.

Joséphine DE LA BAUME wore a black CHANEL jacket.

Aymeline VALADE wore a black CHANEL shirt with a long black CHANEL skirt with CHANEL shoes.

Anja RUBIK wore a purple CHANEL jumpsuit with a black CHANEL Haute-Couture top and a black CHANEL leather vest. She was wearing a CHANEL necklace and was carrying a CHANEL bag.

Aya ABU KHADRA wore a black CHANEL dress with a black glittery CHANEL jacket and CHANEL shoes. She was carrying a CHANEL Boy bag.

Sama ABU KHADRA wore a black CHANEL jacket with a CHANEL necklace. She was carrying a CHANEL clutch.

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Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket in Paris

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket is opening in Paris on November 10th, 2012.

La Petite Veste Noire
Grand Palais, Galerie Courbe
Entrance Rotonde Alexandre III
Corner Avenue Winston Churchill
Cours la Reine
75008 Paris

10.00 AM – 8.00PM from November 10th to November 25th 2012
Free admission


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November 8, 2012

Chanel’s Upcoming Show Locations: Deauville Resort 2013-14 and Scotland Pre-Fall 2013

Coco Chanel Deauville

Coco Chanel and her aunt Adrienne in front of her boutique in Deauville, 1913. Image from “Chanel, A Woman Of Her Own” by Axel Madsen.

In 1913, Chanel opened her boutique in the French resort town of Deauville. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, Chanel will host the upcoming Chanel Resort 2014 collection in Deauville. Karl Lagerfeld told WWD: “My idea is to hire a train, have dinner on the train, do the show in a ballroom and go back at night,” he said. (WWD) What a wonderful way to commemorate the anniversary!

Coco Chanel Deauville

Coco Chanel in front of her boutique in Deauville, 1913. Image from “Coco Chanel, The Legend and the Life” by Justine Picardie, p.68.

Coco Chanel Deauville

Coco Chanel in front of her boutique in Deauville, 1913. Image from “Coco Chanel, The Legend and the Life” by Justine Picardie, p.68.

Chanel has also announced that the next Métiers d’Art show will take place in December at a secret location in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Vogue UK) A few months ago I wrote about how Rosehall, an estate that Coco Chanel shared with the Duke of Westminster that was being converted into a hotel. When I first heard that the Métiers d’Art show was taking place in Scotland my first thought was that it would take place at Rosehall. Alas, the show is taking place in Edinburgh and I can only imagine that it’s because Rosehall is in the countryside in Northern Scotland. I would be surprised though if having the show in Scotland was not influenced at all by the time she spent there with the Duke of Westminster.

coco chanel duke of westminster scotland

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Bruno Pavlovsky – Chanel President of Fashion – Interview on CNN

Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at Chanel is interviewed below by CNN. Here him speak about exclusivity, new markets and the benefit of being a private company.

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November 6, 2012

Les Expressions de Chanel & Le Volume de Chanel


One new collection for holiday and a new mascara from Chanel are available now at Chanel makeup counters. I’m going to get my Illusion d’Ombre in Vision (gold) today – I’ve been waiting all year for it to come out!


Elegance is elevated to the extreme with new LE VOLUME DE CHANEL Mascara, a high-precision mascara that achieves instant volume with intense colour. In a single stroke, its innovative formula expands and plumps lashes to their fullest. Carbon black pigments deliver lush colour that adheres to lashes, while Camelia Oil nourishes, protects and moisturizes. New Chanel exclusive ‘Snowflakes’ brush articulates each lash; long bristles evenly coat lashes while small soft bristles separate and build volume, creating an eye-opening effect. The result: A modern lash look for drama that makes a bold yet elegant statement.


Eyes speak volumes with elegant eyeshadow harmonies that accentuate the dramatic new lash look of LE VOLUME DE CHANEL Mascara.

The essential eyeshadow compact with countless options, LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow introduces new shade harmonies with complementary colour. The intense shimmer of ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow debuts dramatic new hues, to highlight eyes with beautiful contrast and bold glow.

New LIGNE GRAPHIQUE DE CHANEL Liquid Eyeliner Intensity – Definition delivers precise lining and definition with extreme shine. The liquid liner formula features innovative polymers for deep colour and long-lasting wear. Delicate bristle design lets you flawlessly draw dramatic definition. In a range of three intense shades.

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November 2, 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket: Sydney Recap and Paris Preview

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition is making it’s way around the world – it recently showed in Sydney, Australia and is en route to Paris opening on November 10th at the Grand Palais. Check out the Sydney recap video and the Paris preview videos below.

Have a great weekend!

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October 31, 2012

Good Taste, Great Style – Fall-Winter 2012/13 Trends

chanel fall 2012

Photo by Olivier Saillant for Chanel

I am not a fan of cold weather. If it were possible for me to live in a place that had the city feel of New York and the climate of Hawaii, that would be the place for me. But alas, I’m in the Bay Area which is much warmer than New York (thank goodness!) but not quite Kauai.

That doesn’t mean I hate fall and winter completely. Some of my favorite holidays occur during the winter months – Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Aside from holidays, my favorite part about fall/winter is shopping for new clothes. There’s something about shopping for fall and winter clothing that makes me giddy – and it reminds me of the excitement I had when I was younger and starting a new school year (I was a nerd and loved school!).

Every fall I take stock of what I have in my closet to see what I can keep and then I look at the trends to see if there’s anything that I want to add. I try to narrow down on particular pieces to complete the overall look of what I have. Since you and I probably have different wardrobe needs, I’ve picked my top 5 fall/winter trends to add to your shopping list.

Top 5 Trends of Fall-Winter 2012/13

chanel fall 2012

1. Black Is The New Black
I would say about 85% of my wardrobe is black so this is not so much of a big deal for me but if you are usually in color, be advised that this winter would be the time to wear black – the absence of all color. I think everything looks better in black and fortunately, it’s never hard to find something black to love in a Chanel collection.

chanel fall 2012

2. Ankle-length Skinny Pants
I love this length and I think it works best with a slimmer cut pant. I felt validated when I saw this on the runway because I’ve been hemming my pants at this length lately. This lenght looks equally chic with a flat or a heel – and even a sneaker for casual days.

chanel fall 2012

3. Volumnious Coats
While the rest of your look is sleek, a good way to offset it is by pairing your slim outfit with a voluminous, oversize coat. Big coats are always so much warmer and more weather appropriate. And think of all the extra pocket space to stow away your hat, gloves and scarf on those really cold days!

chanel fall 2012

4. Statement Accessories and Jewelry
When the look is so sleek and minimalistic – especially when dressed in black – you’ll want to jazz up your look with some statement accessories, especially jewelry. Dramatic pieces are a great way to dress up an otherwise minimalist ensemble and give you versatility in creating different outfits.

chanel fall 2012

5. Lace/Sheer
Though different, I grouped lace and sheer together because often where you have one, you also have the other. Lace and sheer panels are huge for fall – especially when paired with leather. The ultra-feminine look can be seductive and chic. Just choose the color of lace wisely (black is best – see #1) and be sure to pair it with something toned-down. There’s a fine line between street chic and street walker.

If you get just one item in each category, it will be enough to get you through the season on trend. Stay warm and stylish!

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All images except as noted from Style.com.

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October 30, 2012

Interview with Isée St. John Knowles, President of Société Baudelaire

Isée St. John Knowles with Gabrielle Labrunie

Isée St. John Knowles with Gabrielle Labrunie, Coco Chanel’s great-niece
at the Baudelaire Society and Limouse Foundation headquarters.  Image from Société Baudelaire.

As part of researching Coco Chanel’s relationship with the Société Baudelaire I had the honor of conducting an exclusive interview with Isée St. John Knowles, the President of the Société Baudelaire. I asked him questions about Coco Chanel’s activities with the Société Baudelaire as well as the Muggeridge interview. Please read the interview below…

Exclusive Interview with  Isée St. John Knowles, President, Société Baudelaire

Did you ever have occasion to meet Mlle. Chanel? If so, what could you tell us about her that may not be apparent from photos and biographies? If not, what characteristics did the Société Baudelaire see in her that led them to consider her as candidate for the Honorary Presidency of the Société Baudelaire?

I never had the fortune to meet Coco Chanel, although this could have been arranged. I was a mere 19 years old when she died. Nevertheless, I have researched Chanel for many years, especially her experience of the war. Doubtless, I was impelled by the need to answer the question of Chanel’s Baudelairean authenticity. Why did Baudelaire scholars so seriously entertain her candidature for the Société Baudelaire Honorary Presidency? For Chanel herself would have disavowed any claim to being a Baudelairean exegete. Even her personal library yields no evidence of her ever having read a single critical work on Baudelaire. She had, however, read the author himself and discussed his thinking with leading Société Baudelaire authorities. Moreover, in her own ineffable way, she venerated Baudelaire even before having debated his work. In her conviction, Baudelaire stood for values which she herself had upheld in all her trials from girlhood onwards. She believed that Baudelaire’s insights conferred meaning on her own tragedies, giving her the strength to triumph over them. Not even Chanel’s detractors during the Société’s election campaign would ever have questioned her authenticity as a Baudelairean.

Are you familiar with Hal Vaughan’s recent biography of Coco Chanel, Sleeping With the Enemy? How do you respond to his accusations?

Yes, I am conversant both with Hal Vaughan’s work and with almost all the key documents upon which he constructed his case. For decades, in point of fact, these documents were known to the Société Baudelaire. You ask me how I would respond to his book: in order to sell well, an author needs to simplify the arguments. He must fight shy of historic complexities – abhorred by the average media man. Bear in mind, on the other hand, that the Chanel war story is an intricate puzzle, with many missing pieces, including dates that often defy precision and may even conflict. On such insecure foundations as these, establishing the facts will always be a challenge, and one that must be faced. You will readily appreciate the perplexity of the historian’s task in uncovering the truth about the Chanel war story when I stress that, from Vaughan’s own documentation, conclusions can legitimately be inferred about Chanel’s war conduct that are at variance – and sometimes radically in conflict – with his own. To summarise, if Vaughan has set out objectively-presented facts for his reader, his publication may be regarded as a genuine search for historical truth. If, on the other hand, it puts a construction on the facts adduced such as to infer Chanel’s purported guilt of treason and anti-Semitism, then the book should be read as a fiction targeting desperate American housewives.

Does Hal Vaughan know of the Muggeridge interview? If so, how has Hal Vaughan responded to knowledge of the Muggeridge interview of Coco Chanel?

I concede – reluctantly – that neither Vaughan nor any professional historian can fairly be taxed with failing to include the Muggeridge interview with Chanel held in September 1944. For Muggeridge himself used every possible device to deter future historians. At the meeting, he conceived an aversion for Chanel and, in his memoirs, intentionally minimised her significance. Even so, the Rue Cambon meeting provided the underlying themes for his play, Liberation. Only a historian who knew Muggeridge well – as I did – could have discovered in his compendious archives the unedited version of the Chanel interview. Through my agency, Muggeridge acquainted with its existence Jacques Soustelle and other informed witnesses, and only in its edited version. The unabridged version, which also referred to a third person’s relationship with Muggeridge, was destroyed.

Does the Société Baudelaire retain any of the sketches of Chanel’s Flowers of Evil collection or any information on the plans for the fragrance?

Some sketches for gowns chosen by Chanel to feature in her proposed collection on the Flowers of Evil were published in various fashion journals of the day. At the time, there was no inkling of their future use by the designer to interpret Baudelaire’s poems. Given minimal research into Chanel archives, the aborted fashion show for which they were intended could be reconstructed. Chanel passed on to the Baudelairean painter Limouse the full arguments justifying her choice of poems. For the fragrance, the Société was involved from its conception to its naming by Chanel.

In your opinion, does the House of Chanel still embody the philosophy of the Baudelairean Dandy?

Sadly, with Chanel’s passing, the philosophy of the Baudelairean Dandy has been altogether superseded by the cult of celebrity, as practised by the couturiers of our day. Baudelairean Dandyism is solely concerned with the disinterested aspiration of a singularly noble mind to live according to the highest ideals. And in that, Coco Chanel excelled.

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October 29, 2012

Coco Chanel and The Société Baudelaire

coco chanel charles baudelaire

A few months ago I came across a website devoted to Coco Chanel created by the Société Baudelaire. I was intrigued because I didn’t understand the connection between Coco Chanel and Charles Baudelaire, a preeminent 19th-century French poet. Upon further investigation, I realized how closely the two were linked.

Coco Chanel Discovers Charles Baudelaire

Coco Chanel became acquainted with the work of Charles Baudelaire through her love, Boy Capel, who introduced a poem called “Bludgeon the Poor” to her. For the full text of “Assommons les Pauvres!” or, “Bludgeon the Poor!” visit the French Poetry Blog. As harsh as the title may seem, the poem is about integrity and redemption and probably struck a chord with Coco Chanel who came from an impoverished background.

baudelaire flowers of evil

Coco Chanel and the Société Baudelaire

Chanel later came in contact with the Société Baudelaire later through another one of her loves the Duke of Westminster who was a Dandy (a term that Baudelaire defined). Since Dandyism has so much to do with one’s appearance and dress, Chanel wanted to be included among the designers who defined French Elegance. She brought sketches of existing designs that she felt illustrated women in several poems to the Société Baudelaire. Dubbed the Flowers of Evil collection (after a book of poems by Baudelaire), she was working on a presentation of the collection, and even a fragrance, both of which did not come to pass unfortunately. Notwithstanding, Coco Chanel began a long relationship with the Société Baudelaire that culminated with her running for president of the Société Baudelaire.

Since Coco Chanel had such a close relationship to the Société Baudelaire, it then made more sense to me why they would create a website devoted to Coco Chanel. Shortly after I found out about the website, I was contacted by a representative of the Société Baudelaire who informed me of another website created by the Société dubbed Chanel’s War, the website publishes the transcript of an interview between Coco Chanel and Malcolm Muggeridge.

Coco Chanel Interview by Malcolm Muggeridge

Malcolm Muggeridge was an MI6 agent, and the only one who interviewed Coco Chanel about her WWII activities. The interview took place in France in 1944 and for the first time, this interview is available to the public to read. In light of distasteful accusations against Coco Chanel made by authors such as Hal Vaughn, the Société Baudelaire felt compelled to defend “the goddess of Baudelairean Dandyism”. The interview is introduced by Gabrielle Labrunie (Chanel’s great-niece and author of ‘Intimate Chanel‘) and features a recent testimony from her about the interview. You can read the full Muggeridge interview of Coco Chanel about her WWII activities in full on the Chanel-Muggeridge.com.

Since it’s in her own words, I find this the most convincing evidence of her WWII activities and I am not convinced by Hal Vaughn’s arguments. I invite you to read the interview yourself and come to your own conclusions.  I would love to hear some of your responses below in the comments.

Tomorrow, I will share an interview I had the honor of conducting with Isée St. John Knowles, the President of the Société Baudelaire.


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October 22, 2012

Chanel Adds Barrie Knitwear to Its Portfolio

chanel barrie knitwear Jim Carrie and Bruno Pavlosky

Barrie Knitwear managing director Jim Carrie, left, and Chanel president Bruno Pavlosky

Scottish cashmere mill Barrie Knitwear was acquired by Chanel after Barrie’s parent company Dawson International collapsed. In a long tradition of rescuing ateliers through its Paraffection program, Chanel is a protector of fashion craftsmanship and traditions.

CHANEL’s acquisition of Barrie Knitwear in Hawick secures the jobs of all 176 employees and safeguards a historic brand known for the manufacture of high quality cashmere for some of the world’s most prestigious couture houses, department stores and private label outlets.

Bruno Pavlovsky, CHANEL’s Fashion President, said:

The acquisition of Barrie business by CHANEL is all the more natural as the factory has worked with us for more than 25 years, producing cashmere knitwear including CHANEL’s iconic two-tone cashmere cardigans. Through this acquisition, we reaffirm our commitment to traditional expertise and craftsmanship, and our wish to safeguard their future and support their development.

Blair Nimmo, head of restructuring at KPMG in Scotland and joint administrator of Dawson International Trading Ltd, said:

With the sale to CHANEL, we believe we have secured a sustainable future for a business which is of both historical significance to the textile industry and of local importance as a major employer in the Scottish Borders. We would like to thank the staff, customers and suppliers for their patience, loyalty and understanding as we worked towards achieving this sale.

The current management will continue to manage the company, with Jim Carrie as Managing Director and Clive Brown as Sales Director. Barrie will pursue its partnerships with all major luxury brands, with no exclusivity, and grow the presence of its own brands throughout the world.

Image Source: Hawick News

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