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December 21, 2010

12 Days of Chanel: Chanel Watches

What time is it? It’s time to get Chanel!!  Chanel watches are some of the most gorgeous watches I have seen.  From the feminine Camelia watches, to the Art Deco 1932 series, from the delicate Première to the oft-imitated ceramic J12, Chanel watches are some of the most, uniquely beautiful watches around.  These lovely timepieces don’t come cheap and are expensive as they are gorgeous.  I don’t foresee myself getting one of these – ever – but they will forever be on my wish list!

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December 13, 2010

12 Days of Chanel: Brooches

Nothing says ladylike elegance like a brooch. Added almost anywhere, a brooch can jazz up an ensemble and give you a polished look. Most often found on lapels, you can add a brooch to sweater sets, blazers, or outerwear. You can even fashion a hairpiece, or update a belt or fasten a scarf with a brooch. Every season Chanel releases at least one Camelia brooch and one double-C brooch. A Chanel brooch is a lovely way to add a bit of luxury to your looks without breaking the bank.

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December 12, 2010

12 Days of Chanel: Camelia Fine Jewelry Collection

The holidays are fast approaching and I’m counting down with the 12 Days of Chanel – a list of Chanel gift ideas that any Chanelphile will love.  From diamonds to nail polish, there are plenty of Chanel options for every budget.  I thought I’d start with a bang and show you some new pieces from the Chanel Camelia Fine Jewelry collection.  All the pieces are in 18 carat white gold and some include diamonds.   The Camelia collection can be found at these Chanel Fine Jewelry Boutiques:

California: Beverly Hills & Costa Mesa

Florida: Bal Harbour & Palm Beach

Hawaii: Honolulu

Las Vegas: Bellagio & Encore

New York: Madison Avenue & 57th Street

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April 12, 2010

New CHANEL Fine Jewelry: Camélia Ajouré

The seeming simplicity of a masterpiece is sure proof of its grace. – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

New CHANEL Fine Jewelry: Camélia Ajouré

Anyone familiar with the Chanel brand knows that the Camélia is one of the brands symbols because it was Coco Chanel’s favorite flower.  It is said that she was drawn to the flower’s simplicity – with neither scent or thorns – the Camélia’s beauty lies in its perfect order of petals.

Chanel has long had fine jewelry collections featuring the Camélia – one of my favorites being the gorgeous time pieces.  Now, Chanel introduces Camélia Ajouré – a new collection of striking fine jewelry – all with the Camélia motif.

New CHANEL Fine Jewelry: Camélia Ajouré

The pieces in the collection feature rings, cuffs, necklaces and earrings in 18K white gold and 18K yellow gold.  Some pieces are adorned with diamonds, while others in black onyx and white agate.  The most striking pieces feature black and white diamonds – swoon!  Most of the pieces are classical interpretations of the Camélia but there is one ring that is a bit more of an abstract design. One of my favorite designs is a “remix” of the infamous Chanel Comètes Necklace with a Camélia replacing the star and a singular diamond drop replacing the the 3 strands of diamonds.

All of the pieces are gorgeous but since they are fine jewelry they definitely don’t come cheap.  For now, I’ll have to settle for the costume jewelry but I can dream can’t I?

New CHANEL Fine Jewelry: Camélia Ajouré

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December 5, 2009

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai
The much anticipated Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai collection was shown today in Shanghai and like past Métiers D’Art collections, Karl Lagerfeld took us on a journey to another time and place. It turns out the silent film he wrote and directed did indeed give us a glimpse of some of the time periods in China’s history that inspired some pieces, namely the 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s and traditional imagery from the Imperial Court.

The collection featured Chinoiserie at its best with borrowed elements including the utilitarian military looks of Communist China, cheongsam gowns, Coolie straw hats, and accents of red and yellow. The collection was very luxurious with pendant earrings and hair pieces, camelia leather leggings, sculptural coats and shaggy furs. It wouldn’t be a Chanel show without the usual suspects: camelias galore, the iconic 2.55 handbag, and the signature tweed suit.

The collection is beautiful and I can’t wait to see detail shots of the accessories and nail colors. My favorite item in the collection by far are the leather camelia leggings – they are sexy, feminine and so necessary in my closet! More images from the collection below, as well as a video of the runway show set against the backdrop of the beauty of Shanghai.

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai

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