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June 23, 2010

Chanel Fall 2010 Beauty Collection

Chanel Fall 2010 Beauty Collection

A few months ago we showed you images from the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear Collection and we’ve recently received info on the Fall 2010 Cosmetics collection.  You may recall the snowy theme of the Fall 2010 collection and Peter Philips worked closely with Karl Lagerfeld to come up with a beauty collection worthy of an ice princess.

The Fall 2010 collection features makeup that will give you a bold eye, while keeping cheeks and lips soft.  The nails steal the show again this season with a new must-have color called Paradoxal, a greyish-violet that will leave beauty mavens clamoring at makeup counters.

The collection will be available in stores in July 2010.

Chanel Fall 2010 Beauty Collection

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May 20, 2010

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show – St. Tropez

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show - St. Tropez

Last week, Chanel debuted its 2010-2011 Cruise collection in St. Tropez and like his previous collections that show in special locales, this Cruise Collection took inspiration from the myth and magic of the diamond of the French Riviera.

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show - St. Tropez
The St. Tropez Chanel Cruise Collection has a very laid back vibe – very fitting since technically these are vacation clothes. Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by iconic St. Tropez moments – from the Brigitte Bardot’s St. Tropez of the 50s and 60s to Mick and Bianca Jagger’s wedding in the 1970s. These moments translated to fashion cues from mod shift mini dresses, high-waisted bell bottoms and an all white suit (a nod to Bianca Jagger’s YSL wedding suit).

The collection also included fun denim pieces, cropped jackets and sweaters, and beautiful flowing pastel chiffon pieces. Crocheted pieces evoked fishing nets used in the waters of St. Tropez. This seasons interpretation of tweed saw it mixed with metallics and sheers. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a view of the accessories but I’m sure they won’t disappoint.

To coincide with the launch of the collection Karl Lagerfeld produced a film, Remember Now. The short film was shot in St. Tropez and does a good job of bringing the inspiration to life. You can view the video and see the full collection below…

Images via Style – Gigi Iorio agency News Press Photo

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Gently Used Chanel Bags on Sale NOW at Portero.com

Gently Used Chanel Bags on Sale at Portero.com

Portero.com just launched a sale of gently used Chanel bags – the handbags will surely move quickly so make sure you check out the sale soon!  The cost of Chanel bags can be way out of your league so this may be a good way to enter the market. Happy Shopping!

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Filed under: Chanel Handbags — Tags: , , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 9:43 am

May 3, 2010

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Chanel Cruise collections are always shown in a beautiful vacation locales from Miami to Venice.  For the upcoming 2010 Chanel Cruise show, Karl Lagerfeld is presenting the collection in France’s St. Tropez.  Situated in the French Riviera, St. Tropez is a glamorous vacation destination that’s a “playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires.” (Wikipedia)  Brigitte Bardot used to spend quite some time there and I wonder if she will inspire any part of the collection.

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Image: Chanel News

Karl Lagerfeld was in St. Tropez recently shooting the Chanel Cruise 2010 film to accompany the launch of the collection.  The cast includes actors “Elisa Sednaoui and Pascal Greggory in the leading roles alongside Jean-Roch, as well as models closely related to the House of Chanel: Freja Beha, Jake Davies, Magdalena Frackowiak, Baptiste Giabiconi, Sébastien Jondeau, Karolina Kurkova, Abbey Lee, Leigh Lezark and Heidi Mount.” (Chanel News)

Within recent seasons, Karl has added films to his repertoire to launch collections.  I think they do a wonderful job of bringing the collection and inspiration to life and I can’t wait to see this!  Stay tuned for the 11th!  For more behind the scenes images taken by actor Pascal Greggory, visit the Chanel News photo gallery.

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April 6, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld Coca Cola Light

Karl Lagerfeld Coca Cola Light

Karl Lagerfeld Coca Cola Light

Everything Karl Lagerfeld touches turns to gold – er, or black and white. The newest Karl Lagerfeld collectible to add to the list? Coca Cola Light.

Karl Lagerfeld has designed an aluminum bottle with his unmistakable (now slender) silhouette. The bottle comes in a chic limited edition box with a bottle opener. You can get the Karl Lagerfeld Coca Cola Light bottle at Colette – coming soon on April 24th!

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March 30, 2010

Chanel Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Makeup Collection

Chanel Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Makeup Collection

In December, Chanel presented the Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai collection in Shanghai.  The Métiers D’Art collections are always my favorite because Karl always takes us to exotic locales and the pieces are always exquisitely crafted by the artisans and craftsmen that the house of Chanel is know for working with.

Each season, Peter Philips creates a beauty collection to accompany the fashion collection and for this year’s Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai Collection he created Noir et Or (“Black & Gold”).  Noir et Or takes cues from the apparel and accessories collection that featured jet black with gilded gold accents.

Chanel Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Makeup Collection

I’m very excited about this collection because for the first time, Chanel is offering a black matte nail colour called Black Velvet ($25).  The other Le Vernis colors include Gold Lamé, a Satiny gold nail color ($25) and Illusion d‘or, a transparent sparkling gold nail color ($25).  Though Chanel is no stranger to gold nail polish, Gold Lamé and Illusion d‘or are different than the Gold Fiction and Or de Russe (”Russian Gold” from the Paris-Moscou collection).  Gold Lamé looks like a more subtle version of Gold Fiction and Illusion d‘or is clear with just a hint of gold sparkle.  I definitely can’t wait to get my claws on all of these!

For eyes, Chanel is releasing Ligne et Ombre de Chanel in Jet-Gold, a matte black eyeliner and sparkling gold eyeshadow ($45).  I love the juxtaposition of matte black with lustrous gold.  Chanel herself was said to wear gold eyeshadow – one of my favorite eyeshadow colors.

Noir et Or will be on counters later this week for April 2010 and will be sold exclusively at Chanel boutiques, Chanel Makeup Studios and on Chanel.com.

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March 29, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Image Source: The Greyest Ghost

Last week the fashion community was atwitter on twitter. Why? Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel crew were spotted in the streets of the Lower East Side of New York shooting the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear campaign.  The models on set included Karl’s girl of the moment Freja Beha Erichsen, as well as Abbey Lee Kershaw. It’s not everyday that you get to see Karl Lagerfeld on the streets of New York – I wish I was there to see it with my own eyes! For more behind the scenes images – and close ups of the Chanel Autumn/Winter collection visit The Greyest Ghost.

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Les Pop-Up De Chanel Summer 2010 Makeup Collection

LES POP-UP DE CHANEL SUMMER 2010 MAKEUP COLLECTION

LES POP-UP DE CHANEL SUMMER 2010 MAKEUP COLLECTION

Coco Chanel made tans chic, and now Peter Philips had concocted a summer cosmetics collection that will make bronzed skin glow.  Inspired by Mademoiselle’s idyllic seaside vista, Les Pop-Up De Chanel, boasts a fresh crops of colors that will surely be the cult favorites of the summer.  Neon pink, sunny coral and brilliant turquoise are sure to complement any glowing tan (faux or not).

The limited edition collection features Soleil Tan de Chanel (Moisturizing Bronzing Powder), Rouge Allure (Luminous Satin Lip Color $32), Aqualumière (Sheer Color Lipshine SPF 15 $29), Aqualumière Gloss (High Shine Sheer Concentrate $27), Gloss Fluo de Chanel (Brilliant Lip Shine $27), Lèvres Scintillantes (Glossimer $27) and Le Vernis (Nail Colour $23).

I’m especially loving Le Vernis Nail Colour in Nouvelle Vague – it’s a bit reminiscent of the ever-popular Jade but it’s a bit more blue evoking the Mediterranean Sea. All of these colors looks great together and will take you from the beach to le club. Les Pop-Up De Chanel Summer 2010 Makeup Collection hits stores in May 2010. I know I can’t wait to get my Nouvelle Vague!

LES POP-UP DE CHANEL SUMMER 2010 MAKEUP COLLECTION

LES POP-UP DE CHANEL SUMMER 2010 MAKEUP COLLECTION

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March 11, 2010

Karl’s Two Cents: WWD Chats with Karl Lagerfeld

Uncle Karl does not stop! Soon after the presentation of his icy Chanel Fall 2010 Ready to Wear collection, he sat down to chat with WWD. What follows below is the interview republished from WWD:

What is your take on the fashion system today?
We are in the middle of change, like the movies changed. There will be a change from two-dimensions to three-dimensions, just as films went from silent to talking. This is a very interesting period. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. These are our times, and if you start to fight against them, you are lost. You are a loser or a has-been.

How do you deal with the speed of fashion today, the endless seasons, etc.?
We live in a speedy world. We are here to make the products light and modern. If speed is too much for you, don’t complain. That’s our world. We are not in the old days with two couture collections a year. At Chanel, we have six ready-to-wear collections, in fact: fall, pre-fall, métiers d’art, spring, pre-spring and cruise, and so the merchandise in the stores changes every two months. We reduce the time as much as we can. Creativity is not an issue. If you are not capable of doing it, you do another job. Doing fashion today is like being a racecar driver. That’s how I see it. So if the world of today doesn’t fit with your creativity, do your thing in an intimate, small way, but don’t play the victim. We have to fit in to our times.

That said, you’re not a fan of online retail.

I don’t believe in selling luxury online because shopping is pleasant. E-commerce deprives people of the pleasure of shopping in beautiful shops. And you know, fashion is not only what the clothes are made of — it’s the feeling of luxury where you shop, how you shop, the way parcels are beautifully wrapped. (Online) there are too many fakes, too many copies. Originals still have to be seen and touched. Because expensive clothes are not only about the look. It’s also about the touch.

You don’t use Twitter or other social media.

But I have nothing against it. I buy computers because they are beautiful objects. Personally, I don’t use them that much, but I don’t use cell phones and Blackberries and all that. It’s not because I want to be cut off from the world, but because I have different priorities. I like to do everything myself. I know pretty well about dressmaking — a technique that is difficult to get, as you know. My eyes are open, but they are not limited to a screen. For me, the world is a huge screen. That’s how I see it.

If the show calendar were to be reworked, what would be the perfect timing?

They should do men and women together [in January and June]. The men, why they are so early? Men’s clothes are much easier to produce than women’s clothes. So why don’t they do it all together? That would be wonderful. I think men and women should be in the same time together, 10 days or a week. Some people should make beautiful showroom presentations instead of doing poor-looking big shows. I’m very much against runway collections that nobody buys and who don’t exist. Everything you see on the Chanel runway, you get in the showroom.

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Filed under: Chanel Culture — Tags: , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 12:52 pm

Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear


Image: Chanel News

At Chanel, no expense is ever spared and the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear show was no exception. For starters, a 265-ton iceberg was imported from Sweden to the Grand Palais for the Chanel show.   Sitting in a shallow pool of water and reaching 28 feet high, 35 ice sculptors took six days to carve the iceberg to form the perfect peaks and valleys.  Needless to say, the room was kept chilly to keep the ice from melting and the tone was set for the show.

The show opened with what I would call polar bear costumes – full fur bodysuits.  For PETA’s sake, all of the fur in the show was faux – and there was a lot of it!  I have to say that I did not like these polar bear outfits at all.  I think they look ridiculous and unless you are dressing up as a polar bear for Halloween, or are living on the Arctic Circle, I have no idea why or where you would wear these furry jumpsuits.

Thankfully, the collection did not just include fuzzy costumes.  The highlight of the show – apparel wise – was the interpretation of tweed and knits to go along with the faux fur theme/cold weather theme.  The tweeds had fur, lace, yarn and tulle – and some even had stone embellishments.  The knits ranged from sweaters, dresses, and tights and looked cozy chic.

My favorite part of the collection was the accessories (no surprise there).  Necklaces, cuffs, earrings and hair pieces dripped with metals, stones, yarn and faux ice.  I especially loved the bracelet with metal and yarn fringe (pictured above).  The boots looked like they had spats attached to them which I also loved.  The fur boots – like the jumpsuits – I did not love, but I appreciated the cleverness of the “ice” heels.  The highlight of the accessories were of course the handbags.  From fur covered, to faux ice appliqued onto a bag with melting double CC’s the bags were exquisite.  My favorite was a play on the famous Chanel quilted pattern that actually looked like ice cubes.

The hair was big, teased and a bit messy, perhaps evoking the static of hat head in the winter?  I loved the eye makeup that was black and applied in a bit of a sporadic light, almost feather pattern.  The rest of the face was kept pretty bare and nude, as well as the nails.  As always, curious to see what the actual nail color will be – I’m sure it will cause a stir just like prior colors de jour.

View the rest of the collection below.

Runway Images: Style
Image Layout: Feesh

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