La Chanelphile

April 10, 2012

KARL Inspired DIY Pearl and Lace Collars

DIY lace collar

DIY Lace Collar worn with KARL by Karl Lagerfeld brooch

Collars are huge for spring and I was inspired by the KARL by Karl Lagerfeld collection to make some of my own. Starting at over $100 a pop they can get pretty pricey but you can make your own for about $10 each. Be forewarned, I’m short on time and I know everyone doesn’t have or know how to use a sewing machine so I tried to find the easiest way possible to make these collars.

diy lace collar

Tools you'll need to make the DIY Lace Collar

DIY Lace Collar Tools:
Collared shirt (I got mine for $3 at a thrift store)
Lace (or fabric of your choosing)
Double-sided Fusible Tape

1. With a scissor cut the collar off the shirt – be sure to not cut off the stand – the back part of the collar that rests against your neck. Try to cut as close to the seam as possible. If you have a sewing machine you can un-stitch the collar off and then sew the seam closed.

2. Using the collar as a pattern, cut the fabric based on the shape of your collar. Be sure to leave extra fabric on the sides where you will wrap fabric around the back of the collar. You don’t have to cover the entire underside of the collar but you can. It you opt not to then try the collar on before you cut the fabric so you are sure of the areas that are visible when worn.

3. Each brand of tape may have different instructions so go by what is listed with the product you choose. According to the tape instructions, apply the tap and fabric to the collar to all of the areas of the collar that are visible when worn.

That’s it!

DIY Pearl Collar

DIY Pearl Collar worn with vintage bow tie

DIY Lace Collar Tools:
Collared shirt (I got mine for $3 at a thrift store)
Embellishing Glue

1. With a scissor cut the collar off the shirt – be sure to not cut off the stand – the back part of the collar that rests against your neck. Try to cut as close to the seam as possible. If you have a sewing machine you can un-stitch the collar off and then sew the seam closed.

2. If you have lots of time on your hands and are crafty with a needle and thread, the best way to apply the pearls is by sewing each one on individually. If you have no time for that, then just simply apply glue to the collar and then place the pearls on the glue. Go in small sections so the glue doesn’t start drying before you get the pearls on the collar. Let the collar dry according to the glue instructions.

That’s it!

diy pearl collar

Tools you'll need to make the DIY Pearl Collar

I hope you get inspired to make your own – all you have to do is choose a collar shape that you like and your favorite embellishment (beads? feathers? rhinestones? faux fur? sequins?) and go to town. Have fun getting crafty!

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Filed under: Chanel DIY,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 9:05 am

March 25, 2012

Chanel Links: Big Giant Update!

Lots of Chanel news the past month that I didn’t get to post for one reason or another but is still post-worthy – check out my round-up of not-to-be-missed Chanel news….

Not everyone can afford Chanel – here’s how to make your own. The Londoner

jennifer anniston chanel walk of fame

Jennifer Anniston wore Chanel to her Walk of Fame Ceremony.  Socialite Life

Rose Byrne wore a dazzling Chanel cuff to the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony. Jewel Snob

lindsay lohan chanel ear muffs

Lindsay Lohan kept warm this winter with Chanel ear muffs. Daily Mail

coco chanel la pausa foyer

Last August I mentioned that Coco Chanel’s vacation home, La Pausa, was for sale.  Well, it’s been scooped up off the market for an undisclosed amount but the property was listed for about €40 million.  Riviera Times

There has been some controversy about the crystal cuffs shown at the Chanel Fall 2012 show – some say that Chanel ripped off Pamela Love.  I don’t think they did anything intentional but Chanel has refused to produce the cuffs.  Whatever. I don’t think the Pamela Love cuffs are all that original – they’re fancy versions of flea market crystal jewelry (just my 2 cents).  Fashionista

Word on the street is that Chanel has received approval to design a new store on Bond Street in London that will also be the new U.K. headquarters for the brand. You can bet there will be some cool exclusive product and parties when this boutique opens up. Vogue UK

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March 1, 2012

Chanails! March Madness Style

Each month MISS, La Chanelphile’s sister site, releases a desktop image and monthly calendar for free download. The theme of the calendar is “Nails Did” and each month we match a manicure to a designer accessory.  To celebrate March Madness we decided to don Chanel pearl knuckles and play some ball – with a Chanel basketball of course!  We also brought out an A-team of Chanel’s fragrance heavy hitters, including Jersey Numbers 5, 19, 28 and 31, definitely the most chic basketball jerseys I’ve ever seen. For links to download the free desktop and calendar please visit MISS.

Chanel Basketball & Chanel Pearl Knuckles: Liz Baca
Photographer: Amanda Lopez
Nail Artist: Liz Baca
Nail Assistant: Lila Robles
Model: Mayra Ramirez
Producer: Gabriella Khorasanee, La Chanelphile

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Filed under: Chanel DIY,Chanel Nail Colour,Photo Shoots — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 3:47 pm

February 28, 2012

DIY Chanel-Inspired Pearl Hair Pins

diy chanel pearl hair pin

I came across this great DIY post on Honestly WTF and thought I would share.  Learn how to make Chanel-inspired pearl hair pins reminiscent of the ones seen on the models at the Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear runway presentation.  I think I might have to try this.  Let me know if you try it and how it comes out – feel free to post pictures in the comments!


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Filed under: Chanel DIY — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 12:32 pm

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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