La Chanelphile

November 3, 2011

Culture Chanel Website & Beijing Exhibit

Culture Chanel WebsiteBack in January I posted about the Chanel Culture exhibit in Shanghai and the accompanying micro site.  On November 5 through December 13, the exhibit will be shown in Beijing, China at the National Art Museum of China.  You can see images from the exhibit in my previous post on the Chanel Culture exhibit.

Culture Chanel WebsiteIf you won’t be in China any time soon or haven’t had time to pick up one of the many new Coco Chanel biographies, the Chanel Culture micro site is a great place to visit.  The website is fully interactive with replicas of each of the subsections of the exhibit, has photos, audio and never -before-seen videos.  My favorite part of the site is a section for kids (or big kids) which features a Chanel memory game and a Chanel coloring book!  I’m definitely printing out the coloring book images to save for my Tiny Dancer when she is older.  You can view the micro site at http://culture.chanel.com/

Culture Chanel Website

Culture Chanel Website

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September 29, 2011

Luxury Online Sales Boosted by Fashion Bloggers & Social Media

Reuters has reported that new research indicates that fashion bloggers will help propel online sales to over $15 billion (€11 billion) by 2015.  Italian luxury foundation Altagamma stated in its “Digital Luxury Experience” report that online luxury sales only account for 2.6 percent of the market but is growing at a rate of 20%.  Moreover, “[b]logs and social media are setting trends more than fashion critics, with one out of two customers turning to Facebook or Twitter for advice before buying.”  I’ve always had a feeling about the power of social media but now we have some actual figures to note.

Luxury fashion brands, normally the brands setting the trends, have lagged behind when it comes to adopting social media.  It’s understandable.  Many of these brands are based around the idea of exclusivity and social media is quite the opposite of that.  How can a brand be everywhere and exclusive at the same time?

It’s not impossible.  Brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tiffany and Gucci have a strong online presence – you can purchase online and interact with these brands on Facebook and Twitter.  Being “available” online has not hurt the brands, rather, it gives their customers more convenient ways of shopping – what’s more luxurious than not having to get off your couch to order a $5000 handbag?

I would also suggest that being available online also opens the doors to new generations of customers – customers that are practically born with smart phones in their hands.  Many luxury brands have a very loyal following – why not start appealing to customers when they are young?  Many loyal brand customers start out as aspirational shoppers.  Perhaps she can’t afford the 2.55 but she purchases Le Vernis or sunglasses or earrings.  If you can appeal to that customer when she is young – and get her attention online (where other brands are getting her attention) you may have a loyal customer for life.  In a year she may be buying shoes or saving up for a 2.55 or a tweed jacket.  My point is, if luxury brands are making the move online, then the brands that don’t make the move are going to be left behind.

Chanel has done a nice job with their online presence.  They’ve been a bit slow to act, but when they do, their online presence is well executed.  Chanel Beauté is sold online and Chanel has introduced Chanel News (it’s own blog) Makeup Confidential (a beauty website), a Youtube page and a Facebook page.  Chanel is not on Twitter and I am patiently waiting for the day that I can click the “follow” link.  I just hope they do it soon because the younger set is increasingly far removed from knowing about the history of the brand.  With other brands copying the signature looks of the Chanel brand, if the copycat brands make themselves more available to younger consumers, Chanel may miss out on breeding a new generation of Chanelphiles.

**UPDATE 9.30.11**

-Two readers from Europe pointed out that the Chanel e-commerce is available only in the U.S.

-Chanel has also released an iPhone app in addition to all the other social media listed above.

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August 26, 2011

Book Review: Chanel by Jean Leymarie

chanel by jean leymarieIf 2009 was the year of Chanel films, then 2011 is the year of Chanel books.  Originally published in 1987, Jean Leymarie, a French art historian, wrote Eternal Chanel, a work that elevated Coco Chanel’s place in history from fashion designer to artist.  The work was out of print for some time but earlier this year, the work was re-printed with a cover redesigned by Philippe Apeloig.

I recently purchased Chanel by Jean Leymarie and it now holds a dear place in my Chanel library.  Part art book, part biography, Chanel is unlike other books on Coco Chanel because of it’s approach.  Rather than detail her life story, Leymarie set out “to provide a general overview of Chanel’s creative history and evolution within the context of the artistic world of her time.”  (Chanel, Jean Leymarie, p.7).  The book starts off with a brief history of fashion beginning in Ancient Egypt to modern day.  Then the book reviews art movements and key moments in Chanel’s career.

Chanel by Jean Leymarie is a lovely book because you can see Chanel’s work alongside popular art movements of the time.  Providing a context to see Chanel’s work, you are transported through time to a different era.  Chanel has many photos I have not seen published in other books, as well as old favorites.  I am so happy I bought this book and I know it will be a book that I refer to often.  You can purchase Chanel by Jean Leymarie on Amazon.com.

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August 24, 2011

31 Rue Cambon: Chanel Magazine Fall-Winter 2011

31 rue cambon chanel magazine fall winter 2011So many goodies in the mail lately!  Last week I received a copy of Chanel’s Magazine 31 Rue Cambon.  Like anything they produce, the Fall-Winter 2011 issue of 31 Rue Cambon is exquisitely crafted.  The magazine gives an inside glimpse to the collections and has gorgeous close up photos of the Fall-Winter 2011 Haute Couture collection.  The issue also includes sketches by Karl Lagerfeld and articles on the new J12 Titanium watch, shoe atelier Massaro, Fall-Winter 2011 Ready-toWear collection, the Mademoiselle bag, Les Exclusifs de Chanel and other cosmetics, among other highlights from the season.  I love flipping through the pages and seeing all of the Chanel eye candy page after page.  I’m definitely adding 31 Rue Cambon to my Chanel library.

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August 5, 2011

New Chanel Biography Coming Soon: Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney

Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life

Everyone’s going cuckoo for Coco lately.  She’s always intrigued and her influence is far reaching, but the past few years have seen a tremendous surge of media devoted to Mademoiselle Chanel.  In the past three years we’ve seen two feature films (Coco Avant Chanel and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky), a made-for-tv movie (terrible) and several biographies including Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie and a re-issue of Paul Morand’d biography, Coco Chanel.  Lisa Chaney is throwing her hat into the mix with a new biography out this November entitled, Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life.

Part of the intrigue of Coco Chanel was that she was a habitual liar and her life story changed each time she told it.  Habitual liar is maybe not the correct phrase, but she was a master of creating a persona – one that we are all still obsessed with today so it seems she was quite successful at it, non?  Lisa Chaney would like to shed some light on areas that are otherwise clouded and she “claims to have concrete evidence that the designer used drugs, embraced bisexuality and had an affair with Salvador Dalí while he was married.”  From that sentence alone I feel like Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, may read more like a tabloid than a biography but only time will tell.  Press copies go out in October so I will let you know then.  In the mean time, if you can’t wait, Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

Source: WWD

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June 15, 2011

Strike A Pose, There’s Nothing To It

chanel strike a pose
Peter Philips strikes again! Not only is he a makeup magician but he seems to have a knack for creating makeup videos. In his latest video, Strike A Pose, Philips updates iconic Chanel images from old Chanel ad campaigns and juxtaposes them with the ads themselves – creating a collage of timeless beauty. It’s a beautiful video and every time I watch it I can’t help but wonder how the model was able to line up the tears so seamlessly.

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March 22, 2009

Vogue Paris March 09 Issue: All Things Coco Chanel


t’s been a while since I’ve had time to go to the bookstore and check out some magazines and I’m so glad I went when I did. I was able to still get a copy of Vogue Paris’ March issue which is devoted to all things Chanel. The cover is gorgeous and is an homage to the cover of Vogue Italia from 1992 that Steven Meisel shot. Now, I just need to learn how to read French. Image Source for 1992 Cover

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March 16, 2009

I Want Candy! Massimo Gammacurta’s Logo Lollipops

chanel lollipop
Fashion photographer Massimo Gammacurta’s photos are clever and ingenious in their simplicity. His work is extraordinarily beautiful, and no matter what the subject, you can expect a level of sophistication that you rarely find anywhere else. His newest project is called “Sweet Fashion, Lick Your Way To Success,” where he’s borrowed some of the world’s most iconic luxury logos and made them into lolipops! Gammacurta released these during fashion week and made lollipops using the Chanel, Gucci, YSL and Louis Vuitton logos. The lollipops come in flavors such as watermelon, pomegranate, caramel, lilac, wild cherry and green apple. Talk about the ultimate luxury – these would be fleeting, yet utterly decadent treats!

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February 11, 2009

Chanel Liquidated by Zevs

ZEVS, is the conceptual artist behind the Liquidated Chanel Logo (Zurich, 2007) above. He also created a chilling performance art video of the piece using a female back as his canvas.

Also, take a look around ZEVS site while you’re there. It’s a great take on the Google layout.

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October 22, 2008

Douglas Kirkland Coco Chanel 1962

Last Friday, I attended the opening of Westwood Gallery’s exhibition of Douglas Kirkland’s intimate and never before seen photos of Coco Chanel at work taken over 3 weeks in 1962. At the young age of 27, Douglas Kirkland, at the time a staff photographer for Look Magazine, and who is best known for his famous photographs of Marilyn Monroe, spent an unprecedented amount of time behind the scenes with Mademoiselle Chanel capturing her intense daily routine of designing, fitting models, seeing clients and meeting friends.

This exhibition will be open until November 29th, 2008, and I highly recommend seeing it in person if you would like to experience the passionate inner workings of the process of the one and only Coco Chanel.

The photos are also available in this book by Douglas Kirkland, Coco Chanel: Three Weeks 1962.

All photos are copywritten in 1962 by Douglas Kirkland, and printed in 2008. Most of the following photo descriptions came from the gallery, when I could capture them.

Westwood Gallery
568 Broadway, NYC

Coco Chanel at her private apartment at the House of Chanel

Model Betty Catroux presenting a Chanel outfit, at the House of Chanel. Betty Catroux was the muse of Yves Saint Laurent. This is one of the photographs that Kirkland had to present to Chanel before she gave him permission and access to photograph her.

Model presenting a Chanel outfit at the House of Chanel.

Coco Chanel, models and staff during a celebration after the show in the dressing rooms of the House of Chanel.

Mademoiselle Chanel at work, creating designs for the upcoming August 1962 collections.

Coco Chanel with Douglas Kirkland, during the after party of the fashion presentation, in the dressing rooms of the House of Chanel.

Coco Chanel wearing her most famous accessory, the Chanel sunglasses, on a trip to Versailles together with Douglas Kirkland.

Coco Chanel in the street, walking from the Ritz to the House of Chanel, rue Cambon.

Coco Chanel making the final adjustments on a model before the show.

Coco Chanel at work.

Coco Chanel at her private apartment at the House of Chanel

During the fashion presentation, models show the latest creations of the House of Chanel.

The first time Coco Chanel acknowleged Douglas Kirkland and allowed him to start photographing her in the Atelier and in her private quarters.

Mademoiselle Chanel at work in the Atelier, creating Haute Couture designs for the upcoming August collections.

Coco Chanel on the telephone.

Mademoiselle Chanel at work creating designs for the upcoming August 1962 collections.

She is smoking a Gauloise, a lifelong habit.

Coco Chanel in her private apartment, hiding behind a valuable Coromandel screen, adorned with Camellias, her favorite flower. In the foreground, Chanel model Jackie Rodgers. Mlle Chanel became so comfortable and enamored of the photographer she was playful and relaxed in many photographs.

Coco Chanel in her private apartment at the House of Chanel. She demonstrates to the photographer her favorite restful position.

Coco Chanel with Mme Claude Pompidou, wife of Georges Pompidou, Prime Minister of France, and later President.

Coco Chanel preparing for the Defile (show) of the new collection in the dressing rooms of the House of Chanel, 2nd floor.

Coco Chanel in the Atelier, rue Cambon.

Coco Chanel surrounded by models and staff, during the celebration after the show, in the dressing room at the House of Chanel.

Mademoiselle Chanel was famous for watching the Defile sitting on the stairs and observing the crowd’s reaction through the kaleidoscopic mirrors. The photographer’s reflection can be seen in the mirror.

Coco Chanel walking from the Ritz, her home for 20 years, to the House of Chanel. At first Kirkland decided not to get too close, and observe her from a distance.

Coco Chanel at work, in the dressing rooms of the House of Chanel. Her unique sense of fashion led her to mix costume jewelry with gems and pearls. She designed her own line of costume jewelry inspired by the art deco movement in the 1930’s. Here, she is wearing $69,000 pearls.

Coco Chanel in her private apartment at the House of Chanel, wearing her trademark suit and hat.

Coco Chanel at work, creating designs for the August collection. She explains to Kirkland “I design for the bustline, I want to see the girl underneath the fabric.”

This is Kirkland’s last memory of Chanel, seeing her from a distance on the last day of his trip to Paris, while they were taking a walk in Versailles.

“Chanel No. 5″ by Bryan El Castillo
Oil, mixed media on canvas

Photographer Douglas Kirkland

Douglas Kirkland signs a book for a fan.

The King, and I.
(Rockin’ Mama’s Pearls in honor, that’s right!)

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