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January 28, 2011

Diane Kruger in Spring 2011 Chanel Haute Couture

Talk about clout! A mere two days after the Chanel Spring 2011 Haute Couture show, Diane Kruger was spotted wearing one of the looks to a charity dinner in Paris. She kept the look bare with a bracelet, a pair of black heels and a cute black clutch. The look on the runway was paired with those gorgeous pointy toe flats that all the models wore and large post earrings. Kruger even sported a similar hairstyle to the one on the runway. I like the idea of not wearing a necklace because the neckline of the dress is so pretty but I think she could have worn some earrings (if she wore some, then I can’t see them and maybe something more noticeable would have been nice).

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January 27, 2011

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2011 – The Day Before the Show

I could watch the behind the scenes stuff all day…

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January 26, 2011

Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011 Full Fashion Show

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January 25, 2011

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2011 Review

“Fashion is about two things: the evolution and the opposite.”
-Karl Lagerfeld

Today, Chanel presented the Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines. Inspired by the paintings of Marie Laurencin, notably a portrait of Mlle. Chanel.  The soft pastel colors, especially pinks and greys were brought to life from the paintings on to the runway.  Much of the collection featured day clothes with Karl Lagerfeld noting, “Life is not a cocktail party.”  (WWD, Chanel Spring Couture 2011, 1.25.11).  The collection featured lots of skinny pants and jeans – some worn under tweed suits.  I like the pants on their own but didn’t love them under skirts.  I don’t like that when hippys do it and layering pants under a skirt – even in Chanel Haute Couture – doesn’t make it ok.

The tweed suits, as well as many of the blouses and dresses, featured a strong shoulder albeit a rounded strong shoulder.  The silhouette of the suit was also different from the traditional suit – some jackets were longer when paired with pants.  Other jackets had an array of colors – some with lapels, some shawl collars, some without collars.  The ever present sheer trend made an appearance as well, in the form of sequined sheer pants, sheer dresses and sheer tops.  The softness of the fabric echoed the softness of the pastel palette.  Though the collection included many day looks, Karl did not disappoint when it came to the evening looks.  Mainly gowns, they spanned the spectrum of very full, to flowy to sparkling dress pants.

Usually my favorite aspect of the Chanel collections – the accessories – were kept to a minimum in this presentation.  But the simplicity of the accessories made the ones present that much more powerful.  The ballet flats were pointy and cut straight across the foot which made for a very dainty, yet sexy look.  I love these flats!  I also love the black ribbon chokers, which upon further study revealed that the ribbon was tied into the hair at the bottom of the slightly intentionally messy french twists.  The black ribbons seemed to be inspired by the painting of Mlle. Chanel where against the soft pastels there is a black scarf wrapped loosely around her neck.  Finally, the angled eyeliner, in navy blue and black, played off nicely against the softness and roundness of the collection.  View the entire collection in the gallery below.

First Image: Chanel News
All Other Images: Style

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Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2011 Inspiration: Paintings of Marie Laurencin

WWD reported that Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the paintings of Marie Laurencin, namely the portrait she did of Mademoiselle Chanel, for the Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection.  The portrait of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel hangs in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and they have an interesting anecdote posted on their site:

In 1923 Laurencin was working on the costumes and sets for Les Biches (The Does) performed by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Coco Chanel, who was creating costumes for the same company’s Le Train Bleu at the time, asked the artist to paint her portrait. Laurencin painted Chanel in a languid pose draped in blue and black with one shoulder bare. The fluid lines, subtly shifting colours and the sitter’s dreamy expression are typical of Laurencin’s work, but Chanel – designer of ‘the little black dress’ and the Chanel suit – turned the painting down, saying it did not look like her.

Marie Laurencin Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel, 1923 Oil on canvas

Laurencin was part of the Cubist circle and was one of the few women who were part of the movement but also put her own spin on it. Her use of pastel colors and fluid curvey lines differentiated her from other Cubist painters. She painted mostly women and her style suited this subject perfectly. These are some other examples of Marie Laurencin’s work. You can see her use of pastels and how Karl was inspired by her pinks and greys and transformed these hints of color into an airy, light collection perfect for spring. Review of the collection to come shortly!

Marie Laurencin LA VIE AU CHATEAU Oil on Canvas 1925

Marie Laurencin Il Bacio 1927

Marie Laurencin Femme Au Chien

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Chanel Haute Couture Preview


Hilary Alexander of the Telegraph sat down to chat with Karl Lagerfeld in his studio just days before the Haute Couture show (tomorrow!). In the interview, Karl charms us as is his way, and he tells us what he’s into: books on the origin of language, pretentious intellectual pursuits and Anna Calvi. Even better than hearing Uncle Karl wax poetic on luxury, is getting glimpses of the collection itself. I love the black chokers – so simple and chic! And those very simple, very flat, very pointy ballet flats need to be on my feet this spring!

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January 24, 2011

Beautiful Dreamer: Peter Philips Interview on Nowness

As Chanel’s Global Creative Director of Makeup, Peter Philips’s instinct for trend forecasting is unmatched. Since his appointment in 2008, the Belgian beauty guru has rolled out one hit after another—from his limited-edition nail varnish Jade, which sold for a breathless $100 a bottle on eBay at its peak, to his “temporary tattoos,” a project with Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s spring 2010 show, which had a waiting list of 3,589 names before the designs went on sale. For today’s film, directors Jauretsi and Crystal Moselle visited the onetime makeup artist at his Manhattan home to discuss his early memories of his mother, Irving Penn’s light-sculpting ability, and the inspiration behind Philips’s robot-themed animation for Chanel, which has its world premiere on NOWNESS tomorrow.

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January 19, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld’s Wedding Dress Suggestion for Kate Middleton

WWD asked many designers to submit a sketch of what they think princess-to-be Kate Middleton should wear for her royal wedding to Prince William.  Karl Lagerfeld submitted a sketch for Chanel and he suggested a “Victorian wedding dress, with a twist — high boots and open in the front.”  Though she’s rumored to have already selected a British designer Bruce Oldfield, we won’t know until the actual day of the wedding.

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January 17, 2011

Chanel Ephemeral Boutique at “Chalet de Pierre” in Courchevel

Chanel says “ephemeral boutique”, we say “pop-up shop” – it sounds so much nicer the Chanel way, non?  In any case, the latest temporary Chanel outpost is in Courchevel, a ski resort in the French Alps.  The boutique takes cues from its alpine environment and is mixed in with Chanel signatures.  The minimalist design with industrial materials is the perfect backdrop to highlight the most recent Chanel collections.  I couldn’t think of anything I’d like to do more than visit this boutique Après-ski!

More images of the boutique on Chanel News.

Le Chalet de Pierres
Until April 15th, 2011
Piste des Verdons
Courchevel 1850
France

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January 14, 2011

Extra 20% Off on Chanel on Portero.com

If your money is burning a hole in your pocket Portero.com has some beautiful gently used Chanel pieces for sale.  To top it off you get an extra 20% off on select pieces until Monday.  Happy Shopping!

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