La Chanelphile

December 11, 2010

Chanel Paris-Byzance Look Book Shot in Ravenna, Italy

“It’s all about mosaics,” said Lagerfeld, who traveled to Ravenna, Italy, to view the intricate artworks from the fifth and sixth centuries that adorn its churches and monuments. “I thought it was an influence that could be very much Chanel,” he said. “It’s also about a spirit.”


In the 6th Century, Ravenna was the “westernmost pillar of the Byzantine Empire.” (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium).  Today, Ravenna is a living shrine featuring the monuments and churches of the lost empire.  Boasting a rich cultural history, Ravenna is “best look at the glories of Byzantium this side of Istanbul.”  (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium).

Since the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance show was inspired by the Byzantine Empire, Karl Lagerfeld went to Ravenna, Italy to shoot the Look Book for the collection.  I wonder how much of the ancient mosaics will be in the photos.  I think it’s great that Uncle Karl went to Ravenna because the photos will be have historical integrity – something that a set could never replicate.  I can’t wait to see the pictures of the look book. In the mean time, check out these gorgeous photos of mosaics from Ravenna, Italy.

Image Source: Absolut Bologna

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December 9, 2010

Annual Chanel Event at Decadestwo.1

As reported in the LA Times:

On Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Chanel items from the 1990s through present day will be available for up to 70% off retail. Not in the mood to fight aggressive shoppers for the bounty of boucle jackets and quilted bags they’re hoarding? Then you can visit the decadestwo.1 site and shop online from Dec. 11 through Dec. 18.

All I have to say is OMG!

Image & Info: LA Times

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December 8, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Collection

“After the Grand Palais, I had to do the opposite.”

-Karl Lagerfeld, on the intimate setting for the Pre-Fall 2011 collection presentation, Style.com

If I had to summarize the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Collection in one word it would be opulence. Hearkening back to the Byzantine Era and Empress Theodora, Karl Lagerfeld resurrected the intricate mosaics and gold filigree of the lost empire.

A somber palette of black, navy, royal plum and gold highlighted the textured knits and intricate tweeds. Mosaic patterns of churches were replicated on dresses and necklines and gold was woven through textiles. The accessories were gorgeous and evoked the lavishness of the Byzantine Empire. Gold coin necklaces, bib necklaces, chunky cuff bracelets and filigree headbands are all fit for an Empress. Over the knee boots and sandals were the footwear of choice and completed the looks.

Though inspired by antiquities, Karl Lagerfeld kept the collection current with hints of mod 1960′s London. Pea coats, straight-leg pants, swing coats and shift dresses gave a modern feel to the otherwise classic sumptuousness of the Byzantine-inspired pieces.

This collection was truly beautiful and I love how Karl can take something so small, like Coco Chanel’s signature Verdura Cuffs (wit Byzantine crosses) and create a whole collection around it.  The Métiers D’Art are always a stand out because, as the name implies, it’s a collection focused around artisan skills and gorgeous craftsmanship.   I can’t wait to see the detail shots of the accessories and the look book which was shot in Ravenna, Italy where Byzantine mosaics still exist. Stay tuned for more info! Until then, please enjoy images from the collection.

Images: WWD

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December 7, 2010

Top View of the Paris-Byzance Show Decor

As seen on the Chanel blog

The salon at 31 Rue Cambon was transformed to look like a Turkish Tea Room to evoke the theme of the Byzantine-inspired collection.  Stay tuned for a review of the show – it was GORGEOUS!

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Blake Lively the New Face of Chanel Handbags

Word on the street is that Blake Lively just got back from Paris after shooting a new Chanel handbag ad campaign set to release in the Spring.  As usual, Karl Lagerfeld took the pictures and it’s no surprise that Blake is his “it” girl right now as she’s been spotted at Chanel events lately.  I wonder if it’s for the Coco Cocoon collection?  Only time will tell – we’ll see in a few months.

Image: Chanel

Source: E! News

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Ad Campaigns,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 8:36 pm

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance First Look

French Vogue was snapping pics earlier today at the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Show and they’ve given us the first look at Peter Philip’s interpretation of Byzantine jewels. The eyeshadow quad features cream eyeshadows and is limited to 1500 pieces – I can’t wait to see what the eyeshadow looks like on the models!

French Vogue is also giving us a glimpse of the first seven looks of the Paris-Byzance show as shot by Karl Lagerfeld… I can’t wait to see it all.  It’s very opulent and perfectly embodies what I think of when I conjure up thoughts of the Byzantine Empire.

French Vogue also snapped pics of the runway show and was live tweeting during the show – you can see them all @VogueParisLive.

All info & images: French Vogue

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December 5, 2010

Vintage Chanel Advertisements

Two of my favorite things are Chanel and advertisements – when you put the two together, you can’t go wrong.  I especially love vintage Chanel No 5 perfume ads and ads featuring apparel and accessories in the early days of Karl Lagerfeld designing for Chanel.  When I was in Junior High School, I would rip out Chanel ads and paste them into my scrapbook.  Unfortunately, the scrap book is long gone, but Blogue has put together a nice collection of vintage Chanel ads – check them out on Blogue.com.

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December 4, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Show Invitation

Ah! It’s time for my favorite Chanel collection of the year – the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall collection.  Each year, Karl Lagerfeld selects a locale to inspire his pre-fall collection and this year he was inspired by Byzantium because of Coco Chanel’s love of Byzantine-style jewelry.  The show is on Tuesday, December 7th.  Stay tuned for more info – I can’t wait to see this show!

Image: Chanel News

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November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the weekend and I hope you get some good deals on Friday!  I’ll be back on Monday :)

Illustration by Danny Roberts

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November 23, 2010

Chanel Pop-Up Shop in the Meatpacking District, NYC

Once a retail experience left for guerilla brands like Comme des Garçons or brands that don’t have actual retail locations, the pop-up shop is the retail experience du jour.  Pop-up shops are popping up all over – and now Chanel has joined the fun.

To celebrate the release of its Côte d’Azur Cruise Collection, Chanel has opened up shop in the Meatpacking District of New York City inside a section of Jeffrey New York.  The feel of Saint-Tropez and its signature Café Sénéquier have been recreated inside the 1,000-square foot space.  The café’s iconic red laquer tables and umbrellas are featured alongside “red Chanel awnings, dressing rooms that resemble beach cabins and stands stocked with postcards of Chanel’s cruise campaign featuring Georgia May Jagger.”  (WWD).

“We loved the experience of the show, and we thought, How can we create the kind of a moment in New York,” said Barbara Cirkva, division president of fashion, watches and fine jewelry at Chanel Inc. “I don’t think of it as a pop-up shop, but almost as an installation that recreates the magic of Saint-Tropez in New York, and gets everyone in the mood as they are thinking about going away for the holiday.”

The pop-up shop carries the Côte d’Azur Cruise Collection as well as a selection of men’s ties and J12 watches.  The boutique will host a party on November 30th and will remain open through January 4, 2011.  If you are in NY, you should definitely try to stop by and pick up a free postcard!  I wonder if Chanel will start having more pop-up shops in the future…we shall see.

Source: WWD

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