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November 19, 2010

Chanel Links: 11.18.10

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  • Show Studio has a sneak peek of the Spring 2011 collection – I love the details especially the ladybugs!  ShowStudio.

  • Karl says who he’d like to take his place at Chanel via WWD:

In an interview in Numero’s November issue, Lagerfeld replied: “I have a contract for life so it all depends on who I would like to hand it to. At the moment I’d say Haider Ackermann.” Lagerfeld has recently been enamored of Ackermann’s fashions, and had invited him to attend the most recent Chanel show. Ackermann reacted by saying, “What can one possibly say to such a phrase?! Such a compliment! Honored I feel, how can one not be?! In all honesty tremendously, immensely touched especially coming from Monsieur Lagerfeld.”

  • Nail artist extraordinaire Sophy Robson got an early look at the Chanel Spring 2011 polishes, Black Pearl, Pearl Drop and Peche Negree.  Sophy Robson Blog.

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November 17, 2010

The Secrets of the Handbag – Part 3

In the last part of my series on the Secrets of the Handbag exhibit (if I can’t get a hold of that fabulous video!) I’ve scanned the program that they were giving out to attendees.  The info details the seven steps to constructing the Chanel 2.55 handbag and the history of the bag.

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November 16, 2010

Secrets of the Chanel Handbag – Part 2

The Secrets of the Chanel Handbag exhibit made its first stop in San Francisco this past weekend.  The first part of the exhibit explored the process of making a Chanel 2.55 handbag.  The other part of the exhibit highlighted vintage pieces.  When I heard that vintage pieces would be on view I was expecting a lot more than they actually had on display.

The vintage display was only in one of the store windows and featured two mannequins dressed from head-to-toe in vintage Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.  The pieces were amazing and my favorite by far were the clear/black rain boots with chain stirrup detail in the back – TO-DIE-FOR!  The gold quilted guitar case wasn’t so bad either.  Check out the photos below of the window displays and detail shots of the vintage Chanel pieces from the archive.

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November 15, 2010

Sneak Peek: Chanel “Mimosa” Nail Colour Spring 2011

Just caught a glimpse of this sneak peek on the web… apparently Chanel is releasing a new “must have” Le Vernis Nail Colour for Spring 2011 called Mimosa.  The shimmery bright yellow color is like a burst of sunshine…er, or champagne with a bit of orange juice for your nails.  Word of the street is that Mimosa will be available in April 2011 – stay tuned for details.

Source: Mayzing Merique

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Filed under: Chanel Nail Colour — Tags: , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:58 pm

Secrets of the Chanel Handbag – Part 1

This weekend I went to the Chanel boutique in San Francisco to see the Secrets of the Handbag exhibit, which highlighted how the most iconic handbag – the Chanel 2.55 – is made. The exhibit was on the second floor of the boutique and featured a row of seven mannequins with video screens hanging off of them. Each video screen was encased in a black leather quilted cover complete with chain strap – very reminiscent of the bag the exhibit was celebrating. Alongside each mannequin was a display that highlighted a step in the process of manufacturing the Chanel 2.55 handbag.

If you’ve read this blog then you know that I am DYING for a Chanel 2.55 handbag (black leather lambskin – not caviar thank you very much).  I enjoyed seeing each step of the process and it shed a bit of light (just a little) on why those bags are as expensive as they are.

Gabrielle Chanel was a perfectionist and she paid attention to every detail in the manufacture of her bags.  Each bag has certain steps that can only be done by hand – white gloved hands that is.  Learning about the history of the 2.55 and how it is made gives us a glimpse into the mind of the long-gone couturier.

Please see below for each step in the process (apologies for not getting step 3 – there were people standing in front of it and I forgot to go back :( ).   Images of the vintage Chanel pieces in the store windows and scans of the program soon to come.

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November 12, 2010

International Herald Tribune Luxury Conference: Suzy Menkes Interviews Karl Lagerfeld

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Filed under: Chanel,Coco Chanel,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 3:43 pm

November 11, 2010

Chanel Introduces Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

CHANEL INTRODUCES ROUGE ALLURE EXTRAIT DE GLOSS

Inspired by the classic Chanel Rouge Allure range of lipstick, Chanel has released Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss – a “new generation” of lip gloss.  The Extrait de Gloss offers extremely rich color, intense shine, and a smooth, silky texture that feels luxurious and looks dramatic.  I’m a big fan of lip gloss and I had a chance to try this at the makeup counter.  It wasn’t sticky at all and I loved the shine – it gave a nice finish to the look.  Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is available in nine shades and can be purchased at Chanel makeup counters and online for $32.

CHANEL INTRODUCES ROUGE ALLURE EXTRAIT DE GLOSS

CHANEL INTRODUCES ROUGE ALLURE EXTRAIT DE GLOSS

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 6:53 am

November 10, 2010

Chanel Links: 11.10.10

  • The “Married to Chanel” manicure.  Grazia.
  • Petite Chanel – I hope that’s her mom’s bag – otherwise all I have to say is “that’s not fair!!”  We Scream Style.
  • Gallery owner Joelle Chariau is exhibiting her collection of fashion illustrations, including ones of Chanel fashions.  BBC.
  • Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t like movies about Chanel.  Fashionologie.
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November 9, 2010

San Francisco Exhibit: Discover the Secrets of the Handbag

When I received information last week about a Chanel handbag exhibit in San Francisco my day was made.  Usually the really good events are reserved for NY but once in a while, San Francisco gets a taste of the glamorous life.

This coming weekend Chanel San Francisco is hosting Les Secrets Du Sac, The Secrets of the Handbag, an exhibit exploring the iconic Chanel 2.55 Handbag.  The presentation will include bags from the Parisian archives, as well as bags from the new collections.  I will definitely be there – I’m not sure they’ll allow pictures but I will let you know how it is regardless.  I can’t wait!  For more information on the history of the 2.55 bag and how to spot a fake check out a previous post.

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November 8, 2010

The Chanel Smoky Eye: Get the Look

One of the most popular beauty looks for eyes is the sexy, smoldering smokey eye. This look comes in all colors now, but the mother of smokey eyes is black and grey.  Chanel has released a how-to face chart so that you can achieve this classic look without the help of a beauty entourage.  In four easy steps (and presumably Chanel cosmetics) you can go from blah to glam.  Only three Chanel cosmetics are used to get this look – Ombres Contraste Duo in Gris/Subtil, Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir, and Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Ébène.

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