La Chanelphile

July 30, 2010

Bleu de Chanel Fragrance for Men

Chanel is introducing a new fragrance for men this fall called Bleu, a scent created by Chanel’s “nose” Jacques Polge. Chanel describes the scent as:

The provocative fragrance opens with an intriguing wave of citrus fruits, mingled with the airy scent of a deep blue sea. Next, the zest of Grapefruit punctuates, followed by the tang of Peppermint, Pink Pepper and Nutmeg. Finally, in this initial impression, a touch of Ginger heightens the sharpness of the citrus.

As you may recall, earlier in the year we let you know that Martin Scorcese had directed an advertising film starring French actor Gaspard Ulliel – it was for this fragrance.  The advertising film Bleu de Chanel will be released later in August and Bleu will hit shelves this Fall.

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July 27, 2010

Chanel Sale on Portero Luxury – 2 Days Only!

There’s a Chanel sale on Portero Luxury for 2 days only! There aren’t that many pieces but they all look like they are in excellent condition and they have some pieces I’ve never seen before. AND, you can get an extra $100 off by entering the code NNCOCO. The sale ends on Thursday at Noon (EST). Happy Shopping!

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July 21, 2010

Chanel Sale on RueLaLa.com

Get your credit cards ready!  Tomorrow morning at 11 am RueLaLa.com is launching a Chanel sale.  The members-only online store teamed up with Madison Avenue Couture for an exclusive boutique offering an assortment of new and barely used vintage Chanel apparel, footwear, handbags, jewelry and accessories. This is the first time a vintage series is running on a private sale website and Rue La La brings it live to its members this Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. ET.  The boutique will run for 48 hours, where members can enjoy prices up to 70% off retail.

You can preview some of the items for sale below…I can’t wait!

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July 14, 2010

Peter Philips on the Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture Red Lip

chanel fall/winter 2010-2011 haute couture beauty
The Chanel Fall/Winter 2010 Haute Couture show featured very simple makeup with a striking red lip. This is the look Coco Chanel herself preferred so it should come as no surprise that it showed on on the runway. Also, Chanel recently released its Rouge Coco line of lipsticks in their attempt to “bring lipstick back” and what better way than to feature it on the runway? See the Global Creative Director for Chanel talk about what inspired the faces on the runway…

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July 12, 2010

Chanel Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture Show Soundtrack

Music is a big part of creating ambiance and I love the tunes at Chanel because I’m always introduced to something new.  Here are the tunes that filled the air of the Grand Palais in Paris:

Timothy Andres
“Antennae”, Shy and Mighty
Nonesuch Records 2010

Timothy Andres – Antennae

Found at Antennae on Duck.fm

Lou Reed and John Cale
“Small Town”, Songs For Drella
Sire/Warner Records 1990

Chilly Gonzales
“Never Stop (Piano-Pella)”
Phantasy Sound Limited 2010

“Knight Moves”, Ivory Tower

Arts & Crafts 2010

Image from Chanel News

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July 8, 2010

“I Am Chanel, Hear Me Roar”

Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture

I didn’t think that Karl could outdo a giant glacier as the centerpiece for a runway show – but somehow he did.  On Tuesday, Chanel unveiled its Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris with an “8-ton, 40-foot-tall golden lion, [with] its paw perched on an enormous pearl” serving as the backdrop.  (WWD).

The inspiration for the lion is clear – born on August 19th, Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel was a Leo.  She loved lions and they surfaced everywhere from her apartment decor, buttons and even her gravestone.  The centerpiece for the haute couture runway show is a replica of a marble sculpture from her infamous apartment at 31 Rue Cambon. “Gabrielle Chanel surrounded herself with models of lions in wood, silver, bronze or alabaster…[and t]he lion became a timeless biographical seal on numerous of her creations.” (Chanel News).

Chanel herself, felt a close affinity with lions: “August 19th is my birthday. I was born under the sign of Leo. I am a Leo and, like a lion, I use my claws to prevent people from doing me harm, but, believe me, I suffer more from scratching than from being scratched.”

The lion inspired some of her creations and lion heads were commonly found embossed on the buttons of her iconic tweed suits.

Indeed, Mlle. Chanel’s love for lions are eternal – her gravestone has 5 lion heads carved onto it.

Not only is Karl Lagerfeld an ingenious designer, he truly respects and understands the woman that Coco Chanel was. He stays true to what inspired her and he gives it all a modern twist. Of course, he is one of the few people in the world who has access to her apartments and archives (what I would do to be a fly on the wall!). I hope that his successor will have the same respect for Chanel’s vision.

Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture

Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture

Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture

Image Credits:

Runway show & apartment images: Chanel News

Chanel Button: Chanel: Collections & Creations

Chanel Gravestone: Ballyshannon

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Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture Beauty

Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture Beauty

On Tuesday, Chanel had its 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris with an “8-ton, 40-foot-tall golden lion, [with] its paw perched on an enormous pearl” serving as the backdrop. (WWD). The beauty at the show was very classic and simple:  soft eyes and cheeks with a strong red lip with nails to match.  I think it’s clean look for fall where makeup can tend to get heavy.  The overall look is very light but warm enough for the cold months.

Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks at the 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture runway show in Paris:

PRO LUMIÈRE Professional Finish Makeup
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder
ÉCLAT LUMIÈRE Highlighter Face Pen

LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow in Enigma

LE CRAYON LÈVRES Precision Lip Definer in Carmin
ROUGE COCO Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Rivoli

LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Rouge Fatal (launching in October 2010)

Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture Beauty

Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture Beauty

Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture Beauty

Images from Chanel

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June 30, 2010

Chanel Fall 2010 Beauty Collection – A Closer Look

Last week I posted images from the Chanel Fall 2010 makeup collection.  Today, I received images giving a closer look at some of the new items in the collection.  I’m very excited about paradoxal – it seems to be a bit of a paradox -it’s a mellow color yet very vibrant at the same time.  I can’t wait for it to come out so I can add it to my collection of Le Vernis Nail Colours.

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June 29, 2010

Buying Into the Chanel Fantasy: Chanel’s Facebook Campaign

It used to be that to find info on Chanel, you could only visit Chanel.com – and the info and images you would find there would be very limited.  With the growing popularity of social media, Chanel has gone from being elusive to being more accessible online.

For its recent Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour launch, Chanel released an interactive media campaign on Facebook.  Chanel fans can learn about the history of Chanel lipstick, see campaign images and behind the scenes videos and allow fans to send virtual Chanel buttons to each other.

For a brand who used to cater to its older (ie, monied) clientele, Chanel is making attempts at reaching a younger audience with campaigns such as the Facebook Rouge Coco virtual buttons.  Why would Chanel change things up so much?

I think Chanel is realizing that Chanel fans start young and need to feel like they can buy into the Chanel fantasy.  Giving prospective customers the tools to interact with the brand online is one way of building brand loyalty amongst a younger customer base.

Facebook is just one of many new tools that Chanel is using to reach customers using technology.  Next, I’ll discuss the growing number of apps, podcasts and media campaigns they are using to get potential shoppers to buy into the Chanel fantasy.

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June 23, 2010

Les Fidèles De Chanel: Poppy Delevingne’s Summer Travel Essentials

Les Fidèles De Chanel, or “the faithful ones” are girls about town that act as modern-day Chanel ambassadors. One of Fidèles is Poppy Delevingne, British socialite and model. Her Summer Travel Essentials are perfect for a day at the beach.

I’m drooling over the shades and the beach towel/tote bag set. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m available, ready and willing to be one of Les Fidèles De Chanel…just say the word Karl and we’re good to go!
Les Fidèles De Chanel: Poppy Delevingne’s Summer Travel Essentials

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