June 11, 2009
June 8, 2009
As fabu-lous as Karl Lagerfield is, some find his look rather menacing. Well, now he can TRULY be deemed a villain, as it was recently announced that the creative director of Chanel will be the voice of villain Fabu (fabu-lous!) in the French animated film Totally Spies.
The film is based on a TV series about three high school girls who become secret agents. We are hoping here at M.I.S.S. that they are dressed more like runway models and less like Powderpuff Girls. We didn’t see full images of the villian Fabu, but all we can picture is the villain from Inspector Gadget with the bionic glove/arm. That would be totally appropriate for Mr. Lagerfield! To top it all off, he should have a villainous sidekick voiced by Lindsay Lohan. Now THAT would be Fabu.
June 5, 2009
June 3, 2009
A few months ago, Chanel opened the doors to its first free-standing beauty store in Tokyo’s Aoyama District. Now, to celebrate the launch and to give U.S. Chanel fans a taste of Aoyama, Chanel has released a small collection called Tokyo Happening. Featuring pastel colors with lots of sparkly shine, the collection include lip gloss, nail colour and highlighter. Originally intended as an exclusive Tokyo product, Chanel made the range available online and it’s been selling out fast. I hope they get more I’d love to get the whole set but would settle for the gold lip gloss and nail polish. I’m not much of a pink girl, but even the pink is really pretty – very gothic lolita! Word on the street is that they may be getting another delivery of product in for the online store so keep checking back!
May 21, 2009
Last week, the Chanel Cruise 2009/10 collection set sail in one of the most romantic and unique cities in the world – Venice. Coco Chanel was apparently instantly swept away when she visited Venice and Karl Lagerfeld apparently was too, as this resort collection was a reflection of understated seaside glamour. The show began at sunset on Lido Beach where the models walked on a wooden boardwalk/catwalk that twisted and turned, while editors dug their feet in the sand. The collection is in the signature Chanel black and white with pops of red and gold. Traditional nautical motifs running the range of French nautical sailor stripes and collars for the ladies and looks borrowed from gondoliers for the men, played a significant part in the collection. Another motif – the lion – a favorite of Coco Chanel’s, made an appearance as the symbol of Venice and also the symbol of Leo, Chanel’s astrological sign. Lace pieces that were ethereal and sophisticated along with chiffon wispy dresses reflected the sensuality of the Chanel woman. A Chanel collection wouldn’t be complete without its share of tweed jackets and little black dresses and there were plenty signature elegant styles to choose from. One of my favorite aspects of the runway show was the hair – reminiscent of the wavy bob of the flappers of the 1920s these bobs had a bit more volume, depth and angles than the bobs of the 1920s could ever hope for. Together with a smokey eye and the right accessories the look was very modern and chic. I can’t wait to see what nail colours we’ll see come out of this collection. All in all, another beautiful collection that stayed true to the brand’s heritage without replicating the past. I thought this collection was especially beautiful because Coco Chanel’s first clothing collections were developed and sold in the seaside town of Deauville, where she revolutionized how women dressed at the beach. I felt that Uncle Karl took this into account when designing this collection and you could see that he was inspired by the looks that Chanel made popular at the time – from the hair, to the locale, to the jersey pieces it was all a nod to Mademoiselle. Bravo!
May 11, 2009
Chanel Cruise shows are legendary for their exotic, vacation-worthy locales. Last year, Chanel showed its resort collection in Miami. Since then, it’s been rumored that the 2009/2010 Chanel Cruise show would take place in Venice but with the economy the way it is and with Uncle Karl declaring that “luxury is over” it was doubtful whether the show would go on. Lucky for us, it is!
Chanel released two trailers of the Venice show – they’re just teasers but I can’t wait to see more! This show will definitely not disappoint! View the trailers below.
May 5, 2009
Saks Fifth Avenue and Chanel are celebrating the launch of the new Chanel N˚5 campaign today in an extravagant way that would make Coco proud. The most iconic of Avenues – 5th Avenue – is being renamed Avenue N˚5 from May 2 – 10.
When Chanel N˚5 was first released, it made its debut on May 5th (5.5). I thought that Mlle. was so clever to have the date match her signature fragrance. Today, not only is Chanel N˚5 launched on the same day (eighty-eight years to the day), but renaming 5th Avenue – a street synonymous with fashion, luxury and elegance – is too clever!
“In our celebration of Chanel N˚5’s newest camapaign, we wanted to recognize Chanel’s longstanding relationship with Saks and engage our customer in the fragrance with a complete visual fantasy. We are even more delighted that the city is joining us in recognizing Chanel.” says Ron Frasch, President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Saks Fifth Avenue.
This is not just a marketing scheme – it’s official. The City of New York has officially declared May 5, 2009, Chanel N˚5 Day. To show their gratitude, Chanel and Saks Fifth Avenue and have partnered to create a new arts program P.S.5, the Ellen Lurie Elementary School. The funds will be used to create after school programs & supplies and fund field trips to museums and cultural institutions. This too, is completely true to Coco Chanel’s philosophy as she was an avid supporter of the arts.
“We are honored to partner with the city of New York and Saks Fifth Avenue to name May 5th ‘Chanel N˚5 Day,’” says John Galantic, President and COO of Chanel, Inc. “We are pleased to share the excitement of this iconic product with New York on this symbolic day in our brand’s history.”
If you’re in NYC you must check out the Saks Fifth Avenue – the windows and the interiors are getting a lots of visual treatment. The 17 windows along Avenue N˚5 will feature still shots from the Chanel N˚5 film Train de Nuit (starting Audrey Tautou) along with pieces from the current Chanel ready-to-wear collection. If I were in NY I would definitely take a stroll down Avenue N˚5 - while wearing Chanel N˚5 on Chanel N˚5 day.
I now have a new favorite holiday – HAPPY CHANEL N˚5 DAY!!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and while we’re stoked to honor the most important ladies in our lives, let’s be honest – sometimes it’s pretty tough picking out a present for the woman who has everything. Because come on, how many different types of perfume can you gift your mom with each year?
For Mother’s Day ‘09, Chanel’s got you covered. The iconic beauty brand recently introduced their Lumieres Celestes Collection, which consists of eight cosmos-inspired lip glosses to give Mama that perfect pout this holiday. The different shades of pinks and peaches are a perfect addition to her summer beauty routine, and we don’t doubt that you’ll be tempted to scoop up a tube or two for yourself. After all, why should Mom get to have ALL the fun? (We won’t judge if you end up purchasing a gloss or two for your own collection… We’d probably do the same.)
Pair one of these attention-grabbing glosses with a bottle of Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour, which is available in four complementary (and chip-resistant!) shades, from Dazzling cherry red to subdued Mica Rose. Not only are these cosmetics an economical way to gift your mom with a designer label for less, but they’re sure to provide grounds for bonding this Mother’s Day. (Gift idea: treat Mom to a mani/pedi with her newest shade of Chanel polish!) Complete the gift set by whipping up a fabulous breakfast-in-bed for Mom to show her just how appreciative you are.
Want more info about the latest addition to Chanel’s beauty roster? Check out the brand’s Web site to browse the color Chanel selection and see what else Chanel’s got to offer.
April 29, 2009
The long anticipated new Chanel N°5 ad with Audrey Tautou will release next Tuesday. 5.5.09 but I just got a glimpse of the trailer and I cannot wait to see the real deal! Visit the Chanel site next week to see the full length version. For now, here’s a taste:
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April 22, 2009
Gabrielle Chanel is known for supporting the arts. Her close circle of friends included Stravinsky, Picasso and Diaghilev – some of the most creative and talented minds of the time. So, it should come as no surprise that the house of Chanel still cultivates the arts. Last year, Chanel announced the Mobile Art Container by Zaha Hadid. Unfortunately, the project came to a halt but Chanel’s support of the arts continues. This year, Chanel is sponsoring the Tribeca Film Art Awards.
Each year, the Tribeca Film Festival asks 10 New York-based artists to create original works – each piece serves as a filmmaker prize, awarded to the Festival’s winning film directors. During the festival, the original works are on display to the public. The 10 artists selected are Fritz Chesnut, SunTek Chung, Stephen Hannock, Kalp Linzy, Robert Mangold, Sr., Clofford Ross, David Salle, Tom Slaughter, Hank Willis Thomas, and Mickalene Thomas.
The Art Awards are on display at the Chanel Soho Boutique until April 29th.
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