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June 26, 2011

Chanel, Italian Style

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The husband was in Italy on business and one of the treats he brought back for me (of the non-eating or foot-wearing kind) was a biography of Coco Chanel. Apparently, he thinks my Italian is much better than it is. No problem, it may take me longer to get through but with a dictionary by my side it will be an adventure.

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May 23, 2011

“Coco” Musical Takes The Stage in London

coco musical katharine hepburnIn 1969, Katharine Hepburn starred as Coco Chanel in Coco a musical comedy on Broadway about Mlle. Chanel herself.  The producer, Fred Brisson, had been trying to get permission from Coco Chanel to do a musical based upon her life and after years of persuasion, Chanel finally consented.  At the time, Coco was the most expensive Broadway production to ever grace the NYC stages.  The 250 costumes, based on the designs of Coco Chanel, were designed by Sir Cecil Beaton.  (Info and Image above from Chanel and Her World: Friends, Fashion and Fame by Edmonde Charles – Roux, p. 372-73).

Having read many biographies on Gabrielle Chanel, a musical comedy doesn’t really seem fitting for her life (a moody art film seems more like it).  Coco didn’t do to well with the critics but it sold our shows night after night.  Well, now Coco is being reprived by London’s Sadler’s Wells Theater as part of a series called Lost Musicals 2011 – a European premier.  If you are in the area this may be fun to check out.  The show runs in May and June and tickets can be purchased online.

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May 19, 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine “Royallieu” Available Exclusively Online

A few days ago Chanel released a new Rouge Coco Shine shade named Royallieu and it is available exclusively on Chanel.com.  The soft pink shade is named after Chateau de Royallieu, Étienne Balsan’s estate where Coco Chanel stayed with him as his lover.  Her stay at Chateau de Royallieu was her introduction to society and she began making hats during her stay there.  She also met the love of her life, Boy Capel at Chateau de Royallieu.  With so many romantic connotations, it’s the perfect color to wear to get ready for some summer lovin’.  Rouge Coco Shine Royallieu retails for $32 and is available only online at Chanel.com.

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April 27, 2011

Chanel Links: 04.27.11

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Marie-France Pisier, the actresss who played Coco Chanel in Chanel Solitaire passed away on April 24, 2011. May she rest in peace.  The Guardian.

Illustration by aleXsandro Palombo

Read a few funny snippets of interviews with Karl Lagerfeld – he really has a way with words. I can’t help but smile when I read his answers. He doesn’t want Haider Ackerman to succeed him at Chanel, he doesn’t like women in thongs, his hair is low maintenance and the campaign featuring Crystal Renn was shot in his childhood bed.

Naomi Watts & Chanel Ambassador Jen Brill in Chanel

Chanel hosted a dinner as a part of the Tribeca Film Festival and there were many fancy people in attendance.  Read more via WWD & T Magazine

The Rhode Island School of Design is hosting an exhibit called Cocktail Culture featuring gorgeous cocktail wear and a Chanel LBD designed by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel from 1958 is on display.

 


Ajaline, a new high end jewelry flash sale site has a vintage Chanel sale starting tomorrow through May 5th.

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March 22, 2011

Video of Coco Chanel’s Apartment at 31 Rue Cambon

I just came across this video of Coco Chanel’s apartment at 31 Rue Cambon. I have to say that since not everyone is allowed up there, I thought the quality of the video would be a bit better – it comes across as a bit touristy/amateur – just sayin’. But, it is an inside look into the legendary apartment so I’ll take what I can get! Hopefully, one day I’ll have a video of my own :)

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March 21, 2011

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle – Le Film

It’s here!  We’ve seen the photos, the behind the scenes, the teaser and the trailer – now we can actually watch the full film.  Featuring Keira Knightley and Alberto Ammann, directed by Joe Wright and set to the tune of It’s a man’s man’s man’s world (James Brown, Betty Newsome), performed by Joss Stone. Keira Knightley looks gorgeous in this ad and it’s very steamy – see for yourself!

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March 17, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld Sketches Coco Chanel

Last year, Justine Picardie released Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life.  Karl Lagerfeld enjoyed the bio so much that it inspired him to sketch Coco Chanel for a new edition that will be published by Steidl.  Picardie and Lagerfeld will host a cocktail reception for the 2nd edition at Galignani, one of Lagerfeld’s favorite bookstores in Paris.  A German version releases in April and the English version will release in June.

Source: WWD

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More Images & Video of the Chanel Mademoiselle Bag Campaign Featuring Blake Lively

More shots of the Mademoiselle bag ad campaign, featuring Blake Lively, have been revealed. The 3 new photos show Blake with three different bags – one black Mademoiselle bag, one light blue (or grey?) Mademoiselle bag, and the third looks like either a small clutch or wallet.  All the photos are taken on the legendary staircase at 31 Rue Cambon.  These photos are just as lovely as the first three we saw last week.  What do you think?  Which do you like better?

View the first look at the Blake Lively Mademoiselle Bag ad campaign.

View more looks from the Blake Lively Mademoiselle Bag ad campaign and behind the scenes shots.

There’s also a short product video that just features the bag – no Blake Lively – I guess they save the longer product films with actresses for their fragrance campaigns.  Nonetheless, the video does a nice job of showing us the beautiful quality and details of the Mademoiselle bag – while also reminding you of the other Chanel products you can fill your bag with.

Source: Luxuo

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March 2, 2011

Colette and Chanel Pop Up Shop Photos

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Chanel x Colette Packaging - Illustration by Karl Lagerfeld

I wish I were in Paris pretty much every day of the year, but I especially want to be there this week!  From now through the 10th, Colette and Chanel have teamed up to provide one of the coolest shopping experiences ever.  Fortunately, Susie Bubble of Style Bubble checked out the shop and took some nice photos so I will be living vicariously through her… sigh.  All images are from StyleBubble.com – Merci!

I want everything pictured below.  I’m so sad I’m not there.  For more descriptions of all the prettiness and to hear about it from someone who’s actually seen it, please visit Style Bubble!  Oh, and the last image is of a new Coco tee by Dear Dana that Colette recently added to their webstore – I like it but it’s a $100 t-shirt.  I’d rather put that money toward the Coco doll!!  If anyone knows if that doll is for sale, and if so for how much and how to get one please let me know!!

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Chanel Mademoiselle Bag in Colette Blue with 1000% Bearbricks

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Coco Chanel Dolls dressed in Colette blue

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Chanel clothing with Kevin Lyons illustration

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Chanel No5 pins by Yazbukey

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Headband with veil and colette blue dots by Maison Michel which is owned by Chanel

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Kevin Lyons customizing Chanel bags

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Karl Lagerfled pin by Yazbukey

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Camellia cream puffs? Yes, please!

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Coco Tee by Dear Dana

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February 22, 2011

Coco Chanel, Paris, 1964 by Henri Cartier-Bresson

I was at the SF MOMA earlier this year and was happy to see a portrait of Mlle. Chanel in a photography exhibition of the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson.  It shows Coco in her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon in 1964.  I love how Chanel looks deep in her thoughts and it’s not posed and smiley.  It just looks like Cartier-Bresson captured a quiet moment when she was reflecting.

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