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October 29, 2010

Chanel Links: 10.29.10


This post has been a long-time coming – I was out of town last week and got a bit behind on posting…hope you enjoy the links below.

  • The Cut reveals more rumors about Karl’s retirement and his possible replacements.

  • Refinery29 has the details on a trio of oldie-but-goodie nail colours that are coming out of retirement for a holiday gift set.
  • Chanel sues a chain of costume jewelry stores in Arizona for selling counterfeit merchandise.  Phoenix New Times
  • Chanel doesn’t want to become another “Q-tip” or “Xerox” so it took out an ad in WWD asking editors to not use “Chanel” to describe products that are not made by Chanel.  Huffington Post

  • I knew that the Costco in NYC sold Chanel bags for 1 day but I didn’t know you could get Chanel beauty products at Costco

  • Karl Lagerfeld is adding “island designer” to his resume.  Blackbook.
  • Kanye West is just like Karl Lagerfeld – according to Kanye.  Boombox.

  • Step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve a classic Chanel beauty look.  Telegraph.
  • Couture Allure shows photos of Chanel designs after the death of Coco Chanel and shows the magic touch that Karl Lagerfeld added.
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October 3, 2010

Les Exclusifs de Chanel Petits Flacons

One of my favorite Chanel scents (and the one that is my current daily scent) is Beige, part of Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection.  If you’ve seen this collection exclusively at Chanel Boutiques (hence the name) then you know the size of these bottle is no joke.  When I asked why the bottles were so big, the sales person noted that these scents were very light and made to be sprayed liberally – all over.

While the bottles are large enough to douse yourself lavishly with your favorite scent, they are not very practical to take with you on romantic getaways.  Well, the Chanel gods have answered my prayers!  Now four of Les Exclusifs – Beige, Sycamore, Eau de Cologne and Coromandel – are available in 2.5 fluid ounce petits flacons (the regular size is a whopping 6.8 fluid ounces).  The one catch is that you get less than half the scent for more than half the price.  It doesn’t make much economic sense but it is Chanel after all.  You can buy the petits flacons at Chanel boutiques and online at Chanel.com.

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March 19, 2009

Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige

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Les Exclusifs de Chanel is a collection of fragrances that recalls a place, moment or theme that played an important role to Mlle. Chanel’s life.  All of the fragrances are available in only one size and concentration, 200ml size of eau de toilette.  They are light fragrances that are meant to be spritzed liberally in a decadent fashion.  Existing fragrances include Gardenia, Coromandel, Bel Respiro, and 31, rue Cambon.  The newest scent in the Les Exclusifs de Chanel Collection is Beige, the neutral color that Chanel single-handedly made chic.  Chanel once said, I take refuge in beige because it’s natural.“   Created by legendary “nose” Jacques Polge, this fragrance is everything that Chanel loved about her favorite color: it’s natural, light, elegant and sexy all at once.

While visiting the Chanel Ultra-Luxe Boutique, Ruby the sales associate, told me about Beige and how it was the newest in the series.  She also told me that most stores and the website didn’t even have it yet.  Ruby didn’t know it, but I had been on the hunt for a new fragrance for some time.   I had been wearing the same perfume, Samsara by Guerlain, since I was 18.   I’ve worn some other fragrances here and there during the past 16 years, all of them Chanel including Allure, Coco Mademoiselle and No. 5 Elixir Sensuel.   All of those scents, including Samsara, can be a bit heavy at times so I was looking for something a bit fresher. One whiff of Beige and I instantly found my new scent.  Beige is light, with notes of “hawthorne, freesia, frangipani, honey, white petals and yellow gold.”  I bought it that day in February and I’ve been wearing it everyday since.  Beige is now available in Chanel boutiques and will debut soon on the Chanel website.  The 200ml size retails for $190.

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