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July 18, 2012

1932 – Chanel 80th Anniversary Bijoux de Diamants Exhibition

chanel 1932 jewlery collection
Back in February I mentioned that Chanel was celebrating the 80th anniversary of Coco Chanel’s only fine jewelry collection created in 1932 called the Bijoux de Diamants collection. To commemorate the anniversary, Chanel has designed a collection of fine jewelry inspired by Coco Chanel’s jewelry designs featuring five themes that were Coco’s signatures: the sun, comets, feathers, fringes and ribbons/knots. The designers added a sixth theme – the lion – because Coco Chanel was a Leo and surrounded herself with portrayals of lions. The collection is now on display in an exhibit called simply “1932″.

chanel 1932 jewlery collection

Only one piece remains from Coco Chanel’s original 1932 collection – a comet brooch – and the brooch is on display at the 1932 exhibit. The exhibit is on display at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris starting September 14 – 23, 2012. The exhibit will travel to New York in October and to Tokyo in November. I hope that I can make the New York exhibit! You can see a bit of the exhibit in the video below.

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July 8, 2012

The Little Black Jacket in Hong Kong – Video

CHANEL The Little Black Jacket photo exhibition opened at the Space, 210 Hollywood Road in Hong Kong and will be there until July 16th.

Learn more on www.thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com

Soundtrack:
CHOI SAI HO , “Violin Cityscape” (Live)

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June 25, 2012

CHANEL The Little Black Jacket Exhibit in Hong Kong, Teaser

After making stops in Tokyo, New York and Taipei, Chanel has taken The Little Black Jacket exhibition of photographs styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld to Hong Kong.  View the teaser video below…

Soundtrack:
“Auntie’s Harp” by Flying Lotus

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June 7, 2012

Chanel – The Little Black Jacket New York Exhibition Atmosphere & Celeb Photos

Chanel The Little Black Jacket New York

Photo by Olivier Saillant

Last night was the official opening of Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Exhibition in New York City and all of the fancy usual suspects were in attendance. Here are some images of the scene at the opening as well as all of the pretty party people who were in attendance. Oh, to be invited to one of these events!

Click on the first image below to see the images full size and in a slideshow…

All photos courtesy of CHANEL

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Chanel – The Little Black Jacket New York Exhibition Photos

Chanel The Little Black Jacket Exhibition New York

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld exhibition opens tomorrow to the public in New York City. The exhibition showcases 113 photographs depicting celebrities and other personalities in the iconic piece, lensed by Karl Lagerfeld and selected from the forthcoming book The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld. The exhibition will be open to the public from June 8th and will run until June 15th.

The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld
From June 8th to June 15th 2012
12PM – 7PM
18 Wooster Street, New York

Click on the first image below to see the images full size and in a slideshow…

All photos courtesy of CHANEL.

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CHANEL TEASER VIDEO (3/3): The Little Black Jacket exhibition in New York

CHANEL The Little Black Jacket Exhibition in New York featuring 109 celebrities photographed by Karl Lagerfeld from June 8th to June 15th
Location: 18 Wooster Street, Soho
Learn more on http://thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com/

The exhibit opens tomorrow! Are you going??

I am so sad to say that I will not be going – BIG SAD FACE. I was just in NY a few weeks ago and buying tickets on short notice unfortunately, was cost prohibitive. But there is some good news. I’m taking the money I would have spent on a ticket and spending it on the website. There will be some cool new changes coming soon so stay tuned and I hope it will be worth it to you!

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May 31, 2012

Chanel – The Little Black Jacket Exhibit Teaser Video

A while back I mentioned that Chanel would be taking The Little Black Jacket to New York City. To commemorate the new exhibit Chanel has revamped The Little Black Jacket micro site. I’m hoping to make it back out to NY for the exhibit – I’ll keep you posted!

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May 25, 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Exhibition Coming to NYC

Chanel The Little Black Jacket NYC ExhibitChanel’s “The Little Black Jacket” Exhibition is coming to the U.S. and will be open to the public in New York City from June 8 through June 15.  The exhibition will kick off with a party on June 6th and I’m sure will have many fancy people in attendance.  Running simultaneously with the exhibition, window displays in CHANEL boutiques will present a selection of jackets from the Paris-Bombay Métiers d’art collection, whilst in-store the iconic jacket will have pride of place.

The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld

June 8th to June 15th 2012.
12.00PM – 7.00PM

18 Wooster Street
thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com

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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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November 15, 2010

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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