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March 9, 2011

Blake Lively for Chanel Mademoiselle – Ads & Behind the Scenes

Earlier this week we showed you the first ad image that was shown online of Blake Lively in the Chanel Mademoiselle handbag campaign.  Today, Chanel News released behind the scenes images and The Cut showed two more ad images.  The other ad images feature bags in other colors and Blake Lively looks gorgeous in them. It looks like my hunch was right and Karl Lagerfeld shot the ad on the staircase at 31 Rue Cambon.  What a lucky girl! Blake is the face of Chanel handbags AND she got to see the legendary staircase (and probably the apartment too!).

I must say though, the behind the scenes photos are just as beautiful. Shot in black and white, I think they are strong enough to be ads as well – in some ways I prefer them.  What do you think?

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November 17, 2010

The Secrets of the Handbag – Part 3

In the last part of my series on the Secrets of the Handbag exhibit (if I can’t get a hold of that fabulous video!) I’ve scanned the program that they were giving out to attendees.  The info details the seven steps to constructing the Chanel 2.55 handbag and the history of the bag.

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November 9, 2010

San Francisco Exhibit: Discover the Secrets of the Handbag

When I received information last week about a Chanel handbag exhibit in San Francisco my day was made.  Usually the really good events are reserved for NY but once in a while, San Francisco gets a taste of the glamorous life.

This coming weekend Chanel San Francisco is hosting Les Secrets Du Sac, The Secrets of the Handbag, an exhibit exploring the iconic Chanel 2.55 Handbag.  The presentation will include bags from the Parisian archives, as well as bags from the new collections.  I will definitely be there – I’m not sure they’ll allow pictures but I will let you know how it is regardless.  I can’t wait!  For more information on the history of the 2.55 bag and how to spot a fake check out a previous post.

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December 2, 2009

The History of the Chanel 2.55 Handbag and How to Spot a Fake

I recently came across an informative article that goes over the history of the iconic Chanel 2.55 Handbag and all of the details, and the inspiration behind them on Fashion Pearls of Wisdom.

Chanel 2.55 Handbag Original and Classic

The writer takes us through her most recent find of an original Chanel 2.55 bag from the 1950s-1960s that was designed by Mademoiselle Chanel herself.  So gorgeous!  She then details the differences between the original bag (“reissue”) and the handbag that Karl Lagerfeld tweaked in the 1980s (“classic”).  Both bags are still available today and have very subtle differences.

Finally, the writer gives us tips on how to spot a fake – very helpful clues.  I still don’t have a 2.55 bag and it’s on the top of my wish list but now I would love to get my hands on an original designed by Coco herself.

Read the full article on Fashion Pearls of Wisdom.

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