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November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the weekend and I hope you get some good deals on Friday!  I’ll be back on Monday :)

Illustration by Danny Roberts

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November 19, 2010

Chanel Links: 11.18.10

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  • Show Studio has a sneak peek of the Spring 2011 collection – I love the details especially the ladybugs!  ShowStudio.

  • Karl says who he’d like to take his place at Chanel via WWD:

In an interview in Numero’s November issue, Lagerfeld replied: “I have a contract for life so it all depends on who I would like to hand it to. At the moment I’d say Haider Ackermann.” Lagerfeld has recently been enamored of Ackermann’s fashions, and had invited him to attend the most recent Chanel show. Ackermann reacted by saying, “What can one possibly say to such a phrase?! Such a compliment! Honored I feel, how can one not be?! In all honesty tremendously, immensely touched especially coming from Monsieur Lagerfeld.”

  • Nail artist extraordinaire Sophy Robson got an early look at the Chanel Spring 2011 polishes, Black Pearl, Pearl Drop and Peche Negree.  Sophy Robson Blog.

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November 16, 2010

Secrets of the Chanel Handbag – Part 2

The Secrets of the Chanel Handbag exhibit made its first stop in San Francisco this past weekend.  The first part of the exhibit explored the process of making a Chanel 2.55 handbag.  The other part of the exhibit highlighted vintage pieces.  When I heard that vintage pieces would be on view I was expecting a lot more than they actually had on display.

The vintage display was only in one of the store windows and featured two mannequins dressed from head-to-toe in vintage Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.  The pieces were amazing and my favorite by far were the clear/black rain boots with chain stirrup detail in the back – TO-DIE-FOR!  The gold quilted guitar case wasn’t so bad either.  Check out the photos below of the window displays and detail shots of the vintage Chanel pieces from the archive.

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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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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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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 28, 2010

Chanel Patent Leather Small Goods

Fall is officially here but that doesn’t mean everything needs to be dark and drab.  Chanel is introducing a small collection of bright-colored patent calfskin leather goods that are sure to bring some sunshine into your dreary days.  They fold, zip and have functional interiors complete with silver chain, reminiscent to that found on the iconic Chanel 2.55 bag.  The small collection of wallets, change purses, card holders and clutches feature a simple graphic detail of the interlocking C’s in a white circle which pops off of the blue, red, yellow, black and fuchsia patent canvases.  The collection hits shelves in November.

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October 27, 2010

“Chanel Culture” Exhibit at Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art

The Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting Chanel Culture, “an exhibition charting the iconic fashion house’s literary and artistic inspirations.”  (WWD, 10.26.10)  Running from January 15, 2011 – March 14, 2011, the exhibit will showcase over 400 items “including clothing, artworks, manuscripts and films.”  The collection will be curated by Jean-Louis Froment, a French art director and critic and will be done with the consent and support of Chanel.  The exhibit will cover Gabrielle Chanel’s life and her relationships with avant garde artists of her time including Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky through the Karl Lagerfeld tenure.

No word on whether this exhibition will travel but I really hope it will.  As a history buff and Chanelphile, this exhibition is right up my alley!

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October 21, 2010

La Chanelphile Joins the MISS Omni Media Family

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October 8, 2010

Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Feminine. Gorgeous. Frayed. The Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection is an exercise of beautiful decay. Fabrics were frayed and had a look of wear and tear that added an edge to the otherwise frilly pieces. A color palette of the iconic Chanel black and white with splashes of pastels adorned an otherwise black-scale French garden set at the Grand Palais in Paris.  An eighty-piece orchestra accompanied the models as they sashayed to the music of Björk, the Verve, and John “007″ Barry.

Apparel
The traditional Chanel suit was updated with a few twists: 3/4 sleeve and short sleeve swing coats, large lapels and short shorts instead of skirts. The shorts were very tiny and I wonder if real women can pull them off. To me, they seem like they would only look good on supermodels who are super skinny and have legs that go on for days. Many of the looks were embellished with flowers, feathers and/or lace making the looks ultra-feminine and etheral. One of the most exciting parts of the apparel collection was Chanel for bébé – a little boy walking hand-in-hand with a male model donning a Chanel jacket. No official word, but maybe this is a hint at a children’s collection to come.

Accessories
As is always the case for me, the accessories stole the show. My mouth literally watered as I went through the detail shots of the shoe. Uncle Karl never forgets about the dainty digits and his gloves for this collection were awesome. From zippered to cut out, from floral to metal mesh – the gloves in this collection were stunning. The costume jewelry included usual suspects like pearl strands and cuffs but also included a lot of metal chain work with multiple strands. Clear chunky bangle bracelets with pastel colored stripes were fun way to add color to monochrome outfits.

The quilted bags were gorgeous and one of my absolute favorites was the oversize clutch with oversize quilting. Available in several colors, my desire for this bag is only second to my desire for a classic 2.55. The very best accessory totally stole the show – and it was the most unique one of its kind that I have ever seen. A model walked the runway with an oversize umbrella that was shaped like a hat – so simple, yet so GENIUS! This umbrella is easily the best umbrella ever created.  I don’t have much to say about the shoes (gasp!) because I didn’t like them :(

Beauty
Peter Philips always does a wonderful job of translating Karl Lagerfeld’s sketches into actual looks. A neutral face was highlighted by a very dark smokey eye, the color echoing the black-scale garden set. Hair was straight and pulled back with side or center parts with all parts having a black line drawn in giving us a new use for black pencil eyeliner. Nails were painted in what looked like a dark grey gunmetal color called Black Pearl. More details to come on the Beauté collection.

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