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October 8, 2010

Chanel Cruise 2010/2011 Trunk Show Schedule

Coming soon to a Chanel boutique near you… call for appointments.

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Filed under: Chanel Boutiques,Chanel Ready To Wear — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 12:21 pm

Keira Knightley in Chanel Beauté

Keira Knightley, star of the upcoming COCO MADEMOISELLE advertising campaign sequel directed by Joe Wright, wore CHANEL makeup at the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear Show in Paris on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010.

Keira looked gorgeous and I love her new bob. I wonder if it was inspired by Coco? Keira’s look was created using the following products – it won’t make us look like her but it will get us as close as we can:

Face: VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 in Beige Rosé – Tendre (available March 2011)
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Pink Explosion

Eyes: LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow in Tentation Cuivré
MASCARA INIMITABLE WATERPROOF in Noir

Lips: ROUGE COCO Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Chintz

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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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Chanel Links: Week of 10.04.10

  • Selfridges, London has a creative window display featuring the Chanel Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear collection.  Chanel News.

  • Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Teheran, a universally flattering coral-pink color, was a best seller and is now available again exclusively on Chanel.com.

  • Chanel sets trends even when it comes to dropping Apple iAd contracts. News Provider

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Chanel Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear Show Invite

In 2 short days Chanel will unveil its Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection and I can’t wait to see it!  Chanel unveiled an image of their show invitation (pictured above) and from the looks of it, maybe Chanel’s iconic Camellia is the inspiration for the collection.  Since it’s a spring collection, floral is always “on trend” so it’s a possibility.  From the looks of the invite, it seems that Uncle Karl is still liking the raw street art feel that imbued his Chanel Soho Boutique reopening.  All I can do is speculate – we’ll see in 2 days!

Image Source: Chanel News

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September 27, 2010

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky DVD Giveaway

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY – the unforgettable true story of forbidden romance between two of the twentieth century’s most fascinating creative minds. Deemed “an excellent biopic” by Roger Ebert, the passionate love affair of Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky will be available for the world to experience on DVD/Blu-ray September 28th.

Directed by renowned French filmmaker Jan Kounen and starring Mads Mikkelsen as Igor and former Chanel model Anna Mouglalis as Coco, the film features exquisite performances, superb costume design by Chattoune (including several original pieces generously given to the production from the House of Chanel), as well as costumes designed by Karl Lagerfeld, and a powerful score dominated by many of Stravinksy’s most famous works.

You can win a copy of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky on DVD/Blu-ray. To enter, simply “like” the M.I.S.S. fan page on Facebook and leave a comment on our wall saying why you’d like to win.

*Prize will be shipped within the U.S. only
**All entries must be made by Sunday, October 3rd, Midnight PST.

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September 24, 2010

Chanel J12 29mm Watch

The oft-imitated Chanel J12 watch is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year and to commemorate the occasion, Chanel has released a mini J12 that is 29mm in width.  I love this watch and it would look great on my very small wrists without overpowering it. Something tells me there won’t be anything “mini” about the price…

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Jewelry — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 8:16 pm

September 23, 2010

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes at the V&A Museum

In 1924 Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, produced Le Train Bleu, “a ballet combining acrobatics, satire of the period, and pantomime.”  (Chanel and Her World, Edmounde Charles -Roux, p. 206)  His ballets were avant-garde and he imbued his productions with the works of other avant-garde artists of the time including Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Léon Bakst, Giorgio de’ Chirico, Jean Cocteau, Joan Miró, and Coco Chanel. (Diaghilev and the lasting style of the Ballets Russes, Kate Salter, Telegraph)

Coco Chanel created the costumes for Le Train Bleu, a ballet that brought together tennis players, golf champions and sun bathers searching for adventure.  Diaghilev’s direction for the costumes, as given by Cocteau stated:  “Instead of trying to remain this side of the ridiculous in life, to com to terms with it, I would push beyond.  What am I looking for? To be truer than true.”  (Chanel and Her World, Edmounde Charles -Roux, p. 215) Chanel in fact had made a name for herself for shunning the traditional dress of the early twentieth century, which she felt was too costumey.  Rather than designing costumes for Le Train Bleu, Chanel dressed the dancers in actual sports clothes from her collection.  She didn’t attempt to veil reality, but instead, brought it to life.

Chanel’s creationst for the Ballets Russes’ Le Train Bleu can be viewed now at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, an exhibit featuring the costumes of the Ballet.  I wish I could see this collection for myself.  The costumes show wear and tear from repeated used in performances and don’t have much life in them.  (Diaghilev and the lasting style of the Ballets Russes, Kate Salter, Telegraph)  If you are, or will be, in London, this is a definite must see!

All Images: Chanel and Her World, Edmounde Charles -Roux

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September 16, 2010

Chanel Soho Exclusives

To commemorate the re-opening of the Chanel Soho Boutique, Chanel not only released a Beauté collection, but also released exclusive footwear, leather goods and ready to wear pieces. The ready to wear pieces include a lambskin and “fantasy fur” coat featuring Crystal Renn in a shot made famous because her famous body was cropped out.  (I personally don’t think it was a big deal – I prefer cropping to photo shop any day).  The leather goods are handbags of different shades and sizes such as metallic python (in brown, red and light grey), black calfskin and caviar (in black and red). The calfskin bags feature a tweed lining, and all the bags have a “CHANEL Soho 2010” signature hidden inside – just to make it official. My favorite of the bunch is the footwear, especially the red python classic ballerina and the weekender boot made of black calfskin and python. Those boots were definitely made for stomping all weekend long in your favorite city. Take a look at the full collection below. To purchase, please visit the Chanel Soho Boutique at 139 Spring Street, 212-334-0055 or email SoHo2010Exclusives@chanelusa.com.

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September 15, 2010

Art Imitates Life: Chanel’s Soho Graffiti

Earlier this year in January 2010, the Chanel Soho boutique was tagged with pink spray paint.  Last week, the Chanel Soho boutique re-opened on Fashion’s Night Out.  As part of the festivities, and to avoid cluttering the newly designed shop, two temporary tents were erected at the corner of Wooster & Spring streets.  Inside the tents, Chanelphiles were greeted by a digital interactive graffiti where guests were invited to “tag” with Chanel spray cans.

There has been no official word on what inspired the digital graffiti but my hunch is that Uncle Karl took some inspiration from the real vandalism that occurred at the Soho boutique and elevated it to a whole new level.    It’s not the first time that Karl has taken Coco Chanel’s infamous quote to heart and looked to the “streets” for inspiration:

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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