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March 11, 2010

Karl’s Two Cents: WWD Chats with Karl Lagerfeld

Uncle Karl does not stop! Soon after the presentation of his icy Chanel Fall 2010 Ready to Wear collection, he sat down to chat with WWD. What follows below is the interview republished from WWD:

What is your take on the fashion system today?
We are in the middle of change, like the movies changed. There will be a change from two-dimensions to three-dimensions, just as films went from silent to talking. This is a very interesting period. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. These are our times, and if you start to fight against them, you are lost. You are a loser or a has-been.

How do you deal with the speed of fashion today, the endless seasons, etc.?
We live in a speedy world. We are here to make the products light and modern. If speed is too much for you, don’t complain. That’s our world. We are not in the old days with two couture collections a year. At Chanel, we have six ready-to-wear collections, in fact: fall, pre-fall, métiers d’art, spring, pre-spring and cruise, and so the merchandise in the stores changes every two months. We reduce the time as much as we can. Creativity is not an issue. If you are not capable of doing it, you do another job. Doing fashion today is like being a racecar driver. That’s how I see it. So if the world of today doesn’t fit with your creativity, do your thing in an intimate, small way, but don’t play the victim. We have to fit in to our times.

That said, you’re not a fan of online retail.

I don’t believe in selling luxury online because shopping is pleasant. E-commerce deprives people of the pleasure of shopping in beautiful shops. And you know, fashion is not only what the clothes are made of — it’s the feeling of luxury where you shop, how you shop, the way parcels are beautifully wrapped. (Online) there are too many fakes, too many copies. Originals still have to be seen and touched. Because expensive clothes are not only about the look. It’s also about the touch.

You don’t use Twitter or other social media.

But I have nothing against it. I buy computers because they are beautiful objects. Personally, I don’t use them that much, but I don’t use cell phones and Blackberries and all that. It’s not because I want to be cut off from the world, but because I have different priorities. I like to do everything myself. I know pretty well about dressmaking — a technique that is difficult to get, as you know. My eyes are open, but they are not limited to a screen. For me, the world is a huge screen. That’s how I see it.

If the show calendar were to be reworked, what would be the perfect timing?

They should do men and women together [in January and June]. The men, why they are so early? Men’s clothes are much easier to produce than women’s clothes. So why don’t they do it all together? That would be wonderful. I think men and women should be in the same time together, 10 days or a week. Some people should make beautiful showroom presentations instead of doing poor-looking big shows. I’m very much against runway collections that nobody buys and who don’t exist. Everything you see on the Chanel runway, you get in the showroom.

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Filed under: Chanel Culture — Tags: , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 12:52 pm

Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear

Image: Chanel News

At Chanel, no expense is ever spared and the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear show was no exception. For starters, a 265-ton iceberg was imported from Sweden to the Grand Palais for the Chanel show.   Sitting in a shallow pool of water and reaching 28 feet high, 35 ice sculptors took six days to carve the iceberg to form the perfect peaks and valleys.  Needless to say, the room was kept chilly to keep the ice from melting and the tone was set for the show.

The show opened with what I would call polar bear costumes – full fur bodysuits.  For PETA’s sake, all of the fur in the show was faux – and there was a lot of it!  I have to say that I did not like these polar bear outfits at all.  I think they look ridiculous and unless you are dressing up as a polar bear for Halloween, or are living on the Arctic Circle, I have no idea why or where you would wear these furry jumpsuits.

Thankfully, the collection did not just include fuzzy costumes.  The highlight of the show – apparel wise – was the interpretation of tweed and knits to go along with the faux fur theme/cold weather theme.  The tweeds had fur, lace, yarn and tulle – and some even had stone embellishments.  The knits ranged from sweaters, dresses, and tights and looked cozy chic.

My favorite part of the collection was the accessories (no surprise there).  Necklaces, cuffs, earrings and hair pieces dripped with metals, stones, yarn and faux ice.  I especially loved the bracelet with metal and yarn fringe (pictured above).  The boots looked like they had spats attached to them which I also loved.  The fur boots – like the jumpsuits – I did not love, but I appreciated the cleverness of the “ice” heels.  The highlight of the accessories were of course the handbags.  From fur covered, to faux ice appliqued onto a bag with melting double CC’s the bags were exquisite.  My favorite was a play on the famous Chanel quilted pattern that actually looked like ice cubes.

The hair was big, teased and a bit messy, perhaps evoking the static of hat head in the winter?  I loved the eye makeup that was black and applied in a bit of a sporadic light, almost feather pattern.  The rest of the face was kept pretty bare and nude, as well as the nails.  As always, curious to see what the actual nail color will be – I’m sure it will cause a stir just like prior colors de jour.

View the rest of the collection below.

Runway Images: Style
Image Layout: Feesh

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March 2, 2010

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre – Avant Premiere

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

Chanel is having an “avant premiere” or early premier of their newest scent, Chance Eau Tendre.  The second variation of Chance, Eau Tendre was created by Chanel Master Perfumer Jacques Polge and is a “constellation that is a whirlwind of tender and vibrant notes. . . This incarnation of the decidedly young scent revealing itself to be both delicate and airy, with an intoxicatingly light, fruity trail.”

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre is available on the newly revamped Chanel website.

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January 21, 2010

Chanel Bags on Fashionphile.com

chanel bags on fashionphile.com

Chanel bags are as pricey as they come – believe me, I know, I’m still saving up for my first!  I want my first bag to be a pristine and brand new black 2.55 Reissue in lambskin (or vintage from the 50s or 60s when Mlle. designed it herself), but that doesn’t stop me from visiting Fashionphile.com every so often to check out what they have in store.

Fashionphile sells gently used luxury items from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès among others.  They guarantee the authenticity – which is great – because other sites like ebay scare me.

Today, I needed my daily does of Chanel and I spotted some bags on Fashionphile that I would love to own – my favorite being the pearl evening bag – so perfect in it’s simplicity and so very Chanel!

chanel bags on fashionphile.com

chanel bags on fashionphile.com

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January 19, 2010

La Chanelphile on The Vine

La Chanelphile on TheVine.com

We got our first bit of press yesterday!  La Chanelphile was featured on The Vine, Australia’s top website for news on music, fashion and entertainment.  Read the write up on TheVine.

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January 11, 2010

Chanel Beauté Des Ongles Protective Base Coat & Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer

Chanel Beauté Des Ongles Base Coat & Nail Shine Lacquers

Chanel has been at the forefront of developing must have nail colours for a while so it’s only natural that they would develop a base coat and top coat to match the rainbow of trendy lacquers. First, prime your nails with the Chanel Beauté Des Ongles Protective Base Coat.  This anti-yellowing formula safeguards nails against breakage, while reducing the appearance of white spots.  After you polish with your favorite Le Vernis, then apply the Chanel Beauté Des Ongles Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer, for a quick-drying, long-lasting, high-gloss finish.  Magnifique!

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December 18, 2009

Vol de Jour – A Short Film by Karl Lagerfeld

A unique short film by Karl Lagerfeld showcasing the Spring Summer 2010 Pre-Collection. Now we can see the Chanel motorcycle in action. Don’t try this at home!

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November 19, 2009

Chanel Nail Colour: Spring 2010

Chanel Nail Colour Spring 2010

We all got a glimpse of the gorgeous new Chanel nail colours at the recent Spring 2010 RTW show in Paris.  Now, images are surfacing on the net of the actual shades:  Particulière, Tendresse & Inattendu.  Chanel’s artistic director of makeup Peter Philips seems to have his finger on the pulse of what women want when it comes to nail colour.  My favorite is Particulière – it’s that perfect mix of grey, brown and olive green that makes it the perfect neutral – or shall we shay the new black?  The new Chanel nail colours will hit stores in January and I can’t wait to get mine!


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September 6, 2006

Chanel 1000% Bearbrick

Medicom created these 1000% Chanel Bearbricks for fashion editors world-wide.  Their appeal is so great, they are now gracing Chanel boutique store windows.  These Bearbricks are so adorable and are the Holy Grail of Bearbricks.  Sneaky people are putting them up on ebay and you can be a lucky bidder if you want to part with several thousand dollars.

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