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February 22, 2011

Chanel 2011 Côte d’Azur Cruise Collection Post Cards

A few months back we mentioned that Chanel opened a pop-up shop in the Meatpacking District of New York to house the Chanel Côte d’Azur Cruise Collection.  As part of the St. Tropez feeling of the shop, customers could pick up Chanel postcards featuring images of Georgia May Jagger from the Cruise Collection ad campaign.

I wasn’t able to make it to the shop but Ruby from the Chanel at the Encore in Las Vegas was nice enough to send me a set of the postcards.  This “thank you” is long overdue but you can see the beautiful stationary and postcards below…

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February 16, 2010

Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel – Temporary Skin Art/Tattoos

Les Trompe-L'oeil de Chanel - Temporary Skin Art/Tattoos

I just received a package in the mail and was excited to see that it was my set of Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel, better known as the Chanel Temporary Skin Art/Tattoos.  The tattoos made their debut a few months back at the Spring 2010 Chanel Ready To Wear presentation.

The set includes 5 sheets with a total of 55 designs – each hand-drawn by Peter Philips, Chanel’s Global Creative Director of Makeup.  Each trompe-l’oeil references a classic Chanel motif – pearls, the double C’s, and chain links with woven leather.  Traditional tattoo references also include sparrows and cherry blossoms.

I love this set, though I will confess, I bought Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel purely as a collector’s piece – I won’t be using any of these temporary tattoos.  I like to keep my skin canvas blank, but if you don’t want to commit to a real tattoo, then what it doesn’t get better than a Chanel temporary tattoo.

I was on a waiting list to get Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel but it may not be too late to get yours.  Try contact Ruby at the Chanel at the Encore in Las Vegas and tell her Gabriella sent you!

Les Trompe-L'oeil de Chanel - Temporary Skin Art/Tattoos

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January 3, 2010

Chanel Fine Jewelry Catalog

Chanel Fine Jewelry Catalog

Chanel Fine Jewelry Catalog

I came home to find this beautiful catalog on my doorstep.  Coco Chanel was known for making costume jewelry fashionable, but her fine jewelry designs were ground-breaking and breath-taking.  Today, Chanel carries on the tradition by releasing gorgeous collections of diamonds, platinum and pearls – oh my!  These pieces are far beyond my budget but at least I have this comprehensive catalog with beautiful photographs to flip through and day dream.  Chanel Fine Jewelry can be found at select Chanel boutiques, including the Chanel Ultra-Luxe Boutique at the Encore in Las Vegas.

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October 13, 2009

New Chanel Boutique on the Shanghai Horizon

Left: Rendering of the Chanel Shanghai Boutique (WWD); Right: Coco Chanel in her apartment with her beloved comorandel screens

Left: Rendering of the Chanel Shanghai Boutique (WWD); Right: Coco Chanel in her apartment with her beloved comorandel screens

Each year Chanel produces my favorite collection of the year – the “métiers d’art” collection – where Karl Lagerfeld takes on his magic carpet to the magical places that inspired Mlle. Chanel and whose ready-to-wear line features embellishments “with the couture ateliers Chanel owns.” Two years ago it was London, and last year it was Moscou. This year, the collection is called “Paris-Shanghai” and is, you guessed it, inspired by Shanghai, China. The collection will also include a short film directed by Uncle Karl himself.

To coincide with the collection, Chanel is opening a boutique in Shanghai on December 3, 2009. The boutique will be housed in the chic Peninsula Hotel on the riverfront and will be filled with commissioned art. French artist “Jean-Michel Othoniel, … created a giant, swirling strand of glass pearls, echoing the founding designer’s necklaces.”

Chanel to Open a Boutique in Shanghai

Chanel to Open a Boutique in Shanghai

The layout of the boutique, designed by architect Peter Marino, echoes Coco Chanel’s apartment on 31 Rue Cambon and will also include an “ultra luxe” salon (don’t worry, if you can’t make it to Shanghai, you can visit the Chanel Ultra Luxe Boutique in Las Vegas).

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