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April 1, 2011

Chanel Mademoiselle Handbag Spring 2011 Look Book

Coco Mademoiselle Handbag Spring 2011 Look Book

Earlier this week I received some mail from Chanel – yay!  It was the look book for the Spring 2011 Chanel Mademoiselle handbag collection.  The campaign features Blake Lively and the look book consisted of a set of six postcards packaged in an envelope that had a handle like a bag.

Coco Mademoiselle Handbag Spring 2011 Look Book

And speaking of Blake Lively, the word on the street is that some folks at Chanel HQ didn’t think that Blake Lively was a good “face” for the Coco Mademoiselle line.  Because she’s American?  Hmmm, maybe, Chanel usually has European ladies rep the line.  In any case, we think Blake looked stunning in the ad campaign and she embodies the confidence, beauty and sophistication of Chanel.  So there.

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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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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags — Tags: , , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:25 pm

March 2, 2011

Will Blake Lively Attend the Chanel Show?

Word on the web is that Blake Lively thinks it’s tacky when celebs sit front row at fashion shows – even though she’s done it in the past.  The web is abuzz with rumors that she won’t be at the Chanel Fall/Winter 2011 show, but instead will be hosting a dinner in Paris since Lively is the face of the Chanel’s new Mademoiselle handbag line.  We’ll know for sure what happens on the 8th I suppose!

Source: Fashionista

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:04 pm

January 25, 2011

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2011 Inspiration: Paintings of Marie Laurencin

WWD reported that Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the paintings of Marie Laurencin, namely the portrait she did of Mademoiselle Chanel, for the Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection.  The portrait of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel hangs in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and they have an interesting anecdote posted on their site:

In 1923 Laurencin was working on the costumes and sets for Les Biches (The Does) performed by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Coco Chanel, who was creating costumes for the same company’s Le Train Bleu at the time, asked the artist to paint her portrait. Laurencin painted Chanel in a languid pose draped in blue and black with one shoulder bare. The fluid lines, subtly shifting colours and the sitter’s dreamy expression are typical of Laurencin’s work, but Chanel – designer of ‘the little black dress’ and the Chanel suit – turned the painting down, saying it did not look like her.

Marie Laurencin Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel, 1923 Oil on canvas

Laurencin was part of the Cubist circle and was one of the few women who were part of the movement but also put her own spin on it. Her use of pastel colors and fluid curvey lines differentiated her from other Cubist painters. She painted mostly women and her style suited this subject perfectly. These are some other examples of Marie Laurencin’s work. You can see her use of pastels and how Karl was inspired by her pinks and greys and transformed these hints of color into an airy, light collection perfect for spring. Review of the collection to come shortly!

Marie Laurencin LA VIE AU CHATEAU Oil on Canvas 1925

Marie Laurencin Il Bacio 1927

Marie Laurencin Femme Au Chien

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January 5, 2011

Blake Lively – The Face of Chanel Mademoiselle Bags

Last month, we heard rumors about Blake Lively taking on the role of brand ambassador for a Chanel handbag line.  We speculated that it may be for the Chanel Coco Cocoon collection with Blake following in the footsteps of Lily Allen and Vanessa Paradis.  Instead, WWD has just reported that Blake Lively is the face of a new line of Chanel handbags – the Mademoiselle bag.

First seen in the Chanel 2010/2011 Cruise show, the Mademoiselle bag is an oblong shaped bag featuring the brand’s signature quilting, chain strap and double-C logo.  Available in an array of colors and fabrics (cloth jersey, lambskin, calfskin, alligator, satin and shagreen), the bag retails for $2,000 – $3,300 for base ranges and over $30,000 for exotic skins.

Karl shot the campaign in Paris at the historic 31 Rue Cambon on the storied Chanel mirrored staircase that Mademoiselle herself would sit and watch her collection shows.  When asked why he chose Blake Lively, Karl stated:  “She’s full of life…She’s a kind of American dream girl…I think she will become a great actress.”

The ads for the new Chanel Mademoiselle bags will begin to surface in April 2011 magazines – I can’t wait to see the campaign!

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December 21, 2010

12 Days of Chanel: Chanel Watches

What time is it? It’s time to get Chanel!!  Chanel watches are some of the most gorgeous watches I have seen.  From the feminine Camelia watches, to the Art Deco 1932 series, from the delicate Première to the oft-imitated ceramic J12, Chanel watches are some of the most, uniquely beautiful watches around.  These lovely timepieces don’t come cheap and are expensive as they are gorgeous.  I don’t foresee myself getting one of these – ever – but they will forever be on my wish list!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Jewelry — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 5:15 pm

August 19, 2010

Joyeux Anniversaire Mademoiselle!

“Fashion passes, style remains.”

Happy Birthday Mademoiselle Chanel!  Your memory and style endure.  We miss you!

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February 9, 2010

VogueTV: Peter Philips in 80 Days

VogueTV: Peter Philips in 80 Days

VogueTV: Peter Philips in 80 Days

Peter Philips, the artistic director of Chanel Beauty has made quite a splash since he joined the Chanel team in 2008.  In his short time there he’s already created cult classics like Gold Fiction, Jade and Particulière.  Now you can watch the master make-up artist at work behind the scenes at runway shows, in his studio, during beauty shoots and in business meetings.

I especially love these videos because you get rare glimpses into fittings (which still take place in Mademoiselle’s salon), details of some of the accessories, the Lesage embroidery studio, and even the archives where you catch sight of original Chanel beauty products and Coco’s very first little black dress. View the videos from VogueTV below…

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January 8, 2010

Chanel is Bringing Lipstick Back: Introducing Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour

Chanel is Bringing Lipstick Back: Vanessa Paradis for Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour

Chanel is Bringing Lipstick Back: Vanessa Paradis for Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour

They say lipstick sales are “recession proof” – in fact – sales usually go up. Why? Because it’s an inexpensive way to look beautiful and freshen up your look. Chanel is taking note and bringing lipstick back to a young customer base that is infatuated with lip gloss. This March, Chanel is introducing Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour – and bringing back the lost art of sexily applying your lipstick.

Vanessa Paradis, the French actress (and Johnny Depp’s leading lady) is the face of the campaign and this is not the first time Paradis has worked with Chanel.  Andrea D’Avack, president of Chanel Fragrance & Beauté, stated: “Vanessa has been very linked to the house over the years, and she represents a young, sophisticated woman who we also believe will be the consumer for Rouge Coco.”  Print and TV ads have been shot though it’s still unclear whether TV spots will be placed in the U.S.

The Rouge Coco line has 30 shades and each hue is named after an influential part of Coco Chanel’s life – Camelia, Mademoiselle, and Paris – to name a few.  The shades come in one of four color families Roses-Pinks; Reds-Corals; Violets-Berries, and Neutrals-Browns and will be available in different global markets.

Like many Chanel cosmetics, the packaging takes it’s cue from Chanel’s history with black and gold detailing, interlocking C’s and the Chanel name embossed into each lipstick bullet.  The Rouge Coco collection debuts in March with each lipstick retailing for $30 at fine retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Chanel.com.

Chanel is Bringing Lipstick Back: Introducing Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour

Chanel is Bringing Lipstick Back: Introducing Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour

Images & Info: WWD

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