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La Chanelphile

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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January 26, 2010

Chanel Spring 2010 Haute Couture – “Neon Baroque”

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The much anticipated Chanel Spring Haute Couture 2010 show came and went and it temporarily made me forget I was sitting in dreary, rainy San Francisco and made me excited for spring.  Karl Lagerfeld ditched the trademark black, white, and navy for a much lighter palette – one reminiscent of cotton candy and sherbet.

The collection consisted of tweed suits, short swing dresses and gorgeously intricate column gowns – all in candy colors from strawberry, peach, lemon and vanilla.  Silver beading and metallic accents kept the pale shades from becoming boring and added just the right amount of pizazz – even Karl traded in his signature black tie for a metallic silver one! Chanel trademarks like pearls, camelias, bows and ruffles were all present – but used in different ways.  Instead of rows of pearl necklaces, a pearl collar elegantly held a dress up.  Ever flirtatious, the collection was very feminine and embodied Le sacre du printemps.

One of my favorite aspects of the show was the hair – it was swept up in a heart shape with giant bows and flowers front and center.  Many of the bangs featured a white streak (the Dior Spring 2010 Haute Couture show also had white streaked hair – is this a new trend for Spring?).  Makeup was kept light & sweet so as not to distract from the clothing.  I’m still waiting to see detail shots but it looks like the hot new nail colors will be white and metallic silver – but I’ll have to see the close-ups to be sure.

In the mean time, you can see the full collection below.

Images courtesy of WWD.

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