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March 30, 2010

Chanel Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Makeup Collection

Chanel Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Makeup Collection

In December, Chanel presented the Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai collection in Shanghai.  The Métiers D’Art collections are always my favorite because Karl always takes us to exotic locales and the pieces are always exquisitely crafted by the artisans and craftsmen that the house of Chanel is know for working with.

Each season, Peter Philips creates a beauty collection to accompany the fashion collection and for this year’s Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai Collection he created Noir et Or (“Black & Gold”).  Noir et Or takes cues from the apparel and accessories collection that featured jet black with gilded gold accents.

Chanel Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Makeup Collection

I’m very excited about this collection because for the first time, Chanel is offering a black matte nail colour called Black Velvet ($25).  The other Le Vernis colors include Gold Lamé, a Satiny gold nail color ($25) and Illusion d‘or, a transparent sparkling gold nail color ($25).  Though Chanel is no stranger to gold nail polish, Gold Lamé and Illusion d‘or are different than the Gold Fiction and Or de Russe (”Russian Gold” from the Paris-Moscou collection).  Gold Lamé looks like a more subtle version of Gold Fiction and Illusion d‘or is clear with just a hint of gold sparkle.  I definitely can’t wait to get my claws on all of these!

For eyes, Chanel is releasing Ligne et Ombre de Chanel in Jet-Gold, a matte black eyeliner and sparkling gold eyeshadow ($45).  I love the juxtaposition of matte black with lustrous gold.  Chanel herself was said to wear gold eyeshadow – one of my favorite eyeshadow colors.

Noir et Or will be on counters later this week for April 2010 and will be sold exclusively at Chanel boutiques, Chanel Makeup Studios and on Chanel.com.

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March 1, 2010

Chanel Shanghai Accessories

Chanel Paris-Shanghai Accessories

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Chanel has Shanghai on the brain for 2010.  First there was the Chanel Shanghai boutique opening, then there was the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai collection.  We know Coco Chanel was infatuated with Shanghai and would have loved to have traveled there.  But I wonder if that was the only inspiration for the Chanel Shanghai collection – could it be that it was timed to coincide with the upcoming World’s Fair Expo in Shanghai in May, 2010.  Whatever the reason, the accessories are amazing!

After the success of the Chanel Paris-Moscou Matryoshka doll purse, Uncle Karl has created a similar purse for the Shanghai collection. The matching drop earrings are adorable – I wonder if he used these little ladies on any other accessories? Lagerfeld also reinterpreted the classic 2.55 bag with large sequined palletes in red and jade.

Chanel Paris-Shanghai Accessories

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My other favorite bag is Chanel’s rendition of the classic takeout box – with leather chain strap and all!  The Chanel cuff is also especially beautiful and is reminiscent of Chinese pottery and vases.

This is just a little glimpse into the details of the collection and I can’t wait to see more!

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December 2, 2009

Chanel Paris-Shanghai Diary of the Collection Videos

La Chanelphile: Chanel “métiers d’art” Paris Shanghai collection Diary of a collection

A little while back we gave you a sneak peek of the Paris-Shanghai collection.  Tomorrow the Short Movie made by Karl Lagerfeld for the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2010 Paris-Shanghai premiers and the following day the fashion show for the collection will take place in Shanghai. I can’t wait!

In the mean time, we can keep our appetites sated by watching the following videos that are part of the “Diary of the Collection.” Each episode is great because it gives a glimpse of the inner workings of Chanel from Karl sketching, to behind the scenes views of shooting the press kit and short film, to samples getting packed for the fashion show.  It’s so exciting to see how things are done at the House of Chanel.  Watch the episodes below…

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November 17, 2009

Chanel Paris Shanghai: Sneak Preview

Chanel Paris-Shanghai: Sneak Preview

A few weeks ago we posted about the opening of the Chanel Shanghai boutique and Chanel “métiers d’art” Paris Shanghai collectionChanel recently launched a Paris Shanghai website devoted to the Shanghai happenings, complete with sneak previews of the collection, video teasers, and an interview with Peter Marino, the architect of the Shanghai Chanel boutique.  Not surprisingly, the collection will feature lots of red – a very popular color in Chinese culture.  I’m already loving what I see – especially the lace, jackets, print and lip color!  The “métiers d’art” collection is one of my favorite collections of the year, and if you’re looking forward to the show like me, we’ll have to wait until December 3rd for the premier of Karl Lagerfeld’s short movie about the collection and until December 4th for the runway show.  Until then, this will have to sate our appetites…

Chanel Paris-Shanghai: Sneak Preview

Chanel Paris-Shanghai: Sneak Preview

Chanel Paris-Shanghai: Sneak Preview

Chanel Paris-Shanghai: Sneak Preview

Chanel Paris-Shanghai: Sneak Preview

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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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