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March 22, 2011

Video of Coco Chanel’s Apartment at 31 Rue Cambon

I just came across this video of Coco Chanel’s apartment at 31 Rue Cambon. I have to say that since not everyone is allowed up there, I thought the quality of the video would be a bit better – it comes across as a bit touristy/amateur – just sayin’. But, it is an inside look into the legendary apartment so I’ll take what I can get! Hopefully, one day I’ll have a video of my own :)

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture — Tags: , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:02 am

March 6, 2011

Blake Lively Hosts Chanel Mademoiselle Dinner in Paris

Blake Lively Hosts Chanel Mademoiselle Dinner in Paris

So, the rumors weren’t true…Blake Lively can’t attend the Chanel Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear show in Paris because of a scheduling conflict with the Gossip Girl shooting schedule – not because she thinks celebrities shouldn’t sit front row.  Whew!

Since she couldn’t make it to the show, Blake Lively hosted a dinner in Paris at the Chanel couture salon, complete with performance by Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.  A pink rose décor and three course meal by  a two-star Michelin chef set the scene for the who’s who of fashion elite including Lou Doillon, Karen Elson, Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee Shaffer, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Chanel spokespeople Anna Mouglalis (bags, fine jewelry and watches), Elisa Sednaoui (glasses) and Chanel’s brand ambassadors Leigh Lezark, Caroline Sieber.

It sounds like it was a lovely event.  Dear Chanel, please bring on some blog ambassadors and please let moi be one!

Image Sources:  WWD and FabSugar

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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

March 1, 2011

Chanel & Colette Pop Up Shop Update


For the next 10 days, Colette and Chanel teamed up to give consumers a unique shopping experience. A few of the special products that Colette commissioned are online in their web shop – but most sold out within hours of being put up. It doesn’t look like actual Chanel pieces will be online including a Colette blue Mademoiselle purse and camellias in black, white and Colette blue. I wish I could be there for this – if you can get to Paris then this is a must see!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Boutiques — Tags: , , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 9:07 am

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 29, 2010

Chanel No.5 at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Starting January 6, the exterior of Paris’ Musée d’Orsay will be graced with the silhouette of the iconic Chanel No.5 bottle.  The image of the flacon measures 2,890 square feet and is covered with 1,200 handmade sequins.  Dazzling!

Source: WWD

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 7:15 pm

October 29, 2010

Chanel Links: 10.29.10


This post has been a long-time coming – I was out of town last week and got a bit behind on posting…hope you enjoy the links below.

  • The Cut reveals more rumors about Karl’s retirement and his possible replacements.

  • Refinery29 has the details on a trio of oldie-but-goodie nail colours that are coming out of retirement for a holiday gift set.
  • Chanel sues a chain of costume jewelry stores in Arizona for selling counterfeit merchandise.  Phoenix New Times
  • Chanel doesn’t want to become another “Q-tip” or “Xerox” so it took out an ad in WWD asking editors to not use “Chanel” to describe products that are not made by Chanel.  Huffington Post

  • I knew that the Costco in NYC sold Chanel bags for 1 day but I didn’t know you could get Chanel beauty products at Costco

  • Karl Lagerfeld is adding “island designer” to his resume.  Blackbook.
  • Kanye West is just like Karl Lagerfeld – according to Kanye.  Boombox.

  • Step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve a classic Chanel beauty look.  Telegraph.
  • Couture Allure shows photos of Chanel designs after the death of Coco Chanel and shows the magic touch that Karl Lagerfeld added.
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October 8, 2010

Keira Knightley in Chanel Beauté

Keira Knightley, star of the upcoming COCO MADEMOISELLE advertising campaign sequel directed by Joe Wright, wore CHANEL makeup at the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear Show in Paris on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010.

Keira looked gorgeous and I love her new bob. I wonder if it was inspired by Coco? Keira’s look was created using the following products – it won’t make us look like her but it will get us as close as we can:

Face: VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 in Beige Rosé – Tendre (available March 2011)
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Pink Explosion

Eyes: LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow in Tentation Cuivré
MASCARA INIMITABLE WATERPROOF in Noir

Lips: ROUGE COCO Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Chintz

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September 7, 2010

Chanel Announces New Coco Mademoiselle Advertising Campaign

Chanel seems to be on a fragrance ad campaign roll. It seems like every time I post about a new ad campaign, another one is right behind it. Soon after the Scorsese film ad for Bleu de Chanel, Chanel has announced that it’s filming a new Coco Mademoiselle ad campaign featuring the fragrances face, Keira Knightley. Directed by Joe Wright, Chanel continues the tradition of pairing it’s actresses who star in their campaigns with directors the actresses have worked with.*  Knightley and Wright worked together on the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice.

Take a look at the behind the scenes images below.

The old Coco Mademoiselle ad featuring Keira Knightley.

*Previous actress/director pairings:
Chanel No. 5:
Nicole Kidman & Baz Luhrmann in Moulin Rouge
Audrey Tautou & Jean-Pierre Jeunet in Amélie.

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July 12, 2010

Chanel Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture Show Soundtrack

Music is a big part of creating ambiance and I love the tunes at Chanel because I’m always introduced to something new.  Here are the tunes that filled the air of the Grand Palais in Paris:

Timothy Andres
“Antennae”, Shy and Mighty
Nonesuch Records 2010

Timothy Andres – Antennae

Found at Antennae on Duck.fm

Lou Reed and John Cale
“Small Town”, Songs For Drella
Sire/Warner Records 1990

Chilly Gonzales
“Never Stop (Piano-Pella)”
Phantasy Sound Limited 2010

Gonzales
“Knight Moves”, Ivory Tower

Arts & Crafts 2010

Image from Chanel News

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