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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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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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October 27, 2010

Chanel Cruise 2010-2011 La Vernis Riva

Effortless, natural beauty, relaxed girls who are enjoying their holidays. That was the main idea behind the look for this show.

- Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup

A few months back we gave you a glimpse into the Chanel 2010-2011 Cruise Beauty collection and we mentioned a then-unnamed new blue nail color that we thought was inspired by the azure sky and St. Tropez sea.  Well, it seems like our hunch was right, the new shade, dubbed RIVA (presumable after the yacht-maker), is a beautiful shimmery ocean blue.  A limited edition color, Le Vernis Riva will be available in Chanel boutiques on December 1st.

chanel cruise 2010-2011 riva

Source: Laquerized

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May 20, 2010

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show Beauty

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show Beauty

Effortless, natural beauty, relaxed girls who are enjoying their holidays. That was the main idea behind the look for this show.

- Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup

Each collection brings a new makeup collection by Peter Philips.  Since he’s been on board, each season he creates a frenzy with limited edition nail lacquer colors and the Cruise 2010-2011 collection will no doubt do the same.  The laid back collection was paired with equally easy going hair and makeup.  The cosmetics were used to create natural sun-kissed looks and the nails featured Jade Rose and a new sky blue (yet to be released name) shade.  I’m guessing the blue was inspired by the azure sky and/or sea of St. Tropez.  Once we find out the name, the only question will be how much the new shade will sell for on ebay!

For the show in Saint-Tropez, Peter used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks that accompanied the Amber brown, absinthe and mint green, sky and navy blue, and bright pink prints of the collection.

Skincare: Skin prepared with Hydramax + Active Nourishing Cream

Complexion: Vitalumière Aqua Foundation (available March 2011)
Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder
Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen
Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer
Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

The Eyes: Ombres Contraste Duo Eyeshadow Duo in Taupe-Délicat (available in September 2010)
Le Crayon Sourcils Precision Brow Definer
Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Black

Lips: Soin Tendre Lèvres Hydra-Treatment Lip Care SPF 15
New lipstick pencils (not yet available)

The Cheeks: Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid

The Nails: Le Vernis Nail Colour in Jade Rose and a new pastel baby blue shade (not yet available)

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Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show Beauty

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show Beauty

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Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show – St. Tropez

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show - St. Tropez

Last week, Chanel debuted its 2010-2011 Cruise collection in St. Tropez and like his previous collections that show in special locales, this Cruise Collection took inspiration from the myth and magic of the diamond of the French Riviera.

Chanel 2010-11 Cruise Show - St. Tropez
The St. Tropez Chanel Cruise Collection has a very laid back vibe – very fitting since technically these are vacation clothes. Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by iconic St. Tropez moments – from the Brigitte Bardot’s St. Tropez of the 50s and 60s to Mick and Bianca Jagger’s wedding in the 1970s. These moments translated to fashion cues from mod shift mini dresses, high-waisted bell bottoms and an all white suit (a nod to Bianca Jagger’s YSL wedding suit).

The collection also included fun denim pieces, cropped jackets and sweaters, and beautiful flowing pastel chiffon pieces. Crocheted pieces evoked fishing nets used in the waters of St. Tropez. This seasons interpretation of tweed saw it mixed with metallics and sheers. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a view of the accessories but I’m sure they won’t disappoint.

To coincide with the launch of the collection Karl Lagerfeld produced a film, Remember Now. The short film was shot in St. Tropez and does a good job of bringing the inspiration to life. You can view the video and see the full collection below…

Images via Style – Gigi Iorio agency News Press Photo

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May 3, 2010

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Chanel Cruise collections are always shown in a beautiful vacation locales from Miami to Venice.  For the upcoming 2010 Chanel Cruise show, Karl Lagerfeld is presenting the collection in France’s St. Tropez.  Situated in the French Riviera, St. Tropez is a glamorous vacation destination that’s a “playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires.” (Wikipedia)  Brigitte Bardot used to spend quite some time there and I wonder if she will inspire any part of the collection.

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Image: Chanel News

Karl Lagerfeld was in St. Tropez recently shooting the Chanel Cruise 2010 film to accompany the launch of the collection.  The cast includes actors “Elisa Sednaoui and Pascal Greggory in the leading roles alongside Jean-Roch, as well as models closely related to the House of Chanel: Freja Beha, Jake Davies, Magdalena Frackowiak, Baptiste Giabiconi, Sébastien Jondeau, Karolina Kurkova, Abbey Lee, Leigh Lezark and Heidi Mount.” (Chanel News)

Within recent seasons, Karl has added films to his repertoire to launch collections.  I think they do a wonderful job of bringing the collection and inspiration to life and I can’t wait to see this!  Stay tuned for the 11th!  For more behind the scenes images taken by actor Pascal Greggory, visit the Chanel News photo gallery.

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