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June 6, 2010

Vanessa Paradis for Chanel Coco Cocoon

Chanel Coco Cocoon Collection Spring 2010

A few months back it was announced that Vanessa Paradis would replace Lily Allen as the face of the Chanel Coco Cocoon collection.  Paradis is the Chanel “it girl” of the moment and she must have Uncle Karl smitten as she’s snagged the Chanel Coco Rouge & Coco Cocoon campaigns.

The second Chanel Coco Cocoon collection was recently released and chanteuse Vanessa Paradis provides the face and soundtrack for the collection.  The images, shot by Karl Lagerfeld, are beautiful and alluring in soft black and white and feature Paradis lovingly clutching various styles of the Cocoon collection.  The campaign shots and collection photos all play to the tune of Paradis’ “L’Incendie”.

Coco Cocoon features several styles of bags in quilted nylon and lambskin, with some boasting Orylag trim (fancy French rabbit fur).  I love the Coco Cocoon collection because they are updated takes on the iconic Chanel quilting pattern reworked into very modern, practical wearable bags.  These are the types of bags that you can use for weekend travel or for everyday use – you can fit your laptop and then some!  View pictures from the campaign and collection below.

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March 29, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

Karl Lagerfeld Shooting the Chanel A/W 2010 Campaign in the Lower East Side

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Last week the fashion community was atwitter on twitter. Why? Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel crew were spotted in the streets of the Lower East Side of New York shooting the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2010 Ready to Wear campaign.  The models on set included Karl’s girl of the moment Freja Beha Erichsen, as well as Abbey Lee Kershaw. It’s not everyday that you get to see Karl Lagerfeld on the streets of New York – I wish I was there to see it with my own eyes! For more behind the scenes images – and close ups of the Chanel Autumn/Winter collection visit The Greyest Ghost.

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March 18, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld Interview in Vice Magazine

The March issue of Vice Magazine features an interview with Karl Lagerfeld.  The question and answers are very conversational and you get a glimpse into the genius that is Uncle Karl.  Read the full Karl Lagerfeld interview on Viceland.com.

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March 11, 2010

Karl’s Two Cents: WWD Chats with Karl Lagerfeld

Uncle Karl does not stop! Soon after the presentation of his icy Chanel Fall 2010 Ready to Wear collection, he sat down to chat with WWD. What follows below is the interview republished from WWD:

What is your take on the fashion system today?
We are in the middle of change, like the movies changed. There will be a change from two-dimensions to three-dimensions, just as films went from silent to talking. This is a very interesting period. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. These are our times, and if you start to fight against them, you are lost. You are a loser or a has-been.

How do you deal with the speed of fashion today, the endless seasons, etc.?
We live in a speedy world. We are here to make the products light and modern. If speed is too much for you, don’t complain. That’s our world. We are not in the old days with two couture collections a year. At Chanel, we have six ready-to-wear collections, in fact: fall, pre-fall, métiers d’art, spring, pre-spring and cruise, and so the merchandise in the stores changes every two months. We reduce the time as much as we can. Creativity is not an issue. If you are not capable of doing it, you do another job. Doing fashion today is like being a racecar driver. That’s how I see it. So if the world of today doesn’t fit with your creativity, do your thing in an intimate, small way, but don’t play the victim. We have to fit in to our times.

That said, you’re not a fan of online retail.

I don’t believe in selling luxury online because shopping is pleasant. E-commerce deprives people of the pleasure of shopping in beautiful shops. And you know, fashion is not only what the clothes are made of — it’s the feeling of luxury where you shop, how you shop, the way parcels are beautifully wrapped. (Online) there are too many fakes, too many copies. Originals still have to be seen and touched. Because expensive clothes are not only about the look. It’s also about the touch.

You don’t use Twitter or other social media.

But I have nothing against it. I buy computers because they are beautiful objects. Personally, I don’t use them that much, but I don’t use cell phones and Blackberries and all that. It’s not because I want to be cut off from the world, but because I have different priorities. I like to do everything myself. I know pretty well about dressmaking — a technique that is difficult to get, as you know. My eyes are open, but they are not limited to a screen. For me, the world is a huge screen. That’s how I see it.

If the show calendar were to be reworked, what would be the perfect timing?

They should do men and women together [in January and June]. The men, why they are so early? Men’s clothes are much easier to produce than women’s clothes. So why don’t they do it all together? That would be wonderful. I think men and women should be in the same time together, 10 days or a week. Some people should make beautiful showroom presentations instead of doing poor-looking big shows. I’m very much against runway collections that nobody buys and who don’t exist. Everything you see on the Chanel runway, you get in the showroom.

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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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September 9, 2009

The Glamorous Life: Lily and Karl are Back at it Again!

The Glamorous Life: Lily and Karl are Back at it Again!

The Glamorous Life: Lily and Karl are Back at it Again!

Earlier this summer singer Lily Allen made her debut as Chanel’s newest face. She channeled Audrey Hepburn while Karl Lagerfeld shot her and Chanel’s amazing Coco Cocoon bags. Now, thanks to the Daily Mail, we get a sneak peek at Lily playing dress up for Uncle Karl again, this time going for a sexier look that features a mop of messy hair and a vamp red lip.

Lily playing dress up for Uncle Karl again, this time going for a sexier look.

Lily playing dress up for Uncle Karl again, this time going for a sexier look.

These images are more in line with the sweet and saucy Lily that we’ve all come to know and love via her two hit albums and countless paparazzi shots.  That’s the Lily that Karl handpicked for this campaign despite the fact that she admits to being very aware that she is “5 ft 2 in and a size 12” and uncomfortable modeling. However, with her affinity for Chanel bags and her fiery personality it’s no wonder Lagerfeld, who describes her as fun, chose her.

The Glamorous Life: Lily and Karl are Back at it Again!

The Glamorous Life: Lily and Karl are Back at it Again!

These images are more in line with the sweet and saucy Lily that we’ve all come to know.

With her new found status as muse, it seems as Karl’s influence has rubbed off since Lily is taking a spin in the designing chair herself.  She has already done her own line of clothes for British label New Look and just recently launched a line of jewelry called Lily Allen of course.

Like most of you, I am eagerly awaiting the official release of Lily’s new Chanel Coco Cocoon ads. I have to see if she once again rose to the occasion and did Karl proud. I’m sure she did, because we all know Karl Lagerfeld would have it no other way.

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