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December 16, 2010

12 Days of Chanel: Chanel Films

Coco Chanel is one of the most intriguing women of the 20th Century.  Since it’s difficult to get a hold of interviews of Mademoiselle (especially if you don’t read French), I love to watch films about Gabrielle Chanel.  Of course, they are movies and artistic license is applied liberally, but it’s nice to see her come to life if only for a few hours.  I also love seeing the clothing and the sets – a bit like seeing history repeat itself – and getting a glimpse of the time period in which she lived.

All three of the films are good in their own way but very different:  Chanel Solitaire was the very first and is only available on VHS, Coco Before Chanel documents Chanel’s rise to fame and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky follows an illicit love affair later in Chanel’s career.  I’ve seen all three and my favorite is Coco Before Chanel but they are all worth watching.  These DVDs would make a great gift or stocking stuff for any fashion or movie buff and are available on Amazon.com.

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December 15, 2010

Chanel Paris-Byzance Fittings

Chanel News just posted some gorgeous images of the fitting session – you can see some of the details of the apparel and accessories – just gorgeous!

Image Source: Chanel, Photographed by Benoît Peverelli

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12 Days of Chanel: Chanel Shoes

From your fingertips to your toes, Chanel has something drool-worthy for all of your digits.  Chanel shoes run the gamut of very practical flats to shoes with guns (fake of course) as heels.  From super classic to over-the-top, Chanel has a shoe for every personality.  They don’t come cheap, but if these are in your budget, or if you have to save up your Christmas money for a few seasons, these shoes are definitely worth it because they will never go out of style.

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December 14, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Beauty

The theme of the collection, Paris-Byzance is a great inspiration on it’s own. The links and associations with Chanel are rich and plenty.  Karl gave Sam (McKnight) and me a sketch giving us a rough idea of the direction he wanted for the look, from then the tone was set.  Karl also showed us the world-famous mosaic portrait of Theodora, the Empress of the Byzantine Empire Mosaic from the Saint-Vital de Ravenne Basilica, which very naturally became the inspiration for the show’s makeup. The portrait gave me a focus point : the red eye shadow/liner that she wears on the arch of her eyebrows. This look is all about light and rich textures. The choreography between gold, bronze, black and red can be easily personalized according to the desires of each woman.

- Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup

I LOVE this look – very theatrical and perfectly compliments the collection.  I can’t wait to see Beige Petale, the new nail colour!

Peter used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:

Skin prepared with HYDRAMAX + ACTIVE Nourishing Cream for Dry Skin

The Complexion:
VITALUMIERE AQUA Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder
ÉCLAT LUMIÈRE Highlighter Face Pen
CORRECTEUR PERFECTION Long Lasting Concealer

The Eyes:
REGARD SIGNÉ DE CHANEL in Topkapi (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rouge (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
LE CRAYON LEVRES Precision Lip Definer in Rouge
LE CRAYON KHÔL Intense Eye Pencil in Clair
LE CRAYON YEUX Precision Eye Definer in Brun Teak
LE CRAYON SOURCILS (available August 2011)
INIMITABLE MASCARA in Noir

The Cheeks:
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Or (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Moca

The Lips:
SOIN TENDRE LEVRES Hydrating Lip Treatment SPF 15

The Nails:
LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Beige Petale on the hands (Summer 2011 Makeup Collection, available May 2011)

Photos: Vincent Lappartient for Chanel

Photo of Mosaic: Absolut Bologna

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12 Days of Chanel: Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel is ahead of the curve as far as nail lacquer goes.  With trend setting colors Vamp, Jade, and Blue Satin, wearing the latest Chanel Le Vernis is a sure fire way to keep a look current.  At $24-28 a bottle (depending on how limited the color is) Chanel Nail Colour is the “gateway drug” of a Chanel addiction – one that may lead to purchases of fragrance, shoes, bags and accessories!  Le Vernis make a great gift or stocking stuffer – just be sure to get those limited edition colors fast!

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December 13, 2010

12 Days of Chanel: Brooches

Nothing says ladylike elegance like a brooch. Added almost anywhere, a brooch can jazz up an ensemble and give you a polished look. Most often found on lapels, you can add a brooch to sweater sets, blazers, or outerwear. You can even fashion a hairpiece, or update a belt or fasten a scarf with a brooch. Every season Chanel releases at least one Camelia brooch and one double-C brooch. A Chanel brooch is a lovely way to add a bit of luxury to your looks without breaking the bank.

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Chanel Paris-Byzance Interviews with Karl Lagerfeld & Diane Kruger

The Chanel News website has two nice interviews up from the Paris-Byzance show with Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger. Watch them by clicking the links below…

Karl Lagerfeld Interview

Diane Kruger Interview

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December 12, 2010

12 Days of Chanel: Camelia Fine Jewelry Collection

The holidays are fast approaching and I’m counting down with the 12 Days of Chanel – a list of Chanel gift ideas that any Chanelphile will love.  From diamonds to nail polish, there are plenty of Chanel options for every budget.  I thought I’d start with a bang and show you some new pieces from the Chanel Camelia Fine Jewelry collection.  All the pieces are in 18 carat white gold and some include diamonds.   The Camelia collection can be found at these Chanel Fine Jewelry Boutiques:

California: Beverly Hills & Costa Mesa

Florida: Bal Harbour & Palm Beach

Hawaii: Honolulu

Las Vegas: Bellagio & Encore

New York: Madison Avenue & 57th Street

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December 11, 2010

Chanel Paris-Byzance Look Book Shot in Ravenna, Italy

“It’s all about mosaics,” said Lagerfeld, who traveled to Ravenna, Italy, to view the intricate artworks from the fifth and sixth centuries that adorn its churches and monuments. “I thought it was an influence that could be very much Chanel,” he said. “It’s also about a spirit.”

-WWD

In the 6th Century, Ravenna was the “westernmost pillar of the Byzantine Empire.” (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium).  Today, Ravenna is a living shrine featuring the monuments and churches of the lost empire.  Boasting a rich cultural history, Ravenna is “best look at the glories of Byzantium this side of Istanbul.”  (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium).

Since the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance show was inspired by the Byzantine Empire, Karl Lagerfeld went to Ravenna, Italy to shoot the Look Book for the collection.  I wonder how much of the ancient mosaics will be in the photos.  I think it’s great that Uncle Karl went to Ravenna because the photos will be have historical integrity – something that a set could never replicate.  I can’t wait to see the pictures of the look book. In the mean time, check out these gorgeous photos of mosaics from Ravenna, Italy.

Image Source: Absolut Bologna

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December 10, 2010

Empress Theodora & Coco Chanel

“I like the idea of these two strong women…You know, there’s Chanel everywhere.…I take a little idea and I make a collection.”

-Karl Lagerfeld, WWD

Empress Theodora and the Byzantine Empire were the inspiration behind Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris-Byzance collection. Coco Chanel herself loved Byzantine jewelry and she borrowed motifs for the jewelry she designed.  Both women, Empress Theodora and Coco Chanel rose from very humble beginnings to be very powerful women who exerted tremendous influence.

“Theodora was a circus artist who became empress, like Chanel, who was a little singer and became a fashion empress.”

-Karl Lagerfeld, Style.com

It’s nice to be reminded that strong, independent, ground-breaking women have been around for centuries :)   Empress Theodora is a saint in the Orthodox Church and some might say that to some fashion lovers, Coco is a saint too…

Empress Theodora Image Source

Santa Coco Image Source

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