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December 9, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Runway Show Videos

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Annual Chanel Event at Decadestwo.1


As reported in the LA Times:

On Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Chanel items from the 1990s through present day will be available for up to 70% off retail. Not in the mood to fight aggressive shoppers for the bounty of boucle jackets and quilted bags they’re hoarding? Then you can visit the decadestwo.1 site and shop online from Dec. 11 through Dec. 18.

All I have to say is OMG!

Image & Info: LA Times

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December 8, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Runway Video

There are no embedable videos online yet but you can see the show in its entirety on the Chanel website:

Chanel Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Runway Video

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

“After the Grand Palais, I had to do the opposite.”

-Karl Lagerfeld, on the intimate setting for the Pre-Fall 2011 collection presentation, Style.com

If I had to summarize the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Collection in one word it would be opulence. Hearkening back to the Byzantine Era and Empress Theodora, Karl Lagerfeld resurrected the intricate mosaics and gold filigree of the lost empire.

A somber palette of black, navy, royal plum and gold highlighted the textured knits and intricate tweeds. Mosaic patterns of churches were replicated on dresses and necklines and gold was woven through textiles. The accessories were gorgeous and evoked the lavishness of the Byzantine Empire. Gold coin necklaces, bib necklaces, chunky cuff bracelets and filigree headbands are all fit for an Empress. Over the knee boots and sandals were the footwear of choice and completed the looks.

Though inspired by antiquities, Karl Lagerfeld kept the collection current with hints of mod 1960′s London. Pea coats, straight-leg pants, swing coats and shift dresses gave a modern feel to the otherwise classic sumptuousness of the Byzantine-inspired pieces.

This collection was truly beautiful and I love how Karl can take something so small, like Coco Chanel’s signature Verdura Cuffs (wit Byzantine crosses) and create a whole collection around it.  The Métiers D’Art are always a stand out because, as the name implies, it’s a collection focused around artisan skills and gorgeous craftsmanship.   I can’t wait to see the detail shots of the accessories and the look book which was shot in Ravenna, Italy where Byzantine mosaics still exist. Stay tuned for more info! Until then, please enjoy images from the collection.

Images: WWD

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December 7, 2010

Top View of the Paris-Byzance Show Decor

As seen on the Chanel blog

The salon at 31 Rue Cambon was transformed to look like a Turkish Tea Room to evoke the theme of the Byzantine-inspired collection.  Stay tuned for a review of the show – it was GORGEOUS!

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Blake Lively the New Face of Chanel Handbags


Word on the street is that Blake Lively just got back from Paris after shooting a new Chanel handbag ad campaign set to release in the Spring.  As usual, Karl Lagerfeld took the pictures and it’s no surprise that Blake is his “it” girl right now as she’s been spotted at Chanel events lately.  I wonder if it’s for the Coco Cocoon collection?  Only time will tell – we’ll see in a few months.

Image: Chanel

Source: E! News

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Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance First Look

French Vogue was snapping pics earlier today at the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Show and they’ve given us the first look at Peter Philip’s interpretation of Byzantine jewels. The eyeshadow quad features cream eyeshadows and is limited to 1500 pieces – I can’t wait to see what the eyeshadow looks like on the models!

French Vogue is also giving us a glimpse of the first seven looks of the Paris-Byzance show as shot by Karl Lagerfeld… I can’t wait to see it all.  It’s very opulent and perfectly embodies what I think of when I conjure up thoughts of the Byzantine Empire.

French Vogue also snapped pics of the runway show and was live tweeting during the show – you can see them all @VogueParisLive.

All info & images: French Vogue

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Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie


I read every book I can get my hands on about Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – well at least the ones in English. When I heard a while back that there was a new biography in the works, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie, I couldn’t wait to learn more about the mysteries surrounding one of the most influential women of the 20th Century.

Justine Picardie spent years researching and writing this biography on Mademoiselle Chanel.  From notes in the Chanel and Churchill archives, to interviews with Chanel’s last surviving friends, Picardie paints a picture that brings the true Coco to light in a way never seen before.

From her humble beginnings in an Orphanage, to her romance with the Duke of Westminster, Picardie delves deep into the mysteries behind the infamous designer.  She also investigates Chanel’s controversial romance during WWII and digs deep into top-secret intelligence and military archives.  Studying the iconography of the brand, Picardie also recounts how key events in Chanel’s life infuenced her collections and designs.

Thoroughly researched, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life is an excellent read on Coco Chanel’s life.  Not just a great biography, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life is full of accompanying photographs – some of which I have never seen before.  One of my favorite parts of the book are the embossed illustrations of Coco Chanel on the front and back covers done Karl Lagerfeld himself.

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life is available for sale on Amazon.com and makes a wonderful gift for any Chanelphile.  It’s definitely now one of my favorites among my collection of Chanel books.

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December 6, 2010

Chanel Spring 2011 Makeup Collection: Les Perles de Chanel

When I think of Chanel, a few things immediately come to mind: black/white, camelias, the quilted 2.55 handbag, and of course – pearls – lots of them.  Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel believed the light-reflecting property of pearls enhanced a woman’s natural beauty by bringing a delicate luminosity to her skin.  For Spring 2011, Peter Philips was inspired by Coco Chanel’s love of pearls and so he created Les Perles de Chanel.

We got a preview of the makeup collection during the Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear show but now we have a full look at all the products.  I especially love Le Vernis Black Pearl, the Glossimer in Aragonite, the Shimmering Grey eyeliner and the eyeshadows.  Les Perles de Chanel will be available in department stores, Chanel boutiques and on Chanel.com in January 2011.


Images: Chanel

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December 5, 2010

Vintage Chanel Advertisements

Two of my favorite things are Chanel and advertisements – when you put the two together, you can’t go wrong.  I especially love vintage Chanel No 5 perfume ads and ads featuring apparel and accessories in the early days of Karl Lagerfeld designing for Chanel.  When I was in Junior High School, I would rip out Chanel ads and paste them into my scrapbook.  Unfortunately, the scrap book is long gone, but Blogue has put together a nice collection of vintage Chanel ads – check them out on Blogue.com.

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