La Chanelphile

March 24, 2012

CHANEL & Japan Video: The Pop Up Store Party

I wish I was there!!! I don’t have anything else to say.

Post with images coming soon.

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Chanel and Japan Spring-Summer 2012 Haute Couture Show

Chanel and Japan Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

The Chanel team, including Karl Lagerfeld is in Tokyo for the Little Black Jacket exhibition and while they were there, they also presented the Chanel Spring 2012 Haute Couture show – faux airplane and all.    Many of the usual suspects were in attendance The video below has some great detail shots – view it below …

Song : M-Work
Artist : Michael Nyman
Label : MN Records Ltd
Publisher : Chester Music Ltd./Michael Nyman Ltd c/o Première Music Group

Click on the first image to scroll through the gallery…

All images courtesy of Chanel – except last 2 are from WWD

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View Chanel’s “The Little Black Jacket” Exhibit Online!

chanel the little black jacket exhibit online
For those of us who were not fancy enough to be invited to the opening of Chanel’s “The Little Black Jacket” exhibit or don’t live in Japan (or won’t be visiting any time soon), we can still see the stunning work of Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld. All of the photos from The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld are on view on a new Chanel microsite devoted to the exhibit. The site is a bit interactive as hints of photos rotate you click on one to see the full photo.  It will take some time to see all of the photos – I kind of wish there was a way to just scroll through them all but that’s just the rushed person in me who has no time for everything.  By displaying the photos the way they did, I think Chanel intends for you  to peruse and discover as you would in a real gallery.  Enjoy!


Check out the teaser below:

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March 22, 2012

Book Review: “Coco Chanel, An Intimate Life” by Lisa Chaney

coco chanel an intimate life by lisa chaney
I have been reading Coco Chanel, An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney for months now and I have finally finished it! It didn’t take me a long time because I didn’t like it, rather I quite enjoyed it. I simply couldn’t find the time to sit and read, one of my great relaxing pleasures. Yes, I could have skimmed the book and written a quick review but I didn’t think that would be fair to you and I really wanted to give the book a full read and I’m glad I did.

Last year so many biographies of Coco Chanel came out and I was wondering if they would all have something new to add and surprisingly, they all do. The general story is the same and Lisa Chaney does a fine job of recounting the tale that Coco told. What distinguishes Chaney’s telling is her historical context. Lisa Chaney dives deep into the societal and cultural mores, and explains in detail what was happening around Chanel. Giving Chanel’s story context helps paint a more detailed picture of the life that Coco Chanel lived. As someone who loves history, I really enjoyed this aspect of Coco Chanel, An Intimate Life and it shed more light on the mysterious Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel, An Intimate Life is available online at Amazon.com.

Listen to an interview of the author Lisa Chaney from NPR:

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March 21, 2012

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne Opening & Eye Palette

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne

Earlier this month CHANEL feted the opening of its new boutique at 51 Avenue Montaigne in Paris in the presence of Karl Lagerfeld. Positioned on one of the most prestigious addresses in the world, the 6,500-square-foot boutique will house the unique world of CHANEL and all of Karl Lagerfeld’s creations – Ready-to-Wear, handbags, shoes, costume jewelry and other accessories. Watches and fine jewelry are also showcased.

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne

Inspired by the refined private apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel at 31 rue Cambon, the store is set over two floors and reflects the luxury, elegance and modernity of CHANEL. The conception of this store was entrusted to architect Peter Marino. With typical verve he has designed an exceptional venue that embodies the aesthetic codes which characterize the brand.

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne

The Chanel 51 Avenue Montaigne opening party guests included French actresses Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Joana Preiss, Virginie Ledoyen, Elisa Sednaoui and Anna Mouglalis, CHANEL ambassadress, Chinese actress Zhou Xun, Taïwanese actress Michelle Chen, British actress Kaya Scodelario, Canadian singer Coeur de Pirate and Brazilian actress Laura Neiva as well as the architect Peter Marino turned out to discover the new boutique during the opening cocktail which was followed by a live concert given by the British group Django Django at the Maison Blanche. The boutique looks lovely – I hope to see it the next time in Paris!

CHANEL Boutique 51 Avenue Montaigne


To commemorate the opening of the CHANEL Boutique at 51 Avenue Montaigne, Peter Philips created Ombres Matelassées palette – a gorgeous palette consisting of the following shades: Pear, Pale Gold, Gold, Golden Khaki and Black Night. The two darker shades can be used as eyeliner when applied with a damp brush. The embossed Matelassées pattern of course is inspired by the iconic 2.55 bag. Right now this palette is available in Europe but I’m guessing it should make its way stateside the way the Las Vegas de Chanel collection eventually branched out beyond Las Vegas.


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Boutiques,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 9:48 pm

CHANEL – The Little Black Jacket Exhibition Opening in Tokyo

The Little Black Jacket CHANELs classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld

Last night at the G-bldg in Aoyama, CHANEL officially opened the exhibition The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, a celebration of the iconic little black jacket, with Karl Lagerfeld in attendance.

The exhibition set over two floors includes 113 prints depicting celebrities and other personalities in the CHANEL jacket, taken by Karl Lagerfeld and selected from the forthcoming book The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.

Joining Karl Lagerfeld, guests included actress Kiko Mizuhara, architect Junya Ishigami, models Saskia de Brauw, Stella Tenant, Saki Asamiya and Rina Ota, artists Yi Zhou, Ellie and Asami Kiyokama, jewellery designer Harumi De Rola, CHANEL ambassadors Vanessa Paradis, Alice Dellal, Zhou Xun and Gaspard Ulliel and actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Clémence Poésy and Astrid Bergès- Frisbey.

I REALLY hope this exhibition travels to the U.S. – I would love to see it! If the exhibition doesn’t travel we’ll always have the book though we’ll have to wait until this fall. The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, will be available in bookstores beginning autumn 2012.

The Exhibition runs from March 24th to April 15th
11AM-7PM from Monday to Friday
11AM-8PM Saturday and Sunday
Free entrance
G-building Minami Aoyama
Minami Aoyama 5-4-48
Minato-Ku, Tokyo

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March 20, 2012

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Compact

Chanel’s new Vitalumière Aqua Compact is a water-based foundation compact with 24% water content. The water content gives a fresh feel to your skin that doesn’t feel sticky. The Vitalumière Aqua Compact’s light formula dries instantly and is perfect for dry and normal skin. The all day formula contains moisturizers, vitamin E and SPF 15. The Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Compact is available in six shades in two color families: Harmony Beiges – Beige 10, Beige 20, Beige 30, Beige 40 and Beige Rose – Beige 32 and Beige 42.

Vitalumière Aqua Compact is available now at Chanel makeup counters. I definitely want to give this a try. I’m not a fan of heavy foundations but I’m definitely needing a little something to even out my skin tone. Can’t wait to try it out!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 10:49 am

March 19, 2012

Karlified! My Visit to the Karl Pop-Up Shop

karl by karl lagerfeld pop up shop

Last week when I was visiting New York the top spot on my list of places to go was the Karl by Karl Lagerfeld Pop-Up Shop. I was so excited to learn that the shop would remain open until August and word on the street is that Uncle Karl himself will be stopping by sometime between now and then. Not only is the shop open, but stock is replenished so if you missed out on a particular item during the online launch or didn’t make it to the pop-up shop opening you are still in luck.

The decor of the shop is black and white – no surprise there – and is pretty minimal so all the amazing product can do the talking. I really love this collection – much more than the capsule collection Lagerfeld did for Macy’s last year. There are great apparel pieces and some really stellar accessories – those collars and gloves!

Not only did the shop have the Karl collection but it had many of Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collaborations including books of his photographs, his glasses collection with Orrefors and his makeup collection for Sephora. I was especially excited to see the Sephora collection as it was not released in the U.S. so now ladies stateside can get their fingers on Karl silhouette-shaped eyeshadow.

The vibe of the shop was relaxed though I’m sure it was anything but on opening day! The staff was very friendly and super-helpful which I love. So much of a shopping experience can be made or ruined by retail staff and I’m happy to say that Justin, Jonathan and Alex made my Karl experience a memorable one.

It was impossible for me to leave empty handed. I tend to be an accessories girl because I’m petite and pretty much wear a uniform that fits my shape so I didn’t go too crazy on apparel. It was hard to narrow down all the stuff I wanted but I ended up getting: a tank for myself, leather fingerless gloves (cut sooo low on the hand and embossed with Karl’s profile!), a tank for a friend, two pins for myself, a tote bag and a limited edition doll for my daughter (for when she’s older – it would not survive the terrible 2s!). I mentioned to Justin the store manager that I wrote a blog about Chanel and he happily let me take photos of the shop and even gifted me a tote and t-shirt that was given out to lucky shoppers at the shop opening. My lucky day!

Take a look at my photos of the shop and the goodies I took home with me below. If you are in the New York area you definitely should check out the Karl by Karl Lagerfeld shop.

Karl Lagerfeld Pop-Up Shop
375 Bleeker Street
New York, NY 10014

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Photos and Letters from Coco Chanel Auctioned

serge lifar coco chanel ballet russes
Last week there was an auction of Serge Lifar’s Ballet Russes archive in Geneva, Switzerland. Serge Lifar was a good friend of Coco Chanel’s and the principal dancer of the Ballet Russes in the late 1920′s – a Ballet company that Coco Chanel patronized and she designed costumes for.

Serge Lifar’s archive included signed photos of Coco Chanel and a letter from Coco to him. The letter from Coco Chanel was estimated to fetch $500 at auction but instead the winning bid was $450,000. The letter was accompanied with two black and white photos of Coco Chanel. That’s better than any autograph, imagine owning something written in Mlle. Chanel’s own hand!  This is a big deal for so many reasons, especially since she did not keep written correspondence instead destroying her paper trail.  The collection also included some photos of Coco Chanel that I have not seen before – view all the Coco Chanel-related materials that went to auction below…


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Filed under: Coco Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 9:18 pm

Photos of Karl Lagerfeld’s NYC Apartment

karl lagerfeld nyc gramercy apartment

Last September I mentioned that Karl Lagerfeld’s New York City apartment in the Gramercy Park neighborhood was for sale.  The apartment was not sold and it’s back on the market – with $1.3 million shaved off the price tag.  I posted some small images last time but here are some larger images, along with some new ones.  What I would do for an apartment in NYC (or anywhere) like that!

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