La Chanelphile

May 16, 2012

First Look: Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 Ad Campaign

chanel prefall 2012 ad campaign

Back in December Karl Lagerfeld took us on the Bombay-Paris express to see the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay collection. Earlier this week images surfaced online of the upcoming ad campaign featuring Daria Strokous, styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.

The styling, hair and makeup seems similar to what we saw on the runway. The photos are set in front of a bar that looks luxurious but is not glitzy. The photos are shot in black and white and I like the way the grayscale makes the photos look a bit aged and the poses are reminiscent of dancing Shiva statues. Stay tuned as you’ll be seeing these ads in magazines in a few months.

chanel prefall 2012 ad campaign

chanel prefall 2012 ad campaign

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Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Show Beauté

Versailles de CHANEL Collection chanel cruise 2012 2013

Peter Philips created a lovely pink look that was “between girly and rebel” – very editorial and runway but not sure how it will translate as an everyday look. I will say that it was very pretty on the models and was the perfect compliment to the pastel rainbow of tweeds and chiffons that Karl Lagerfeld sent down the runway. The icing on the let-them-eat-cake look were the velvet double-C Chanel logo stickers that were placed high on the cheekbones and under the eyes of the models to mimic beauty marks made famous by Marie Antoinette.

As striking as the makeup was, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the hair by Sam McKnight. From the initial images, I thought that the models all were just wearing Dutch Boy bob wigs in pastel colors. When I saw close up images I saw that the hairstyles were actually much more complex. In a way, it was like an 18th century interpretation of a mullet – business in the front and party in the back. And by party, I mean long ponytails with big bows at the nape of the models’ necks.

Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:

Skin prepared with HYDRA BEAUTY SERUM Hydration Protection Radiance

The Complexion
VITALUMIERE Moisture-Rich Radiance Fluid Makeup SPF 15
ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder


The Eyes
LIMITED EDITION OMBRE ESSENTIELLE in Rose Favorite – “Versailles de CHANEL” Collection
LE CRAYON KHOL Intense Eye Pencil in Clair
CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler

The Cheeks
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rose Pétale

Little black velvet CHANEL logo specially created for the show**

Versailles de CHANEL Collection chanel cruise 2012 2013

The Lips
ROUGE COCO SHINE Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Evasion

The Nails
LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Tendresse

Versailles de CHANEL Collection chanel cruise 2012 2013

*The “Versailles de CHANEL” Collection will be available at specific point of sales in December 2012
**Chanel stated that these will not be sold in the press release but we reported yesterday that they would be sold based on other sources. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a last minute decision to sell these!

First three photos by Vincent Lappartient – all others from Style.com

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 4:54 pm

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Collection Review

Chanel Cruise 2012 2013

“I always liked Versailles. I think more French you cannot do.” – Karl Lagerfeld (WWD)

On Monday, Karl Lagerfeld unveiled the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 collection set amidst the gardens and fountains of château de Versailles. Inspired by the château’s last residents Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, Karl’s collection was a delicate mixture of Rococo and Rock ‘n Roll. Perhaps inspired by his latest muse Alice Dellal, or Sofia Coppola’s rendition of Marie Antoinette, Karl stated: ‘It’s Coco Rock, Not Rococo!’

The soft pinks hues in the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 are reminiscent of sweet macaroons and were a soft counter-point to the stark black and white pieces of the collection. And, of course it wouldn’t be RoCoCo without some bold gold pieces and accents.

Karl Lagerfeld managed to make 18th century fashion modern. He reinvigorated historical items like panniers – the side hoops that extend the width of skirts on the side but are left flat in the front and back. We saw pannier-like references in everything from mini-skirts to shorts. For Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Karl Lagerfeld also brought back fichus, neck kerchiefs that are tucked into the neckline. In true Chanel fashion, Lagerfeld also borrowed from the boys and put the ladies in breeches – knee-length pants that fit snugly – and waist coats.

The fabrications included pastel tweeds, sheer fabrics like lace and chiffon, and lovely watercolor florals. I haven’t seen close up pictures yet but from a distance you can see the intricacy in the details – the ruffles, floral embroideries and beading – all of it makes the garments look as if they stepped out of the 18th century but look as fresh and modern as ever. Other highlights from the collection included cropped jackets, palazzo pants, a tweed cargo-pant “track suit and feminine little day dresses perfect for afternoon tea, sight-seeing, shopping, lounging and all the fancy things that people do who “cruise” in the winter.

As is my custom my eyes went to the accessories first, and apparel after. The shoes were a metallic mix of platform sneaker meets creeper. I personally was not a fan of the platform sneaker but I liked the heeled booties and sandals the models wore with dresses. There were new interpretations of the Boy Bag, translucent cuffs, chokers, wide-brimmed hats and most importantly a quilted watering-can – for your camellia garden of course.

The hair and beauty were gorgeous as always – I’ll be posting about it separately soon so stay tuned. In the mean time, enjoy… click on the first image to view larger photos in a slide show.


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Ready To Wear — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 3:05 pm

May 15, 2012

I’m Going Cuckoo for Coco – Literally!

I just needed to take a moment to vent because my head is going to explode and it’s all of Chanel’s fault. In a mere 24 hours I have received news of and need to post on: the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 collection, a music video featuring Uncle Karl, a new lip color, a new nail color (post coming soon!) and the pre-fall 2012 ad campaign. (Oh, and I have a St. Tropez pop-up shop post lingering in my drafts). Please be patient with me, I’m going to get it all up, just not as fast as I would like (read: instantly). Ok, back to our regularly scheduled Chanel programming…

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Filed under: Chanel — La Chanelphile @ 3:44 pm

Chanel to Sell Double-C Face Stickers

chanel face sticker beauty mark cruise 2012
I’ll have a more detailed post on a break-down of the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 collection coming soon but I just read on the Elle blog that Chanel will be selling double-c Chanel logo, velvet face stickers as part of the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 cosmetics collection. For the show, Peter Philips hand-painted on the double-Cs but they will be produced as velvet stickers for the launch.  Just think of them as the fanciest fake beauty mark – ever! You may remember that they released the Les Trompe-L’oeil de Chanel as part of the Chanel spring 2010 collection and we saw Freja Beha cry Chanel tears so I guess this is just the natural progression. Whatever it is, I can’t wait for these to come out!

Update 05.16.12: Chanel confirmed that the Chanel logo face stickers will not be for sale. SAD FACE.

chanel face sticker beauty mark cruise 2012

Photos: Karl Lagerfeld

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 2:37 pm

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 – Interviews with VIP Guests

Interview with VIP Guests that attended the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 presentation at the château de Versailles. Guests included Vanessa Paradis, Haider Ackermann, Maiwenn, Tilda Swinton, Inés de la Fressange and Cécile Cassel.

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Filed under: Chanel Ready To Wear — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 10:46 am

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Interview with Karl Lagerfeld

Interview with Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 presentation at the château de Versailles.

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Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Runway Presentation Video & Soundtrack Listing

I’ve got all my materials and I’m trying to get things up as soon as possible for you to enjoy – here’s a quickie and will give you the best feel for the collection – the actual Chanel Cruise 2013 runway show. More posts coming soon!

Tracklist/Sound-stylist: Michel Gaubert







Accompanied by a clavichord played by Maxence Cyrin.

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 10:24 am

May 14, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld & Snoop Dogg in a Music Video

Last August, I wrote about how Karl Lagerfeld and Snoop Dogg were seen together in St. Tropez to shoot a video for Jean-Roch, the nightclub impresario. Well, today I came across this gem of a video. I am not a fan of the music but I think the whole thing is pretty funny so sit back, and have yourself a chuckle…

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Filed under: Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 11:41 pm

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Distinguée

chanel rouge allure velvet distinguee

Chanel’s popular luminous matte line of lipsticks Rouge Allure Velvet has a new addition – La Distinguée. The soft peach-pink shade is lovely for spring and is available now exclusively online on Chanel.com. If you are not in the U.S. and can’t purchase online, don’t fret I’m sure this will probably get released to wider distribution soon.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 9:57 pm
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