La Chanelphile

May 15, 2013

Chanel Links: February – Mid-May 2013 Part 1

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Chanel Links!

Rita Ora graces the cover of Elle UK’s May 2013 Women In Music Issue and wears Chanel couture.
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rita ora elle uk chanel

Chanel unveiled a newly revamped Bal Harbour boutique in Miami designed by Peter Marion. Architectural Digest

chanel bal harbour peter marino

It seems like Rihanna is loving the Chanel Spring 2013 pearl accessories as much as me – except she can actually afford to buy them all! Rihanna’s Instagram and Daily Mail.


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I don’t like to promote knock-offs but I’m making an exception here because I’m almost tempted to buy them! You see, I am deeply in love with all of the magnificent pearl accessories from the Chanel Spring 2013 collection but I cannot spend my life savings on Chanel. So what is a girl to do? This website has created some pearl accessories inspired by the Chanel Spring 2013 costume jewelry collection. Do what you will with that info. Pret a Portobello

Want to DIY your own pair of Chanel-inspired espadrilles? Learn how on Cocorosa.

diy chanel espadrilles tutorial

Ever seen a Chanel coin? Well, you’ll need one for the Chanel vending machine. Vogue UK

chanel mascara vending machine

And a shout out to La Chanelphile reader Samantha Thompson who sent over a photo of the vending machine. Merci!

chanel mascara vending machine

Like seeing celebrities in Chanel? Check out the red carpet arrivals from the 2013 Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner. Monsters and Critics

Alexa Chung Chanel

Alexa Chung arriving at the 2013 Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner.Picture copyright by Marco Sagliocco / PRPhotos.com.

Chanel West Coast is releasing a track called “Karl Lagerfeld” – here’s a shot from her video shoot – looks like she’s channeling the 90s. MTV

chanel west coast karl lagerfeld

Glamour magazine interviews Karl Lagefeld and Alice Dellal about working together on the second Chanel Boy Bag campaign.

Dying for a Chanel Boy Brick bag (the Lego-inspired one) but don’t have 10K to pay for it? Make your own Lego-inspired bag. Learn how on Studs and Buttonholes

diy chanel lego bag

Learn how to make your own DIY Chanel-inspired pearl bracelets. Popsugar

Baselworld 2013 has come and gone but these beautiful Chanel Premiere Flying Tourbillon were on display – with a limited run of only five pieces each. Blouin Art Info

chanel premiere flying tourbillons

chanel premiere flying tourbillons

Chanel Beaute’s research and development department has exclusively partnered with Plant Advanced Technologies to formulate new plant-based “pure active ingredients.” Cosmetics Design Europe

Coco Chanel has inspired many things – and now you can add a one-of-a-kind $250,000 piano. Haute Living
coco chanel piano

coco chanel piano

Chanel’s iconic location 31 Rue Cambon is set for expansion beginning in 2014. Chanel has purchased 19 Rue Cambon – also on the corner of the Rue Saint-Honoré another prestigious Parisian street. The project is scheduled from completion in 2016. WWD

Anne Hathaway wore Chanel Haute Couture from the Fall 2009 collection to the Les Miserable premiere at the 2013 Berlinale International Film Festival. Global Grind & Style

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Chloe Moretz celebrated her Sweet 16 in Chanel – with a matching manicure of course. MTV Style

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It doesn’t seem like Chanel will sell fashion apparel or accessories online anytime soon. Bruno Pavlovsky stated “Fashion is about clothing, and clothing you need to see, to feel, to understand.” Bloomberg

Learn how to make a DIY Chanel-inspired pearl bracelet. Popsugar

I love this photo of the Chanel Metiérs d’Art Paris-Edimbourg collection – it captures the mood perfectly. Vanity Fair

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Ugh. I have so many more links on my list to get to so this is becoming a multi-part post. Back later this week with more links for you!


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January 24, 2013

Chanel-Inspired Nails: MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Chanel Inspired MISS x MINX nail wraps

“Coco” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

It’s been a whirlwind of Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 Haute Couture coverage but as that’s wrapping up I just wanted to share with you a project I worked on with my other site MISS. I teamed up with MINX to design seven sets of nail wraps and of course, considering my love of the double-C’s one of the sets was inspired by Chanel. All of the sets are available now on MinxTastingRoom.com and I hope you don’t mind my sharing my other designs below.

I hope you like them!

Metallic Kisses Camo MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

“Metallic Kisses Camo” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

80s pattern miss x minx nail wraps

“Like, Totally” MISS x MINX

Airbrush Sunset MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

“80s Airbrush Paradise” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Mi Vida Loca MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

“Mi Vida Loca” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Color Block mondrian MISS x MINX nail wraps

“Color Block” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Neon Kisses Camo MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

“Neon Kisses Camo” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Photography: Amanda Lopez
Model: Mayra Ramirez
Nail Tech: Lila Robles


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Filed under: Chanel DIY — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 5:31 pm

August 13, 2012

Chanel Links: July and August 2012

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Chanel Links!

There’s been so much going on and though I don’t have time to do full posts on all Chanel news that comes my way – I still wanted to share some of my favorites…

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Sanya Richards-Ross won gold in the 400M and the 4x400M wearing Chanel!

Lisa Chaney, author of Chanel: An Intimate Life discusses the life and influence of Coco Chanel in the video below…

You can customize your Firefox tooblar with a “Chanel” add on – I was tempted but found it distracting.

Not everyone can afford Chanel so you can learn how to DIY “Chanel-ify” a cardigan.

chanel fall 2012 ad campaign
You’ve probably seen them by now in magazines but the Chanel ads are out and they were shot by Karl Lagerfeld.

Jacques Polge, Chanel’s nose, discusses Chanel N°5 in the video below – if you don’t see English subtitles, click the CC on the bottom menu.

chanel nail stickers

If only Chanel would make real ones! If you’re dying to have Chanails you can get Chanel-inspired nail stickers.

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June 19, 2012

Chanel Link List: May and June 2012

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Some of these links have been sitting in my drafts since I was in NY in May and I’m finally getting around to posting them. Better late than never!

the coveteur chanel the little black jacket book

The Coveteur did a piece on Chanel jackets celebrating the launch of Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Book

MAIWENN Chanel Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld selected French film maker Maïwenn to be the face of the Chanel Fall/Winter 2012-2013 eyewear campaign. Vogue.fr

Katy Perry and her ridiculous exit from LAX draped in a Chanel beach towel. (click to see the video)

misia natanson sert by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Misia Sert a/k/a Coco Chanel’s BFF has a museum exhibition at the Musee D’Orsay devoted to her role as Muse to some of the best well-known artists of The Belle Époque. The Daily Beast

Chanel Illusions d'Ombre Riviere, Abstraction and Vision

Check out these previews of new Chanel Illusions d’Ombre colors Riviere (previously limited to Singapore but now available worldwide) and Chanel Illusions d’Ombre colors Vision and Abstraction.

drew barrymore chanel wedding dress

Drew Barrymore married Will Kopelman in Chanel and Karl Lagereld thought she looked “perfect.” I Am Shallow

Chanel-inspired DIY brows

Learn how to make your own bejeweled Chanel-inspired eyebrows. Beautylish

DIY Chanel-inspired transparent bag

Learn how to make your own Chanel-inspired transparent bag. Glitter ‘N Glue

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May 1, 2012

CHANAILS! Miss May 2012 Chanel Manicure, Vintage Gift Wrap & Camellias

miss nails did may 2012 calendar chanel manicure
MISS is back again with more CHANAILS for their MISS Nails Did 2012 calendar. Nothing says spring like flowers and if you’re going floral – whether on your jeans, kicks or nails – they might as well be Chanel-inspired. Since color is huge for spring, and in particular for 2012, we opted for bright vintage Chanel gift wrap for our background and authentic Chanel camellia brooches to accompany our CHANAILS. I hope you’re having a great spring and let’s get ready for summer!

Download the free MISS May 2012 “Nails Did” calendar and desktop by clicking here.

Chanel wrapping paper and camellias: Liz Baca
Photographer: Amanda Lopez
Nail Artist: Liz Baca
Nail Assistant: Lila Robles
Model: Mayra Ramirez
Producer: Gabriella Khorasanee

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel DIY,Chanel Jewelry,Photo Shoots — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:17 am

April 10, 2012

KARL Inspired DIY Pearl and Lace Collars

DIY lace collar

DIY Lace Collar worn with KARL by Karl Lagerfeld brooch

Collars are huge for spring and I was inspired by the KARL by Karl Lagerfeld collection to make some of my own. Starting at over $100 a pop they can get pretty pricey but you can make your own for about $10 each. Be forewarned, I’m short on time and I know everyone doesn’t have or know how to use a sewing machine so I tried to find the easiest way possible to make these collars.

diy lace collar

Tools you'll need to make the DIY Lace Collar

DIY Lace Collar Tools:
Collared shirt (I got mine for $3 at a thrift store)
Lace (or fabric of your choosing)
Double-sided Fusible Tape

1. With a scissor cut the collar off the shirt – be sure to not cut off the stand – the back part of the collar that rests against your neck. Try to cut as close to the seam as possible. If you have a sewing machine you can un-stitch the collar off and then sew the seam closed.

2. Using the collar as a pattern, cut the fabric based on the shape of your collar. Be sure to leave extra fabric on the sides where you will wrap fabric around the back of the collar. You don’t have to cover the entire underside of the collar but you can. It you opt not to then try the collar on before you cut the fabric so you are sure of the areas that are visible when worn.

3. Each brand of tape may have different instructions so go by what is listed with the product you choose. According to the tape instructions, apply the tap and fabric to the collar to all of the areas of the collar that are visible when worn.

That’s it!

DIY Pearl Collar

DIY Pearl Collar worn with vintage bow tie

DIY Lace Collar Tools:
Collared shirt (I got mine for $3 at a thrift store)
Embellishing Glue

1. With a scissor cut the collar off the shirt – be sure to not cut off the stand – the back part of the collar that rests against your neck. Try to cut as close to the seam as possible. If you have a sewing machine you can un-stitch the collar off and then sew the seam closed.

2. If you have lots of time on your hands and are crafty with a needle and thread, the best way to apply the pearls is by sewing each one on individually. If you have no time for that, then just simply apply glue to the collar and then place the pearls on the glue. Go in small sections so the glue doesn’t start drying before you get the pearls on the collar. Let the collar dry according to the glue instructions.

That’s it!

diy pearl collar

Tools you'll need to make the DIY Pearl Collar

I hope you get inspired to make your own – all you have to do is choose a collar shape that you like and your favorite embellishment (beads? feathers? rhinestones? faux fur? sequins?) and go to town. Have fun getting crafty!

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Filed under: Chanel DIY,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 9:05 am

March 25, 2012

Chanel Links: Big Giant Update!

Lots of Chanel news the past month that I didn’t get to post for one reason or another but is still post-worthy – check out my round-up of not-to-be-missed Chanel news….

Not everyone can afford Chanel – here’s how to make your own. The Londoner

jennifer anniston chanel walk of fame

Jennifer Anniston wore Chanel to her Walk of Fame Ceremony.  Socialite Life

Rose Byrne wore a dazzling Chanel cuff to the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony. Jewel Snob

lindsay lohan chanel ear muffs

Lindsay Lohan kept warm this winter with Chanel ear muffs. Daily Mail

coco chanel la pausa foyer

Last August I mentioned that Coco Chanel’s vacation home, La Pausa, was for sale.  Well, it’s been scooped up off the market for an undisclosed amount but the property was listed for about €40 million.  Riviera Times

There has been some controversy about the crystal cuffs shown at the Chanel Fall 2012 show – some say that Chanel ripped off Pamela Love.  I don’t think they did anything intentional but Chanel has refused to produce the cuffs.  Whatever. I don’t think the Pamela Love cuffs are all that original – they’re fancy versions of flea market crystal jewelry (just my 2 cents).  Fashionista

Word on the street is that Chanel has received approval to design a new store on Bond Street in London that will also be the new U.K. headquarters for the brand. You can bet there will be some cool exclusive product and parties when this boutique opens up. Vogue UK

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March 1, 2012

Chanails! March Madness Style

Each month MISS, La Chanelphile’s sister site, releases a desktop image and monthly calendar for free download. The theme of the calendar is “Nails Did” and each month we match a manicure to a designer accessory.  To celebrate March Madness we decided to don Chanel pearl knuckles and play some ball – with a Chanel basketball of course!  We also brought out an A-team of Chanel’s fragrance heavy hitters, including Jersey Numbers 5, 19, 28 and 31, definitely the most chic basketball jerseys I’ve ever seen. For links to download the free desktop and calendar please visit MISS.

Chanel Basketball & Chanel Pearl Knuckles: Liz Baca
Photographer: Amanda Lopez
Nail Artist: Liz Baca
Nail Assistant: Lila Robles
Model: Mayra Ramirez
Producer: Gabriella Khorasanee, La Chanelphile

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Filed under: Chanel DIY,Chanel Nail Colour,Photo Shoots — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 3:47 pm

February 28, 2012

DIY Chanel-Inspired Pearl Hair Pins

diy chanel pearl hair pin

I came across this great DIY post on Honestly WTF and thought I would share.  Learn how to make Chanel-inspired pearl hair pins reminiscent of the ones seen on the models at the Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear runway presentation.  I think I might have to try this.  Let me know if you try it and how it comes out – feel free to post pictures in the comments!


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