La Chanelphile

September 19, 2011

Dior Copies Chanel…Again.

marilyn monroe dior chanel
About a month ago I posted about how Dior’s ad campaign was treading a bit too closely to Chanel territory. The quilted purse with chain strap and the tweed jacket – which are signatures of the Chanel brand – were the central focus of the Dior campaign. I also mentioned that the new Dior watch also closely resembles the Chanel J12. When I saw the following fragrance ad campaign for J’adore Dior my jaw dropped.

It’s common knowledge (at least amongst the fashion set) that Marilyn Monroe famously said when asked what she wore to bed: “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel N°. 5, of course.” When I think of celebrities and fragrances, I always think of Marilyn Monroe and Chanel N°. 5.  To recast Marilyn Monroe as a Dior perfume lover is tantamount to re-writing history.   I wonder what Chanel thinks of all this?

There’s also a video of how to wear a Dior bag – beige, quilted (matelassé) and with chain strap – and the bag is paired with tweeds throughout the entire video.  I feel this is all way too close to the Chanel branding.  I understand that Dior is going through a bit of turmoil right now, but it’s DIOR! I expect better than that.  They have a rich and storied tradition that they can pull from – they shouldn’t seek to try to be one of their competitors.

**UPDATE**Two readers, Isabel and Margaret, were kind enough to point out that the model in the Dior bag ad is in fact Jac Jagaciak, the face of Chanel Beauté!  The more “coincidences” I find, the less it feels like “coincidence.”

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Filed under: Chanel Culture,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 12:18 pm

September 16, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of September 12, 2011

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  • Kirsten Dunst wore a long white Chanel skirt to the Melancholia premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.  (Just Jared)
  • Read about Grasse, the region in France where many of the flowers used in Chanel fragrances come from. (New Zealand Herald)

karl lagerfeld manicure

  • Chin Chow sported a lovely manicure and when asked about it, all she could say was that it was for a shoot she did with Karl Lagerfeld – can’t wait to see!  I love this manicure – I may have to replicate it! (Style)
  • Word on the Hollywood streets is that Lea Michelle and Dianna Agron, both of Glee fame, are sourcing rare vintage couture from the Chanel archives for the Emmy Awards.  I hope this is true because I would love to see dresses from the archives – though I’d be afraid to wear it!  (E!)
  • Another rumor, this on the financial end, but word is because of the weakend dollar in Asia, some Chanel boutiques in Asia are “limiting new customers to one bag before they get into a deeper relationship.”  (Forbes)
  • Tory Burch debuted her first clothing collection at New York Fashion Week and Suzy Menkes called it “Coco Chanel Lite”.  (New York Times)
  • Elizabeth Taylors clothing and jewels are up for auction this December including a dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld back when he was designing “for the Tiziani label in Rome.”  (New York Times)

voodoo chanel

  • Chicks on Speed have created a “Voodoo Chanel” exhibit and one of the designers stated: “I actually wanted to offer them [Chanel] to do a youth line – that Voodoo Chanel becomes super hip, because we’re making Chanel cool by making Voodoo Chanel!”  REALLY?  YOU’re making Chanel cool? Ha!  (WWD)
  • mrluxlifey shows us what it’s like to open up a box with a Chanel bag for the very first time (mrluxlifey)

  • Chanel tops Alexa Chung’s list of fashion favorites, she stated:  ‘They’re just so frigging classy.”  Well said.  (Elle UK)
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August 22, 2011

Chanel N°19 Poudré – A Classic Reinvented

CHANEL N°19 Poudré

Model: Édita Vilkeviciute; Photographer: Solve Sundsbo; © CHANEL - Solve SUNDSBO

One day, having ordered labels with the name “Coco” on them, she realized that it didn’t work for that fragrance. And so sche called it “N°19″.

Why N°19? Not long before her death, Coco explained why to her friend and confidante, Carmen Tessier.

“It is the day of my birthday, August 19. I was born under the sign of Leo – the lion. And I am just like the lion. I will bring out my claws to protects myself against being hurt. But believe me, it is harder for me to lash out at someone than to have someone lash out at me.”

So what do you think of this fragrance? she asked, while spraying us with more. “Believe it or not but a man once stopped me in the street because of it. As I was leaving the Ritz, I felt someone touch my shoulder. I turned around and saw a stranger. Before I could sharply brush off this intruder, he said, with an American accent:

Excuse me, I’m with two ladies who would like to know what perfume you are wearing.’

I told him: ‘Why don’t you all follow me.’ And I took them to the CHANEL boutique, where – once we arrived – they realised who I was….”

–Mandemoiselle Chanel speaking with Carmen Tessier, Les Anees Chanel by Pierre Galante, 1972, p. 321-322.

On August 19, Chanel unveiled its newest fragrance, Chanel N°19 Poudré, the newest addition to the Chanel N°19 fragrance family.  Early that morning, I was delighted to find a package from Chanel – my very own bottle of Chanel N°19 Poudré Eau de Parfum.  It’s one thing to receive a press kit about a fragrance and write about it based on a description, it’s quite another to actually experience the fragrance yourself.

I immediately opened the bottle and began spritzing.  At first you are hit with a very light crisp scent.  But the experience doesn’t stop there.  There are many layers to Chanel N°19 Poudré.  After the lightness settles, you sense a sensual muskiness at the end.  With these diverse layers, I can easily say that Chanel N°19 Poudré is as complex as the woman behind it.

Because of the duality of the fragrance, lightness and musk, Chanel N°19 Poudré is a fragrance that would work for summer, or winter, or even as a transitional fragrance to wear between seasons.  Since I received my bottle of Chanel N°19 Poudré on Friday, I’ve worn it everyday and I now have a new favorite.  Chanel N°19 Poudré is available for sale online at Chanel.com or at Chanel boutiques.

For more on Chanel N°19 Poudré check out:

Interview with Jacques Polge and information about the fragrance.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 5:49 pm

August 2, 2011

It’s Official, Perfume Makes Women Feel Sexy

marilyn monroe chanel no5Ok, maybe it ‘s not totally official but a poll by a British drugstore surveyed 2,000 women to see what beauty tricks made them feel beautiful.  Not surprisingly, more than half of the women said their number one trick to feel sexy is to put on perfume.  This poll just confirms what Coco Chanel knew all along – why else would she say to “wear perfume where you want to be kissed”?


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 5:03 am

July 18, 2011

Chanel Word on the Street: Karl Retiring? New Coco Perfume?

At any given time there is at least one rumor involving Chanel. I suppose that’s what happens when you keep info under lock and key – there’s going to be lots of speculation and rumor spreading.  There are two rumors I heard recently – no word on their authenticity but I’ll keep you posted…

  • Fashionista reported that they heard a rumor that the Chanel Fall/Winter 2011/2012 show was so late at night because it was Karl’s last show.  I really hope this is not true :(   I can’t imagine that (a) Karl would retire; and (b) that if it were his last show there would be a ton of fanfare.
  • Perfume Shrine reported that Chanel’s next perfume will be a flanker to its highly successful perfume Coco and will be called Coco Noir.  This is one rumor that I hope is true! I always love a good fragrance – and ad campaign!  I wonder who will be the face of Coco Noir?  Too bad Dior snatched up Natalie Portman :(
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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Fragrance,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 1:01 pm

June 17, 2011

CHANEL N°5, Story of an Icon

chanel no 5
The story and iconography of Chanel N°5 never gets old. The mystery of the iconic scent continues to unfold in the latest video on the subject as told by Jacques Polge, Chanel’s infamous “nose”.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 6:38 am

June 15, 2011

Take A Chance!

chanel chance
A few weeks I posted about Anne V’s reprieve in an updated Chance fragrance commercial directed by Jean-Paul Goude. Chanel is now doing a big push on the Chance trio of fragrances – Chance, Chance Eau Fraîche and Chance Eau Tendre – and has new commercials for each of the scents.  Each commercial is color coordinated to match the fragrance and capture the mood of each scent – happy, playful and tender. The ads are short and sweet and are fun to watch in a series.

All three Chance commercials were directed by Jean-Paul Goude and feature the song “Taking a Chance on Love”.  I’m not sure who the singer is, but it sounds like Ella Fitzgerald or Renee Olstead to me.  I will try to confirm and update the post as soon as I know for sure.  In the meantime, enjoy the three commercials…

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 8:33 pm

June 3, 2011

The Story Behind Chanel No. 5 On The BBC

Last week, the BBC posted a radio segment and article on the story behind Chanel No.5.  If you haven’t heard it I would definitely give it a listen below.  The iconography and branding of Chanel No.5 is one of my favorites – of any product – so I put together some of my favorite Chanel No.5 images.  Some are vintage ads, some are product shots, some are works of art inspired by the fragrance.  Enjoy!

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Source for Audio: BBC

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 5:04 am

June 2, 2011

Assouline Chanel Three Book Set, Special Edition with Chanel Slipcase

assouline chanel three book set with chanel slipcase

I love collecting books on Chanel – Mademoiselle was such a fascinating artist and I love all of her creations.  When I found out about the special edition of Chanel books by Assouline, I had to have it.  One problem though – the three book set retails for $550!  Why so much?  Easy – it’s all in the quilting.

Chanel produced a “luxe slipcase … made of genuine black quilted leather and adorned with a metal Chanel logo” exclusively for Assouline.  The slipcase houses three editions celebrating Chanel’s revolutionary style: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Fine Jewelry, and Chanel Perfume.  One of the most visible personalities of her era, Gabrielle Chanel invented a style that was synonymous with modernity and chic and this three book set does her legacy justice.  Written by Francois Baudot and Francoise Aveline, each book is 80 pages with 60 images and the quilted slipcase measures 6.5 x 9.5″.

You can purchase the Chanel three book set and slipcase on the Assouline website.  If it’s beyond your budget, you can get the three books – sans Chanel quilted slipcase – on Amazon for $47.


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Fragrance,Chanel Jewelry,Chanel Media,Coco Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 5:03 am

May 26, 2011

Chanel Chance Commercials – Then & Now

chanel chance
Anne V is back for a Chanel Chance reprieve. She was in the original Chance ad campaign, and ten years later she’s back and looking great. The new ad is directed by Jean-Paul Goude. Earlier this week Anne V stated, via her Twitter account: “I feel so happy to be a part of Chanel family again and honored that 10 years later they have me back again in their Chance commercial.”


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Ad Campaigns,Chanel Fragrance — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 5:27 am
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