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November 3, 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Photo Booth Facebook App – Try It!

chanel rouge coco shine facebook photo booth appChanel has a fun new app on their Facebook page promoting the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick.  It’s a photo booth where you take 4 images, and then customize them with a color filter and a lipstick name.  It was quick and fun and probably the only time Chanel will ask for your picture:)  Try it out on the Chanel Facebook page!

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May 26, 2011

Boy Chanel Bag Collection

chanel boy bag collection
I was intrigued by these bags when I first saw them on the runway during the Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/12 presentation but the more I see them, the more I want them. PurseBlog has the inside scoop on the new Chanel Boy collection of handbags along with some nice product shots.

You won’t see any quilting on the bags in the Chanel Boy Bag collection but you will see the signature chain strap – though it’s a much thicker, heavier chain. The bag can be worn over the shoulder or across the body in the same way the 2.55 can be worn.

Long inspired by menswear, the Boy Bag collection is said to be inspired by cartridge bags used by hunters. Karl Lagerfeld stated: “Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel.”

The Boy Chanel Bags come in black, ivory, flat red, intense grey and lead green – all in glazed calf skin.  I’d be happy with any of the colors and sizes but I have a small, red Boy bag on my wish list.  The bags come in three sizes – the small being a purse and the large being a tote and they range in price from $2500 – $4300.

I love these bags.  I love the simplicity, the thick chain and the embossed Chanel logo on the “spine” – it looks very much like a book.  How nice to have a “library” of these bags, non?  The bags hit shelves in August so start saving up your pretty pennies now – I know I am!


chanel boy bag collection

chanel boy bag collection

chanel boy bag collection

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May 19, 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine “Royallieu” Available Exclusively Online

A few days ago Chanel released a new Rouge Coco Shine shade named Royallieu and it is available exclusively on Chanel.com.  The soft pink shade is named after Chateau de Royallieu, Étienne Balsan’s estate where Coco Chanel stayed with him as his lover.  Her stay at Chateau de Royallieu was her introduction to society and she began making hats during her stay there.  She also met the love of her life, Boy Capel at Chateau de Royallieu.  With so many romantic connotations, it’s the perfect color to wear to get ready for some summer lovin’.  Rouge Coco Shine Royallieu retails for $32 and is available only online at Chanel.com.

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July 1, 2010

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Film Review

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Above: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I (The Adoration of the Earth)by Igor Stravinsky

There’s a moment in Director Jan Lounen’s film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, after a passionate sex scene (one of many), where the Russian composer tells Chanel, played by Anna Mouglalis, that she is not an artist. She could have had any man she wanted but she could not deny that which inspired her, even if he was married.

This moment ends an intense yet short affair between the innovative designer and the Russian composer but not before the two reached amazing high points in their respective careers.

After dedicating herself to her work, Chanel slowly began to evolve into a piece of art herself. This is something Lounen’s translates beautifully through the visuals in his film. Most of the film takes place in Coco’s garden villa, where she invited the exiled Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) and his family to stay while he worked. The decor of the villa is lavish and speaks to the indulgence of the intense affair. The whimsical garden, large enough for a horse ride and a swing between the trees, speaks to the romantic tones of the film down to the moans coming from the secret love shack in the woods.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

In another scene, while in her room and after parting with Stravinsky, Chanel catches a glimpse of herself working in the mirror and pulls the drape to cover it. As unapologetic and not guilty as Coco felt about her affair with a married man, we see that it really is lonely at the top. She’s surrounded by extravagance and elegance but her loneliness is almost painful for her to witness. Her strict and detailed ways allowed her reach a level of success that is unmatched by any other fashion designer. Stravinsky’s revolutionary use of dissonance propelled him into music history books. After Boy Capel’s death, all the grief-stricken Coco wanted was to be fascinated and intrigued by a man again. She was a woman who yearned, lusted and loved.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

The film paints Coco as a woman of high standards, admired by other woman for her confidence but plagued by others thinking that her gambling with love meant she did not take it seriously.

Chanel was first captivated by Igor’s intensity and his brilliant mind during the legendary premiere of “The Rites of Spring” on May 29th, 1913.

While the French audience, used to ballets like Swan Lake, was outraged over the pairing of Stravinsky’s adventurous composition and Vaslav Nijinsky‘s almost savage choreography, Chanel was excited and drawn to the radical departure. This all makes for one of the most heart-pounding moments in a non-action film I’ve ever experienced. (See a Cannes Excerpt from Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky on Youtube)

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

From the beginning, the film is whimsical and romantic and at times makes you feel like you’re in a surreal world of savage love and emotions. The intense story follows both Chanel and Stravinsky’s greatest achievements (Ballet Russes, Chanel No. 5) but also captures the pain and “decay” of Catherine Stravinsky—played by a striking Yelena Morozova—as she if forced to watch it all unfold before her and her children’s eyes.

The stunning costumes and score are enough to realize that this isn’t just another Chanel film. Uncle Karl even designed a gown for the film but every gown and outfit in this feature is just as stunning as the next. From Chanel to the male actors fitted in the most appropriate suits, expect to find your mouth slightly opened in awe of the sex, fashion and music Coco & Igor provides.

Review by Lexx Valdez

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September 24, 2009

Coco Before Chanel: Interview with Alessandro Nivola

Alessandro Nivola

Alessandro Nivola

“This was the most technical performance I’ve ever had to give.”

From the moment Alessandro Nivola stepped into the room, he immediately put the group of journalists before him at ease. He was different from Audrey Tautou and Anne Fontaine who had translators and agents in tow, instead, Alessandro walked in solo and started cracking jokes.

Having met him, it’s easy to see how he was cast as Boy Capel, the man who played a large role in making Coco Chanel the icon she is today: Alessandro is funny and charming and sitting down to talk to him was like sitting down to chat with an old friend.

Nivola was a very different man than Boy Capel and Nivola had to learn a lot of new skills including how to play polo, play piano, dance, and the most difficult, how to speak French. Anne Fontaine, the director of Coco Before Chanel, had found him in some English movies that he had been in. Anne’s people got in touch with Nivola’s agent and asked, “Does he speak French? My agent said yes, when I barely did.” Next came a phone interview where he “had prepared very specific statements that I could stumble through and the next thing I know I was in Paris.”

Anne liked the sound of Alessandro’s voice speaking French, “even though my grammar was deplorable,” because his accent is hard to define, it’s not French or English, it sounds vaguely foreign. Like many French people, she didn’t find French being spoken with an American or English accent very “sexy”.

Learning French was a tedious process and Fontaine hired a woman to come to Nivola’s house for 2 hours a day for a month before they started filming. Then, he went to France a few weeks before filming and he spoke French the whole time he was there. Being the only American on set was a bit lonely for Nivola – the whole crew spoke French and he spent the first few weeks on set not understanding what people were saying. Reflecting on the experience, he said, “You lose your personality and your sense of humor and you find yourself just rigid with fear.”

Having seen the film, it’s impossible to see any guardedness in Nivola’s acting. In fact, I remember thinking to myself that I was quite impressed with his French and how natural it seemed. “The language thing made it much scarier [but I] wouldn’t trade it. There’s a part of me that likes feeling out of control that way. … I’m restless and get bored easily…I knew it would be an adventure that I would go and come back, and now I speak fluent French.”

You can see Alessandro Nivola charm you and Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel tomorrow, Friday, September 25th, in New York and Los Angeles, and in San Francisco on October 2nd.

Be sure to also check out the interview with Audrey Tautou, the actress who plays Coco Chanel.  Stay tuned for an exclusive one-on-one video interview with director Anne Fontaine.

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October 26, 2008

M.I.S.S. Chats With Olivier Sitruk

Photo of Olivier Sitruk by  Julien de Rosa / Starface
Photo of Olivier Sitruk by Julien de Rosa / Starface

A while back we reviewed Lifetime’s Coco Chanel made-for-tv movie, and it was clear from our readers and from our search engine results, that the ladies love Olivier Sitruk, the French actor who played Coco Chanel‘s amour, Boy Capel.  When we saw how much the ladies liked Mr. Sitruk, we did a small story on him.  Little did we know that it would be our most popular story ever, with women from all over the country making M.I.S.S. the unofficial spot to get together and share their Olivier Sitruk discoveries.  This got us thinking, why don’t we contact him and see if he’ll do an interview?   To our surprise and delight, not only did Olivier get back to us, he gave us the honor of interviewing him.  After several emails and weeks, we are happy and excited to present our interview with Olivier Sitruk. . .

How did you get your start in acting?

I got my start in acting by studying! In NICE, the place where I was born, and after in PARIS. Of course I was not already paid for acting but my passion and destiny start at this time. I start on stage, I work in prison or with handicap people and make my first movie in 1992. In this movie, I was dying after 5 minutes, in the second one after 30 . . . now I die at the end!

Did you know about the man ‘Boy Capel’ before you auditioned for his part?

No, and not a lot about COCO CHANEL also, but there is so many book about her!

Read the rest of the interview after the jump!

Your English accent was very convincing! Was it difficult playing an English man?

I’m sorry to say that my voice in English, it’s not mine, the character was English, and, I have a French accent when I speak . . . but we shoot the movie in English, even for the French TV. I had to dub it in French!

Do you have any upcoming U.S. projects? If not, do you have any plans to do more work in the U.S.?

For now, I have no project in US. But it will be a dream to come make my job in US. Like all my generation, I grow up with American movie, and a lot off my favorite directors are from America.

Are there any actors, actresses or directors that you would like to work with?

Kate WINSLET !!! In US ? So many! Paul Thomas ANDERSON, the COEN brothers, Sean PENN, of course SCORCESE but also Abel FERARA or AFANORVSKY, Chris NOLAN or Brian SINGER. In France, Jacques AUDIARD, BLIER or CORNEAU, and in the world, Emir KUSTURICA!

If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?

A journalist, or an cabinetmaker …

Ok, I have to ask because all of our readers are dying to know . . . Are you single? What qualities do you find attractive in women?

I’m married since 5 years but we are together since 15 years. The qualities I find attractive in women, like in all the men, is the soul and humor . . . And look like KATE WINSLET . . .

The ladies want to know where to keep up with your latest projects and work. Do you have a fan site? A Myspace page?

I have one official site and they work on it to translate it in English. Every body was asking for Myspace, so I open one but it’s the beginning!

Are the women in France as crazy for you as the women in the U.S.? Is it difficult to leave your house?

Do I have to respond? I like to be discreet, I’m never in front or inside the people magazine, and I have a simple life with a lot of love and work. So no fan in front of my house!

What is your idea of a romantic evening out?

In Paris, walk on the street late in the night after a good restaurant and rebuilding the world. In dream, make a dinner on the moon!

What’s your astrological sign?

I was born the 25th December so I’m Capricorn.

What do you like to do in your free time? What are your hobbies, interests?

Work and dream! I like canvas painting, make racing Kart and play tennis with my son, watch movies and American series ( DR House, Damages, West Wing, or the Sopranos).

What are you favorites? Favorite color, book, movie, food, travel destination?

- Color : black and red
- Book: the books of Albert COHEN or Pat CONROY, ZOLA or Paul AUSTER, and Detective fiction (CONELLY, ELLROY, COBEN, LEHANNE)
- Movies: I like all the movies of the director I talk at the top.
-Food: About the food, I’m sorry to say that we are close to the perfection in France . . . but the Italian are closer . . .
- Travel Destination: The Place where I answer this interview . . . BALI

Many thanks to Olivier Sitruk and the wonderful team at Starface. We hope to see more of Olivier Sitruk’s work in the states!

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Filed under: Chanel Culture,Coco Chanel — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 4:53 pm

September 15, 2008

Ladies Love Olivier Sitruk’s “Boy Capel” on Lifetime’s Coco Chanel

** Read the M.I.S.S. exclusive interview with Olivier Sitruk here**

It seems that it wasn’t just Barbora Bobulova who stole the show from Shirley MacLaine in Lifetime’s Coco Chanelmade-for-TV movie. After I wrote my review, I have received LOTS of requests to find out more info on the mysterious and handsome actor who played Boy Capel, Chanel’s love of her life. The man in question is Olivier Sitruk, a French actor with piercing brown eyes and Mediterranean complexion. It’s your lucky day ladies, if you want to see more photos of the dashing actor check out his site here. Unfortunately it’s in French but click on “galeries” to view photos. For a listing of his past works check out imdb here. I hope that helps and quenches the thirst you have for Olivier Sitruk! Hopefully the French man will play more U.S. roles.

Read the exclusive M.I.S.S. interview with Olivier Sitruk.

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September 14, 2008

“Coco Chanel” on Lifetime Review

Last night I tuned in to Lifetime’s Coco Chanel, the story of the rise of one of the greatest fashion designer’s ever. Not only a fashion icon, Gabrielle Chanel is an inspiration to women and is the embodiment of the “modern woman,” a woman fiercely independent with a strong will and desire to achieve her dreams. I had expressed some doubt as to the casting, Ms. MacLaine as the grand dame of fashion was a bit of a stretch for me, but I tuned in nonetheless. If it’s about Chanel, I’m there! The film was about Mademoiselle’s youth and her rise from orphan to successful, independent designer. Barbora Bobulova played the “young chanel” and I think she did an amazing job. She had a believable French accent, resembled the young Gabrielle and gave life to Chanel’s struggles and emotions. I wish they aged Ms. Bobulova with make-up (as they did her cousin Adrienne) rather than cast Shirley MacLaine as Chanel. In a word, she was awful. Somehow, with age, Chanel lost her French accent. MacLaine didn’t even attempt a French accent – if she did it was barely noticeable. She sounded like a “hat check girl” in a Chanel costume and her lines were Chanel quotes strung together as “dialogue.” Thankfully, the film actually starred Barbora Bobulova and not Shirley MacLaine as the film was promoted. The film concentrated on Chanel’s youth with bits of older Chanel (MacClaine) telling her story. Though I detested the parts with MacLaine in it (I swear, it was really that bad), I actually did enjoy the film and it was wonderful to see Chanel’s early rise brought to life. I would definitely recommend viewing this, though you may want to plug your ears for the MacLaine lines, and if you missed it last night, tune in tonight to Lifetime at 7 pm.

P.S. – It seems like a lot of ladies are wondering who played the handsome Boy Capel – we’ve investigated for you and it’s Olivier Sitruk.

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August 15, 2008

Boy Capel Part Cast In “Coco Avant Chanel”

Coco Chanel never married but she had several partners throughout her life. The man that was “the one true love” was Boy Capel, an English business man who helped finance Chanel’s first millinery shop. We reported a few months back that Audrey Tautou was cast as Mademoiselle Chanel. Today, we learned that Alessandro Nivola is cast as Boy Capel, Chanel’s “love of her life.” Tragically, Boy Capel died in a car crash and afterward Chanel’s collections featured what became her signature black. Other designers of the time commented that she was making everyone mourn for her lost love by using black as a main color in her collections. Whatever the reason, Chanel broke barriers and gave new life to the color black. We’ll learn about this and much more about the designer’s early life. I cannot wait to see this movie!!



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