La Chanelphile

December 6, 2011

Book Review: Chanel – Couture and Industry by Amy de la Haye

chanel couture and industry by amy de la hayeChanel: Couture and Industry is one of the many new recent books that have come out about our favorite couturière, Coco Chanel.  Unlike some of the more scandalous biographies, Chanel: Couture and Industry is a breath of fresh air because it focuses on Chanel in the context of fashion history.

Coco Chanel is synonymous with elegance, fashion innovation and modernity and in Chanel: Couture and Industry, Amy de la Haye examines the creative output of the House of Chanel from its infancy in the 1920s, to the present day under the tutelage of Karl Lagerfeld.  Using the renowned collections of the V&A as her sources, fashion historian Amy de la Haye shows how Coco Chanel changed the way modern women dress.

Chanel: Couture and Industry includes beautiful images of original Chanel pieces – many of which can only be seen in museums – and many of which I have never seen before in any other Chanel publication.  Chanel is the third book in the V&A Fashion Series covering key innovators in the world of fashion.  If you are looking for a book that focuses more on Chanel in the context of fashion history then this is the book for you – or a great gift for any Chanelphile.  Chanel: Couture and Industry is available online on Amazon.com.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture,Coco Chanel,Vintage Chanel — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 5:47 am

December 4, 2011

Rest In Peace François Lesage

francois lesage

François Lesage, the heir to the Maison Lesage embroidery studio, passed away last week at the age of 82 after losing his battle to his illness.  Maison Lesage was created by François’ father and he took the helm when his father passed away in 1949.  Though Maison Lesage was the embroidery studio for all of Paris’ best designers, this is particularly sad for Chanel because Chanel bought Maison Lesage in 2002 as part of Paraffection in a plan to preserve “petite mains” – the heritage of artisans, their age-old crafts and their couture ateliers.  Looking ahead and knowing the delicacy of the situation, François Lesage started an embroidery school in the atelier.  Maison Lesage will continue embroidering.  I send my deepest condolences to the Lesage family.

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 6:54 pm

December 1, 2011

Dry Off With Chanel

chanel towel

This is not the first Chanel towel set, and certainly not the last.  So long as there are cruise collections, jet setters will need equally chic towels with matching totes.  This is one towel that I would definitely NOT leave pool-side or on the beach though.  I would much rather prefer to see it hanging in my bathroom.  How luxurious would it be to dry off with a Chanel towel after your shower…after washing with Chanel No.5 bath gel of course!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Lifestyle Products — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 6:47 pm

November 29, 2011

Rare Chanel on The Coveteur

rare chanel on the coveteur

The Covetuer is every fashion lover’s inside look into the closets we all wish we had.  As a year in review, they’ve gathered all the photos of rare Chanel items that they’ve come across and published them in one place.  I selected a few of my favorites but you should definitely check out The Coveteur for the full experience.

rare chanel on the coveteurrare chanel on the coveteur

rare chanel on the coveteur

rare chanel on the coveteur

rare chanel on the coveteur

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags,Chanel Jewelry,Vintage Chanel — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:53 pm

My New Favorite Website: Sip, Chat, Chow

chanel champagne

We’ve seen the Chanel cupcakes, cookies, french fries and lollipops but Tricia Clarke-Stone, the “glam foodie” of Sip, Chat, Chow is taking things to a whole new level. She brings couture to some of our favorite sweet treats. She tends to like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Fendi in addition to Chanel, but as you know, my only concern is Chanel – check out these pics of couture cuisine!

chanel ice cream cone

chanel candy bar

chanel cereal

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 12:06 am

November 21, 2011

Lady Gaga Wears Chanel for Barney’s “Gaga’s Workshop”

Karl Lagerfeld Sketch Lady Gaga Barneys New York Gagas Workshop
Now through January 2, you can see “Gaga’s Workshop” – Barney’s New York has put its 5th floor and holiday windows in the hands of Lady Gaga. She stated: ““We tried to bridge the spirit of Madison Avenue with the spirit of downtown New York pop punk culture and create a space that had a range of prices — some very affordable gifts and some gifts that were more expensive.” On Monday night Lady Gaga wore a custom white Chanel gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The white tweed dress with black trim is accessorized with CHANEL pearls, camelias and bows. I LOVE this look – especially all of the camellias and pearls. Check out the pics below and Karl Lagerfeld’s sketch pictured above.

Lady Gaga Wears Chanel Gagas Workshop Barneys New York

Lady Gaga Wears Chanel Gagas Workshop Barneys New York

Photo Credit: BFA

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 10:59 pm

Paris-Bombay: Chanel’s Upcoming Métiers d’Art Collection Inspired by India

Chanel’s will reveal its upcoming Métiers d’Art collection on December 6, and word on the street is that the collection is inspired by India. The Paris-Bombay collection will be shown at the Galerie Courbe in the Grand Palais. I can’t wait to see this collection. The Métiers d’Art collections are always my favorite of the year because you see such lovely work from all of the maisons that Chanel purchased to keep the art of the crafts alive as part of Paraffection. The Métiers d’Art collections usually do a lovely job marrying influences. I’d be interested to see how the colors play out in this collection. Chanel is known for a very subdued palette and India is known for quite the opposite. Either way, I’m sure the collection will be heavily embellished and I’m especially interested in seeing the jewelry. Stay tuned!

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 10:41 pm

November 16, 2011

Chanel Sponsors the MOMA’s Film Benefit In Honor of Pedro Almodovar

Pedro Almodovar Anna Wintour Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel MOMA Film Benefit 2011

Pedro Almodovar, Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel MOMA Film Benefit 2011

Last night, CHANEL sponsored the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Benefit, paying tribute to acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. All the lovely ladies came out in support – all wearing Chanel of course. I think that the entrance carpet with wall of red roses is the loveliest “red” carpet I’ve ever seen. Here are some of the looks from celebrities entering the event…

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 11:16 am

November 15, 2011

Carine Roitfeld Chanel Couture Fitting

W Magazine released a video featuring Carine Roitfeld as a couture client. In the video she attends a Chanel couture fitting and teasingly tells Karl Lagerfeld that his models are “fat” because she can fit into the samples. It’s a fun video to watch and definitely worth the break from work to watch…

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Filed under: Chanel,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 11:09 pm

November 14, 2011

Chanel Ephemeral Boutique in Seoul, Korea

Chanel Ephemeral Boutique in Seoul KoreaChanel’s latest ephemeral boutique is housed at Boon, a concept shop in Korea.  Now through November 20, each floor of the shop will explore one of Chanel’s signature codes.  From Place Vendôme to Chanel’s apartment some of the floor are inspired by places close to Coco Chanel.  The quilted and chain room highlights accessories and craftsmanship while another room is made entirely of porcelain.  After you’ve checked out each floor you can visit the screening room to sit down and watch Karl Lagerfeld’s recent Chanel films.

This ephemeral shop sounds so beautiful I wish I could see it.  Are any of you from Seoul or will be in Seoul?  Please let me know if you check it out – would love to hear about it!


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Boutiques — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:30 pm
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