La Chanelphile

October 31, 2011

Chanel Christmas 2011 Accessories Collection

Chanel Christmas 2011 Accessories CollectionI just came across some images of the Chanel Christmas 2011 Accessories collection and I’d be happy to find any of these items in my Christmas stocking or under the tree.  The collection features leather goods in a lavender leather, accessories in a muted color palette of lavender, grey and ivory and items in signature black and white. It’s hard to pick a favorite but I’m partial to anything with pearls or in black  – Santa, I hope you’re listening!  The collection will be in stores in December so start saving your pretty pennies or start dropping those hints :)

Chanel Christmas 2011 Accessories Collection

Chanel Christmas 2011 Accessories CollectionSource: Coco’s Tea Party

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Happy Halloween!

I hope you have a Happy Halloween full of sweetness and fun!

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 8:59 am

October 25, 2011

I Want This Bag! Chanel Cabas Eté

Chanel Cabas Ete 2012 hangbag

For Summer 2012 Chanel is releasing the perfect bag to bring along to the pool or the beach – the Chanel Cabas Eté. The bag is perfect for poolside sessions because there is no leather on the bag, instead, ribbon is woven through the chain and the bag is cotton canvas. The faded colors already look sun-drenched and summer ready – perfect for your fun in the sun. The Chanel Cabas Eté bags will be in Chanel boutiques starting in February 2012.


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Handbags — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 9:58 pm

I Told You So!

A few weeks ago I posted a Dior video that showed a pinball machine game animation and I likened it to Chanel’s “Here Comes the Beauty Pack” video that brought Chanel cosmetics to robotic life. I know it was a bit of a stretch but for me Dior’s video was reminiscent of Chanel’s video – especially when looked at in the context of all the other copying that has been happening.

One of La Chanelphile’s readers, Alexandre Fons, brought this Dior video to my attention.  The video was uploaded about a month ago and depicts a Dior cosmetics animation in the form of Tetris, Pacman and Super Mario Brothers.  Sorry, but there’s no arguing your way around this one Dior – so unoriginal! Thank you Alexandre for bringing this to my attention!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics,Chanel Media — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 9:43 pm

October 24, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of 10.20.11

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I love this Chanel-inspired half-moon manicure! I need those nail decals pronto!  AnotherMag

chanel half moon manicure

Karl Lagerfeld wishes he invented the white shirt and is obsessed with cuff links.  Forbes

Karl Lagerfeld’s advice for surviving the recession?  “Sack your assistant chauffeur!”  Independent

The Ritz in Paris will be closing for two years to undergo renovations – who will keep Coco company? AFP

chanel suite at the ritz

Speaking of hotels Coco Chanel lived in, the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland is not too shabby.  Pursuitist

More images of the Spring 2012 Le Vernis collection.  Fashion

spring 2012 chanel nail polish

Check out the playlist from the Chanel Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear show.  Chanel News

The International Center of Photography is showing Harper’s Bazaar: A Decade of Style, an exhibit that features photos by by Karl Lagerfeld as well as a portrait of Uncle Karl.  International Center of Photography

Justine Picardie debates the merits of Chanel handbags.  The Guardian

Can’t afford vintage Chanel? No problem, you can rent it! Style

vintage chanel

Lindsay Lohan wore a Chanel bag to court – in other news, what is up with her blush? Grazia

Diane Kruger wears Chanel Fall 2011 on the red carpet – she looks great but this outfit doesn’t read “red carpet” to me.  Red Carpet Fashion Awards

diane kruger chanel fall 2011Elizabeth Olsen wore Chanel haute couture from the spring 2012 collection – she’s a pretty gril but I have to say that I’m not loving the dress on her – her breasts look flattened and her shoulders seem to broad for this kind of top. Just Jared

elizabeth olsen in chanel haute couture


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October 12, 2011

Karlisms: Sneak Peek of CNN’s Karl Lagerfeld Interview

Karl Lagerfeld is always quotable but this short clip of a CNN interview that is airing this weekend is a goldmine. I can’t even imagine what the full interview will be like. I do know that I want to tune in and watch Karl wax poetic about his work.

“Fashion: Backstage Pass” premieres Saturday, October 15 at 2:30pm ET on CNN.

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Filed under: Chanel,Karl Lagerfeld — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 7:53 pm

October 10, 2011

Book Review: Intimate Chanel by Isabelle Fiemeyer

Intimate Chanel by Isabelle Fiemeyer

Everything has been said, written, and filmed about Chanel for four decades now-everything, that is, except the landscape of her private world, her beliefs and inspirations, her attachment to symbolism, spiritualism, and esotericism, to literature and poetry, to the men whom she loved, and above all to her family.
-Isabelle Fiemeyer, Preface, Intimate Chanel

Intimate Chanel, by Isabelle Fiemeyer, is one of the many books coming out this fall telling the story of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s life and as the title suggests it tells a very intimate tale indeed.  What differentiates Intimate Chanel from other biographies is the role of Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie – Chanel’s only direct descendant.  Not only did Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie write the forward, but many passages of the book are actual quotes where she recounts private conversations between herself and Coco Chanel – presenting us with “Auntie Coco” a woman very different from Coco Chanel’s public persona.

The gorgeous photographs of Francis Hammond also make Intimate Chanel a very in-depth account of the life of Coco Chanel.  Hammond took photos of Chanel’s personal effects – many never seen before or published – including items from Coco Chanel’s personal wardrobe, her jewels, gifts given to her from the men in her life, favorite furniture pieces, family photos and books with personal inscriptions.  These haunting images together with the passages in Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie’s own voice truly makes this a personal account of Coco Chanel’s life.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Intimate Chanel and zipped through it in a matter of hours but I know that I will go back to it often to look at the inspiring images.  Intimate Chanel would make a lovely gift for a Chanelphile or a gorgeous addition to any Chanel collection.  You can purchase Intimate Chanel by Isabelle Fiemeyer on Amazon.com.

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Filed under: Chanel,Coco Chanel — Tags: , , , — La Chanelphile @ 5:10 am

October 9, 2011

Round and Round We Go…

Chanel Autumn Winter 2008 2009 Carrousel

Chanel Autumn-Winter 2008-2009 Carrousel

For the Autumn-Winter 2008-209 show Karl Lagerfeld dreamt up a Chanel carousel with oversize Chanel iconography such as bows, pearls, cuffs, 2.55 bags and camelias.  For the Spring-Summer 2012 show Marc Jacobs conjured up a white carrousel for Louis Vuitton.  Though the Louis Vuitton carrousel is a more traditional carrousel complete with horses, I think it’s a bit too similar too soon, non?  What do you think?

Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2012 Carrousel

Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2012 Carrousel

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Ready To Wear — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 1:10 pm

October 5, 2011

Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Show Makeup by Peter Philips

2012 SPRING SUMMER READY TO WEAR SHOW MAKEUP BY PETER PHILIPSAs promised here are the details about the Chanel Beaute products used in the Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear show…

Skin prepared with HYDRA BEAUTY SERUM Hydration Protection Radiance (available April 2012)

The Complexion

VITALUMIERE AQUA Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup SPF 15 (available April 2012)
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE  Natural Finish Loose Powder
ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen

The Eyes

ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Fantasme and Emerveillé
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ebène
LE CRAYON KHOL Intense Eye Pencil in Clair
CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler

The Cheeks

EXCLUSIVE CREATION BLUSH HORIZON DE CHANEL Glowing Blush Harmony (available January 2012)

The Lips

ROUGE COCO BAUME Hydrating Conditioning Lip Balm (available January 2012)
LEVRES SCINTILLANTES Glossimer in Plaisir (available March 2012)

The Nails

LE VERNIS Nail Colour in April (available January 2012)
LE VERNIS Nail Colour in May (available January 2012)
LE VERNIS Limited Edition Nail Colour in June (available January 2012)
**The pearly white nail shade was specially created only for the show**


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 5:53 pm

October 4, 2011

Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Runway Show Videos

Now we get to see what all the fancy people saw…. Enjoy!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Ready To Wear — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 11:57 pm
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