La Chanelphile

October 4, 2011

Celebrity Sightings at the Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Show

Jen Brill and Leigh Lezark at ChanelThe front row at a Chanel show is always a who’s who of It Girls, celebrities and royalty.  Yesterday, all the pretty ladies put on their Chanel finest and came to see Uncle Karl’s latest presentation.  Les Fidèles de Chanel – Jen Brill, Poppy Delevingne, Caroline Sieber, Leigh Lezark and Vanessa Traina – were all present.  Also spotted were Chanel regulars Alexa Chung, Clémence Poésy, Carine Roitfeld and Uma Thurman. Check out some of the Chanel lovelies in the gallery below…

Images: Style

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Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection Details

chanel spring summer 2012Earlier today I posted images from the Chanel spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection and the presentation was beautiful.  Though the pieces looked lovely from afar, you really appreciate the intricate workmanship and beauty of the pieces when you see them close up.  It’s also a great way to see what we can expect in the accessories department – the shoes, jewelry and bags.

For spring 2012, the Chanel accessories all evoke the aquatic theme.  Pearls were everywhere – on the apparel, hair, skin and handbags.  Purses came in the shape of conch shells while other bags used the signature quilting and woven leather chain detail but were in the shape of a wrapped parcel.  Heels of shoes were in the shape of coral and conch shells.  Finally, jewelry took its cues from seashells and coral.  Check out the gallery for more detail shots…

Images: Style

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Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Runway Beauty

Chanel Spring Summer 2012 BeautyPearls of beauty – that’s how I would sum up the hair and beauty at the Chanel spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear presentation.  Pearls were on the apparel and on the skin as well – where you would normally see beauty marks, facial jewelry and even the models’ spines instead had delicate pearls.  Makeup was kept pretty simple – eyeshadow reminiscent  of mother of pearl with black eyeliner paired with natural blush and lips.

I especially loved the hair – wet hair was the perfect finishing touch to an underwater-themed collection.  The wet hair was twisted into low side buns at the nape of the models’ necks and pearls floated in the models’ hair.

Last but not least we have the nail color!  From what I could see from the runway images I saw 2 colors: white and coral.  I don’t know if it’s an existing white color like Pearl Drop or a new one.  It would be lovely to see a white iridescent shade that’s like mother of pearl.  I’ll fill you in on details as soon as I receive the information from Chanel.  For now enjoy these photos…

All Images: Style

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: , , , , — La Chanelphile @ 10:39 pm

Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection“I love the sea — it’s very mysterious, and fish scales seem so modern; there was everything but mermaids!”
-Karl Lagerfeld (NYTimes)

I’m not sure where Karl Lagerfeld got his inspiration for his aquatic inspired collection – could it have been all the time Coco Chanel spent on the Flying Cloud with the Duke of Westminster?  Wherever inspiration may have struck, Karl is always able to take the seedlings of the idea and make them flourish into Chanel elegance.

For the Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection the Grand Palais was transformed into a whitewashed underwater scape with oversize algae, sand dollars, sea horses, fish, seashells and whales.  One particular shell opened and Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine appeared singing her siren song, “What the Water Gave Me” to accompany the models walking down the runway.  A male model (not Baptiste Giabiconi) stood at her side in a men’s bathing romper as her protector.

The models all appeared through a structure filled with what looked like sea foam – each one a modern day Botticelli Venus emerging from the sea in etheral Chanel.  The color palette was very light and neutral with some hints of the blue-green of the sea, light coral, sand and very little black.  Since it was an aquatic theme, the ubiquitous leather woven chains and cuffs were replaced with another Chanel signature – pearls.

Pearls were everywhere on the apparel (on the beauty as well – you’ll see in a separate upcoming post) – all buttons and belts were pearls.  The looks were a departure from the oversize looks and skirts-over-pants that we’ve seen from the past few Chanel collections.  Jackets were cropped with 3/4 sleeves, dresses were short and form-fitting.  Aquatic references included netting sewn into the clothing giving us a new “sheer”, iridescent fabric and beading that looked like glimmering waters or mother-of-pearl and origami folds of sheer fabric that were reminscent of fish gills.  All of this was juxtaposed with black geometric lines on some of the looks. The accessories all got the aquatic treatment with bags shaped as conches and covered with pearls and shoes with shoes with conch-shaped heels.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts on the details of the collection, beauty, scene and front row.

Images: Style

**Update – I thought from the photo it was Baptiste Giabiconi standing near Florence Welch but it was not.

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Ready To Wear — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 6:52 pm

Under The Sea – Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear

chanel spring summer 2012 ready to wear

So my suspicions were confirmed – the Chanel invite did give us a clue to the theme of the spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection.  The Grand Palais was transformed into an under water paradise complete with oversize sea shells and coral.  A certain red-headed chanteuse – I think Florence and the Machine  but waiting for confirmation – even appeared in a shell and sang during the runway presentation.  I’m doing more research into the show and getting images together but here’s a little teaser.

chanel spring summer 2012 ready to wear

All Photos: Chanel, Olivier Saillant

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Ready To Wear — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 10:32 am

October 3, 2011

Claudia Schiffer for Chanel Prestige FW 2011/12 Eyewear Collection – Behind the Scenes & Campaign Images


Claudia Schiffer for Chanel Prestige Fall Winter 2011 2012 EyewearClaudia Schiffer is the back as the face of the Chanel Prestige FW 2011/12 Eyewear Collection. Her ad campaign images have been out for some time but I just saw some behind the scenes images on the British Vogue website. I’ve also included the actual campaign images in the gallery so you can see the finished product.

I’m really loving the sunglasses with the leather/chain detail – I may have to get a pair! Black x Gold of course!


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

October 2, 2011

Dior Uses LED Lit Set…Too

Dior Chanel LED light runwayAm I being too critical? Overly sensitive?  Grumpy?  I’ve been know to be a little of all of the above but every time Dior comes out with something new lately I feel like they aren’t even trying.  Instead, I feel like Dior is like a little kid looking over Chanel’s shoulder during a pop quiz.  Copying will get you nowhere!  In the latest copy cat act, Dior showed their less than stellar Spring 2012 collection with a backdrop lit by LED lights.  Dior, please hire a designer who will lead your house because right now you are following!

**UPDATE** To clarify, the top photo is from the Chanel Fall-Winter 2011-2102 Haute Couture presentation and the bottom picture is from the Dior Spring-Summer 2012 presentation.

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Filed under: Chanel — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 3:22 pm

Chanel Illusions d’ombre How-To Video

I love the Chanel Illusions d’ombre collection. The colors are gorgeous, easy to apply and you can combine them in many ways. You can wear one color for an easy everyday look or you can create a smoldering smokey eye by mixing shades. Chanel recently posted two videos – one featuring the collection and one how-to video. Check out the how-to below…

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Chanel Beauté Sponsored RxArt’s Annual Benefit Party

chanel rxart les fidels de chanelA few weeks ago Chanel Beauté sponsored RxArt‘s annual benefit party to raise funds to help RxArt place art in children’s hospitals.  The party chairs were none other than Les Fidèles de Chanel Jen Brill, Poppy Delevingne, Caroline Sieber and Vanessa Traina.  The event was a who’s who of the contemporary art scene with the likes of KAWS and Terry Richardson.  The back wall of the Highline Stages featured a floor-to-ceiling zebra drawing by Robb Pruitt that guests were encouraged to color in with Chanel markers.

Image Sources: Art Ruby & Avenue Insider

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October 1, 2011

Chanel Links: Week of 09.19.11

Karl Lagerfeld Cat

In case you were wondering, this is what Karl Lagerfeld would look like as a cat…Racked.

Paper Magazine chats with Karl Lagerfeld.

Images of Karl Lagerfeld and his Memphis-furnished Monte Carlo apartment from the 1980s on display at the V&A’s Post-Modernism Exhibit. Telegraph

Karl Lagerfeld contributes to the new exhibition catalog of Helmut Newton’s work.  Ecosalon

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana decided to close D&G because they want to be like Chanel.  Styleite

May I have some toast please? The Zhush

Elizabeth Taylor Chanel Couture

On December 14th, you can bid on Elizabeth Taylor’s Chanel couture dress.  DailyMail

Daphne Guinness Exhibit ChanelDaphne Guinness’ collection on display at the FIT Museum includes Chanel, naturally.  Washington Post

I never made it to NY to see the Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion (nor any of the other cities) and then the tour was cut short.  Here’s a great video to give you an idea of what you may (or may not) have missed….http://youtu.be/P7j1tl4sEIo

Chanel Camélia from MagnétoTV on Vimeo.

Chanel from MagnétoTV on Vimeo.

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