La Chanelphile

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day 2013!

chanel valentine's day
Wishing you a day full of love, chocolate and Chanel!

Styling and Jewelry Provided By: Liz Baca, The Goods!
Photographed by: Gabriella


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Filed under: Chanel,Vintage Chanel — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 3:24 pm

January 28, 2013

Archival Video Footage of Coco Chanel’s 1932 Diamond Exhibit

Discovered by the CHANEL Direction du Patrimoine in the Pathé-Gaumont cinematographic archives, this film presents the “Bijoux de Diamants” exhibit held from November 7th-19th, 1932 at Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment 29 Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris. Broadcasted before the feature movies in every French cinema, it was a prominent event in French news in November 1932.

I love seeing the archival footage of the original exhibit in Coco Chanel’s own home!


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December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays from La Chanelphile!

Chanel christmas tree

Baby, it’s cold outside, the families in town and the tree is up.  I’m ready for a break to spend time with family and friends, reflect on 2012 and dream for 2013.  I have some posts that I want to get up before the year is over but I’ve been sick and I’m taking the next few days off.  I wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!  I hope to be back next week to wish you a Happy 2013!

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Jewelry,Vintage Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 11:32 am

December 3, 2012

MISS Celebrates December in Chanel Style

Each month my other website MISS features designer products with a matching manicure. We’ve had several months devoted to Chanel and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the holidays than with a Chanel Christmas tree. So I present to you a white Christmas tree complete with vintage Chanel jewelry and accessories as ornaments. I hope your holidays will be filled with Chanel!

Chanel Belt as Garland: Gabriella Khorasanee
All Other Chanel: Liz Baca
Photographer: Amanda Lopez
Nail Artist: Liz Baca
Model: Mayra Ramirez
Producer: Gabriella Khorasanee

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Jewelry,Vintage Chanel — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 5:22 am

August 17, 2012

Flash Back Friday: More Vintage Chanel on Sale at Decades

decades chanel sale
Decades is having a special Chanel sale going on now on vintage Chanel jewelry, clothing and accessories. Some lower priced items are sold but there is still a great selection of items still for sale. Use COCO10 to get 10% off any Chanel piece on the site! Happy shopping!

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August 14, 2012

1st Dibs Chanel Vintage Coco Chanel Birthday Sale

gold tone drop earrings 1970s-1980s

Gold tone drop earrings 1970s-1980s $2200

Back in January I mentioned 1stDibs as one of the best destinations for finding vintage Chanel and they are the home to the Chanel Avant Karl sale featuring rare period Chanel costume jewelry. With Coco Chanel’s birthday approaching this Sunday, August 19th, 1st Dibs is launching a sale tomorrow to commemorate what would have been Mademoiselle Chanel’s 129th birthday. Here’s a preview of what you can expect to find – what better to celebrate Gabrielle Chanel’s birthday than to wear Chanel?

Poured glass earrings 1992 $850

Poured glass earrings 1992 $850

Chanel circa1960s poured glass and gilt metal drop earrings $2950

Chanel circa1960s poured glass and gilt metal drop earrings $2950

gripoix for chanel circa 1981 with poured-glass-sautoirs 3800

Gripoix for Chanel circa 1981 with poured-glass-sautoirs $3800

Chanel blue faceted glass stone cuff $4800

Chanel blue faceted glass stone cuff $4800

chanel goldtone logo earrings $775

Chanel goldtone logo earrings $775

Early Lagerfeld for Chanel multi-stand faux pearl and poured glass cabochon dated 1984 $9500

Early Lagerfeld for Chanel multi-stand faux pearl and poured glass cabochon dated 1984 $9500

Chanel 10-stand faux pearl bracelet

Chanel 10-stand faux pearl bracelet


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Filed under: Chanel,Coco Chanel,Vintage Chanel — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 3:34 pm

July 27, 2012

Flash Back Friday: My New Vintage Chanel Finds

vintage chanel mini bag and bow pin

Earlier this week I met with a vintage Chanel dealer that happens to live just a few towns over – many thanks to Liz Baca of The Goods! for the referral! I took many photos of the products she has for sale and I’ll be doing a full post next week but for now I just wanted to give you a sneak peek of some of her goodness.

I got a great deal on two of my favorite pieces that I saw there – a mini vintage Chanel bow pin and a mini vintage Chanel bag. You may not be able to see the scale from the photos but the pin is about the width of a US quarter and the bag is just wide enough to hold my iPhone. They are so adorable! I’ve wanted a mini bag to add to my collection and now I have one! I also won’t be so afraid to use the bag because it’s already gently used :)

You can find more on Fabi*s Finds ebay store or contact Fabienne directly at Fabicray@aol.com or FabiCraycraft@gmail.com. You can follow Fabienne on Twitter @FrenchFabi.

vintage chanel bow pin

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July 18, 2012

Sponsored Post: Ultrabook™ Inspired by Intel – the LBD of Computers

vintage chanel belt Vintage Chanel belt

When I was asked by Intel to snap and share images of designs that inspire my love of fashion it was a no brainer. As a Chanelphile, you can see Coco Chanel’s influence everywhere in how women dress almost one-hundred years after she started designing. Today, I’m sharing with you some pieces from my closet – most are Chanel – some are just Chanel-inspired – but all reflect my love of the Double C.

chanel j12 chromaticChanel J12 Chromatic

What I love most about Chanel are the design elements that were so important to Coco Chanel – simplicity, functionality and comfort. Her classic designs look as modern today as they did sixty years ago. And like all good design, her works don’t just look good, they feel good and are comfortable.

chanel inspired sweaterChanel-inspired sweater

In some ways the Ultrabook™ inspired by Intel is like a classic little black dress in your closet. It’s dependable and can run for hours and standby for days. At less than an inch thick, the lightweight and highly portable Ultrabook™ is easy to grab and go anywhere and probably much smaller than your favorite bag that you carry your life in. The Ultrabook™ wakes up in a flash, so you get quick access to your favorite content by going from zero to go in seconds.

chanel pearl necklaceChanel pearl necklace

I hope you enjoy the images of some of my favorite Chanel and Chanel-inspired pieces from my closet. Keep up with me on Instagram by follwing me @MissGDK.

black bow headbandBlack bow headband

chanel cuffChanel cuff

chanel inspired bow topChanel-inspired bow top

chanel camellia red rain bootsChanel camellia red rain boots

chanel camellia wallet with chainChanel camellia wallet with chain

chanel hoop earringsChanel hoop earrings

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Intel via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Intel.

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June 25, 2012

Chanel Little Black Jacket Editorial in Elle US June 2012 Issue

chanel little black jacket editorial elle us june 2012

Have you seen the June 2012 issue of Elle US? I’m always a little bit behind on reading my magazine but this weekend I decided to delve into my pile. I was happy to see that Elle did an editorial celebrating Chanel’s little black jacket to commemorate The Little Black Jacket exhibition and book. Elle took Chanel’s little black jacket and gave it six very different looks pairing the jacket with current pieces and vintage Chanel. The six different looks are – in order of appearance: Street Wise, Classic, Menswear, Sporty, New Romantic and Haute Rebel. My favorites are definitely the first three – sorry I can’t choose one! Which is your favorite look?

chanel little black jacket editorial elle us june 2012

chanel little black jacket editorial elle us june 2012

chanel little black jacket editorial elle us june 2012

chanel little black jacket editorial elle us june 2012

chanel little black jacket editorial elle us june 2012

Photographed by Thomas Whiteside
Styled by Lester Garcia

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture,Chanel Ready To Wear,Vintage Chanel — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 10:45 am

June 8, 2012

Flash Back Friday: Inès de la Fressange for Chanel

Ines de La Fressange Chanel

Inès de la Fressange was Karl Lagerfeld’s muse in the 1980s. What a great time to be his muse! She was the first model to sign an exclusive contract with an haute couture fashion house – in this case Chanel. The relationship between Karl Lagerfeld and Inès de la Fressange produced a large body of work as she was the face of the company for most of the 80 when Chanel re-emerged in 1983 until 1989. Their relationship simmered down when she decided to lend her likeness to create a bust of Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic. Karl Lagerfeld and Inès de la Fressange reunited in the past several years and we even saw Inès de la Fressange walk the runway for the Chanel Spring/Summer 2011 show.

I’ve compiled some of my favorite videos, photos and ad campaigns featuring the lovely Inès de la Fressange. Enjoy!

French Coco by Chanel Ad

I can’t get enough of these ads – I don’t know the exact year but the print ads are from 1986 to 1988 so I believe the videos are from the same time. I hate to say this but I find the video below, a commercial for the U.S. market to be a bit silly. I much prefer the French ad, it’s much more chic and truer to the brand.

US Coco by Chanel Ad

Someone, please tell me what they are saying… and how amazing is that fashion show in the background?!

Interview with Inès de la Fressange

Click the first image in the gallery to see all of the images full size and in a slideshow.

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