La Chanelphile

April 24, 2013

Chanel Vending Machine at Selfridges

chanel vending machine

Chanel debuted its vending machine during Fashion’s Night Out in September 2012 and the Chanel vending machine is making a come back starting tomorrow through May 8th at Selfridges Oxford Street in London. If you’re lucky enough to see this wondrous vending machine, you’ll also be able to get Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir, Prune and Bleu days before it launches on May 3rd. If anyone sees this vending machine please snap a pic and send it to me and I’ll post it on the blog!

Source: Vogue UK


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Filed under: Chanel Cosmetics — Tags: — La Chanelphile @ 11:27 pm

January 16, 2013


my culture chanel
For those of us who won’t be in Guangzhou, China to see the new Culture Chanel exhibit, Chanel has created an interactive website devoted to Culture Chanel. By visiting the site you can watch videos about each of the themes explored in the exhibit: Le Train Bleu, Breathe, Move, Love, Dream and Invent. You will also find images of photographs, paintings and illustrations that are featured in the exhibit. By adding an image to “My Culture Chanel” you can make your own exhibit. Visit La Chanelphile’s My Culture Chanel page here.


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January 15, 2013

New Culture Chanel Exhibit In Guangzhou, China

culture chanel exhibit

In 2011 Chanel opened a Culture Chanel exhibit in China at Shanghai’s MOCA. The exhibit took a biographical approach and looked at events in Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s life and how they influenced her life’s works. On Wednesday, Chanel is opening the second installment of the Culture Chanel exhibit at the Guangzhou Opera House.

GUANGZHOU opera house culture chanel

The Guangzhou Opera House was designed by Zaha Hadid, who if you remember, also designed the Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion. The decision of venue is an indication of the direction of the exhibit which Chanel explains as an exploration of “the behaviours and attitudes that set this style in motion and that the Chanel designers apply today, giving Chanel a timeless contemporary quality.”

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Coco Chanel’s fearlessness and independence “allowed women to breathe, move, love, dream, and invent their life as a woman.” As such, the exhibit is split up into these categories to delve into the world of Coco Chanel’s creative process, and her relationships with avant garde artists of the time including Jean Cocteau, Amadeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Raymond Radiguet, and Pierre Reverdy.

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Art Director Jean-Louis Froment, curator of the Culture Chanel exhibit stated: “It is a unique history that intertwines and may merge with history as a whole. It is the creation of a language that goes from Gabrielle Chanel’s timeline to the line of creations that the brand has to offer today.”

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Today Chanel released a video of the behind-the-scenes preview of the Culture Chanel exhibit. In the video, we see the hanging of “Le Train Bleu” by Pablo Picasso. “Le Train Bleu” was a ballet by the Ballets Russes where Pablo Picasso painted the backdrop and Coco Chanel designed the costumes. This was but one example of Coco Chanel’s collaboration with the leading thinkers and artists of her time.

Culture Chanel Exhibit

I wish I was going to be in Guangzhou so I could see this exhibit! If you are there in the next few months here are the details of the exhibit:

In collaboration with the Guangdong Museum of Art and the Guangzhou Opera House Chanel presents Culture Chanel.
Guangzhou Opera House
No 1, Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District,
510623 Guangzhou, China
January 16, 2013 – March 3, 2013
Opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Sunday
Free admission upon presentation of valid ID

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Jean-Louis Froment will present a wide – audience lecture to enhance the visit.
In the auditorium of the Opera House – 
January 16 2013 at 3pm
Free admission – Advanced booking required

Culture Chanel Exhibit

Culture Chanel Exhibit


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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Culture — Tags: , , — La Chanelphile @ 4:37 am

November 13, 2012

Chanel Links: October-November 2012

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Chanel Links!

The end of October was a bit busy for me because my daughter was celebrating Halloween for the first time with trick or treating and events at school and I took some time to spend with my family. But, Chanel news doesn’t stop coming. Here are some of my favorite Chanel-related items…

chanel pumpkin

Bookmark this for next Halloween – learn how to carve a Chanel pumpkin. LDN Fashion

bette midler ghost of coco chanel

For Halloween, Bette Midler dressed up as the ghost of Coco Chanel.

ssur channel chanel

You can wear this tongue-in-cheek representation of the Chanel logo. Ssur

The Chromatics, who performed at the Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 Ready-to-Wear show, filmed their video for Looking for Love at the Chanel show and you get some great views of backstage and the show. Refinery29

Gaspard Ulliel, the face of Bleu de Chanel has been cast as the designer Yves Saint Laurent in a biopic that has started filming.

yves saint laurent gaspard ulliel

Karl Lagerfeld sketched a “no smoking” sign but it’s not your typical sign. However, he was not making a statement about unhealthy habits, instead he was noting all the YSL references on many runways and he was stating that you would find a “smoking” – the french term for tuxedo – on his runway. Lagerfeld stated: “We don’t have to do smoking. Hedi Slimane really does it well.” WWD

karl lagerfeld no smoking

Membership in the Chanel club has its benefits. Keira Knightley, the face of Coco Mademoiselle, was dressed in over £1.25 million worth of Chanel jewels for her role as Anna Karenina. InStyle UK

keira knightley anna karenina chanel jewels

A few weeks ago Karl Lagerfeld shot the Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 campaign in New York City with models Stella Tennant and Ondria Hardin. Lagerfeld stated: “Stella has such a style… Stella is, for me, the perfect Chanel woman.” WWD

ondria harden and stella tennat

Peter Philips gives tips on how to perfect your foundation. News.com.au

peter philips chanel makeup

Last week Rihanna performed at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and she wore vintage Chanel sunglasses during her performance and wore a Chanel sweat suit and vintage sunglasses around NY.

rihanna vintage chanel

A few weeks ago Keira Knightley wore Chanel cosmetics to the NYC premiere of Anna Karenina.

Keira Knightley Anna Karenina NYC Premiere

Last night Kristen Stewart wore Chanel cosmetics to the LA premiere of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn LA Premiere

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July 17, 2012

Chanel Opens Covent Garden Pop-Up Shop

chanel covent garden pop up shop

On July 24th, Chanel is opening a pop-up shop in the heart of Covent Garden just in time for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The shop will be home to many exciting activities, events and products as it stays open through December 2012. On opening day, you’ll see mimes wearing Chanel jewelry pointing the way to the Chanel boutique which will have the limited edition makeup collection Bleu Illusion.

Chanel is rumored to have teamed up for a fragrance collaboration with a local flower stall. Vouge UK reported:

In addition to exclusive new products, which will launch at the boutique over the next seven months, planned highlights will include a Chanel treasure hunt; educational workshops; consultations with leading Chanel make-up experts; a luxurious space dedicated to facials and pampering; an outdoor area that will recreate the look and atmosphere of being backstage at one of the label’s catwalk shows; and a very special festive surprise come Christmas.

Chanel will also be announcing more events throughout the coming months so stay tuned for more exciting news! I can’t wait to see more. I’ll keep you posted.

chanel covent garden pop up shop

Sources: Telegraph & Vogue UK

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Filed under: Chanel,Chanel Boutiques — Tags: , — La Chanelphile @ 4:35 am

June 18, 2012

CHANEL The Little Black Jacket in Taipei – The Film

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition is making a whirlwind tour around the world. Only days ago the exhibit closed in NY and now The Little Black Jacket is showing in Taipei City, Taiwan. Here, we see some celebrity interviews from the Taipei City opening featuring Anna Mouglalis, Flora Sun, Gaspard Ulliel (the face of Bleu de Chanel) and Vivian Hsu.

“Electric Fog” / The Performers
(David Borras)
(p) 2009 The Performers
Published by Alter K

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June 13, 2012

First Look: Chanel Bleu Illusion Makeup Collection

chanel bleu illusion

Back in January we got a sneak peak of Chanel’s Bleu Illusion makeup collection that debuted on the Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 runway. Peter Philips created a collection awash in blues and the new limited edition products are: Illusion D’Ombre Shadow in Apparition (gray-ish blue), Illusion D’Ombre Shadow in Destination (silvery satin blue), Le Crayon Yeux Eyeliner in Blue Aerien (intense luminous blue), and Le Vernis Nail Polish in Sky Line. Describing Chanel Le Vernis Sky Line, Peter Philips stated: “It’s a beautiful, easy to apply, pearly- on the edge of metallic- shade that matched perfectly with the range of blues that Karl used for this haute couture collection.”

chanel bleu illusion

From the images the Bleu Illusion collection is very pretty but there’s a part of me that’s having horrible flashbacks of the 1980s and blue eyeshadow. I think in moderation this look can be really pretty and complements different eye colors. The Exclusive Collection BLEU ILLUSION will be available at specific points of sales in July 2012.

chanel bleu illusion 2012 Spring Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup by Peter Philips

chanel bleu illusion le vernis sky line spring summer 2012 haute couture

chanel bleu illusion 2012 Spring Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup by Peter Philips

Photos of models by Vincent Lappartient

Face Chart image courtesy of Glossy Esquire

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January 26, 2012

BLEU ILLUSION: Chanel 2012 Spring-Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup

chanel 2012 Spring Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup by Peter Philips

Karl Lagerfeld and Peter Philips are a match made in heaven. Karl conjures up intoxicatingly beautiful themes and collections and Peter Philips is always able to translate Karl’s visions into an equally gorgeous beauty collection. For the Chanel spring-summer 2012 haute couture Peter Philips gives us BLEU ILLUSION.

Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:

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

The Complexion
PERFECTION LUMIERE Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10
ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder

The Eyes
EXCLUSIVE CREATION ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Apparition and Destination (available July 2012)
EXCLUSIVE CREATION LE CRAYON YEUX Precision Eye Pencil in Bleu Aérien (available July 2012)
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long Lasting Eyeliner in Marine
LE CRAYON KHOL Intense Eye Pencil in Marine
CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler

The Cheeks
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rose Ecrin

The Lips
ROUGE COCO BAUME Hydrating Conditioning Lip Balm
LE CRAYON LEVRES Precision Lip Pencil in Natural
ROUGE COCO Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Superstition

The Nails
EXCLUSIVE CREATION LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Sky Line (available July 2012)

* The Exclusive Collection BLEU ILLUSION will be available at specific points of sales in July 2012

chanel le vernis sky line spring summer 2012 haute couture

chanel 2012 Spring Summer Haute Couture Show Makeup by Peter Philips

Photos by Vincent Lappartient

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May 25, 2011

Chanel Links: May 25, 2011

chanel links
Lots of interesting Chanel news going on lately – when it rains, it pours! Click, click for more reading…

chanel no. 5 chanel coco mademoiselle bleu de chanel

In a new rating of 2010 Best Fragrances, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle ranked #1 for and Chanel No. 5 ranked as #4 for women’s fragrances and Bleu de Chanel ranked as #3 for men’s fragrances, via WWD.

jen brill chanel the coveteurChanel ambassador Jen Brill played in the Chanel archives for a shoot for The Coveteur – so jalouse! The Coveteur

Uniqlo has teamed up with Vogue Nippon and GQ Nippon and various artists including Karl Lagerfeld to produce Save Japan tees. Her World

A Question Of has produced a tee with Karl Lagerfeld’s likeness called “Conscious Karl” – you can purchase the tee on their online shop.

Bergdorf Goodman unveiled a new Chanel boutique that looks like a “luxuriously appointed residence mirroring the brand’s styles and fabrics.” WWD.

The Chambre Syndicale is hosting a very fancy couture bash at Versaille on July 7th “to inaugurate an exhibition charting the influence of 18th-century France on contemporary fashions” and of course, Chanel pieces will be in the exhibition, via WWD.

chanel fine jewelry chanel j12

“The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) on Tuesday announced that Chanel, a Member of the Council, has become certified against the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards established by the RJC’s Member Certification System.”  IDEX

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January 25, 2011

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2011 Inspiration: Paintings of Marie Laurencin

WWD reported that Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the paintings of Marie Laurencin, namely the portrait she did of Mademoiselle Chanel, for the Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection.  The portrait of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel hangs in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and they have an interesting anecdote posted on their site:

In 1923 Laurencin was working on the costumes and sets for Les Biches (The Does) performed by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Coco Chanel, who was creating costumes for the same company’s Le Train Bleu at the time, asked the artist to paint her portrait. Laurencin painted Chanel in a languid pose draped in blue and black with one shoulder bare. The fluid lines, subtly shifting colours and the sitter’s dreamy expression are typical of Laurencin’s work, but Chanel – designer of ‘the little black dress’ and the Chanel suit – turned the painting down, saying it did not look like her.

Marie Laurencin Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel, 1923 Oil on canvas

Laurencin was part of the Cubist circle and was one of the few women who were part of the movement but also put her own spin on it. Her use of pastel colors and fluid curvey lines differentiated her from other Cubist painters. She painted mostly women and her style suited this subject perfectly. These are some other examples of Marie Laurencin’s work. You can see her use of pastels and how Karl was inspired by her pinks and greys and transformed these hints of color into an airy, light collection perfect for spring. Review of the collection to come shortly!

Marie Laurencin LA VIE AU CHATEAU Oil on Canvas 1925

Marie Laurencin Il Bacio 1927

Marie Laurencin Femme Au Chien

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