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July 6, 2013

Enjoying the 4th of July Weekend

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel at the Lido in Venice

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel at the Lido in Venice

Sorry for my absence but I took a little break for the 4th of July week. Luckily we had gorgeous weather and I’ve been spending my time with my family and taking swimming breaks whenever we can. I’ve got a nice base tan going – Coco Chanel would be proud.

I’ll be updating you on the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 show that Chanel presented earlier this week soon.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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February 20, 2013

N°5 Culture Chanel Exhibit Comes to Paris

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Coco Chanel & Chanel N°5

1937 - Gabrielle Chanel in her suite at the Ritz hotel in Paris. Published in Harper's Bazaar in 1937, this photo was chosen for the CHANEL N°5 advertisement. For the first time, Chanel herself promoted her perfume.   Photo François Kollar © Ministère de la Culture Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN

1937 – Gabrielle Chanel in her suite at the Ritz hotel in Paris. Published in Harper’s Bazaar in 1937, this photo was chosen for the CHANEL N°5 advertisement. For the first time, Chanel herself promoted her perfume.
Photo François Kollar © Ministère de la Culture Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN

In 1921, Gabrielle Chanel launched her first perfume – N°5.

She entrusted this task to Ernest Beaux, a French perfume creator to the court of Russia until 1917, whom she later met in Grasse in 1920. Together they invented a fragrance “with the scent of a woman” as she would like to qualify it. Thought out like a designer-dress, N°5 was the first “abstract” fragrance. Unlike the fragrances in fashion at the time, which often suggested a single “figurative” scent like rose, jasmine or lilac, N°5 had no identifiable dominant note among the eighty ingredients that made up its composition.

New and audacious, N°5 evoked a mysterious flower. This olfactory revolution succeeded in outmoding all other fragrances. If Mademoiselle Chanel conceived her N°5 to be a manifesto, she also carefully and intentionally decided on its stark name, once again defying conventions of the time with just a simple laboratory sample number, which also happened to be her lucky number.

The same minimalist rigor was applied to the N°5’s visual presentation, with its squared edges and clean graphic lines, it was slid inside white gros-grain packaging edged with black, which echoed the pure lines she used in her fashion creations.

Mademoiselle Chanel knew that this radicalness would launch her off into the avant-garde of her time – N°5’s destiny was to become an icon of modernity.

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CHANEL – Daniel JOUANNEAU – Didier ROY

N°5 Culture Chanel

Photographer : Thierry Depagne

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Photographer : Thierry Depagne

From May 5th until June 5th, 2013 the Palais de Tokyo in Paris will house the N° 5 CULTURE CHANEL exhibition as part of its Guest Program. This exhibition has once again been entrusted to Jean-Louis Froment, the curator of the previous editions of CULTURE CHANEL, held successively in Moscow’s Pushkin State Museum for Fine Arts, in Beijing at the National Art Museum of China and more recently in the Opera House in Canton.

Made up of subtle plays of correspondences, N° 5 CULTURE CHANEL cracks the N° 5 code to reveal the links which connected it to specific moments in time and to the avant-garde movements it spanned.

The works of art, photographs, archives and objects exhibited provide an account of the many inspirations which fed the imagination and world of Mademoiselle Chanel. They echo her inner thoughts and shed light on this unique and timeless perfume; whether through her favorite destinations like Venice, Russia or her villa, La Pausa or through the creations of her artist, poet and musician friends Cocteau, Picasso, Apollinaire, Stravinsky, Picabia.

Focusing on the long lasting attachments between CHANEL and the arts, N° 5 CULTURE CHANEL seeks to reveal the timeless and iconic artistic essence of the N° 5 perfume. The N° 5 CULTURE CHANEL exhibition has been put together by Jean-Louis Froment with the participation of Irma Boom, Piet Oudolf, Laurent Burgisser and Jérôme Schlomoff.

Learn more on 5-culture.chanel.com.

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CHANEL – Daniel JOUANNEAU – Didier ROY

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August 2, 2012

More News on Chanel Coco Noir

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Yesterday I posted about a new fragrance Chanel is releasing called Coco Noir, a flanker to Coco. I just received official word from Chanel and I’m excited to share this news with you!

For Coco Noir, Jacques Polge wanted to distinguish it from the florals and instead was inspired by what he calls “CHANEL Coromandel culture, what you see and feel in her apartment. The night vision of the ‘Orient that starts and ends in Venice’ imposed itself upon me and that is where I wanted to go.”

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Chanel has created in Coco Noir what it calls a “nocturnal Baroque” – a celebration of Gabrielle Chanel’s use of black and Venice’s influence on her designs and her life. Chanel spent much time in Venice, most notably on her best friend’s honeymoon, where she went along to try to ease the sadness of mourning Boy Capel’s death. You may also remember that the Chanel Cruise 2009/10 collection was presented on Lido Beach in Venice.

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel at the Lido in Venice

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel at the Lido in Venice

Chanel so eloquently describes Coco Noir: “Coco Noir is the magnificent evocation of that woman in that city and all those women today who choose intensity over the bland norm; the detours of seduction over perfunctory exhibitionism, and true luxury over vulgarity.”

Chanel, Sert and Berthelot at the Lido, 1925

Chanel, Sert and Berthelot at the Lido, 1925

The notes of the fragrance are woody and musky at its base and are contrasted with bright, light notes up top. These complex contrasts create Coco Noir, “a distinctively CHANEL olfactory signature of desire and modesty, mystery and brilliance, in which baroque audacity and classic demeanour mingle and blend.”

Grapefruit note
Calabrian Bergamot

Essence and Absolute of Rose
Absolute of Jasmine
Narcissus Note
Rose Geranium Leaf

Brazilian and Venezuelan Tonka Bean
Indonesian Patchouli
New Caledonian Sandalwood
Bourbon Vanilla
White Musk Frankincense

Gabrielle Chanel in Venice, 1936

Gabrielle Chanel in Venice, 1936

COCO NOIR Eau de Parfum Spray will retail as follows: 1.7 oz. $98.00, 3.4 oz. $130.00. Chanel Coco Noir will be available at select department and specialty stores and on CHANEL.com August 17, 2012 and wider release in September 2012.

Images & Info courtesy of Chanel

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August 1, 2012

New Chanel Fragrance! Introducing Chanel Coco Noir

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When black is the beginning of a mystery, radical and utterly fascinating.
-Chanel Inc.

I just read exciting news! Coco Chanel is releasing a flanker to the 1980s cult classic Coco Fragrance called Coco Noir. Composed by Chanel master perfumer Jacques Polge, Chanel Coco Noir “s inspired by the past, traveling,the Baroque, Venice at night and the time Coco spent in the mysterious city….the idea of Venetian velvet is a recurring motif.” (Perfume Shrine).

The fragrance notes for Chanel Coco Noir are as follows:

Top: grapefruit, bergamot and orange
Heart: jasmine, rose, red geranium, Indonesian patchouli
Base: Brazilian tonka bean, Bourbon vanilla, sandalwood, frankincense and white musk.
-Perfume Shrine

Coco Noir will release in August 2012 and then internationally in September 2012. I can’t wait to see the ad campaign! I’m wondering if they will go all out with a celebrity face and film or let the bottle speak for itself? I also am excited to smell the new fragrance. I love Coco and occasionally wear Coco Mademoiselle but love the idea of a noir fragrance – what could be more Coco?

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For more information visit the Chanel Coco Noir website.

Image & Info Source: Perfume Diary

Info Source: Perfume Shrine

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April 12, 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Showing at Versailles

Coco Chanel at Château de Versailles photographed by Douglas Kirkland
I love the Chanel cruise shows because Karl always takes us to luxurious locales to soak in the sun.  The past years have taken us to Miami, the Venice Lido, St. Tropez and Antibes.  This year he’s not going to the beach but he’s certainly not skimping on luxury – Lagerfeld is presenting the Chanel Cruise 2012 show at Château de Versailles. The presentation will be set in the gardens which also inspired the set for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 collection based on the film Last Year at Marienbad. I can’t wait until the evening of May 14th to see the collection!
Château de Versailles photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

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May 24, 2011

CHANEL EYEWEAR EPISODE 1: THE FASHION ACCESSORY


Chanel recently posteda short film showing some of the best sunglasses from recent collections. It seems to be the first episode in a series. I love all the sunglasses – especially the ones from the Chanel 2009/10 Cruise collection shown in Venice that look like opera glasses!

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May 3, 2010

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Chanel Cruise collections are always shown in a beautiful vacation locales from Miami to Venice.  For the upcoming 2010 Chanel Cruise show, Karl Lagerfeld is presenting the collection in France’s St. Tropez.  Situated in the French Riviera, St. Tropez is a glamorous vacation destination that’s a “playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires.” (Wikipedia)  Brigitte Bardot used to spend quite some time there and I wonder if she will inspire any part of the collection.

Chanel Cruise Show Jet Setting to St. Tropez

Image: Chanel News

Karl Lagerfeld was in St. Tropez recently shooting the Chanel Cruise 2010 film to accompany the launch of the collection.  The cast includes actors “Elisa Sednaoui and Pascal Greggory in the leading roles alongside Jean-Roch, as well as models closely related to the House of Chanel: Freja Beha, Jake Davies, Magdalena Frackowiak, Baptiste Giabiconi, Sébastien Jondeau, Karolina Kurkova, Abbey Lee, Leigh Lezark and Heidi Mount.” (Chanel News)

Within recent seasons, Karl has added films to his repertoire to launch collections.  I think they do a wonderful job of bringing the collection and inspiration to life and I can’t wait to see this!  Stay tuned for the 11th!  For more behind the scenes images taken by actor Pascal Greggory, visit the Chanel News photo gallery.

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May 21, 2009

CHANEL Cruise Collection 2009/10C

Chanel Cruise Collection 2010

Chanel Cruise Collection 2010

Last week, the Chanel Cruise 2009/10 collection set sail in one of the most romantic and unique cities in the world – Venice. Coco Chanel was apparently instantly swept away when she visited Venice and Karl Lagerfeld apparently was too, as this resort collection was a reflection of understated seaside glamour. The show began at sunset on Lido Beach where the models walked on a wooden boardwalk/catwalk that twisted and turned, while editors dug their feet in the sand. The collection is in the signature Chanel black and white with pops of red and gold. Traditional nautical motifs running the range of French nautical sailor stripes and collars for the ladies and looks borrowed from gondoliers for the men, played a significant part in the collection. Another motif – the lion – a favorite of Coco Chanel’s, made an appearance as the symbol of Venice and also the symbol of Leo, Chanel’s astrological sign. Lace pieces that were ethereal and sophisticated along with chiffon wispy dresses reflected the sensuality of the Chanel woman. A Chanel collection wouldn’t be complete without its share of tweed jackets and little black dresses and there were plenty signature elegant styles to choose from. One of my favorite aspects of the runway show was the hair – reminiscent of the wavy bob of the flappers of the 1920s these bobs had a bit more volume, depth and angles than the bobs of the 1920s could ever hope for. Together with a smokey eye and the right accessories the look was very modern and chic. I can’t wait to see what nail colours we’ll see come out of this collection. All in all, another beautiful collection that stayed true to the brand’s heritage without replicating the past. I thought this collection was especially beautiful because Coco Chanel’s first clothing collections were developed and sold in the seaside town of Deauville, where she revolutionized how women dressed at the beach. I felt that Uncle Karl took this into account when designing this collection and you could see that he was inspired by the looks that Chanel made popular at the time – from the hair, to the locale, to the jersey pieces it was all a nod to Mademoiselle. Bravo!

Chanel Cruise Collection 2010

Chanel Cruise Collection 2010

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May 11, 2009

Chanel Cruise Show in Venice May 14th: Sneak Peek Trailers

Chanel Cruise Venice 2009/2010 Teaser

Chanel Cruise Venice 2009/2010 Teaser

Chanel Cruise shows are legendary for their exotic, vacation-worthy locales.  Last year, Chanel showed its resort collection in Miami.  Since then, it’s been rumored that the 2009/2010 Chanel Cruise show would take place in Venice but with the economy the way it is and with Uncle Karl declaring that “luxury is over” it was doubtful whether the show would go on.  Lucky for us, it is!

Chanel released two trailers of the Venice show – they’re just teasers but I can’t wait to see more!  This show will definitely not disappoint!  View the trailers below.

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