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New Coco Chanel Exhibition

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New Coco Chanel Exhibition in London

Pike Durham, the daughter and the archivist of the Californian artist, Marion Pike, managed to put together an exhibition called Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-71, consisting of five portraits of her mother’s dear friend, Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel. The portraits have never been presented together, so far. In addition, the exhibition will showcase also a couple of couture pieces designed by Coco specially for Marion Pike and her daughter. The works of art surprise the life stories and the friendship of the these two creative and talented minds, that shared together a very deep connection.

The two women met back in 1967, when Marion Pike painted Coco’s portrait. She became a very good friend of the designer, spending, at a certain point, seven months in Paris, observing Coco’s work. After the long visit, the artist, being asked by the Los Angeles Times, how did she feel like observing Chanel’s creative process, explained: “The atmosphere was frayed nerves, excitement, enthusiasm, frustration, gloom, and energy. It was watching the creation of art in its purest sense.”

The wonderful Coco Chanel exhibition, curated by Amy de la Haye,  will be hosted by the London Colllege of Fashion, at the Fashion Space Gallery. The exhibits can be admired starting September 5th.

Exhibition-Coco Portrait

Nr. 5 Exhibition

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100 Years Chanel

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Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday celebrated the story of French fashion house Chanel in a show set around a huge globe showing how the label has grown from a single boutique in the seaside town of Deauville to a global brand with a presence in hundreds of cities. Blasts of Tchaikovsky filled Paris’s vast Grand Palais for the opening of the show attended by a string of famous faces including Princess Caroline of Monaco, model Milla Jovovich, photographer Mario Testino and actresses Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Paradis.

“It’s very simple. One hundred years ago Chanel opened its first boutique at Deauville, today 100 years after there are 300″ outlets worldwide, Lagerfeld told us on the penultimate day of Paris fashion week.

After the Deauville shop opened in 1913, founder Coco Chanel, who died in 1971, opened another boutique at Biarritz in 1915.

Today the label’s 300 outlets include 185 boutiques in cities such as Sao Paulo, Calgary, New Delhi, Istanbul and Brisbane.

“Wherever you see a flag there’s a Chanel shop,” said Lagerfeld pointing to the rotating 40-foot- (12-metre-) high globe.

“I can be very happy and pleased because when I started there were three or four 30 years ago, so it’s not that bad,” he said, adding however that the main credit was due to the company.

“I am there to do (this) it’s part of my job, it’s not an ego trip. They (Chanel) played the game, they invested, developed…,” he said.

Lagerfeld’s autumn/winter 2013/14 ready-to-wear collection featured knitwear, short wool suits and column dresses teamed with “double” boots comprising a second legging-type element extending over the knee.

“It’s chic sexy, I think, discreet sexy, it’s not obvious, it’s not sex shop sexy,” he said, explaining that the boots gave “balance and proportion” to the look.

Lagerfeld added that he loved knitwear and column dresses which he said made women look “tall and slender”.

Reacting after the show, Chastain said she “loved everything” about the collection especially the way Lagerfeld was able to combine elegance and romance.

“Many pieces were quintessential Coco… like the low-waisted dresses,” she said.

“Karl makes everything look very wearable. I found it all extraordinary,” she added.

Vanessa Paradis was equally impressed.

“I loved it,” she said. “The show amazed me.”

Meanwhile, fashion watchers were on Tuesday still unsure how to react to Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane’s young, grungy collection presented on Monday evening.

The designer, famed for his pencil-thin skinny tailoring, divided the fashion industry with his first women’s wear collection for Saint Laurent last October.

Trade journal Women’s Wear Daily on Tuesday said it understood the company wanted Slimane to capture a younger clientele with a more youthful look.

And it noted the much-anticipated collection’s use of expensive clothes to express a “down-market attitude”.

Retailers who had loved his debut collection would love this one too, it said.

But it added: “Is playing a cutesy, disaffected-youth hand enough to propel the house of Saint Laurent into today’s luxury stratosphere — especially if the targeted air space is that in which Chanel and Dior reside?”

On Twitter, one woman called it “luxury grunge”, while another said “a bit disconcerted by the Slimane show, seductive but light years away from Mr Saint Laurent’s style”.

Inside Chanel

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French fashion house Chanel is touting the history of its jewelry collections via the third chapter of the Inside Chanel video series.

Chapter three titled “Chanel and the Diamond” tells the story of how Gabrielle Chanel revolutionized the world of high jewelry when she introduced the “Bijoux de Diamants” diamond collection. This is the third video that shows the history of Chanel’s innovations in the Inside Chanel series.

“This approach provides a tasteful view of Chanel’s history, but more importantly, its success throughout the years,” said Dalia Strum, president of Dalia Inc., New York.

“The brand is able to visually story-tell how it has withstood the test of time with its iconic timeline through these videos,” she said.

“This site will create additional value for Chanel as they increase the content provided to viewers excited to advocate and support the brand as well as the potential to engage about these relevant topics.”

Ms. Strum is not affiliated with Chanel, but agreed to comment as an industry expert.

The diamond
Chanel and the Diamond video runs more than three minutes long and details the history of the Bijoux de Diamants collection.

The video begins with a white screen and a quote from Ms. Chanel that reads “If I have chosen the diamond, it is because it represents, in its density, the greatest value in the smallest volume.”

Then, the video launches into the history of how the diamond came to be an important jewel in fashion.

After the narrator gives a short background of the diamond and Ms. Chanel, the video then talks about her style and reinvention of how diamonds should be worn.

Her design inspirations are highlighted through animations and images that make the words come to life as they are read by the narrator.

Next, the story tells how she displayed her diamond collection in her own home by using wax mannequins to show off the jewels, which created an uproar in the diamond community.

Lastly, the story of her collection comes to an end by stating that although the diamond collection was Ms. Chanel’s only high-jewelry collection, it changed the way diamonds are used today and inspired the brand’s current designs.

The last few seconds of the video show how Ms. Chanel’s diamond designs are still being used in contemporary fashion.


The video boosts the value of the brand by explaining its history with diamonds, while it is also informing consumers about the brand.

“This digital approach provides a strong connection with how Chanel was able to last the test of time, allowing views to strongly advocate and support a strong piece of fashion history,” Ms. Strum said.

“The curated perspective of how Chanel created a movement for sparkle and shine is truly prevalent in today’s style,” she said.

The story goes on
In 2012, Chanel released Chapter One and Chapter Two of the Inside Chanel series.

The label introduced consumers to its brand heritage via the Inside Chanel microsite that retraces the people and events that led up to the creation of the label.

The site was launched with the legend of iconic perfume Chanel No. 5 for the first chapter. The videos capture the essence of the fragrance from its genesis to its muses who have embodied the perfume since it was first created (see story).

In Chapter Two, Chanel invited consumers to learn the intimate history of its N°5 fragrance through a video featuring Marilyn Monroe.

The “Marilyn and N°5 – Inside Chanel” video released Nov. 16 was be shown on the label’s Web site and YouTube channel. Chanel continued to push the campaign through its digital properties (see story).

There will be at least 10 different themes in total, so there is still more to come in this series.

The series helps Chanel add value to its brand by highlighting its successes throughout history.

“Chanel has been creating this video series as an outlet to convey its successes through the visual timeline,” Ms. Strum said.

“This strategy makes the brand more aspirational and desirable for consumers,” she said.

Karl Lagerfeld about Chanel

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Photos by Lagerfeld

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Karl’s rules about his wardrobe….

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In the ambition-themed relaunch issue of M Magazine, Karl Lagerfeld says his greatest ambition is “to be impeccably dressed” — and perhaps that’s why he has such particular rules about dressing himself.

During a Q&A with the men’s quarterly, available this week, Lagerfeld runs down a laundry list of things he won’t wear, including t-shirts, hats, and hoodies. “With my hairdo, I can’t wear hoods,” he explains. A look at what else isn’t in the Kaiser’s closet, below.

On sweaters: “I don’t wear sweaters a lot. I don’t know why. I prefer woven material. It feels cleaner. When I wear knits, I have the feeling I get sloppy. For me it is too soft. I like hard wear. I like clothes with discipline, because I think you get more disciplined if you dress yourself in a disciplined way.”

On vests and suspenders: “I don’t like to wear waistcoats very much anymore. I hate to have something on the stomach. And I hate to wear suspenders. I have the feeling I’m wearing a bra.”

On why he only wears custom-made Massaro boots: “Shoes have to be like gloves: flawless, impeccable. I hate sloppy footwear. What I hate most is flip-flops. I’m physically allergic to flip-flops.”

How to look like Lagerfeld

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For almost 30 years, Karl Lagerfeld has helmed French fashion empire Chanel, taking the brand’s trademark utilitarian tweed suits and spinning them into outlandish and glamorous fripperies. The Kaiser’s personal style, however, is mechanical in its vampiric piousness. Clad exclusively in black and white, with a high-collared dress shirt, dark sunglasses, fingerless gloves, a white ponytail, and a glittering bauble of some kind, the designer has cultivated an extreme signature look.

1. Shirt by Prada, $490

2. 3 station black sun necklace by Eddie Borgo, $315

3. 10 strand necklace by Giles & Brother, $420

4. Sunglasses by Chanel, $380

5. Tie by Tom Ford, $245

6. Cufflinks by Asprey, $3,200

7. Conduite gloves by Hermès, $630

8. Belt by Louis Vuitton, $655

Slideshow of Chanel’s Little Black Jacket

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Images from Chanel’s “The Little Black Jacket” global exhibition are showing in seven cities. Photographers, designers, friends, and muses fêted Karl Lagerfeld at Balthazar following the New York City debut. Click here to see the photos.

Chanel at the Olympics

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As Sanya Richards-Ross made her approach to the starting line of the Women’s 400m final at the London Olympics yesterday, fashionistas worldwide got a special thrill.

The stylish athlete sported gold Chanel logo earring studs and ran off with a gold medal!

Loved her spunk and confidence – not too mention her super chic french braid!

Athletes are normally confined to wearing a uniform or sport gear, but I love it when they find a way to express their individuality.