Unlike the vast majority of fashion enthusiasts, I wouldn’t call myself a Chanel obsessor. Though I covet old photos of Coco with a string of pearls and a cigarette, I refuse to idolize a Nazi spy, and Karl Lagerfeld is about as pretentious and boring as the bouclé suits the line is famous for. Many young fashionistas love Chanel because they don’t know what else to love. Ladies, make yourselves aware of the other three, infinitely superior C’s: Céline, Chloé, and Cristóbal (Balenciaga, of course). Yes, Chanel is beautiful, timeless, and classic. Yes, it has been around for a long time. Yes, it was one of the first bold-faced names in fashion. But to me, these days, it’s little more than a symbol of a stodgier, simpler time. Keep reading »
Can’t afford a Chanel bag? That’s okay, just wear the brand on your nails instead. Chanel’s just revealed three of its new colors for spring 2012–titled April, May and June. Perfectly fruit punchy, wouldn’t you say? [Fashionista]
“Yes, no one can say that you don’t take care of them. You’re also lucky because they are very beautiful. It would have been difficult to have an ugly daughter.”
–Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, speaking to former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, on the wonders of rearing children. Oh, Karl, if you had an ugly child, you could just put them on the patented Karl Lagerfeld Diet–a steady stream of consomme, Diet Coke and cigarettes. Let’s hope this never happens. [Dlisted] Keep reading »
You were thinking, My life isn’t matchy-matchy enough. You were thinking, But denim goes with everything. You were thinking, When will someone create a nail polish that plays off the glorious tones of my new J. Brand jeans? Chanel is on to you, and has come up with Les Jeans de Chanel, three glorious shades of denim-inspired polish. The three new shades — Blue Rebel, Coco Blue and Blue Boy — will launch on September 8, concurrent with Fashion’s Night Out. But you’ll have to get your Chanel shade fix quick: the colors will only be on offer until the end of September. Now that’s kind of giving us the blues. [Racked] Keep reading »
Coco Chanel didn’t lay the foundation for her eponymous fashion empire by coloring within the lines and following the rules. So it’s not surprising that the deceased designer’s closet still holds a few skeletons–along with vintage little black Chanel dresses. In her book Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, which will be released in the fall, biographer Lisa Chaney opens the door on Coco’s secrets. Chaney claims to have proof that Coco embraced bisexuality and drug use, and had an affair with Salvador Dali while he was married. By 2011 standards, these allegations aren’t particularly shocking, but another one might have a few fashion folks changing their opinions of the designer. Chaney also claims to have accessed documents from the Swiss Federal Archives that prove Coco’s German paramour, Hans Günther von Dincklage, spied for the Nazis during World War II. It’s unclear whether Coco knew he was a spy, but let’s not forget that she did live in neutral Switzerland for some time … perhaps to avoid any proceedings against her? This isn’t the first biography of Coco, and it probably won’t be the last, but Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life might be the most controversial and revealing.
Will you read Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life when it’s published? [WWD] Keep reading »
Chanel isn’t afraid to get catty in its new Fall 2011 ads, styled by former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. Roitfeld transformed model Freja Beha Erichsen into an adorable cat, with the world’s best kitten mittens. [MTV Style] Keep reading »