During Paris Fashion Week, the Jardin des Tuileries is a prime people-gazing spot where street-style photographers flock to snap the chic-set exiting the tents. But when a performance artist headed there on Sunday, getting recognized by the Sartorialist wasn’t on her agenda. Rather, she came in silent protest of the industry’s promotion of too-thin beauty ideals. Laying on the ground with posters reading “Size Zero Kills,” she painted her face white and dressed herself in trash bags, black mesh eye coverings, and Chanel ballet flats.
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While Erin has been obsessing over the sparkly silver tights at Chanel’s Spring 2010 Couture show, that wasn’t the only metallic moment that Karl Lagerfeld had in mind. We’ll leave the fingerless Michael Jackson gloves alone for a second to talk about nail hues. A few seasons ago, editors and fashion fans fell in love with the brand’s sleek black hue, followed by jade green, and most recently a light grey. But now it’s all about the silver look as models stomped down the runway this week with metal colored nails. With the recent obsession over Minx, it’s not surprising that polish fanatics would welcome any range of fantastical colors, and the metallic look certainly fits under that category. In case you need this look now, (because really, who doesn’t?) Essie provides a shade that’s almost a perfect match called Loophole. And here’s my advice to you: Silver nail polish chips really really easily, so you know, now you have an excuse not to do the dishes. [All Lacquered Up] Keep reading »
The problem with couture has existed pretty much since its inception. How much do we value fashion as an art, and at what point does couture’s importance cease if it remains not only elitist, but completely impractical? (Unless, of course, you’re keen on doing your grocery shopping in 40-pound ballgowns.) With an injured global economy and eco-conscious mentality trending, the past year or so has only served to emphasize how the fashion sector is becoming increasingly questionable in both morality and function.
And now, it appears that couture designers are dealing with the issue of modernity. For this reason, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn found the majority of the Paris couture shows this year problematic. “Haute couture,” she writes, “what remains of it, is a little like a fragile ecosystem under siege by modern tastes and habits, and by couturiers who are stuck in the past.” While other fashion critics may beg to differ with Horyn’s subsequent point that, “Most women don’t pay attention to haute couture, and the reason isn’t the money — made-to-measure clothes have always been extremely costly — and it isn’t the lavishness or circuslike atmosphere of the shows,” it is indeed evident that when aesthetic influences are distinctly “old-fashioned” and asynchronous with what people are wearing today, that “houses don’t give people a reason to care and at least follow along … It might help, for a start, if designers acknowledged that they are living in the 21st century.” Keep reading »
As we bask in the afterglow of couture fashion week, we can’t stop obsessing over Lagerfeld’s massively triumphant Chanel collection. Those classic, pastel suits — mousse pinks and baby blues and lavenders — looked as delicious as a bag of robin’s egg candies (or in this case, more like a box of macaroons from a French patisserie), the hair was beyond exquisite, and those silver tights put a young, futuristic spin on the house’s traditional tweed silhouette. We can only imagine how hard it will be to score a pair of those stockings, and who knows if they’ll even end up selling them or if they were made by someone else, but we’re totally inspired. While there are lots of dark gray sparkly tights out there, it’s a bit harder to locate a glittery silver pair. But the lurex tights I tracked down at online hosiery retailer Forward Edge look just about spot-on, no? Also, at $6.99, they couldn’t be further from couture prices. Keep reading »
Models at Chanel‘s haute couture show yesterday had their hair styled in heart-shaped bouffants. Just in time to inspire our Valentine’s Day ‘dos! [Paris, 1/27/2010] Keep reading »
Is it just us, or is the usually adorable Alexa Chung looking more appropriate for a day in Amish country rather than front row at the Chanel couture show? [We know, we know, they're Chanel clogs, but still ... -- Editor] [Elle UK] Keep reading »
Temporary Chanel tattoo not enough for you? Looking for a way to proclaim your love for all things Chanel that expresses the depth of your devotion to the original Coco? Now, you can brand your skin with the ubiquitous interlocked C’s. Created as a final project by Central Saint Martins design student Ryan McSorley, Skin by Chanel lets you take branding to a whole new level. Typically, if you want to show off your love of a brand, you can buy yourself a monogrammed bag. But how’s a woman to show off her high-end skin care products? “If you are using skincare by Chanel, you want people to know that your skin is by Chanel, in the same way that Chanel handbags have clear branding,” explains McSorley. Use the Chanel skincare products, and then tell the world about it with a Chanel skin impression. Check out the results after the jump. Keep reading »
Behold, Vanessa Paradis (aka Johnny Depp‘s main squeeze) in the first photo from her new Chanel ad campaign for the brand’s Rouge Coco lipstick. Could she (and this photo, above) be anymore beautiful? So pretty! The campaign photos were taken by Jean Baptiste Mondino and stay tuned for a short film starring Vanessa as well. Rouge Coco goes on sale in March and it looks set to be Chanel’s top product in 2010. (The lipstick is based on a design dating from 1952—a team of “investigators” has tried to emulate the lipstick that Coco Chanel would have liked.) Check out a few behind-the-scenes outtakes, after the jump!
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In our A.D.D.-addled generation, the ability to easily change your look — from your outfit to your hair — is necessary. So although tattoos have gained and maintained their popularity, there’s something stressful about the utter permanence of the design. Karl Lagerfeld has the answer. Remember when we spotted these temporary double-C tattoos on the models at the Chanel spring 2010 show? Well, now they can be yours. Starting in mid-Feb., Les Trompe L’Oeil de Chanel Temporary Skin Art will go on sale at Chanel.com. For about $78, you’ll get 55 tattoos — a small price to pay considering the cost of a real tattoo or a quilted bag. [Elle UK] Keep reading »