American Apparel is not content to simply dress your body, they want to paint your nails too. In addition to their spendy T-shirts and skanky jersey dresses, the store just launched a nail polish line. Welcome to the beauty world, AA. (What’s next? Home goods, a full beauty line, or fragrances?) Keep reading »
If “Coco Avant Chanel” didn’t satisfy your prying mind about the iconic designer, here’s a bit of eye candy for you. The fashion blog Sea of Shoes got a very privileged look at Coco Chanel‘s Parisian apartment at 31 Rue Cambon. It isn’t anything like we expected! The vibe we get from the photos of the warm-toned living room and dining room with a classically set table feels much more masculine than Paris-chic. The aesthetic relies on global decor with screens that look like they were imported from China once upon a time and statues of camels and giraffes. Take a tour yourself by checking out the pics after the jump! [Sea of Shoes] Keep reading »
Scent is certainly a powerful element in generating attraction from the opposite sex, but when a new study came out this week pointing to Chanel No. 5 as the perfume most likely to seduce a man, we were doubtful. The idea that you could bag a guy with a specific perfume seems far-fetched as it is, and the claim that one in 10 women met the men of their dreams while wearing No. 5 seems even further from the truth. Have you smelled the stuff? It’s one pungent aroma that came into style in the ’20s and smells like it’s been in the same bottle since then.
Yet, an article in the French version of Marie Claire (December 2009) provides evidence that potentially supports this argument. Chanel No. 5 may attract men, but they might not be your dream guys. Keep reading »
A new study says wearing a fragrance certainly helps make you more attractive to the opposite sex, and, arguably, the most legendary perfume of all time may also be the most seductive. In fact, one in 10 women even claim they met the man of their dreams while wearing Chanel No. 5.
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While Chanel has traditionally been one of those “serious” fashion houses, it seems like the label has been experiencing a playful re-branding thanks to those on the inside (see Karl Lagerfeld’s campy Spring/Summer 2010
runway show) and those on the outside who have taken a more lighthearted approach to the fashions. To wit, this fun stop-motion video of Chanel bags, shoes, jewelry, and clothing dancing around to bubbly French pop music. The project is brought to you by the V
magazine team, who shot a very sexy Chanel-clad Natalie Portman
for this month’s cover. This clip kind of makes us want to empty our shoe closet and direct our own fashion short. [YouTube
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Hey, here’s something we might actually be able to afford the next time we walk into a Chanel boutique! Behold the premiere issue of 31 Rue Cambon, a new magazine from Chanel that will be distributed in stores. The editor of uber-hip Purple magazine, Olivier Zahm, designed the fashion publication, and posted this pretty preview pic of the mag on the Purple blog. (Which, by the way, is a cool place to find stylish and artsy photographs.) [purple Diary] Keep reading »
Costco used to be the ultimate shopping mecca for people who like to stock up on toilet paper, meat, and socks in bulk. But pretty soon the ladies-who-lunch crowd could become the giant retailer’s best customers, now that the cat is out of the Chanel bag. You see, the Costco store in East Harlem, which opened last week, is selling Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tod’s, Burberry, and Salvatore Ferragamo purses for a discount (well, a discount compared to their regular prices, not to most people’s expendable income). Burberry’s mini satchel costs $1,019.99. A medium shopper tote by Tod’s is $549.99. The Ferragamo “Marissa” handbag goes for $629.99. And the Chanel bag costs $1,999. I think it would be strange to purchase one of these high-fashion wares while everyone around you is pushing a shopping cart and sampling microwaveable foods. Am I the only one that finds Costco selling designer handbags weird? [StyleCaster] Keep reading »
There’s kind of a random op-ed in the Femail section of The Daily Mail today called “How Can Lily Allen Be Chanel’s Latest Fashion Muse?” that bemoans Karl Lagerfeld’s apparent fascination with the singer, whom the writer refers to as looking “worse for wear” in the past. It’s curious for several reasons: The paper is known for publishing as much as it possibly can about the real girl vs. models debate–they’re always quick to lay it on thick when it comes to busting airbrushers and acquiring quotes from magazine editors who vow to fight too tiny sample sizes, and they even have a regular feature where they photograph their writers trying on designer clothes worn by celebrities to see how they translate in real life. So why would they bother with a piece by a writer who’s all pissed off about Lily Allen being the latest Chanel girl because she’s not fashion enough? Keep reading »
There’s a new online fashion magazine out there called Flamboyant, and its debut issue presents this “artistic” spread of designer-inspired loaves of bread. In the mix are carb-loaded replicas modeled after brands like Hermès, Valentino, and Vivienne Westwood. Normally, we squeal girlishly (um, you know, on the inside) at these types of conceptual fashion/food photographs. Remember those Chanel and Louis Vuitton cupcakes?
While we get the idea, Flamboyant‘s take doesn’t quite follow through. OK fine, we’re just going to come out and say it: that Burberry “croissant” looks like a turd. Yum! [Fashion Copious] Keep reading »
Depending on when you were born, you may remember when clogs, those wooden-soled shoes originally worn by fair-skinned milkmaids in Holland, were resurrected as favorable footwear for the fashion-forward in the ’70s and then again in the early ’90s. For those of you who may have missed the earlier waves (or just miss the earlier waves), you’re in luck (?). Clogs are cycling back into fashion, as seen on the catwalk at Chanel and Louis Vuitton, not to mention the feet of everyone’s favorite fashionista, Sarah Jessica Parker. This time around, the clogs are high-heeled, making the already-difficult-to-walk-in shoes a virtual death trap on the streets. Usually, when function is sacrificed for style, the pay-off is a hot look. Do you think that’s the case with these clogs? [via Daily Mail]
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