Category: Chanel

FashionEast Meets West: Chanel Pre-Fall Collection 2012

With the release of Chanel’s Pre-Fall Collection for 2012, it seems that creative director, Karl Lagerfield, has developed a taste for Indian. Gilded tunics, sumptuous silks, and skinny British Empire leggings melted into slim booties and embellished sandals. Hair jewels, thong-like bracelets and printed fingerless gloves compiled a list of characteristically Indian adornment, while Chanel classics like tweed suits and pearls exported the looks to their Parisian home front.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CelebrityLove It or Hate It: Blake Lively As the New Face of Chanel Mademoiselle Handbags

  
 
 Move over, Lily Allen: Blake Lively is upping the ante as the new face of Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag line. 
 
Much darker and more serious than Lily Allen’s previous campaign, this shoot reveals an edgier side to the bleachy blonde persona we’re used to seeing from Miss Lively. It also brings a more pensive, alluring attitude to the bags than did the playful shoots of Lily Allen, shown below.
 
 
The Chanel brand has long been know as the epitome of timeless chic, and is also credited with the invention of the “Little Black Dress.” Simple, comfortable, and elegant are the staple designs that have made Chanel famous since Coco herself began designing in 1910.
 
  
 
Continuing in Ms. Chanel’s footsteps, the brand has been advertised by some truly beautiful actresses, athletes, and style icons, including Catherine Denevue, Estella Warren, Carole Bouquet, 
 
   
 
Nicole Kidman (who won the title of most money made per minute by an actor for this ad), Bar Refaeli,
 
   
 
Kate Moss, Kiera Knightly, Marilyn Monroe (who claimed that No.5 was her favorite thing to wear to bed!)
 
 
 
 Vanessa Paradis, and Claudia Schiffer.
Whew!
 
That’s a lot to live up to! 
 
Chanel pics from: herehere, and here.  
 
 
Here Blake is (above, wearing Chanel of course!) at a dinner celebrating her new ad campaign and (below) with Chanel photographer Karl Lagerfeld, and I can definitely see the makings of a Chanel girl. There is charm, elegance, beauty, and joy evident both in her demeanor and in her actions.
 
 
Yet I wonder: has she shed the traveling pants too recently to be in league with other Chanel icons, or does she have the makings of another true legend?

FashionParis Fashion Week Spring 2011 Couture: The Future In Fashion at Armani Privé!

The future has now arrived and Tron: Legacy seems to have launched fashion into a video game where clothing looks more and more surreal. The Armani Privé spring 2011 couture show seems to be embracing a new sentiment, that we have to embrace ourselves for space travel in the near future.

It seems as though the metallic threads woven into these organza garments bent light at super speeds as the models floated down the runway. 

Don’t these hats remind you of the discs that the programs of Tron:Legacy use to defend themselves? Odd reference for a couture show, I know, but I couldn’t help notice that they have a strikingly similar appearance!

Luckily there was a bit of color (teal, red, and fuchsia) thrown into the mix of gun metal silvers. 

At least, as the years go by, we know that we’re already equipped with some pretty sweet futuristic clothes. And, as technology advances we’ll be able to create high heeled functioning moon boots and anti-gravity defiant gowns by the time we’re forced to use them!

Are you ready to move to the moon? 

FashionFashion Week: Chanel’s Controlled Nature for Spring 2011!

Remember Chanel’s trip to the arctic last season? 

This season, Karl Lagerfield didn’t unleash the wild onto his audience, but brought us tip-toeing carefully around the sculpted and controlled shapes of an urbanscape. In lieu of Le Nôtre’s gardens throughout the luscious palace of Versailles, this faux-garden (constructed for the show), called out to the manicured tendencies of chic high society and high fashion. 

Now, don’t think that the “manicured tendencies” means a dusty, tweed inspired re-cap of Chanel’s archives. Instead Lagerfield brought us into a realm of textiles that was new and exciting. Mixing in layers of chain necklaces, long skirts, wide lapels, and cutout fabrics that resembled organic materials themselves this collection will stand high in the lineup of Paris fashion week. 

Roped, draped, and layered necklaces.

Above are two more simple but more wear-able looks that are so powerful they might stop anyone dead in their tracks. 

 The detail in these chain mail gloves, the wrap chain bracelet, or the leather cutout fingerless gloves are to die for!

And SHOES, SHOES, SHOES.. can’t wait till these shoes come full circle to mainstream fashion!

GeneralWhat’s Your Signature Scent?

Perfume is a funny thing. While it’s extremely personal (umm…it’s what you smell like), it’s also very public (everyone else can smell it too).
 
Choosing a scent to make your own is almost like a journey of self discovery. Am I a sugary vanilla sweetie or a sultry smoky vixen? Do I bathe in the stuff or just put a tiny dollop behind each ear?
 
I love perfume, considering it doesn’t reek or burn my nostrils. When tastefully applied, it can make you feel more glamorous, put togther and even make memories. Certain perfumes will always remind me of a specific time in my life. Getting ready to go to the 8th grade dance, my college dorm experience, that summer vacation by the beach…a scent can bring you back in an instant.

So here’s a couple of the Lulu*s staff favorites, and I must say, we smell pretty darn good.

 

 The Glamorous
 
 The timeless Coco Chanel is a staple of the ever posh Heather (photo assistant), while the ruby red Absolutely Irresistible by Givenchy is a favorite often worn by yours truly. I love to get the roll-on tube because it’s more affordable, and you can just keep it in your purse. :)

The Exotic

 

 A great collection of scents by Tokyo Milk keeps Lulu*s model, Laura, smelling lovely during photo shoots. Kellen (Web Operations Manager) loves her Sensi perfume from Giorgio Armani. A sensual scent with exotic floral tones, this would be perfect for an evening out.
 
 The Fresh and Floral
 

I’ve only heard great things about the popular Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf, a scent Renee (returns Dept) adores. Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue is described as being cheerful, crisp and summery, which is perfect for Shandi (customer service) on her typical Mon-Fri work week.
 
The Sporty

 

Jonathan (inventory) keeps on his feet with Allure Homme Sport by Chanel, while Brittani (sample girl) loves her Abercrombie & Fitch 8 and even steals some of her boyfriend’s Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce from time to time.
 
The Naturalist

 

For those who prefer an earthier, natural scent, take a hint from Matt (inventory) and use a little Patchouli essence. I also love how both Sienna (copy writer) and Marty (photographer) use a little citrus peel zest to keep things light and fresh.
 
So what’s your signature scent? What do you think it says about you?