CHANEL Exhibition In Tokyo

“Mademoiselle Privé”, these two words appear on the door that led into Mademoiselle Chanel’s Creation studio on the third floor at 31 rue Cambon in Paris. Today it is the title of an exhibition that invites us to open the door onto CHANEL’s creation offering an immersion into the three original creative worlds of the House, Haute Couture, CHANEL N°5 and CHANEL High Jewelry.

Passing through one chromatic ambiance to another, the exhibition brings together all the integral parts of CHANEL’s aesthetic vocabulary: white for the staircase, beige for the sofa, black for the dining room, red for the writing desk and gold for the fireplace.

Mademoiselle’s apartment is a place of inspiration into the creative worlds of CHANEL. Its atmosphere can be seen as an integral part of the House’s aesthetic vocabulary magnified by Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard.

The exhibition opens its doors at the B&C Hall-Tennoz in Tokyo from October 19th to December 1st.

Chanel Spring Summer 2020

The romantic rooftops of Paris served as a fitting look-out point for Virginie Viard to unveil her first ready-to-wear collection for Chanel.

Created in the Grand Palais with chimneys sourced from flea markets, the set was one in which a modern-day Mary Poppins would have looked perfectly at home. “The roofs of Paris remind me of the atmosphere of the Nouvelle Vague I saw silhouettes walking on the roofs” noted Viard, in her collection notes.

The collection was appropriately cinematic, with fluid silhouettes, jackets with flounce and masculine tailoring among the most photogenic looks.

Swinging black kilts worn with opaque tights, neat bouclé jackets, long-line coats and Chanel’s take on the pillbox hat created a new-look Chanel oozing with Gallic glamour. Stand-out pieces included an ivory puffball skirt worn by Kaia Gerber. Gigi Hadid was also on the catwalk in black micro shorts and embroidered jacket. Chanel has a new-found modernity and subtle femininity in Viard’s hands. But it has continuity too.

Her rise from long-standing Chanel employee and the right hand of Karl Lagerfeld up until his death from cancer earlier this year represents no sea change for the brand. As a result, Viard’s collections have a quiet confidence that can only stem from experience. Her success will depend on whether she can breathe her own spirit into this house.

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Iconic Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Passed Away

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld has died at age 85 after a cancer battle.

Lagerfeld is widely regarded as one of the most important and prolific designers of his generation and had held creative director roles at Fendi (since 1965), his namesake label (since 1974) and Chanel (since 1983) simultaneously.

The iconic designer is believed to have been unwell for two weeks before his death in a Paris hospital.

The House of Karl Lagerfeld has confirmed the news of his death, following French media reports. 

The official Instagram account for the fashion designer’s own label posted: “The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris, France.”

Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious.

“He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed.”

PENÉLOPE CRUZ IN CHANEL CRUISE 2019 CAMPAIGN

Penélope Cruz stars in Chanel’s Cruise 2018/19 campaign, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld in his Parisian studio. The black-and-white images show the Oscar-winning actress dressed in items from the label’s nautical-themed cruise collection. Discover more of the campaign below.

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Chanel Spring Summer 2019

Each season Chanel has transformed the Grand Palais into the most extraordinary showspaces, like turning it into a rainforest with huge cliff, trees and waterfalls to a woodland forest or by placing a giant Chanel rocket right inside the Grand Palais, which eventually even blasted off. For this season Karl Lagerfeld imagined a sandy beachscape stretching out under azure-colored skies. An enormous backdrop depicted a picture-perfect ocean. And actual waves gently lapped against the shore.

Blocks of color run through knitted cardigans, lace and denim looks in the Chanel Spring Summer 2019 collection. Lagerfeld showcased sweater dresses, that also formed part of this show’s baseline, in lightweight Lurex, origami cabin dresses trimmed with abstract beading work. Straw beach bags and visors emblazoned with the Chanel logo were presented alongside youthful swimwear boasting candy colored prints and string crop tops. A monochrome swimsuit and low slung jeans, sported by Kaia Gerber, was among the most appealing looks on the catwalk. See the entire lineup below.

Chanel To Launch First Swimwear And Ski Collections

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Karl Lagerfeld is launching two new capsule lines to Chanel’s ready-to-wear offer: Coco Neige and Coco Beach.

The ski and swimwear lines will be timed to hit stores from June to ensure a strong in-season component. Lagerfeld said he got the idea while on summer vacation in Saint-Tropez, where he noticed the Chanel store lacked a strong assortment of beach gear, reports WWD.

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The Coco Beach line includes swimsuits, bikinis, bandannas, terry cloth beach cover-ups, denim pieces, bags and espadrilles. The swimwear comes in black, with a satiny oversized appliqué double-C logo, or with a hand-painted lattice motif, on a pink or red background, which also appears on the accessories. It will be introduced in 26 stores beginning in June.

“We have around 30 stores in seaside locations, and during the months of June and July, when towns such as Cannes, Nice, Capri, Barcelona and [cities in] Florida are incredibly busy, the stores are carrying winter collections,” said Chanel president of fashion Bruno Pavlovsky. “These tactical launches are designed to better satisfy the needs of our customers and to find the best way to communicate to them the fact that these items exist.”

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The Coco Neige collection will have a wider distribution, hitting Chanel stores in July and August in tandem with its fall collections. It will also be available in ski resorts such as Courchevel, where Chanel has a temporary store during the winter months.

The line was unveiled to store buyers in Paris alongside the house’s pre-fall collection. It features technical items, such as tweed-trimmed down jackets and nylon ski pants; casual pieces, like a black hoodie with a quilted camellia motif, and accessories including shearling boots and bags.

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Kaia Gerber Stars In Her First Chanel Campaign

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Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand young models in the industry. After strutting down at Chanel Couture Spring 2018 fashion show, now Kaia stars in her first ever Chanel’s Spring 2018 handbag campaign. Gerber features in a series of images shot by Karl Lagerfeld in Gabrielle Chanel’s former apartment at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris, lounging on a suede sofa that belonged to the iconic designer. See the images below.

Chanel Couture Spring 2018

Chanel’s Spring Summer 2018 haute couture was presented at the Grand Palais, Paris, where Karl Lagerfeld installed a French garden. He chose the garden setting for Chanel’s spring couture show because he was feeling for that French je ne sais quoi.

There were tweed suits, feathered frocks, crystal embellishments, bouquet-topped veils. The flower power continued through the palette dominated by mostly gentle pinks with occasional outbursts of vibrant color.

« HAUTE COUTURE IS THE EXTREME LUXURY. IT IS PERFECTION WITH A UNIQUE PERSONALITY. IT HAS TO DO WITH PATIENCE AND WITH MODERN AND CURRENT TIMES.» KARL LAGERFELD

Chanel Fall 2017

For Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection, Karl Lagerfeld took everyone outer space straight from Paris fashion week by placing a giant Chanel rocket right inside the Grand Palais, which eventually even blasted off, following a 10-second countdown to the tune of “Rocket Man”.

“It’s a journey through the sky, to the heart of constellations, in the wake of the astronaut Thomas Pesquet,” explained the designer.

Titled ‘Chanel Ground Control’ or as the invitation read ‘Centre de Lancement No. 5’, the collection was mainly focused on white, grey, silver and black color palettes. There were ’60s silhouettes of the boxy mini-dresses combined with spacesuit collars, with the iconic tweed suit transformed into silver-paneled jacket, the black, sparkly gowns adorned with twinkling crystals and finished off with tulle skirts and even feathers. For the shoes there were low-heeled glitter boots. Check out the futuristic collection below.

 

 

Chanel Couture Spring 2017

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For Chanel’s Spring 2017 Couture show Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into an oval At Deco salon a la 31 Rue Cambon, paying homage to the iconic mirrored staircase leading up to Coco Chanel’s salons. The whole collection was inspired by Coco herself and it started off with traditional tweed jackets complete with crushed tweed hats, metallic belts, and ladylike Mary Janes. Metallic gowns appeared, each trimmed with enormous puffs of marabou feathers. Major hues of white, silver and grey, illuminated each time with metallic, silver, sparkling and iridescent notes, moving from beige, pink, yellow, blue and pastel green through to black and navy. Chanel’s latest muse Lily Rose Depp closed the show in a lavish pastel pink belted gown. See the full collection below.