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Chanel, Caroline de Maigret Launch CdMDiary Site

Chanel, Caroline de Maigret Launch CdMDiary Site

Caroline de Maigret can add another title to her impressive portfolio with the CdMDiary website. Apart from being a producer and model, she will now the person behind the new Chanel lifestyle portal; while it is not explicitly stated, you can guess the CdM in CdMDiary stands for Caroline de Maigret. The model and the brand share a long history with each other. Back in 1998, de Maigret walked the ramp for Karl Lagerfeld during his presentation of the spring/summer ready-to-wear collection.

Since then, she has seen herself not only model for the brand but also become its spokesperson and most recently its ambassador. As the narrator of the lifestyle portal, de Maigret will share her journey and passion, which is linked to the French fashion house. Her focus, on fashion and art, will be split into six sections.

“N°1” will be on of the sections that focus on essential pieces, womenswear must-haves and tips on how to wear them. “Dressing Talks,” explores various celebrity wardrobes, and “Backstage,” offers a glimpse behind the scenes at catwalk shows and major events. Like its narrator — a multifaceted character, passionate about music, books and photography — the site doesn’t just focus on fashion. The “Crushes” section features Caroline de Maigret’s current cultural highlights, “Best places” lists her favorite haunts and “Music Itw” sees special guests share the songs and music that shaped their lives.

“I am extremely proud to have been chosen by Chanel because I love the Chanel woman and what she represents. I love how Gabrielle Chanel was involved in the arts, in literature, in painting.” explains Caroline de Maigret. She added that “When Chanel asked me to be a spokesperson for the brand, we thought about means of communication to decide how I was going to express myself and talk about the fashion house. Straight away, we thought about creating a lifestyle platform,”

3 Hottest Prints Trends: Spring/Summer 2017

Prints dominated the Spring/Summer 2017 collections and this trend is set to be big for the upcoming season. Ranging from retro to masculine, pop art and even minimalist chic, we take a look at three of the hottest print trends this season.

Retro ChicRetro prints have a 1970s vibe at Chloé. © BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

From Isabel Marant to Chloé (main picture), Dries Van Noten, Michael Kors and even Prada, the retro vibe was out in in full force. Embracing the 70s effect, designers featured prints in the form of large flowers, big bright blooms as well as diamond and check prints. Shown in head to toe looks, the retro prints are set to make a comeback — talk about a blast from the past.

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Lanvin, Paul Ka, Chanel, Fendi (above) and Nina Ricci are keeping last season’s trend of stripes. Inpinstripes, widebands, horizontal and vertical, the pattern was seen on oversized shorts, dresses, overcoats, pants and coats. Another geometric print seen, was polka dots. In classic shades, the pattern was seen in collections for the likes of Dior. Patchwork also made a comeback on the runways with designers such as Marc Jacobs. Sporting bohemian and romantic discreet form of patchworking along with a 1990s version, the pattern proved to still be a hit after more than one season. Ellie Saab, on the other hand, went big on stars, embroidered or printed all over sumptuous dresses for an out-of-this-world look.

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Printed letters, numbers, logos, large motifs, quotes and slogans land as wearable messages this season as seen on Gucci (above). While Dolce & Gabbana is clearly a master of the genre, it isn’t the only label playing the game. The current craze for streetwear is buoying the trend, with potential buyers passing all kinds of messages from designers to the public at large. It’s a trend that’s fun, practical and light-hearted, and very much in line with the spirit of the season.

Designer Christmas Trees To Be Auctioned For Charity

The biggest names in fashion, art and design will design 30 Christmas trees to go under the hammer later this month. The ‘Designer Christmas Trees’ charity auction is set to for November 21 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, France, in what happens to be the 21st edition.

All proceeds from the holiday auction will be donated to fund cancer research, under the patronage of Professor Khayat, oncologist, President and founder of the Paris Charter Against Cancer (Charte de Paris contre le cancer). The festive auction event was founded by fashion journalist and producer Marie-Christiane Marek, who still leads the organization of the event. ‘Designer Christmas Trees’ celebrates creativity, design, and high-end expertise – all for a good cause.

This year’s event theme is ‘Gold and Light’. Designers from notable fashion houses and labels will be creating their own unique Christmas trees, based on their personal take on the theme. For the first time, the designers will be invited to also create gifts to place under the tree. Event attendees will be able to take pictures with each designer’s Christmas tree, as well as sculptures, photo prints and works of art.

Chanel, Dior, Chantal Thomass, Christian Lacroix, Elie Saab, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lancel, Prada, Ungaro, Stella McCartney, Francis Kurkdjian, Christian Ghion, Jean-Jacques Ory, Olivia Putman, Rachid Khimoune and Marlène Mocquet are among the artists and designers signed up to take part in the 2016 event.

This 21st edition of “Designer Christmas Trees” includes three main events. First, the switching-on of the Christmas lights in Paris’ Avenue Montaigne, November 18. Next, the unique Christmas trees will go on public display, November 19 and 20, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, ahead of the gala evening and auction (by invitation only), November 21, also at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Caroline de Maigret Models Chanel ‘Derby’ Shoe

The French model, Caroline de Maigret, can be seen sporting the new two-tone shoes in a black-and-white short film directed by Bertrand le Pluard for the luxury fashion house. The clip, which De Maigret has posted to her Instagram account, sees her skipping around the streets of her hometown of Paris, having teamed the tomboy-style shoes with rolled-up masculine trousers and a fine knit sweater.

The androgynous footwear, part of the label’s 2016/17 cruise collection, feature a various smooth, patent, exotic and even perforated leather uppers, topped off with a black leather toe — a reference to the brand’s founder Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s first shoe designs in 1957. Natural leather soles resemble wood, while the label’s signature double C logo appears in metal on each heel. The bright, bold uppers, which range from pink and silver to gold, black and white, were inspired by the Cuban city of Havana.

The Chanel 'Derby' Shoe

The Chanel ‘Derby’ Shoe

Model, writer and music producer De Maigret became an official Chanel ambassador back in July, following a long friendship with the brand’s designer Karl Lagerfeld which had seen her act as a muse for the house for several years. Her new role in the group, which has placed her on the same level as the house’s fellow ambassadors Lily Rose Depp, Kristen Stewart and Willow Smith, is one of several recent high-profile fashion projects — she was unveiled as one of the faces of British brand Karen Millen’s spring campaign back in January, and teamed up with cosmetics giant Lancome on a “Parisian Inspiration by Caroline de Maigret” collection in the autumn of 2015.

Creating Fashion that Sells Isn’t a Sin

What is the point of high fashion these days? Is there a reason that designers still get to sit on their high horses when the most talked about brand these days is Vetements, with all its nonstop talk about “clothing people actually wear”? It’s really an issue of the industry failing to catch up with the times, which is strangely ironic considering that fashion is supposed to represent and extol the times it lives in.

In the aughts of haute couture, and really since before the time of Charles Frederick Worth (considered the progenitor of high fashion) and Marie Antoinette, what fashion represented in the zeitgeist and times was desire. Plain and simple, it was about elevating and making clothing so beautiful, flattering, and jealousy-inducing that it was a means to a social end. Fashion is so strikingly bourgeois and hierarchical today precisely because it has, for so many years, represented a certain degree of sophistication and, indeed, wealth.

Selling isn't a sin: Chanel


So what is high fashion for today, if Chanel is no longer haughtily pronouncing items of clothing démodé and instead, planting emojis onto accessories and clothing? If a brand as vaunted and intellectual as Prada is selling bags straight off the runway, can it still maintain a cachet of luxury and intelligence without the stink of shilling products (perhaps by making customers wait for the rest of its seasonal fashion direction)?

Selling isn't a sin: Balenciaga


I posit that high fashion today is returning to its core, plain and simple, all over again. It is about beautiful clothing, wonderful things people feel an urge to wear, and representing the cultural values of the times. It is why Balenciaga under Demna Gvasalia feels so… right. With its post-modern melding of old-world techniques and new-age street-wise tricks, it has been vaulted right back into the fashion consciousness – and it is worth paying attention to again. With the advertising and PR money of fashion, it sometimes becomes difficult to differentiate what’s worth the time and what’s paid for. The purest reaction, then, is clothing that can convince customers to part with money to put on their back.

Selling isn't a sin: Vetements


The ’90s were all at once the best and worst time for intellectual fashion, but that’s gone down the drain now. Conglomeration of brands and companies meant that fashion as an art and a means to an end was becoming monetized. Think of LVMH, Kering and Prada group’s expansions at the time.

Today, LVMH’s brands are represented in a good half of all fashion magazines’ front bumper of ads. Louis Vuitton, Dior, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Fendi – even jewelry and watch brands such as Bulgari, Chaumet, Hublot, TAG Heuer, etc. Kering rounds it up with Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, etc. Where did the mavericks like Helmut Lang and Martin Margiela go?

In an environment where people simply demanded more and more clothing, it became hard for such intellectually-driven and conceptual designers to continue – never mind that the clothes they designed and created were eminently wearable and beautiful. But it was tricky, because the old shows from Prada, for instance, were such subtle exercises in decryption. Meaning was layered and veiled, and it took a trained eye and mind to pick apart what exactly Mrs Prada was saying each season. Today, a collection like its FW16 vagabond girls-on-the-run one is, while beautiful, almost obvious to interpret. In recent seasons too: fast cars and sweaty glamour, stiff Stepford wives’ tailoring, duney desert travellers. They make big political and cultural statements, but they’re plain to see.

Selling isn't a sin: Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Therein lies the problem. When fashion becomes grounds for intellectual concepts, customers get frustrated. It was famously hard for people to grasp Craig Green’s debut SS15 collection with flowing judoka quilts and banners bound to the models. But it struck a chord with the industry collective viewing the show – inspiring some tears, even. Here was a collection set against an Enya soundtrack, resplendent in creative liberty and in the luxury of time it took to craft. It was beautiful and it sold. Next season, he did a similar thing – line and silhouette were only slightly different, but there was a complete reversal in the reaction of the press. Lambasts of similarity and repetition abounded, and it became clear that the industry was on the same page as its readers’ attention spans. Never mind giving designers time to develop an idea and letting it stew, mutate, evolve and be felt out. We wanted more and more of the new.

Selling isn't a sin: Prada


So where is intellectual fashion’s place in today’s fast-paced commercial churning environment? It is a conundrum that is hard to solve. Perhaps that is why Vetements is so successful – because it makes you feel like you’re thinking and being smart about things while contributing no effort at all. Perhaps it is why Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent was such a runaway commercial success – because you didn’t have to think while wearing his clothes, you just had to partake in his vacuous vein of L.A. grungy cool. Perhaps it is why Phoebe Philo’s Céline is so influential – women don’t have to think about what they’re representing to the world because Philo’s clothing whispers refinement for them. Perhaps it is why Alessandro Michele’s Gucci is so refreshing – they’re simply fun to wear (the same, season after season) and don’t offer much by way of a political or cultural message.

I am not against any of this.

Selling isn't a sin: Jacquemus


On the contrary, it is the way fashion is today, and to whine about time gone by is to be astoundingly near-sighted – rather, rear-sighted. Karl Lagerfeld has been so good for Chanel exactly because he takes to the times he lives in like a cultural sponge. There’s a respect to the historical foundations of the brand, but even more surely a perspective of today.

Selling isn't a sin: Gucci


What I’m saying is that “commercial” isn’t necessarily a bad word. We’ve been wary of the financial beast for long enough; it’s time to be smart about it and synthesize what we know with what we want. There’s a reason designers such as Christian Lacroix went out of business despite his reign in the ’80s and ’90s in Paris: extravagance and bonanza dresses stopped becoming relevant. After sobering financial crashes, actual plane crashes and a global worldview of uncertainty, the dream was over.

Selling isn't a sin: Dries Van Nolen

Dries Van Nolen

Today, the new dream is perhaps clothes that slide right into daily life. A note: I’m not saying poorly designed and poorly made clothes with nary a thought or smarts should get a pass for being easy to buy and wear. I’m talking about fashion that has a contextual place in contemporary culture and represents a designer’s point of view. Ultimately, that’s the place of fashion: on our backs.

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag: Immortalizing Pop Culture

If there’s anything we can’t buy, it’s time. Thank goodness for online shopping, same-day delivery, concierge services and 7-Eleven, but it’s been a while since those godsends were created. Today’s innovators, who recognize the potential of efficiency and time savings that technology promises, are constantly outdoing themselves to satiate our boredom and laziness – through entertainment.

Look at the lingua franca du jour – emoji – and how thoroughly entertaining that is!

Take, for instance, Emoji Dick, a full translation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick into emoji. It is the full utilization of concentrated intelligence at its most redundant — but hey, at least it is fun. After all, doesn’t fun reign supreme in this era of hyper-consumerism?

While the probability of sustaining an actual conversation entirely in emoji is close to 0%, and the risk of messages being lost in translation is very high, it is still amusing. In fact, the guessing game adds to its allure. If a peach emoji is equivalent to buttocks, you can assume what an eggplant means! Emoji, being the semiotic marvel that it is, would have made a tough intellectual exercise even for Baudrillard, Saussure or Barthes. But somehow, we can navigate an entire row of random symbols.

But this seemingly trivial pursuit of sign language, as it were, has deeper cultural significance, and what better example to illustrate this point than Kim Kardashian and her peculiar world of Kimoji? As overexposed as she is, this woman is the epitomic product of the zeitgeist. Thanks to her reality TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, we even know what event prompted a now-immortal face of a crying Kim. (We’re still miffed that Kimoji doesn’t work like it should on WhatsApp.)

So. What has all this got to do with fashion? Like an emoji, a recognizable silhouette speaks of universality. While your mum may not understand the significance of a donut and banana emoji put together, she’ll know a Chanel bag when she sees one. There’s no doubt that Chanel is part of pop culture. Surprisingly, it was underplayed this season. Even the show’s set design – usually an elaborate affair like Chanel Airlines from Spring 2016, the casino set for Fall 2015 couture and the epic supermarket from Fall 2014 – was understated. Interestingly, the absence of a showstopping set reinforced the power of the brand; the collection didn’t feel gimmicky at all.

The essence of this symbolization is distilled in this season’s flap bag, which is heavily adorned with brand-specific emoji: Choupette, Chanel creative director, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat; the Camelia, the house’s signature flower; and the Chanel logo’s interlocking C’s. These are intermingled with standard emoji, including the thumbs-up icon, the peace sign and the four-leaf clover. It is a beautiful mix. Few houses are able to parade the iconography of pop culture so efficiently and effectively.

What Chanel has done is virtually instant art. It is funny how an object becomes art in much less time when you take something that’s already manufactured and then give it new perspective. That’s what Marcel Duchamp recogniszed with his readymades. He took a urinal, tilted it to the right and confined it to a glass box. Bam! Art! And that’s really what embracing post-modernism is about: we’re living in an age of recycling the past and glorifying the now.

It is true, you can’t buy time, but you can buy a Chanel bag.

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore

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Lily-Rose Depp Stars In Chanel N.5 L’Eau Film

Lily-Rose Depp is not just Hollywood royalty — she is the daughter of actor Johnny Depp and French singer Vanessa Paradis for those who are unfamiliar. The model and budding actress is also the youngest face of Chanel. For the upcoming holiday season, the brand has introduced a new N.5 L’Eau fragrance. With the younger Depp starring in the Chanel N.5 L’Eau film “You know me, and you don’t”, we get to learn more about the fragrance and what is store for the senses.

To watch the video, head to L’Officiel Singapore.

Chanel J12 XS Watch: Little Wonder

How many ways can there be to wear a watch? Plenty, if you ask Chanel. And it’s not the insouciance talking. With the J12 XS, there literally are numerous ways to strap it on. Shedding much new perspective on the idea of wearable time, the French maison capitalised on its knack for fashion to offer the stylish set time as defined by Chanel.

Designed by the late Jacques Helleu, who was artistic director of Chanel for more than 40 years, the J12 has been around long enough to be identified but still has a long way to go before the watch collecting cognoscenti would accord it the recognition it seeks. That the horological purist hesitates to pick it up isn’t something that fazes the J12 because it knows that its place is among the fashion falcons of the world. Indeed, the J12 is practically worshipped in those circles, and for good reason.

This elegant timepiece with a fluted bezel and clean, contemporary dial was one of the first to embrace high-tech ceramic as a material for cases and bracelets. Indeed, brilliant polished ceramic in either black or white defined the look for Chanel timepieces, giving way to additional future variations like metallized ceramic as seen in the J12 Chromatic.


Whether quartz-powered or mechanical, the J12 exists in a multitude of sizes, from 29mm to 47mm in the J12 Retrograde Mysterieuse Tourbillon. These days, when the sensibilities of watchmaking have taken a turn towards more humble proportions, Chanel doesn’t miss a beat. In fact, it leapfrogged over all the major luxury watch companies and made a super-downsized version of the J12 named, aptly, the J12 XS. Measuring just 19mm across, the J12 XS may not be a heavyweight; rarely are the fashion-conscious. But what it lacks in heft, it makes up for in creativity.


Those eager to complete their Chanel ensemble can look forward to four references in either a black or white slim patent leather calfskin strap, which is to be worn over a matte calfskin cuff with silver piping. But when the mood strikes, feel free to go for the biker chic look by pairing the watch with those black lambskin fingerless gloves made especially for the J12 XS by luxury glove maker, Maison Causse – what better way to channel your inner Lagerfeld?


You could also choose to make a big, bold fashion statement literally by wearing the extra-small timepiece on a dazzling extra-large cuff that even the blind would not miss. Or if you’re feeling quixotic, how about the J12 XS high jewelry ring that’s even more adorkable than Zooey Deschanel at her perkiest.


But the Maison is not content to stop here. Further collaborations with Maison Causse, and the French couture embroiderer, Maison Lesage, are primed to seduce your wrists. They include long gloves, hand-embroidered cuffs, and cuffs adorned with sequins and glass beads simulating python, alligator, and shagreen leather. These will be unique pieces in either black or white – the Maison Chanel’s spiritual colors.

This story was first published in World of Watches.

Chanel N°5 L’Eau Limited Edition Holiday Special

Chanel is ushering in the holiday season with a limited edition ‘N°5 L’Eau’ in a crystal bottle. The new interpretation is so exclusive that it will be made available by reservation only. The 900ml bottle that is set to be rolled out on November 4 is one that is set to catch the eyes of collectors and aficionados of luxury perfumes.

What sets this special edition apart from other versions of the iconic fragrance is the bottle that is made entirely out of crystal. Cut like a diamond, the bottle is sealed with a special skin to help preserve the fragrance. Retaining the clean, classic lines or the original bottle as well as the name, the bottle is completed with a faceted cap and is presented in a white lambskin box.

With only 15 numbered editions of the Holiday 2016 edition being made available, this is one gift that will make any holiday season feel special. All reservations must be made directly with Chanel.

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5 Runway Trends: Paris Fashion Week

As far as the news cycle goes, Paris Fashion Week was overshadowed by the robbery involving Kim Kardashian and millions worth of jewelry. But that does not mean that the catwalks in the city delivered anything but the finest designs for the upcoming season. We take a look at five of the best runway trends from Paris Fashion Week.

Glitter Gang

The designers have brought the glitter to the catwalks in numerous ways. From the shiny vinyl fabrics that were used in jackets and skirts to tight 1980s-inspired off shoulder tops, Mugler and Kenzo brought some sparkle to their collections. Like Dior and Lanvin, Nicolas Ghesquiere used gold and silver gleam to provide a little rock-lux to the Louis Vuitton collection.

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Lanvin Paris Fashion Week


Transparency is the name of the game for many this season. Most designers included at least one or two see-through dresses or tops in their collections with a majority of the sheer black tops and “Belle de Jour” tulle dresses were worn without bras on the runway. However, Chanel was one brand that used underwear as outerwear through lingerie dresses that were seen through most of the collection. Over at Lanvin and Agnes b, their silky pajama suits proclaimed “It’s summer, why get dressed at all…”

In Bad Taste

Saint Laurent’s Vaccarello went flashy with stilettos that had the letters YSL forming the heels. The designer also went with mono-boob dresses for women who preferred to make an entrance — or maybe Lady Gaga. There was no shame at Dior with the brand showing off the slogan “J’adore Dior” on shoulder straps, straps of its sandals and belts. Chanel embraced some style secrets of rappers by pairing its baseball caps with chunky rapper bling diamond jewelry.

Return Of The Establishments
Dior Paris fashion Week


While the last few years have seen young rebel labels take over the runways, this fashion week has seen the likes of Dior, Saint Laurent, Lanvin and Leonard climb back to the top of the pile. While neither Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior nor Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent are revolutionaries, there is a edgy energy in their spring-summer collections that promises the old stagers could surprise us yet.

Tickled Pink

From Chanel to Valentino and Nina Ricci, pink hues proved to be another trend on the catwalks. Pale ivory pinks were dominant for lingerie dresses. Two toga dresses from Celine used the soft shade to cut the edgy oversized feel.

Chanel 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear © AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

Chanel SS17: Digital Femininity

Every Chanel show is highly anticipated for many reasons, only one of which is the current collection, this time Spring/Summer 2017 ready-to-wear. The other reason is pure showmanship, courtesy of the man known as the Kaiser. This time, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a Chanel ‘Data Center’.

The Spring/Summer collection took on the theme of ‘intimate technology’, expressed as an ode to feminine softness. Yes, hard to believe but Lagerfeld made it work. Ruffles, a prominent trend of the season’s fashion weeks, was seen adorning sleek blouses. The collection’s palette included blue, red, yellow, pink, and purple, with some pastels and electric shades.

Chanel 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear © PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP

Chanel 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear © PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP

Lagerfeld integrated the technology theme into Chanel’s contemporary feminine style. Delicate silk, lace and crepe georgette were juxtaposed with modern details of touch fasteners, rubber and vinyl strips alongside the house’s famous tweeds, and threads resembling electronic cables. It sounds weird (or perhaps wired) but the pictures say otherwise. Silk dresses bore digital-inspired motifs and sequins resembled electronic components. Models wore big pendant necklaces and carried futuristic robot clutches, topped with a cap worn sideways.

The Chanel DNA was still very much ‘programmed’ into the presentations. The house’s traditional tweed jackets topped off silk and lace negligees. The feminine lace was seen on shell guipure petticoats and a chic pair of silk pyjama trousers.

Paris-Salzburg Métiers d'Art show

Ritz Paris Hosts Chanel Metiers d’Art Show

It seems that Chanel is taking a break from its exotic travels abroad. Following Rome, Salzburg, Dallas and Mumbai, the Metiers d’Art show this year will be held within the confines of the iconic Ritz Paris this winter.


Choosing The Ritz wasn’t by chance – Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel lived in the hotel for more than 30 years, even decorating the luxury apartment herself. Located at the French capital’s prestigious Place Vendome, the Ritz underwent a four-year facelift that saw a new ‘terrasse’ and fewer rooms (from 159 to 142) so guests can enjoy a more spacious experience. And because the Mademoiselle herself made The Ritz her home away from home, the hotel has also added the world’s first Chanel spa to its already-extensive list of uber-decadent facilities.


The 12th Chanel Metiers d’Art show, “Paris inRome”

The Chanel Metiers d’Art show has long been a platform to honor the Maison’s longstanding dedication to craftsmanship and artistry in each of its collections. The show also pays tribute to the workshops, with its artisans and partners involved in the laborious process of creating the clothes – all the way from the drawing board to the runway. This would, however, mark the second time the French label has chosen to focus on Paris. Its 2015 collection – “Paris in Rome” – was an homage to both Parisian theater and the rising fashion capital.

Chanel Expands Coco Crush Jewelry Collection

Chanel’s “Coco Crush” Jewelry collection is welcoming a few new pieces to the range. The designs – partially paved with diamond ‘constellations’ – will be made available at Chanel Jewelry boutiques later this month to help expand the range for Fall 2016.

The campaign for the expanding collection features Keira Knightley as the new face of “Coco Crush”. Shot by Mario Testino, the campaign adds to the actress’s portfolio with the brand, having fronted the “Coco Mademoiselle” fragrance and the “Rouge Coco” lipstick campaigns. “Thanks to her natural elegance and freedom, she perfectly embodies this resolutely modern fine jewelry collection,” said Chanel back in June.bague_coco_crush-chanel

Even further back, in April 2015, Chanel introduced the first creations that featured the iconic quilted motifs to honor Gabrielle Chanel’s love for all things equestrian. The new additions drew on the creativity, brand symbols and chic designs that helped propel the simple pattern into the brand’s signature symbol. First seen in Chanel’s couture collection in 1920, the Matelassé design can also be found in other iconic colelctions by the brand, such as the 2.55 bag.manchette_coco-crush-chanel

Joining the existing range are rings and cuffs that will not only feature the quilted pattern in finely engraved gold but also paved with diamond constellations. Another symbol featured in the update that was dear to its founder, is the lion. The majestic beast is seen on diamond cuffs in white and yellow gold.

L’Officiel Malaysia 1st anniversary issue unveiled

This month, L’Officiel Malaysia will be celebrating its first birthday and in lieu with the celebration, L’Officiel Malaysia has unveiled its September 2016 1st Anniversary issue.

Clad in Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2016 “Front Row Only” collection, sensational Asian model Wangy Xin Yu (@wangy015) fronts the celebratory issue with edge and style.

For this anniversary issue, L’Officiel Malaysia has gone to collaborate with a long list of local artist and talents including local illustrators who reinterpreted some of the hottest Fall/Winter 2016 collections and a special feature on the 10 fashion faces to watch in the local industry.

Tagged “MY1LOFF“, L’Officiel Malaysia has also launched a dedicated section on its digital portal to feature exclusive content in lieu of the first anniversary celebration.

For more exclusive content and L’Officiel’s interview with Wangy Xin Yu, visit www.lofficielmalaysia.com.

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Long Coats Fall/Winter 2016: Trending Now

Winter is when you can enjoy the warmth of those coats and jackets that are usually shunned. This year several designers have brought out designs that are longer than last year, now falling around the ankle. Though the trend was not embraced by all, there was a handful who made the term “the longer the better” a new motto for the season. We take a look at those who dared to bring back the style that has been languishing in the back of the wardrobe all these years.

We start with Nina Ricci who brought out coats in various fabrics such as fur and vinyl and an array of colors. In khaki, brown, plum, anthracite and gray, the coats were completed in various patterns. Another designer who chose to feature vinyl coats was Isabel Marant. The long coats were seen in red and black, as well as chunky knits and more classic pieces finished with geometric prints.

Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel

From left: Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel

Where some favored the unexpected and loud, other designers chose to feature the long coats in a more refined and sophisticated style. At Giambattista Valli the style was crafted in a way that blended seamlessly over the dresses they covered, still providing evening wear with the elegance it required. Chanel went with a more refined style, that featured a loose quilted coat, complete with a matching scarf. Over at Dolce & Gabbana, the long coat was seen in flamboyant gold. The brand went on to embrace a more feminine feel by cinching coats of all lengths with belts for a more accentuated waistline. This trend was spotted at Lanvin, with a lamé coat, and with Fendi’s fur coat.

Prada and Céline

From Left: Prada and Céline

For the more masculine designs, some fashion houses chose loose and baggy designs in both heavy and light fabrics. With the help of large shoulders, and oversized necks, the long coats such as those seen at Isabel Marant achieved the desired look. The designer chose to combine both vibes by wearing the masculine coats over feminine ensembles and vice versa. Another brand that favoured a masculine feel, was Céline with long coats that were cut loose and straight and worn with baggy pants. With Prada, the long coats were seen in khaki in a military style.

Faces of Denim Fall 2016

Many Faces of Denim Fall 2016

A wardrobe staple that can be worn for days (hygiene conditions permitting) and through almost any season, denim was a trend we recognized on the runways for fall. The unmistakable denim look was featured in both clothing and accessories. In fact, it was so unmistakeable that plenty of news outlets have pointed it out. We take a look at ways that the versatile and durable material has dominated the season’s catwalk shows.

Paul & Joe Fall 2016

Paul & Joe Fall 2016

Even major-labels jumped on the bandwagon by featuring whitewashed denim either on its own or with a mix of materials such as tweed. Brands also crafted pieces such as long coats with the fabric. At Miu Miu, denim was everywhere, in various tones, from shirts to long skirts, jackets and light extra-long coats, which were then decorated with badges, pearls or lace. Paul & Joe opted for a more subdued look by using it in jackets and trousers resulting in a masculine style reminiscent of the late 1970s, while Stella McCartney honored the fashion perennial by showcasing it in washed-out form for a button-down dress and an oversized jacket worn like a coat.

Chanel Fall 2016

Chanel Fall 2016

One unexpected brand that featured denim was none other than Chanel. At its show in Paris, the French label brought out numerous pieces in the material, which is not something that Chanel typically does. Of course, Karl Lagerfeld added a modern twist by combining it with pink fuchsia tweed. At Chanel’s show, denim had never looked so smart, finding its way into tailored jackets, bags, hats and gloves, and combined with tweed, silk, embroidery and pearls. The collection was anchored in the fashion house’s DNA, but had a fresh, modern feel with touches of sportswear.

Haute Couture Week: 3 Hottest Trends

You know the drill: with the bi-annual Haute Couture Week over and leaving us wanting more, we have no choice but to reflect on the season’s trends while we wait another arduous six months for its next iteration. From Chanel to Giorgio Armani Prive, we round up the top three Fall 2016 trends that caught our eyes in the midst of all the glitz and glamour.

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How low can you go? It was all about maximum impact across the board, with V-necks dipping all the way to the waist at Elie Saab, and Armani Prive opting for a more modest take with covered legs and necks. Nevertheless, it was all attention seeking and bold; wallflowers need not apply.



Haute couture is not an industry to shy from flights of fancy – literally. Feathers abounded in Valentino’s sumptuous maxi skirt, while Chanel sported pink plumage from the shoulders and cape. It was a very feminine and dramatic affair, but if haute couture isn’t all about grandeur and glamour, then what is? 

Coat Dresses


Forget statement coats, meet statement dresses. An amalgamation of military influences and billowing skirts, Ralph & Russo tapped on the trend with a bright yellow contribution. Alexandre Vauthier, on the other hand, manipulated silky trenches with structured shoulders and pleats, spinning the typically feminine creations into rebellious gowns of military flavor.

Paris Haute Couture: 3 Runway Beauty Trends

You would think that this being Haute Couture Fashion Week, the beauty trends would be rather out there than tame. Our guess is that the designers wanted the clothes to do the talking. Unlike the unique beauty offerings of fashion weeks past, this year we see several key trends that can be worn with almost any outfit — hand-stitched or otherwise.

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While neons had their time in the spotlight (and boy, did they shine), fall sees the shades take on a softer tone. To make up for the subtlety in color, designers such as Atelier Versace chose to use shades such as shimmering baby blue in bold stripes. Swept across the lids in a winged shape, the color was a perfect way to combine artistic statement with an edge. At J.Mendel, models sported a lick of bright gold liner in the corners of the eye for a subtle spin on the trend.

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Reviving looks from the 1980s were houses such as Chanel that opted for curly ponytails with headbands along with powdery eye shadow that stretched to the brow bone. Over at Armani Prive, the models were seen with backcombed hair, strong brows and statement disc earrings — a look that seemed to channel a punk vibe.

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John Paul Gaultier proved that grunge and Goth don’t have to be all black lipstick and heavy eyeliner. The designer opted for a toned down approach with shiny brown lips, smokey eyes and miniature braids. The result was a contemporary take on the darker side of the ‘90s. Another designer, who went Goth with a twist, was Elie Saab with pale complexions, winged eyeliner and deep red lipstick.

Wheat-Inspired Jewelry: Les Blés de Chanel

From staple food source to a sign of prosperity, wheat has a connection to the brand Chanel — one that would surprise many. Having been an element that the designer has held dear, it now appears in the label’s high jewelry collection “Les Blés de Chanel” that made its debut at Paris Haute Couture Week. Yes, you might say there’s a little bit of whimsy in wheat and Chanel mines it.

Having been somewhat of a good luck charm for the designer, wheat sees its lifecycle from shoot to grain in the 62-piece collection split (see what we did there?) into four different categories. The dominating color scheme in the collection is green and yellow in various shades. With the help of yellow sapphires, diamonds, peridots and yellow gold, the French luxury firm is able to capture the journey of the grain. Other variations of the designs within the collection include white diamonds, white gold and aquamarines alongside cultured pearls from Japan and Indonesia.les_bles_de_chanel-high-jewelry-2016-necklace

The first fruit of the harvest are represented perfectly in the sets “Premiers Brins”, Brins de Printemps” and “Brins de Diamants”. The tourmalines, peridots and aquamarines show off the first green shoots and ears of wheat, playing off light from diamonds. The sun-ripened wheat ears are displayed in the “Epi d’Eté”, “Epi Vendôme”, “Epi Solaire”, “L’Epi and “Cascade d’Epi”. The final set of the collection, which depicts the harvest, are designs in precious stones ranging from diamonds to yellow sapphires. Called “Fête des Moissons” the set captures the crowns of wheat during the harvest.

Moisson d'Or

Moisson d’Or

The wheat theme extends to a host of styles in the high jewelry collection, including sets “Champ de Blé,” “Impression de Blé,” “Blé Infini” and “Légende de Blé.” These see diamonds set against yellow or white gold. The “Légende de Blé” 18k white gold necklace, for example, is set with a 5-carat marquise-cut diamond, 12 marquise-cut diamonds and 839 brilliant-cut diamonds.

6 Brands to Watch: Haute Couture Week 2016

Fashion is always moving three steps ahead of everyone, and while the rest of the world is still reeling from Paris Fashion Week, the fashion industry has moved on. It is goodbye Paris Fashion Week, hello Haute Couture Week.



In the perpetual glamour game that is haute couture, it is easy to lose track of the people behind the scenes that make it possible – and Karl Lagerfeld pays tribute to the Maisons’s employees by inviting them on stage. Crafted by the seamstresses themselves, the looks were defined by a sleek and pure silhouette, where structured beveled and angular-cut shoulders, ¾ length sleeves and wide-cut trousers made a case for subtle androgyny amidst the sensual hourglass figures. In typical Chanel fashion, the devil’s in the details: intricate stitching, braids plaited with tulle and tweed, and a mishmash of embroidered stones, matte sequins, beads and feathers add that touch of polished mystic.

Elie Saab


It is mommy and me with our favorite Disney-esque designer. True to the Elie Saab aesthetic, gauzy off-shoulder gowns were embroidered with feathers and jewels in an innocent palette of nude and dark midnight blues. Gold accents highlighted the enchantment that underline the looks, while the recurring bird motifs and city skyline embroidery act as a reminder that this is indeed a modern tale the couturier is spinning.



Witching hour has arrived. Congruent to Margiela’s codes of eccentricity, oversized jackets were worn upside down on the torso (who would have thought of that?), Napoleonic hats matched festival-style thigh-length Wellington boots, and metallic silver mini dresses trailed capes behind them. Throw a devil-may-care mix of accesories in the form of delicate chokers and extended woollen mittens to barnacle headdresses and leather clog-style shoes, and we pretty much have a historical characters-meet-future possibilities kind of Margiela story.

Iris van Herpen


Five words: what a work of art. 3D dresses painted in hues of nudes, blacks and metallics were the order of the day. It is all very surreal; delicate netting spirals out of slip dresses, while gnarly horn-like motifs adorn structured hips. In further reiteration of the collection’s ethereal quality, suspended platform heels made the models appear to be levitating.



Monochrome is the catchphrase for Dior. Voluminous but sharp silhouettes took center stage, while puffball sleeves, billowing skirts and frothy trains offered an air of escapism. Juxtaposition is a huge part of the collection, with ruffled ponchos paired with skinny cigarette pants, and structured oversized blazers with sheer tulle skirts. Throw flat lace-up sandals into the formula, and the result is very Dior – feminine, elegant with that classic understated sophistication.

Alexandre Vauthier


The model army has invaded, again. Headed by a squad of star models (think Bella Hadid and Jourdan Dunn), the looks were an ode to the army, with crop-legged jumpsuits, mesh dresses, tailored jackets and suited coats in splashes of black, khaki green and white. Belts with eyelets broke the confines of their regular role, and were crafted into dresses and skirts.