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Lily-Rose Depp Chanel No.5 L'Eau

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

Under Where?
Lanvin Paris Fashion Week

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Slashed Necklines

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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.

Feathers

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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

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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.

Chanel

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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

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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.

Margiela

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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

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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.

Dior

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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

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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.

Gender Bender: 3 Luxury Women’s Watches

The norm: boys like classics, girls want diamonds. Scratch that. The women’s timepieces we now lust after are neither too complicated nor decorated, but simple, slick and macho enough so the men can wear them too.

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Wool jacket and silk dress, Saint Laurent. Leather wallet, Isaac Reina.

Wool jacket and silk dress, Saint Laurent. Leather wallet, Isaac Reina.

It was the year 2000 when Chanel last channelled macho design codes for a timepiece. So when the Boyfriend burst onto the scene at the most recent Baselworld, it made headlines naturally – and for all the right reasons. Described by the Parisian house as having “a masculine allure just for women”, the watch has an elongated, octagonal case, a nod to the eight-sided form of the iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume flacon, the Premiere timepiece and Place Vendôme in Paris. Beige gold with alligator strap.

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Jersey dress, Julien David. Cashmere sweater, Eric Bompard. Corduroy trousers, Bally. Leather notebook, Smythson.

Jersey dress, Julien David. Cashmere sweater, Eric Bompard. Corduroy trousers, Bally. Leather notebook, Smythson.

Inspired by the rectangular lines of a Tiffany & Co. travel clock from the ’40s, the East West mini, first unveiled last April, literally turns time on its side with a dial positioned horizontally. This year’s editions are fitted with a single or a new double-tour bracelet, and come with dials painted in three colours: white, dark blue and, our top pick, the Tiffany Blue which never, ever gets old. Steel with alligator strap.

Cartier

Someday calfskin satchel, Berluti.

Someday calfskin satchel, Berluti.

When Alberto Santos-Dumont – Brazilian pilot and friend of founder Louis Cartier – found his pocket timepiece cumbersome and impractical to use during his flights, his watchmaker pal invented a flat wristwatch with a distinct square case and rounded corners just for him to tell the time. Aptly named the Santos, the ticker is, today, one of Cartier’s most commercially successful designs and one of the most instantly recognizable in horology. Pink gold with alligator strap.

Story Credits

Photography Thomas Pico

Styling Roman Vallos

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Le Rouge Collection N°1 Chanel Autumn 2016

It is unsurprising of course that Chanel has incorporated red into its beauty collections for more than a decade; we imagine this is what every brand does, or even starts with! The word Rouge in the title should make things crystal clear, if the picture didn’t give it away. No, we are not covering this just because red is newsworthy. The angle here is Lucia Pica. With its latest autumn 2016 collection called “Le Rouge. Collection N°1”, Chanel collaborates once again with make-up artist Pica for a new range of beauty and nail products.

The brand first started its love affair with the shade associated with passion, and sensuality back in 1994 with its cult nail color “Rouge Noir”. Pica a native of Naples is now reinterpreting the shade to reveal a new facet of the iconic shade. “In [the collection] there are also ideas of subversion and classicism. It is about the power of femininity but also the vulnerability. Red is intense, vulnerable, sexual and eternal,” explains Pica.

Le Vernis Longue Tenue Rouge Puissant

Le Vernis Longue Tenue Rouge Puissant

For the nails, Chanel introduces two new colors. “Le Vernis Gloss Rouge Radical” is a bright red with an orange tint and a gel finish while “Le Vernis Longue Tenue Rouge Puissant” is a deep red; both shades add a touch of sophistication. For the cheeks, the French brand chose a brick-red powder blush called “Joues Contraste Rouge Profond” in a half matte, half-satin finish.

Rouge Allure Rouge Tentation and Rouge Allure Rouge Audace

Rouge Allure Rouge Tentation and Rouge Allure Rouge Audace

For the perfect femme fatale pout, Chanel provides sevan different shades to choose from. “Rouge Allure” lands in two shades for the season, with “Rouge Ingénue,” a pinky beige, and “Rouge Tentation,” an intense red. “Rouge Allure Velvet” comes in four shades, with “Rouge Charnel,” a flamboyantly striking red, “Rouge Feu,” a bright orange shade, “Rouge Vie,” a crimson red, and “Rouge Audace,” a burgundy hue with chocolate brown notes.

Les 4 Ombres "Candeur et Expérience" Eyeshadow Palette

Les 4 Ombres “Candeur et Expérience” Eyeshadow Palette

Not forgetting the eyes, the brand also brings the color of love to the iconic “Les 4 Ombres” eyeshadow palette with the warm brown and intense brick red shades with the “Candeur et Expérience”. Chanel’s “Illusion d’Ombre” and “Illusion d’Ombre Velvet” eyeshadows have also gained new red tones. “Illusion d’Ombre” comes in “Rouge Brûlé,” a coppery orange to brighten eyes, while “Illusion d’Ombre Velvet” cream eye color comes in “Rouge Contraste,” a matte chocolate brown. The two eye colors can be applied individually or together for different effects.To complete the look, Chanel finishes eyes with “Stylo Yeux Waterproof” in “Eros,” a burgundy red, and “Agapé,” a red-tinted warm brown, and with “Dimensions de Chanel” mascara in “Subversif,” an eggplant-black shade.

The Chanel “Le Rouge. Collection N°1” will be available in August.

This story was written in-house, with many online sources, including a story from the AFP.

18 Best Pre-Fall Womenswear Trends 2016

From androgynous dress suits in floral prints to saccharine-sweet pastels and kitsch sensuality, the trends for Pre-Fall 2016 are pretty diverse, so there’s something for everyone. Here, our friends at L’Officiel Singapore have done the research for you to bring you 18 looks you should sport for the transitional season.

DRESSY SUIT

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Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci

When it comes to suiting now, bolder is better. Give your classic navy and black suits a rest and look to versions in daring prints and opulent fabrics – think Bottega Veneta’s mismatched tailoring or Givenchy’s flower-embellished stunner punked up with studded boots.

STANDARD (RE)ISSUE

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Military gets a cool downtown vibe with Alexander Wang’s introduction of grunge elements – beanies, 
chains and opaque tights – and unexpectedly ladylike accents in the form of velvet heels.

DOUBLE COATED

Dior

Dior

A clever take on layering by the design team at Dior, with a gently curved olive coat shrugged over another coat in rich brown fur. A lace-trimmed slip and sparkly flats lends ease and lightness to the look.

SHEAR THING

Burberry

Burberry

Shearling continues to be a giant trend for Pre-Fall, turning up as cool outerwear at brands as diverse as Coach, Paco Rabanne and Stella McCartney. Christopher Bailey showed an oversized one at Burberry, which he paired with sleek flares and a boyish rucksack.

FUN FURS

Fendi

Fendi

Shearling’s more luxurious cousin is also having its moment in the sun, but these furs are not your grandmother’s dowdy ones. Pre-Fall’s best shaggy pieces come in fabulous hues and patterns like those on Marni’s graphic check fur stole, Valentino’s ombre fur robe and Fendi’s floral explosion.

CANDY CRUSH

Michael Kors Collection

Michael Kors Collection

Considering the fact that most Pre-Fall collections hit shop floors at the height of summer, it makes sense to drench them in sweet, uplifting shades. Giorgio Armani showed tiered dresses in washed-out blues, Sportmax proposed pale lemon for our outerwear, while Michael Kors had us thinking pink.

MASCULINE FEMININE

Versace

Versace

Boy-meets-girl is a trope fashion loves to reinterpret. This season’s offerings include Jason Wu’s jackets that were sculpted for a feminine silhouette, butterfly and lipstick prints on an Alexander McQueen pantsuit, and Prince-of-Wales tailoring at Versace shot through with baby blue and worn with a tiny skirt.

SHINE ON

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Who says that sequins should only come out when the sun goes down? When styled with the right pieces, metallics make a wonderful daytime statement too. Case in point: Phillip Lim’s gold wide pants, worn with a silk shirt, and Emilio Pucci’s sequined shirt, paired with a breezy skirt and a sandal-sock combo.

PRETTY PLEATS

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Gucci

The pleated midi skirt is fashion’s favourite skirt shape of the moment and no one does it better than Alessandro Michele. This season he rendered it in high-impact silver worn with an equally shiny pink bomber. Elsewhere, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani and Max Mara also offered beautiful options of the pleated midi.

MODERN ETHNIC

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

The current-season way to pull off ethnic influences can be seen in the collections of Alexander McQueen and Altuzarra. The key is to go for a sharper, more fitted silhouette; the end look needs to come off sleek and polished instead of billowy and bohemian.

POWER TULLE

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Where Miuccia Prada goes, others are sure to follow. After last season’s enchanting tulle layers at Miu Miu, the gauzy fabric is shaping up to be a key layering element. Molly Goddard has built a name with her joyful tulle creations, while Stella McCartney presented a womanly version worn over trousers and a bustier.

TIE DYE TWIST

Valentino

Valentino

Designers are reinventing tie-dye with a luxe spin, moving it farther away from hippie-dippy and muddy music-fest connotations. Our favourite version is from Valentino, where the saturation is amped way up and cut into a modern anorak, juxtaposed with a smart shirt and thigh-highs.

SWEET ’60s

Bally

Bally

The youthful charm of the ’60s look has always endured – who can resist the appeal of a little skirt, a fitted jumper and a flattering peacoat? The best looks aren’t faithful reproductions, though; we love Pablo Coppola’s take at Bally where the coat is cut ultra-sharp in bright red and the skirt comes in glossy leather.

’70s REDUX

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

The ’70s is another decade that fashion keeps returning to, but no one makes a more convincing case than Hedi Slimane. At Saint Laurent, he conjured up the bohemian glamour of Loulou de la Falaise with his swishing culottes and midi skirts, all topped with silken blouses and showstopping cloaks and capes.

NAUGHTY & NICE

Chanel

Chanel

Fashion loves a good clash of contrasting ideas and this season, designers are riffing on the themes of naughty and nice. Bally has a sharply tailored trench in glossy, fetishistic patent; Alexander Wang put fishnet tights under prim skirts and Karl Lagerfeld invoked Italian screen sirens wearing leather and lace with tweeds and pearls.

SPORTS COUTURE

Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne

Athleticism in fashion is here to stay but the most talented, innovative designers are constantly finding new ways to elevate and marry it with high fashion. J.W. Anderson, for example, created bold new things from the idea of nylon and tracksuits, while Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne cleverly mixed zippers and mesh with lush materials for an effortless but luxurious take.

PUFF PIECE

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

The grandly exaggerated Edwardian shoulder continues to get more play for Pre-Fall. It showed up with retro inflections at Gucci, while at 3.1 Phillip Lim and J.W. Anderson, it was deconstructed and updated for today’s cool girls. But the most interesting mash-up was at Louis Vuitton where Nicolas Ghesquière paired sculpted shoulders with motorcross leggings and edgy, chunky boots.

DENIM DREAMS

Valentino

Valentino

This wardrobe staple has been given a fancy upgrade for Pre-Fall. At Carven, it was mixed with shearling and shown as a total-look statement. Julie de Libran also showed denim-on-denim at Sonia Rykiel but her looks were embroidered while Massimo Giorgetti’s Pucci pieces were printed with feathers. The most whimsical were Valentino’s versions, which bore elaborate scenes and dreamscapes.

 

 

Review: Monsieur de Chanel Timepiece

Some of us have to look up the Internet to check if Chanel makes clothes for men but even those of us who do, need no introduction to the label. It is, without doubt, a fashion behemoth with brand recognition stretching as far across the globe as there are paved roads. When a fashion label with such clout and experience dips its fingers into watchmaking, it brings with it tremendous knowledge and sense about making beautiful things that consumers desire, even if watchmaking is a specialized field not traditionally within its area of expertize. But though relatively late to the party, Chanel is by now no stranger to watchmaking, having demonstrated serious intent from 2000, with the launch of its J12 watch, now an icon in its own right, in a bewildering range of colors, beloved of women, and men.

For 2016, it has created a new timepiece from a clean slate, specifically for men. The Monsieur de Chanel is fitted with Chanel’s first in-house movement, aptly named Calibre 1, designed, developed, tested, and assembled in-house. According to Chanel, Calibre 1 was five years in the making, and it looks a stunner for it. Offering jumping hour, retrograde minutes, and a flying tourbillon visible from the case back, the movement is a handsome play of matte and glossy black from ADLC coating of its circular skeletonized bridges. Two barrels coupled in series supply the manual-winding movement with a healthy three-day power reserve. A lion’s head seal on the movement marks the Calibre 1 as an in-house creation.

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On the dial side, the Monsieur de Chanel looks to be yet another icon in the making for Chanel. Time display is neat, ordered, and symmetrical to say the least, and there’s wonderful clarity to the elegance. Five-minute markers in bold allow instant reading of the time, as the gold minute hand sweeps across the 240-degree spread of the retrograde minute scale, while the instant jumping hour resides in an octagonal window meant to evoke the layout of Place Vendome. We like the blocky typography, too. It is not dissonant with the overlapping circles of the time display and case shape, but in its restrained way, brings an element of retro-tech definition and purpose to the aesthetic.

Besides securing patents for the jumping hour and retrograde minutes display, and bi-directional setting for the minutes, Chanel also created a new alloy for the case – beige gold.

The Monsieur de Chanel is produced in a limited run in 2016, of 150 numbered pieces each in beige gold and white gold.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 40mm
  • Functions: Jumping hours, retrograde minutes, small seconds
  • Power Reserve: Three days
  • Movement: Manual-winding Calibre 1 with flying tourbillon
    Material: Beige or white gold
  • Water Resistance: 30 meters
    Strap: Black alligator leather with gold folding buckle

 

This article was originally published in World of Watches Magazine

Chanel Coco Crush New Face Keira Knightley

Longtime friend and face of Chanel, Keira Knightley can now add Coco Crush ad campaign star to her already impressive list of accolades. The 31-year-old actress, in her signature smoky-eyed look and pulled-back hair, looked a vision as she posed with the collection of quilted jewelry.

The campaign for Fall 2016 – shot by the great Mario Testino – comes after a Broadway stint playing Thérèse Raquin. She is slated to star in American drama film Collateral Beauty, alongside other Hollywood superstars such as Will Smith and Kate Winslet.

Check out Chanel’s teaser for the jewelry collection below. Don’t worry if it makes sense, just go with it…

Shop the collection today at the Chanel Fine Jewellery Boutique at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #01-04.

Prints: Resort 2017 Runway Trend

Monochrome and graphic color blocking are so last season. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the latest resort 2017 collections to have hit the runways. From abstract, animalistic to floral, the trend is certainly going to excite those who have never been drawn to the plain and safe choices of seasons past.

Edun Resort 2017

Edun Resort 2017

Of course, that isn’t to say that all the prints are loud and vibrant to the point of no return. Fashion — as it always has — provides us with a vast range to choose from and this trend has something for everyone. Those who veer towards minimalist fashion should look to Edun. Inspired by the iconic image of Diana Ross in the 1970s as she lounged by a swimming pool in Palm Springs as well as the Gio Tribe of Northeastern Liberia, the brand has brought out a whole host of colors. Producing a stripe pattern, Edun brings ecrus, rose pinks and soft pale blues together with vibrant yellows and reds.

Michael Kors Resort 2017

Michael Kors Resort 2017

Don’t care too much for color? Michael Kors is your man (or designer). With the help of contemporary houndstooth, tinsel-style stripes and polka dots, the designer shows us how prints can be done in style. Alternative aesthetics are available in the form of floral and feminine motifs from the likes of Carven, whose Prairie-style skirts were livened up with colorful embroidery, and Rochas, whose dainty take on the tropical herbarium saw fluid fabrics dappled with printed orchids, hibiscus, jasmine and wild geraniums.

Dior Cruise 2017

Dior Cruise 2017

Continuing the floral theme was Dior with dainty tea dresses showcasing tiny blooms. A surprising move was from Gucci, whose loud Britannia-loving collection that was filled with Union Jacks and tartans also made way for the girlish and flowery maxi skirts. Of course, the bold and the fashionable are also richly rewarded this season thanks to Moschino. Embracing prints of every kind, the brand channelled the 1970s with full-length animal prints. Another who followed the path of the bold prints was Emilio Pucci who brought palm tree prints, while Roberto Cavalli favored a whirlwind of kaleidoscopic patterns and colors. Even the normally restrained Chanel threw caution to the wind at its Cuban resort show, unveiling patchwork printed jumpsuits and glitzy shift dresses on the catwalk.