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Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp Is The New Face Of Chanel [VIDEO]

Lily-Rose Depp

Chanel has revealed a new face of the brand: the 16 year-old daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp.

From the moment Lily-Rose walked the runway for Chanel at the NYC Fashion Week in April 2015, there were rumors that she would land a major campaign for the brand. Now Chanel has confirmed that Lily-Rose will be the face of its fall 2015 eyewear collection, Pearl.

Lily-Rose Depp Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld described Lily-Rose as “stunning, she’s a young girl from a new generation with all the qualities of a star,” implying that she may well follow in the footsteps of her mother, who has been an ambassador for Chanel since 1990.

The Pearl advertising campaign featuring Lily-Rose Depp will be launched in September 2015.

Envoutante necklace

Chanel presents its new talismans

Envoutante necklace

In the wake of haute couture fashion week in Paris, the French luxury brand has unveiled its latest collection of haute jewelry.

Chanel is known for creating symbolic pieces, such as lucky charms and talismans, that were dear to Gabrielle Chanel, and this year, magnificent creations inspired by the idea of the mythical and magical protective powers of the talisman have been crafted in the Chanel workshops.

Blinding with the light that emanates from them, almost hypnotic in a way, these “Talismans” are available in several stunning forms.

Attirante brooch

Quatrefoil patterns as a focal point

This new collection of precious stone and diamond encrusted designs, all inspired by a combination of mythical and natural totems and charms that are said to bring good fortune to the possessor, are designed in a distinctive quatrefoil pattern.

The collection calls on the combination of Japanese cultured pearls, sapphires, multi-colored lacquer and enamel and the timeless appeal of diamonds to create an alluring array of distinctive pieces.

“Les Talismans de Chanel” includes necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. Made of 18k yellow gold, the “Magnétique” line brings together oval and brilliant cut diamonds with cabochon cut crystals, while “Envoûtante,” in 18k white gold, mixes briolette, fancy, brilliant and rose cut diamonds.

Hypnotique necklace

Brilliant cut diamonds are also all over the 18k white gold “Secrète” pieces, which are available as a bracelet, a necklace, a ring and two pairs of earrings. The “Attirante” lineup, in 18k yellow and white gold, blends red spinels, orange topazes and yellow sapphires, but also brilliant, pear, square, cushion and baguette cut diamonds.

The “Talismans de Chanel” collection also includes the “Mystérieuse,” “Solaire,” “Fascinante,” “Charismatique,” “Hypnotique,” “Particulière” and “Les Talismans de Mademoiselle”

Inside the Chanel Couture casino

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Karl Lagerfeld took a gamble on his  Autumn/Winter 2015 couture collection Thursday in Paris.

The fashion magnate transformed the Grand Palais into an opulent casino for the event, with stars including Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore and G-Dragon crowding around the blackjack tables to check out the show.

And they were treated to quite a spectacle — Lagerfeld dressed his models up as Twenties starlets, with short and severe flapper girl hair and theatrical makeup in the form of bold, straight brows and deep red lips.

Models present creations by German designer Karl Lagerfeld as part of his Haute Couture Fall Winter 2015/2016 fashion show for French fashion house Chanel at the Grand Palais in Paris

The boxy aesthetic also ran through the collection — particularly regarding the indispensable two-piece suits, which featured straight lines and top-heavy forms. Shoulders were emphasized with bulky jackets while collars were kept wide or high and military.

Utilitarianism was also evident in the outsized woollen jackets with deep pockets and large, contrasting lapels, while skirts were generally worn narrow and to the knee in a conservative fashion.

There was of course quilting (or faux quilting), and lots of it, with the French house’s signature look being given a freshening up through the use of iridescent, metallic and semi-transparent mesh fabrics. Leather collars and shiny trims added pizzazz to the classic Chanel statement.

Chanel show, Autumn Winter 2015, Haute Couture

“The idea was to take the most iconic jacket from the 20th century and create a 21st century version, which technically wasn’t even imaginable at the time it came about,” the designer explained.

Empire waistlines, beading and tulle ruffling gave a lightness of touch to the collection’s dresses, although the shapes were definitively structured. Sequins, feathers, pearls and semi-sheer overlays added drama to the look while retaining an understated sophistication.

Chanel Couture casino Kendall Jenner

The highlight of the show came at the end, when Kendall Jenner stepped out in full “military bride” regalia in the form of a silk cream tailored trouser suit and veil.

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Lagerfeld also used the show to present jackets made entirely from a singular piece of fabric using a new 3D technique called ‘Selective Laser Sintering’ for the aforementioned ‘faux quilting’ effect, proving that though it might have looked like a collection inspired by the glamorous heyday of the bygone times, Chanel’s creative vision is rooted firmly in the future.

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Chanel boyfriend watch

Chanel Boy.Friend Watch Unveiled

 has unveiled its latest timepiece, the Boy.Friend, directly inspired by men’s fashion yet targeted exclusively at women.

A sober and refined watch with clean-cut lines, the Boy.Friend will be available for purchase as of September 1.

The shape of this latest creation undoubtedly recalls the Première, Chanel’s iconic watch which definitely served as inspiration.

The octagon is back, evoking not only the N° 5 bottle, but also the Place Vendôme in Paris where the first Chanel store is located, and for the first time the shape is decorated with typically male details.

Chanel boy friend luxury watch

A masculine look…

The male wardrobe can especially be seen in the dimensions of the Boy.Friend, which is available in two versions.

The XL measures 34.6 x 26.7mm, shows a date counter at 6 o’clock and is equipped with a high-precision quartz movement, while the XL version measures 37 x 28.6mm, features a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock and boasts a manual-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 42 hours.

The ultimate masculine detail: an alligator strap, a material generally reserved for men’s timepieces.

Chanel boy friend watch

… for the female wrist

Don’t be fooled though, this really is a women’s watch, and certain details will drive that point across.

Both models are available either in 18K white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds or in 18K beige gold with or without diamonds, with the larger model boasting 66 diamonds on the bezel and the smaller model 64. These touches of jewelry are reserved exclusively for the fairer sex.

The watch indicates hours and minutes, though it is devoid of any hour numbers, and is waterproof to 30 meters.

Chanel boy friend

The Boy.Friend by Chanel will be available for purchase as of September 1, 2015. Prices from €11,400 to €25,200.

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Chanel’s new Chance campaign by Jean-Paul Goude

Chanel has once again called on photographer Jean-Paul Goude to immortalize the latest addition to its Chance line of fragrances.

The first teaser, released on Monday, June 8, will be followed by the worldwide release on June 10 of the campaign in full.

This isn’t the first time the French brand has collaborated with the celebrated illustrator, photographer and advertising film director, especially in the realm of perfumes. Jean-Paul Goude has already masterminded numerous campaigns for Chanel, including some for Egoïste, Coco Chanel and some fragrances from the Chance line.

It’s for the Chance collection of scents that Chanel has once again called on the French legend, specifically for the Chance Eau Vive perfume.

A bold woman looking for a challenge

For this latest advertising campaign, Goude has opted to highlight a daring young woman, ready to face any challenge. The first and foremost challenge: breaking into the team of Chance girls.

The action unfolds in an imaginary bowling alley. Instead of your usual bowling ball however, the young heroine grabs a bottle of Chance Eau Vive and, under the watchful gazes of the three other women, sends it down the aisle for a strike. Having faced her challenge and overcome it, the star of the campaign is accepted by her peers.

The new zesty floral Chance scent

Chance Eau Vive is the first fragrance concocted by Olivier Polge. The scent opens on notes of grapefruit with a hint of blood orange. This gives way to a bouquet of jasmine, white musk, vetiver and cedar.

Chance Eau Vive will be available for purchase on June 12 in Chanel points of sale, as well as from authorized retailers, as a 50ml bottle for around €71 or a 100ml bottle for around €102.

It is already available in advance at the Chanel Beauté store located at 382 rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.

Facade Ritz Hotel Place Vendome

Chanel confirms it will open a spa at Paris’s Ritz

Facade Ritz Hotel Place Vendome

The iconic haute couture line confirmed Wednesday the rumor that its first-ever spa is to open at the Ritz hotel in Paris.

The ‘Chanel au Ritz Paris’ spa would be dedicated to their line of skincare products and is to open at the end of the year at the Ritz Club, according to Buro 247.

The hotel is home to the Coco Chanel Suite, which honors the late fashion designer, who once lived at the Place Vendôme landmark.

The Ritz in Paris has been closed since 2012 for a renovation.

Chanel Cruise Collection Seoul

Chanel shows Cruise collection in Seoul [VIDEO]

Karl Lagerfeld was in Seoul this week to unveil the Chanel’s Cruise 2015/16 collection — a kaleidoscopic vision of color and pattern inspired by the K-pop trend sweeping the West at the moment.

Describing the collection as a “modern version of the pop art scene,” Lagerfeld said he was inspired by Korean traditions but wanted to adapt them for the world of today.

“I love the proportions of the dresses, and even the fibres,” he explained at the show. “We had some made here because the fibres don’t exist.”

He also revealed that one of his fabric designers at Chanel is Korean and that her friends and K-pop singers regularly visit the fashion house.

He concluded: “The modernity of Korea was something I was used to as an idea, but I wanted to see the reality.”

The cruise runway featured cute summer dresses, skirts and tops in bold geometric striped prints, as well as trousers and dust jackets. Structures were kept loose, floaty and playful, with the wigs adding to the sense of fun.

Of course it wouldn’t be Chanel without tweeds, and the house sent plenty of those down the catwalk too. Pastel greens, candy pinks and rich purples gave life to jacket and skirt combos, while a turquoise and black houndstooth check made one look pop.

Korea’s influence was evident throughout the collection, from a cream and bubblegum pink confection worn by Barbara Palvin to a cobalt blue jacket teamed with black mini shorts modeled by Georgia Hilmer.

Lace fingerless gloves, sixties sunglasses and knee-high socks were all added into the mix.

Chanel Cruise Collection Seoul

The show, held on the same date as the Met gala in New York, attracted a star-studded audience including Kristen Stewart, Gisele Bündchen and Tilda Swinton.

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Chanel to launch online pop-up store at Net-a-Porter

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Chanel is launching its first official e-commerce project, an online store at Net-a-porter.com for a capsule collection of jewelry.

The collection, Coco Crush, will comprise five rings and one cuff in 18-karat gold. Each piece features the brand’s signature quilted pattern.

Rings are expected to be priced at between $2,133 and $3,520, with the cuff priced at $20,580. The store will open next Wednesday and last for three weeks.

Last week, it was reported that Chanel was planning to launch an e-commerce site in 2016.

Chanel Eyewear spring summer 2015

Chanel reveals eyewear campaign with Kristen Stewart

Chanel Eyewear spring summer 2015

 presents the Spring Summer 2015 Eyewear ad campaign starring Kristen Stewart and shot by Karl Lagerfeld.

For the new campaign, the American actress was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld in black and white wearing a variety of spectacles and sunglasses and holding a camera of her own.

Chanel Eyewear spring 2015

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign shoot:

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Coco Crush by Chanel

The French luxury brand has introduced Coco Crush, a jewelry collection inspired by the diamond quilted pattern seen in its handbags, among other accessories. The new line will be available from the end of April.

DON’T MISS: CHANEL IS FINALLY LAUNCHING E-COMMERCE

One of Chanel’s signature motifs, diamond quilting is an integral part of the brand’s heritage. Seen most famously on the brand’s popular handbags and clutches, the pattern has also appeared on Chanel shoes and other accessories, as well as in haute couture and ready-to-wear items such as jackets. There is even a Chanel watch collection reprising the style.

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Now Chanel is celebrating the motif once again with its Coco Crush jewelry collection. The generously sized items in this line offer an entirely new take on the diamond quilted pattern, which is delicately engraved in gold for an elegant and understated effect.

The collection includes rings and a cuff bracelet available in white or yellow 18K gold. The rings are available in small, medium or large versions.

Chanel Coco Crush bracelet

The Coco Crush jewelry line by Chanel will go on sale at the end of April.

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Chanel is Finally Launching E-Commerce

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, one of the last fashion houses to resist online retailing, is reportedly set to launch an e-commerce option next year.

The house’s president of fashion, Bruno Pavlovsky, told Women’s Wear Daily: “we are testing the approach.” He added that the development will probably come to fruition around September 2016 but there are rumors that the measure could be in place as early as the first quarter of the year.

Fragrances, cosmetics and sunglasses are currently the only Chanel products available online, including through third-party retailers.

But progress is inevitable, and it looks as though the French house is finally willing to change with the times.

In doing so it joins Fendi, which became the latest luxury brand to embrace e-commerce with the opening of its online store this spring.

Chanel Mademoiselle Prive watch

A mother-of-pearl camellia watch from Chanel

Chanel Mademoiselle Prive watch

 has unveiled the Mademoiselle Privé Décor Camélia Nacré, a new women’s watch with a mother-of-pearl camellia on its dial.

A frequent motif in the brand’s jewelry collections, camellias were one of Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite flowers.

A high-end material, mother-of-pearl lends a shimmery, iridescent aspect to the dial of this luxury timepiece.

The effect is all the more striking considering that the camellia motif is made with mother-of-pearl marquetry, which requires painstakingly precise craftsmanship considering the delicate nature of the material.

Slightly off center on the 18K white gold dial, the mother-of-pearl camellia has a sculpted appearance and is surrounded by 330 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.02cts). The 18K white gold case is also set with diamonds (60 brilliant-cut stones for a total weight of 1ct), as is the 18K white gold pin buckle on the black satin strap (80 brilliant-cut stones).

The Mademoiselle Privé Décor Camélia Nacré houses a mechanical self-winding movement with hours and minutes functions and a power reserve of 42 hours.

The new model is on display at Baselworld, which is taking place in Basel, Switzerland through March 26.

Mademoiselle Prive Decor Camelia Nacre

Chanel store in downtown Shanghai

Shopping rush at Chanel stores after price cut

Chanel store in downtown Shanghai

Chinese shoppers are mobbing Chanel stores and counting their savings after the French fashion house slashed handbag prices in the world’s biggest luxury market due to the slumping euro.

Long lines formed at Chanel stores in commercial hub Shanghai and shopping mecca Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, this week as word spread of deep discounts, according to media reports.

LOUIS VUITTON, CHANEL TOP CHINA’S MOST-WANTED LIST

China is widely considered the world’s biggest luxury market as a rising middle class and corrupt officials drive a shopping frenzy, but domestic prices are high due to hefty import taxes and huge retail mark-ups.

At one branch of Chanel in Shanghai, dozens waited anxiously in line for their turn, fearing the shelves might be stripped bare before a shop assistant could escort each person one-by-one into the store.

Miao Sijia, a well-dressed woman in her 20s who said she does not work, rushed 50 kilometres from a nearby city to buy a limited-edition, gold-coloured 2.55 bag for a discounted 19,700 yuan ($3,200).

“I rushed from Kunshan to buy a Chanel bag after a store clerk told me they were making a special price adjustment,” Miao, a VIP customer of the store, told AFP.

Chanel said it was harmonising the prices of its products around the world, including the 2.55, 11.12 and Boy bag collections, but did not specify the size of the discounts in China, or price rises in the eurozone.

White collar worker Wang Lei, also in her 20s, gave up 5,500 yuan ($894) of her salary to buy a Cambon purse but marvelled at the 21 percent discount. “It was almost 7,000 yuan ($1,138) before,” she told AFP.

Chanel store

Chanel to harmonize global pricing

Chanel store

French fashion house  is set to harmonize its global pricing structure from next month, in response to the changing market.

According to WWD, Chanel will begin by harmonizing sticker prices for three of its most iconic handbags from April 8, which will effectively translate to a hike in price for Europe and a significant drop in Asia.

In China — the world’s third largest market after the US and Japan — the shift will see that prices are never higher than five percent above the prices in euros, Chanel’s president of fashion Bruno Pavlovsky told French daily Le Monde, thus bringing its Asia-based customers back to the fold.

Pavlovsky added the shift to its pricing strategy overall is a “better way to ensure the relationship we want to build with our customers” and “prepare the brand for the next 10 to 15 years.”

The strategy, which may help to balance out the brand’s prices amidst continuous currency fluctuations and encourage consumers to purchase only certified products, will reportedly see Chanel introduce harmonized prices gradually and across all fashion categories, with full alignment to be complete by the end of this year.

Exceptions to the strategy include Brazil, constrained by high export duties, and prices in the US, UK, Canada and Japan, which will remain relatively untouched as they are already well-aligned, according to Pavlovsky.

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CHANEL ‘3 Girls, 3 Bags’

Supermodel Alice Dellal, American actress Kristen Stewart and French actress Vanessa Paradis

Supermodel Alice Dellal, American actress Kristen Stewart and French actress Vanessa Paradis have returned to inspire Karl Lagerfeld’s latest campaign for the luxury brand’s handbags.

“Three women, three handbags” is how Chanel presents its latest campaign. In the first visuals revealed, the famous brand ambassadors pose separately, each with one of the label’s bags.

1) Vanessa Paradis for the Girl Chanel

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Among Chanel’s signature spokesmodels, French actress Vanessa Paradis first posed for the label in 1991 as the face of the Coco fragrance.

Nearly a quarter of a century later, the partnership is still going strong.

For Karl Lagerfeld, Vanessa Paradis poses naked, wearing only a pearl necklace and the new Girl Chanel handbag in lambskin leather with a leather braid.

2) Alice Dellal for the Boy 

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The British supermodel has always been the face of the Boy bag, which is particularly suited to her androgynous style.

In this latest campaign, she stays true to this style, wearing only a loose-fitting leather shirt and a denim patchwork version of the Boy handbag.

3) Kristen Stewart for the 11.12

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Finally, Kristen Stewart is the face of one of the French label’s enduring classics, the quilted 11.12 handbag.

In the black and white photograph, the young woman wears a silk crepe suit and the famous bag in chevron quilted lambskin.

“For me the iconic handbag is just like the House of Chanel, fundamental and modern, two qualities not usually shared,” said Stewart, who is best known to movie fans as the star of the “Twilight” franchise.

Chanel Misia

Misia: the first Chanel fragrance by Olivier Polge

Chanel Misia

When designing his first fragrance for the French luxury brand, the nose Olivier Polge was inspired by a turning point in the life of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. This defining moment can be summed up in a name of the Chanel founder’s close friend: Misia Sert.

Whether in the realm of fashion, couture, jewelry or fragrances, heritage and transmission often emerge as key themes at Chanel.

This was certainly the case in September 2013, when Olivier Polge joined the Chanel perfume laboratory, following in the footsteps of his father Jacques Polge, a nose at the brand since 1978.

For his first composition for the brand, Olivier Polge drew inspiration from the life of Coco Chanel and from the story of her dear friend Misia Sert, who left a lasting impact on the designer’s personal life and career.

“My inspiration for this perfume was not Misia herself, as a person, but the turning point she represents in the life of Gabrielle Chanel,” explains the perfume artist.

Perfumer Olivier Polge

Misia: the friend, the muse, the discovery

A muse and patron to several artists during the 1920s and 1930s, Misia Sert played a crucial role in the life of Gabrielle Chanel.

As Mademoiselle Coco was grieving the death of her one true love, Arthur Capel, in a car accident, Misia introduced her to Venice and its distinctive architecture, which would later influence jewelry collections and other lines at Chanel. It was during the same period that Misia introduced the designer to Diaghilev and the dancers of his Ballets Russes, among other influential figures in creative circles.

It is this vital role that Polge sought to convey in scent with his first perfume for Chanel. The composition pays homage to this period in Gabrielle Chanel’s life in part through powder notes, which are inspired by the stage makeup worn by the dancers of the Ballets Russes.

A powdery floral

The latest addition to the Chanel Les Exclusifs range of high-end perfumes, the new eau de toilette opens with notes of violet and powder, which are combined with precious ingredients such as Grasse rose, Turkish rose and iris. The base is a combination of tonka bean and Laotian benzoin.

Chanel Misia will go on sale from February 28 at select stores. Price: €133 (around $151) for 75ml and €255 (around $290) for 200ml.

Chanel Bleu 2015

James Gray directs the latest Chanel Bleu campaign

Five years after the first campaign, Gaspard Ulliel is still the face of Chanel Bleu in a campaign film directed by James Gray.

In a follow-up to the advertising film helmed by Martin Scorsese in 2010 (watch the video below), Gray directed French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who is now more mature and looks more elegant than ever.

The new video, like the stills from the corresponding outdoor and magazine campaigns, features the mysterious and charismatic Gaspard Ulliel.

The French actor portrays a movie star who, shifting between fantasy and reality, flees a world in which he is hounded by his fans. In his search for some form of serenity, he ultimately comes face to face with himself.

Chanel Bleu Eau de Parfum campaign

“I wanted to raise the issue of this craziness inherent to the film world, within which we lead both a comfortable and an uncomfortable life,” Gray explains. “In a sense, that is almost a kind of vertigo that comes with the ridiculous and the overflow of attention.”

Gaspard Ulliel and James Gray

“There may be a parallel between Mademoiselle Chanel’s somewhat rebellious personality and the ‘Bleu’ character. This extreme freedom, this strength and this determination,” Gaspard Ulliel said.

Chanel Bleu Eau de Parfum ad campaign

Filmed at night in Los Angeles, the campaign is soundtracked by Jimi Hendrix’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.”

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Chanel launches Première Rock watch collection

Premiere Rock collection

The French brand has presented its new Première Rock watch collection, which combines the sophistication inherent to the Chanel name with a younger, more modern and more rebellious side.

Upon first glance, the watches in this new collection resemble Chanel’s classic Première model. But a closer look reveals a number of design details added to create an edgier, more contemporary rock ‘n’ roll style.

The collection consists of four models: the Première Rock Métal with a double-wrap steel chain bracelet with a black lacquered dial (€4,500) and the Première Rock Rose, Beige or Bleu with a triple-wrap bracelet interlaced with dyed leather (pink, beige or blue, respectively) and a mother-of-pearl dial (€4,100).

Both models come with a high-precision quartz movement. They are also water resistant at up to 30 meters underwater.

chanel premiere rock collection

Paris-Salzburg Métiers d'Art show

Chanel Plans Shows for New York, Rome and Seoul

Paris-Salzburg Métiers d'Art show

 announced on Thursday that it will be repeating its recent Métiers d’Art show in New York City at the end of March, and will also be be bringing its forthcoming Cruise collection to South Korea, before the next Métiers d’Art show in Rome next December.

On March 31 in New York City, Chanel will reshow the Paris-Salzburg collection that was first presented on December 2 at the Schloss Leopoldskron, a sumptuous palace in the snowy Austrian city of Salzburg.

Following the Big Apple show, the Croisière (Resort 2016) collection will then be unveiled at the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza in the South Korean capital Seoul on Monday, May 4.

The final big news in the brand’s year of mobile fashion shows is that the next Métiers d’Art show (the Pre-Fall 2016 season) will be shown in Rome, with the Italian capital welcoming Chanel on December 1 this year.

We can’t wait to see what various influences Lagerfeld takes from the dynamic Asian tech hub for Resort and from the ancient city of Rome.

Chanel Cosmique collection rings

Chanel takes its jewelry into the cosmos

Chanel Cosmique collection rings

The luxury brand has presented Cosmique, its latest fine jewelry collection, which combines white gold and diamonds with high-tech ceramic.

A few months ago, Chanel introduced a collection inspired by comets, including pieces with evocative names like “Nuit de Diamants” (Night of Diamonds), “Voie Lactée” (Milky Way) and “Étoile Filante” (Shooting Star).

Now, with its Cosmique line, the French brand returns yet again to one of Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite themes — the night sky — with a new take on a motif she created in 1932.

The pieces in this latest collection have a distinctly modern and minimalist style, with high-tech ceramic as the primary material.

The collection consists mainly of rings and pendant necklaces, in which diamond-studded comets and stars, outlined in 18K white gold, are set in white or black high-tech ceramic.