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Star Struck: Chanel J12 Flying Tourbillon High Jewellery

Chanel J12 Flying Tourbillon

 

Among the bevy of new Chanel timepieces waiting in the wings this year is this stunning head-turner which is likely to be the French maison’s main highlight for 2014. This is not the first tourbillon watch by Chanel, neither is it the first tourbillon J12 model; since 2006 there has already been a J12 Tourbillon. What makes this timepiece special is two things: it features a flying tourbillon and it is a high jewellery creation.

Chanel had done flying tourbillon watches but only in the Premiere collection. This was in 2012. The award-winning Premiere Flying Tourbillon also combined a high complication designed with a creative feminine touch with the opulence of gemstones.

The J12 Flying Tourbillon High Jewellery panders to the whimsical desires of the woman watch connoisseur. Its tourbillon carriage rendered in the form of a star and gem-set for that extra touch of luxury perfectly exemplifies Chanel’s approach to watchmaking – it’s never just about making complications for the sake of making them, but interpreting them in a way that’s true to the ethos of House Chanel.

Crafted in 18k white gold and set with a combination of brilliant and baguette cut diamonds, the movement within was produced exclusively for Chanel by complications specialist Renaud & Papi – the same team behind the highly controversial J12 Retrograde Mysterieuse and the Premiere Flying Tourbillon. Only five of these exceptional timepieces will be produced.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chanel acquires lambskin tannery

French fashion house Chanel has purchased the Bodin-Joyeux tannery in Levrous, France, in a bid to ensure the future of its world-class leathers, according to Vogue.

Established in 1860, the tannery specialises in fellmongery (the process whereby fur is removed from hides before tanning), parchments (its original business) and colour-dying.

Despite its new owners, the tannery will not operate exclusively for Chanel and will retain all its clients, for which it currently produces 450,000 skins a year.

Of late, luxury brands have been buying or investing in businesses to guarantee the supply of luxury materials. Chanel also owns Scottish cashmere-makers Barrie Knitwear, Lesage couture embroiderers and plant growers for Chanel No. 5 perfume.

Gucci-owner Kering, Hermes and LVMH have also been buying up tanneries in an effort better to control their supply chain. Recently, LVMH and Hermes even bought crocodile farms.

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Kristen Stewart is the new face of Chanel

Chanel announced that actress Kristen Stewart will star in the campaign for its Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas 2013-2014 collection, presented in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, December 10.

To be shot, naturally, by none other than Karl Lagerfeld himself, the campaign will show the “Twilight” heroine in pieces from this exceptional collection. The 23-year-old brunette follows in the footsteps of Scottish actress Tilda Swinton, the face of the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edinburgh collection last year.

Kristen Stewart Chanel Fashion show

Kristen Stewart was present for this year’s Métiers d’Art festival in Dallas. In addition to the debut of the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas 2013-2014 collection, the event was home to the premiere of The Return, the short film on Coco Chanel, directed by Karl Lagerfeld.

The campaign starring Kristen Stewart will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2014. The actress, known for her rocker style, is already a brand ambassador for Florabotanica fragrances from Balenciaga.

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Chanel brings art to Dallas

For its 2013/14 Metiers d’Art fashion show, previously held in India and Scotland, CHANEL will be traveling to Dallas, Texas for a showcase themed “Paris: Dallas”: Fair Park

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Fair Park is the perfect location for Chanel: built in 1936 to celebrate the state’s 100th anniversary, the 277-acre park contains the world’s largest collection of art deco buildings, art and sculpture.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel also visted the city herself to receive the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion in 1957.

The event will see the first screening of Lagerfeld’s movie The Return, which stars Geraldine Chaplin and Rupert Everett among others, and looks at Coco’s return to the world of Parisian haute couture after years in the fashion wilderness following the Second World War.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s New Chanel Film to Debut in Dallas

The haute couture and cosmetics brand has released the second teaser for its much-anticipated short film “The Return,” written and directed by Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

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This second teaser takes us behind the scenes for an interview with actress Géraldine Chaplin, who stars in the film as Coco Chanel. She speaks of her first meeting with the great couturier.

Charlie Chaplin’s daughter, who makes a very convincing Coco Chanel, is joined on screen by Rupert Everett, Anna Mouglalis, and Arielle Dombasle.

Exploring one part of Gabrielle Coco Chanel’s life and career, this short film of around 30 minutes will premiere on December 10 at the opening of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2013/14 fashion show in Dallas.

“The Return” focuses primarily on Coco Chanel’s return to the fashion scene, and on the reopening of her couture house in Paris in 1954.

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‘Chanel would have hated me’ says Karl Lagerfeld

Designer Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel’s head designer Karl Lagerfeld has revealed he thinks the founder of the iconic French fashion house would have “hated” him if they had ever met. Lagerfeld said he had been a “rude awakening” for the prestigious fashion house, which had “grown dusty” before his arrival in 1982.

“I never bumped into Coco Chanel. It was better that way, she would have hated me,” he told an audience of hundreds of French college students at a masterclass in Paris on Tuesday.

“You have to respect things, but if you want to survive, you have to change them,” he said, recalling how he had “pushed” and “exaggerated” classic Chanel themes.

The couture house this year marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s first shop in Deauville in the summer of 1913. Today the label, whose founder died in 1971, has 300 outlets including 185 boutiques in cities such as Sao Paulo, Calgary, New Delhi, Istanbul and Brisbane.

Its creative director Lagerfeld also heads design for Fendi as well as running his own label fashion house, and is famous for his prodigious output.

“Some people say elegance is dead. They’re wrong. It has a new face,” he told the students. “It’s up to us to adapt to the changing times and not the other way around,” said Lagerfeld. “What counts is today.”

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Chanel Cruise 2014 Ad Campaign

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Chanel has presented the campaign for its 2013-2014 Cruise collection, photographed by its famous creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

Shot in black and white, as is often the case when the celebrity designer goes behind the camera, the campaign provides a glimpse into the Chanel Cruise 2013-2014 collection, which can be seen in its entirety on the brand’s website (www.chanel.com).

Based primarily on neutral and dark colors such as black, white, midnight blue, grey and beige, the new collection emphasizes geometric prints, loose-fitting garments and high-waist pants and skirts.

Chanel has also released a video (below) on the story behind this Cruise collection: from the brand’s workshops in Paris to the runway in Singapore.

Chanel Holiday 2013 Collection

It’s Chanel’s Christmas Makeup Collection!

Chanel Holiday 2013 Collection

The French luxury brand’s “Nuit Infinie” Holiday 2013 makeup collection confirms that the season’s metallic trends are here to stay through the holiday season.

Holiday parties are a perfect excuse to add extra sparkle and glimmer to hairstyles, outfits and makeup, and Chanel knows this well. And since metallic shades are already one of this season’s top trends, the Nuit Infinie holiday collection turns up the brilliance factor an extra notch while maintaining the refined style Chanel is known for.

For a radiant yet natural complexion, Chanel’s Poudre Universelle Libre mattifies the skin and masks imperfections. A touch of Joues Contraste blush adds a healthy glow.

When it comes to eye shadows, the new Chanel collection offers two options: the Ombres Matelassées palette, with five shades ranging from beige to dark purple, or the individual Illusion d’Ombre luminous eyeshadows in shimmery bronze and purple shades.

Finally, for an extra touch of shimmer around the eyes, Chanel has introduced reflective bronze shades of both the Ligne Graphique liquid eyeliner and the Mascara Gel Irisé top coat for lashes.

The “Nuit Infinie” collection is available on the Chanel website and at makeup counters worldwide from this month. Prices range from $36/€29.50 (Illusion d’Ombre individual eyeshadow) to $80/€55 (Ombres Matelassées eyeshadow palette).

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Chanel’s New J12 Moonphase Watch

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A decade after the launch of the original J12, Chanel’s iconic ceramic watch, the French luxury brand is introducing a new version, inspired by the night sky.

Chanel’s watchmakers have added another technical complication to the J12, adding a small dial indicating the current phase of the moon: new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter.

This is not a unique feature in the world of watchmaking. However, while most watches that show the moon’s phases do so through an aperture in the dial, the J12 Moonphase presents the image of the moon on an aventurine disc in midnight blue, evoking the night sky.

In addition, the watch features all of the other features one would expect from a luxury timepiece, including a Swiss-made mechanical self-winding movement and a date indicator.

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The new timepiece is available in a number of versions. Fans of Chanel will be able to choose between white and black for the ceramic version, available with or without the diamond bezel.

Chanel J12 Moonphase black ceramic

Chanel is also producing a more exclusive version of the watch in 18-carat white gold and titanium ceramic, inlaid with 554 or 696 baguette diamonds (limited editions of 12 and 5, respectively).

The ceramic version of the J12 Moonphase is available without diamonds for €6,900 (around $9,300) or with the diamond bezel at €18,000 (around $24,300).

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Marilyn Monroe for Chanel No.5

Marilyn Monroe putting on perfume

Chanel has announced that images of the iconic American actress will be used in TV and print campaigns for its legendary fragrance starting November 17.

Although she did not appear in ads for Chanel No. 5 during her lifetime, Marilyn Monroe may have been the perfume’s best ambassador. In 1952, when asked by Life magazine what she usually wore to bed, she famously responded that she wore nothing but the fragrance.

The declaration went down in Hollywood history as an example of the famous sex symbol’s witty charm, contributing in the process to the mystique surrounding Chanel No. 5.

Six decades later, Chanel plans to place the late actress in the spotlight in No. 5 campaigns.

At the end of 2012, just after bringing on Brad Pitt as an ambassador for No. 5, Chanel released Marilyn and No. 5, a web video in its “Inside CHANEL” series.

The clip expresses Monroe’s affinity for the fragrance through archival images and a previously unreleased audio recording of Monroe discussing her famous quote.

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Chanel Fall-Winter 2013/14 Ad Campaign

Chanel Fall 2013

After a Chanel Fall/Winter 2013-2014 runway show beneath a futuristic metropolis at the Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld defies the laws of gravity with the rue Cambon Fashion house’s latest ad campaign.

Three renowned international models posed for the camera in next season’s prêt-à-porter looks: Chiharu Okunugi (Japan), Ashleigh Good (UK) and Soo Joo Park (South Korea).

The first photo reveals the tone of the new collection through some emblematic pieces. Two of the models are busy knitting, while the third locks eyes with the camera.

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Chanel heads to São Paulo with traveling exhibit

Chanel Little Black Jacket

The French luxury brand is heading to Brazil’s largest city with its travelling exhibition of photography titled “The Little Black Jacket.”

Chanel has released a short video set to whet the appetite of fans of the brand in South America. The one-minute -ong film features stunning shots of the São Paulo skyline, cut with black and white hands revealing the location of the next “Little Black Jacket” exhibition, all soundtracked by the strings of Andrew Blaney’s “Web of Intrigue.”

Set to take place from October 31 – December 1 at the city’s OCA museum in the Parque do Ibirapuera, the exhibition will offer free admission to the city’s 11 million inhabitants.

Karl Lagerfeld has added to his snaps of celebrities and famous fashion personalities dressed in Chanel’s famous jackets for the exhibition, which is curated by stylist and editor Carine Roitfeld.

Since the exhibition‘s debut in April 2012 in Tokyo, the show has traveled around the world, including visits to Beijing and Shanghai this summer.

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Chanel launching new No. 5 bath products

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Chanel has released a range of bath products based on its iconic No. 5 fragrance. The French luxury brand will launch No. 5 foaming bath, cleansing cream and bath soap this October 8.

Launched in 1921 by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the iconic perfume is already available in a range of different body products, including lotions, a body milk, and even a deodorant.

Giving loyal No. 5 wearers a few more ways to enjoy the classic essence, Chanel is introducing a new range of products for use in the tub. The foaming bath (€47 for 200mL) transforms into a delicate mousse upon contact with the bath water. There is also a cleansing cream for use in the shower or the bath (€44 for 200mL) and a bath soap (€25 for 150g) based on the fragrance.

Finally, Chanel is also offering a special limited edition of its Intense Bath Oil with the No. 5 formula for a highly aromatic and moisturizing soak (€75 for 250 mL).

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Watch: Diane Kruger’s first film for Chanel beauty

As announced last April, Chanel chose the German actress as the face of its new skincare line. Chanel unveiled the yesterday first video of the campaign with Diane Kruger, entitled “Where Beauty Begins.”

This video appears to be an excerpt from a longer advertising campaign for Chanel’s new line, consisting of unique resynchronizing face care products: Le Jour (Day), La Nuit (Night) and Le Weekend.

Although none of the new products appear in the video, there is a link on YouTube leading to the website of the new skincare range.

Diane Kruger radiates natural, simple beauty in this video like never before. Repeated close-ups of her face highlight a bright and flawless complexion in a number of different settings, from a bustling city to a calm beach, or behind the wheel of a sleek retro convertible.

Chanel’s Le Jour, La Nuit and Le Weekend resynchronizing face care products, designed to restore and strengthen skin by adapting to the natural rhythms of modern life, have been rolling out since July.

Diane Kruger is no stranger to posing for the French luxury brand. In 1996, her face graced the advertising campaign for the brand’s Allure fragrance, and in 2007 she carried the brand’s Paris-Biarritz tote bag in a campaign filmed by Karl Lagerfeld.

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Louis Vuitton tops 2013 global luxury brand list

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Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Gucci were the top three global luxury brands of 2013, with Fendi and Coach entering the top 10 for the first time, a study said Wednesday.

The 2013 BrandZ Top 100, a ranking of the most valuable global brands compiled by research firm MillwardBrown, found luxury firms struggling with the need to balance exclusivity with attracting new customers through use of social media.

“On Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms, brands across the luxury spectrum mediated the tension between the exclusivity that protects brand desirability and the inclusivity needed to attract new customers,” it said.

The survey said luxury brands had become more “accessible, collaborative and experimental”.

After a modest purchase, for example, a firm might send a thank you note on twitter while a couture fashion customer might receive an invitation to an exclusive show.

Handbag firm Coach owed its position at number 10 on the list to its presence in China where it added 30 stores by the end of 2012, taking its total there to 69.

The survey said it was among the firms making extensive use of social media and the Internet, “emailing over 1.2 billion messages to selected customers”.

And it found that the Chinese customer continued to be key to the fortunes of luxury firms in Europe.

Although, the sector felt the impact of government limits on official gift giving and slowing economic growth in China, purchases by Chinese and other Asian tourists to Europe “buoyed luxury sales in the economically troubled markets of western Europe”, it said.

Overall in the past year, the value of the luxury sector had risen six percent, compared with a 15 percent increase a year ago, it added.

The top ten brands were: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Rolex, Chanel, Cartier, Burberry, Fendi and Coach.

Sous le Signe du Lion Jewelry Collection by Chanel

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Chanel presented its new line of haute joaillerie on the occasion of haute couture week, which officially wraps up in Paris on Friday, July 5. All of the pieces in the French luxury house’s new collection were designed around the theme of the lion, symbol of Venice, the City of the Doges, a location very dear to Gabrielle Chanel. Leo was also the zodiac sign of the Chanel founder.

The “Sous le signe du Lion” jewelry collection includes 58 pieces inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s ‘spirit animal,’ expertly and creatively translated into wearable luxury by Chanel’s fine jewelry department.

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The “Lion Royal” set, the collection’s most emblematic piece, is made of platinum, white gold and diamonds. Composed of a transformable diamond necklace, the piece can be worn as either a chain or a short necklace. The central element is a lion’s head, which can be turned into a brooch.

Every piece in the collection includes a version of Gabrielle Chanel’s lion on it. The “Lion Céleste” brooch, in white gold and diamonds, is based on Venice’s lion motif, while the “Constellation du Lion” brooch and pendant earrings link this king of animals to the comet.

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Chanel also chose to pay tribute to the lion of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice with the “Lion San Marco” gold and platinum ring, topped with a lion sculpted in lapis lazuli and a white and yellow diamond-studded star. Only five specimens of the ring will be available.

Jewelry sets, necklaces, brooches and pendant earrings with diamonds, white gold, sapphires, topaz and platinum complete this precious collection.

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Chanel opens pop-up beauty boutique in Paris

Chanel store 382 rue St Honore

Chanel has unveiled a new store on Rue St Honoré in the French capital dedicated to perfumes and cosmetics. Situated at number 382 of the Rue Saint Honoré in Paris, the store is located around the corner from Chanel’s original Paris store on Rue Cambon which is currently undergoing rennovations.

Chanel has recently announced it would be expanding its historic store (originally a hat store financed by Gabrielle Chanel’s lover Boy Capel, and called ‘Chanel Modes’) which is set to be finished in 2016.

According to the brand, the new Rue Saint Honoré store will stock makeup collections, exclusive colors and advance previews as well as offer a specialized perfume service.

Chanel opens pop-up nail bar in London

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From May 31 to June 12, Chanel will be celebrating its “unique love affair” with nails with a nail bar feature ‘Le Vernis Couleurs Culte de Chanel’ at the famous Selfridges store on London’s Oxford Street.

There will be plenty of Chanel cosmetics specialists offering redeemable nail shape and paint options, and true beauty fanatics will also be able to book an appointment with celebrity nail specialist Sophy Robson (£30, approx €35).

“London’s Flyest Nail artist,” who has worked with clients including Tom Ford and Iceberg, will be in store on June 5 and 6.

To add to the excitement there will be three special shades of the Le Vernis nail polish — Bel-Argus, Azuré, and Lilis — available exclusively at the pop-up.

Just last month fellow French luxury brand Christian Dior celebrated its own nail varnishes at Harrods in London, where artist Sophie Harris-Greenslade produced designs inspired by recent catwalk pieces by Dior creative director Raf Simons.

Tilda Swinton face of new Chanel campaign

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Inspired by the Scottish influence of Chanel’s pre-fall 2013 Paris-Edimbourg collection, the iconic fashion house tapped actress Tilda Swinton for the  Chanel Métiers d’Art’s campaign.

“Tilda perfectly embodies the Paris-Edimbourg collection,” said Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director. “She is of course Scottish, but more than that, she is a modern woman, a timeless icon of elegance.”

Tilda Swinton Chanel campaign

As usual the campaign was shot by Lagerfeld himself, who has photographed Swinton on a number of previous occasions, most recently as part of his “Little Black Jacket” book and exhibition.

Tilda Swinton Chanel campaign

Swinton is best known for her film work, and picked up the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in February 2008 for her role in “Michael Clayton.”

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She is also something of a fashion fan, starring as the face of the Pringle of Scotland luxury brand for a number of years, and appearing regularly at runway shows in London, Paris, and New York City.

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WATCH: Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel

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“Once Upon a Time” celebrates the founding of the famous Parisian luxury label’s first store exactly a century ago.

Starring recently married Chanel favorite Keira Knightley, the 18-minute long film was directed by the brand’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld, and was unveiled as the brand showed the latest Cruise collection in Singapore on May 9.

Featuring appearances from some of fashion’s biggest names (and Lagerfeld’s favorite stars), the film explores the story of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s first shop, established in 1913 in the French seaside town of Deauville as well as her relationship with the shop’s financier, and Coco’s lover, Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel.

Runway model Lindsey Wixson plays apparently fussy shopper Miss Wonderbilt, who ends up buying up all of the collection, alongside appearances from 1980s favourite Tallulah Harlech and current Chanel stars Saskia de Brauw and Ashleigh Good.

No newcomer to the world of Chanel, young Hudson has already walked in shows for the brand (it might help that his godfather is none other than Mr Lagerfeld himself).