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Le Langue D’Amour

http://www.megavideo.com/v/UY5LSDLT07248299a0fafd4b214cfec3e27a5b29

The Nickleodeon Theatre in Columbia, South Carolina showed the film Coco Chanel + Igor Stravinsky last week and luckily, on Thursday I got a chance to attend. I’d been to the Nick before, it’s a small independent theatre with only one screen but it’s nice. For those who are of age, there is beer and wine that can be purchased, but for those who aren’t there is popcorn and candy. To be honest I totally forgot that theatres carry food and so I stuffed my face with Reese’s Pieces before. Don’t judge me.
Anyway, the movie, which runs 118 minutes, is in French. Luckily for me I know a bit of French, but I didn’t really use it that much since there were subtitles. The movie is not a “fashion documentary” per se. Actually, it’s not even a documentary as it was based on the fictional novel Coco & Igor by Chris Greenhalgh. Set in the Paris of 1920, the film traces the love tryst between coutouriere Coco Chanel and composer Igor Stavinsky. Without spilling too many of the beans, Coco Chanel becomes enraptured by Igor Stavinsky and invites him and his family to live with her since they have pretty much been exiled from France. The tryst begins and results of this come in the form of Chanel No. 5, as well as Igor Stravinsky’s new works.
While I don’t want to say more to spoil it, I will say that this film is definitely NOT suited for everyone. If there is any prude inside of you… as there is in me, parts of the film will cause you to clutch your pearls. Other than that… c’est encroyable!
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"I got the POWER!"

Collection: Chanel Couture

Season: Fall 2010/Winter 2011

Photo by: MykroMag

Power. To me, that’s what Karl Lagerfeld’s entire Fall 2010/Winter 2011 Chanel Couture show came down to. An exercise and showing of raw unbridled power. I’m not sure what tipped the show over to this point… maybe it was:
  • The oversized golden lion that was front and center, and dwarfed everything else.
  • The concept to send down 63 models… just because
  • Having each individual piece dripping with exquisite jewels and gems
  • Doing all of this while knowing that you are Uncle Lagerfeld, a legend in the industry and to some a godsend, so the criticisms, if they did come would come from people like writers at Marketing Weekly. That translates into unheeded criticisms of course.
See the rest of the post below the clip.

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Model: Nora von Waldstatten
Styling: Simon Rasmussen
Photographer: Simon Procter
Wearing: Chanel Couture
Publication: Qvest #42
Song: “Power” by Kanye West feat. Jay-Z and Swizz Beats
When I first viewed the collection I saw excess, pure and simple. Why did Karl need 63 looks.. and then at that why those 63. Some of them don’t even look good. For example, one particular look seemed to be a dead slimy fish with droopy scales to me. Another one… to me it resembled electric eels and all of their… ugliness. Oh, and don’t let me start on the boots. I was just so disgusted… and for 63 looks, I became more and more disgusted. Well, time went by, and although I didn’t ever like that slimy fish dress, nor the electric eel look, the boots did grow on me…a little. And once the remix to Power came out, by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z and Swizz Beats, the entire collection just clicked for me. I went back and knew exactly what I wanted to write about it.
I couldn’t believe that I saw only this power and was disgusted by it. Certain brands are powerful and because of this, every once in a while they feel the need to flex that muscle. Plus, for a Parisian brand… I should have expected this. If New York fashion is about what’s new, what’s in, who’s making the new face, Paris is very much about the legacies in the industry and the fixtures. Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel CLEARLY are fixtures in the international fashion industry so calling them dusty just because their profits were down 11% would have to come from someone outside of the industry. Unless you’re Imran Amed, and you’re studying how these older brands will eventually fail because they refuse to adapt to changing times, if you’re in the fashion industry… Chanel to you is a pioneer. I mean, as one of the brands that assisted in making the deconstruction motif what it is today, Chanel is not a brand to scoff at.

Well in case you haven’t noticed, there is a definite change in the way that I will be blogging from now on. Because I combined both blogs I feel as if now is the time to go ahead and do this. My aim is still to provide informative content but I also will add my own personal spin…. I guess like most bloggers do. You really didn’t see my face much before but… well now you may. I actually used to not like taking pictures but now I have these spells where I enjoy it, but I’m also sometimes forcing myself… Oh and yes, I am holding American Vogue, the September Issue with Halle Berry on the cover. How can you talk about power without talking about the publication that just put out a 726 page TOME? You can’t!

See the entire Chanel Collection at the 803 Gallery.

MOVIE: Coco Avant Chanel

WATCH THE MOVIE COCO BEFORE CHANEL (COCO AVANT CHANEL) HERE!

http://www.megavideo.com/v/LSZBE4BFe832c4b19a455325ba1a943f8141d5ca


I would’ve wished that the film would’ve been longer but it was still a great film. Of course there are quotables in there but what I was watching for was the story behind the story. I love that there’s this trend to pull back the curtain on fashion right now, it’s a wonderful trend that allows me to more easily do research. Plus the fashions in it were soooo Chanel! And my favorite scene would probably have to be the last… where Coco refashioned that dressed. I want to be able to do that in 2 minutes flat one day as well.

CAMPAIGNS: Chanel SS 2010


Chanel’s new ad editorial has a Spanish matador type feel that is undeniable. Photographed in Argentina by Karl Lagerfeld, Baptiste Giabiconi, Freja Beha Erichsen, and Claudia Schiffer rock tight pants, covered faces, and hair pulled back from their face.

See below the clip for more coverage.



Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week F/W 2010: Day One

For Day One of the Paris Haute Couture F/W 2010 Fashion week our schedule dictated,

Monday, 6 July
ALEXIS MABILLE 10.00 am L’Académie – 14 rue Royale – Paris 1er
STÉPHANE ROLLAND 11.00 am Palais de la Découverte
CHRISTOPHE JOSSE 12.00 pm Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine – 11 avenue Albert de Mun – Paris 16e
CHRISTIAN DIOR 2.30 & 5.00 pm See invitation
ADELINE ANDRÉ 6.00 pm To be confirmed
ALEXANDRE MATTHIEU 7.00 pm To be confirmed

Yesterday, I did extensive research, looking for any picture that I could find, before going to lunch. While there I hoped that my Google cache would fill itself with pictures. Then I found out that we were going out of the state and wouldn’t get back until late, so I wouldn’t have the time to check on any new developments. This morning I rushed to my reader to find that the bloggers had not let me down.


JACK AND JILL were first up. I looked in their Paris Fashion Week category to find this picture. I was salivating at this bit of roadside couture that resembled a white rose dipped in blood. I apologize for the visual, but that’s what it seemed to me. For me, the large golden ring only added to the splendedness of the look. I found the French manicure and purse to be, small and unneeded. I think the dress is DIOR though… maybe it was outside of the DIOR show though.

Next I was presented with these, GIUESEPPE ZANOTTI sandals worn by ALEXANDRA GOLOVANOFF, a French TV personality. Being one who adores a rightly placed buckle, I was positively floored!
So after seeing those, and a few other pictures of interest, I moved back to the Reader to find a FASHION WEEK DAILY reports, detailing a crowd outside of the DIOR show, all awaiting, MARION COTILLARD, who arrived late.

The reports also spoke of the editors and other show attendants hitting up a carnival in the Tuileries, pictured below, in their spare time between shows.

My overall research of the day ended with a sneak peak of the CHANEL show. Well it wasn’t so much a sneak peak as it was a revelation. KARL LAGERFELD revealed to a select few editors that the inspiration of the couture show, which will be held today, was “floating panels.” I found the tidbit on KARL LAGERFELD.