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17 Nov

Cheat Sheet: Why Is The World Still Obsessed With ’90s Chanel?

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Under the reign of Lagerfeld, Chanel went stratospheric, peaking in '90s collections which have earned their place in design textbooks for decades to come. We dissect the long-lasting appeal of a house in its prime.

When Karl Lagerfeld became Chanel’s creative director in 1983, he wasn’t walking into a particularly lucrative job. The fashion house was, in his own words, “old hat” —  only Parisian doctors’ wives were wearing Chanel. “Nobody wanted it, it was hopeless,” Lagerfeld affirmed. Nonetheless, he rose to the challenge, and transformed Chanel into the iconic and covetable brand it is today. Under the reign of Lagerfeld, Chanel went stratospheric, peaking in 90s collections which have earned their place in design textbooks for decades to come. Although Lagerfeld...
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15 Nov

Chanel Redefines The Traditional Gentleman’s Club

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Get all the details about Chanel's pop-up space only for the girls.

Chanel knows the importance of creating spaces for groups of people to come together without judgment, and taking heed from from traditional men's social clubs, the fashion house is opening a pop-up space exclusively for women. Entitled the Coco Club, the pop-up, created to celebrate Chanel's new BOY∙FRIEND watch collection, aims to “takes the best from men and makes it even better for women." The space will feature a beauty room to update your look, a photo booth for those classic snapshots, and even a numerologist reader on site to help you find your true magic number (maybe 7 isn't so lucky, after all.) The Coco Club will be open to the public...
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15 Nov

The History Behind Those Coveted Chanel Boots

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Whether adorning supermodels’ ankles or making movie cameos, Gabrielle Chanel’s favoured footwear continues to inspire today

Although Gabrielle Chanel wore her leather mid-calf motorcycle boots for almost any occasion, the esteemed designer never included a pair in her collections. “My ankles swell a little and with these boots, you can’t see a thing! One day we’ll do them for the collection,” she once insisted, though she never fulfilled the promise. Karl Lagerfeld has honoured his predecessor’s shoe of choice on countless occasions, however; one of his latest incarnations – the cap-toed, two-tone glitter extravaganzas that appeared for A/W17 – have already long transcended the catwalk, working their way onto every influencer’s feet, and into Instagram feeds and fantasies. Not just an it-shoe, the...
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13 Nov

Welcome To The Coco Club

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Leaning in to the old adage that time is the greatest luxury, Chanel has created the Coco Club—a new space in New York for fans to unwind and pamper themselves, and to promote its new Boy∙Friend watch collection.
This Sunday, the luxury brand will be taking over the SoHo location of The Wing (a women-only work and social space) redesigning the already bright and feminine rooms in the French house’s traditional minimalist aesthetic. Luxe cream and black furniture adorned with the label’s interlocking “CC” logo are juxtaposed with vintage picture frames and trinkets, as well as the neon pink photo booths where guests will have their portraits taken for their club “passports.”

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Riffing on traditional men’s social clubs,...
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27 Oct

Pharrell’s Sneakers For Chanel Are a Go

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The famed Colette won't be open for much longer, but it will certainly be going out with a bang. Next week the Parisian boutique will be taken over by Chanel, in a new exhibition that will also see an exclusive sneaker designed by Pharrell Williams.
Today it was confirmed that not only is Karl Lagerfeld teaming up with Adidas for an exclusive shoe for the boutique, but that he has also tapped the musician to help with the design. Called the Adidas Hu NMD, the shoe is the first time that Williams, a longtime ambassador for Chanel, will design an item for the luxury label.

adidas Originals x Pharrell x CHANEL NMD HUMAN RACE Coming soon #MafiaSZN
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26 Oct

Karl Lagerfeld On The Key To Success

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I love Murakami’s octopus character, Taco 7, because it’s just so funny. Although I’ve never actually met Takashi, I think he’s a wonderful artist. And if he’s anything like what he expresses in his art, I’m sure we would get along. But am I like his octopus that eats its own leg in order to survive? In some ways, I guess. I have survived in the world pretty well, but that is mostly because I’m lucky. I have lifelong contracts at two billion-dollar companies, Fendi and Chanel, which gives me a level of freedom that—let’s be honest—nobody else in fashion really has. So I don’t have any sort of feeling that I need to survive; I don’t feel like life is a struggle.And...
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25 Oct

Gigi And Bella Hadid Coordinated In Chanel Coats And They’ve Never Looked Chicer

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Gigi and Bella Hadid proved last night that you're never too old to coordinate outfits with your sibling. Although the 22- and 21-year-old didn't commit to completely identical sisterly ensembles, the pair subtly matched in Chanel coats from the French house's Pre-Fall 2017 collection.

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Gigi channeled her go-to monochrome style in a tweed coat over a gray sweater dress with pewter sock boots and dangling earrings. Meanwhile Bella went the vampy route in a black lambskin coat, black pumps and caged studded gloves. Both outerwear pieces were accented with a thick Chanel logo belt at the waist.

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These were fitting looks for the night, considering the Hadids attended a celebratory dinner honoring Karl Lagerfeld...
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19 Oct

The Last Time We Saw Blake Lively’s Vintage Chanel Dress, It Was Worn By A Princess

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Not one but two royals have been seen in Blake's dress before.

Blake Lively is currently on a fashion tour de force as she promotes her latest film, All I See Is You. But in the sea of gorgeous red-carpet ensembles Lively has been wearing, one gown with a very interesting pedigree stands out from the rest. Allow me to explain:
Lively stepped out wearing this metallic Chanel gown with strappy silver sandals. Being Blake Lively, she looked predictably gorgeous:

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With a bit of sleuthing, we quickly figured out that Lively's dress originally appeared in Chanel's Spring / Summer 2007 Haute Couture show back in January 2007 in Paris:

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And thanks to T&C's extensive knowledge of royal ensembles, this exact Chanel dress has previously...
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17 Oct

Blake Lively Has Already Worn Five Outfits Today

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When Blake Lively goes on a press tour, she goes hard on the style. Yes, that sometimes means changing outfits for each appearance—even if they take place on the same day—to ensure there are no repeated looks. Today, for example, the actress sported three different red carpet-ready outfits in New York before 1 p.m., and each was more amazing than the last.
The first was a sunny, monochrome look from Brandon Maxwell's Spring 2018 collection, which just hit the runway at New York Fashion Week last month. Lively kept her hair half up, revealing two statement earrings for her guest appearance on Good Morning America.

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30 Aug

Kristen Stewart Dances To Beyoncé In Chanel’s New Perfume Ad

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Back in May, Chanel announced that four-year brand ambassador Kristen Stewartwould be the face of the fashion house's latest fragrance, Gabrielle.
Today, the promotional film for Gabrielle launched, and in the minute-long clip overseen by commercial director Ringan Ledwidge, Stewart dances to a Beyoncé track.
Stewart breaks out of a gauzy canister—a cocoon, the brand explained in a statement—and then runs, trails of gauze rippling behind her, full-steam into a wall of Chanel Gabrielle perfume bottles. All the while, Beyoncé's somewhat under-appreciated 2009 ballad "Runnin'" plays.

If you're looking for more of a narrative, well good, that was the point. "We deliberately took the opposite line from storytelling," Thomas du Pré de Saint-Maur, Chanel's head of global creative resources said in a statement. "Instead...
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