Chanel

Then and Now

June 12, 2014

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1920’s Chanel Ad

When does the time come to abandon old values, traditions or appearances and acquire new ones? Or should there always be aspects of original thought processes and beliefs as we go forward? I always accept change and new ideas but I still love the old and glamorous, so I was completely divided when I saw actress Kristen Stewart as the new face of Chanel. When I think of Stewart I think of Twilight and awkard acting and an annoying American accent. But with Chanel, I think of elegance and timelessness – so how do the two work together? Money and fame seems to be the answer instead of brand identity. I love Chanel for everything that Coco Chanel wanted to represent – elegance, freedom for the female figure and a working wardrobe. But she equally was in favour of modernity and renewal.

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Kristen Stewart for Chanel 2014

Kristen Stewart represents the current Hollywood icon, who many girls look to and aspire to be, so maybe we should embrace a Chanel that is not stuck in the past but expands to meet the needs of the consumer 0r rather entice them. But does putting a modern girl in clothes true to the Chanel trademark  work? Well she is certainly no model that is for sure!

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1980’s Chanel ad

Look at this Chanel ad from the 1980’s in comparison to the Chanel of 2014. It is certainly more classic and opulent, while the Stewart ad has a grungy and Gothic feel to it. I know which one I prefer. There is of course nothing wrong with modernising a brand but I think there must be a balance with old and new. If  Michelle Williams for example, ie a slightly older woman, was the face of the 2014 ad, I can’t help thinking I would like it much more. What do you think?

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Marilyn and No5

December 17, 2013

Just absolutely fell in love with this advertisement by Chanel on Marilyn Monroe and N05 and thought you would to!

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Nude Nails

November 7, 2013

Barry M Lychee

After months and months I have finely found my nude nail varnish! Barry M’s Lychee  colour in Gelly is such a great neutral colour for any skin tone. I know there is a good one by O.P.I and Chanel but for £3.99 you really cannot go wrong here. Though as you all probably know BM polish is prone to chipping, so make sure you have a good topcoat.

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We should all have something truly timeless.

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Five Fortunes

March 22, 2013

I thought it would be nice to share just a few things on my wish list for this spring/summer. I’m saving so that I can buy at least one of these items. Which is your favourite?

Asos SwimSuit

Asos Swimsuit: £35.00

Aqua by Aqua

Aqua by Aqua dress: £90.00 (£47.50 sale)

Zara Green Heels

Zara Heels: £49.99

UO Ring stack

UrbanOutfitters Ring Stack: £12.00

Chanel Nail Varnish spring/summer

Chanel S/S Nail Varnish: £18.00 each

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from paris with love

Look at most Parisians and you’ll see what it is that makes Paris one of the most fashionable shopping meccas the world has to offer. Parisians seem to ooze style and sophistication, and with Paris’s multitude of beautiful shops and boutiques, it’s possible to steal the style secrets of the French and achieve your own “je ne sais quoi” quality! Paris is not the cheapest place to shop, but if luxury is what you are looking for, book a lowcost airline and save your money for a shopping spree in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements, with some offering more in the way of designer shopping than others. For a list of particular shops, the Guardian newspaper came up with its 10 Best Shops in Paris, which is definitely worth a read. There are some great finds in here:

And for an interactive guide of what each arrondissement has to offer in terms of shops, both high and low end, check out this very helpful website:

Below are some of the most elegant and well-known shopping districts in Paris. These are just some suggestions to start you off on your designer shopping spree, but don’t be afraid to explore Paris’s many side streets and vintage markets… who knows what treasures you may find?

AVENUE DE CHAMPS ELYSEES

Avenue de Champs Elysees is perhaps Paris’s most famous shopping destination. Its famous wide, tree-lined avenue houses many top restaurants, budget chains (such as GAP and Banana Republic) and cinemas. It is also home to many well-known names in designer fashion, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior and Valentino. The Avenue de Champs Elysees is a definite must on any shopping expedition.

RUE DU FAUBOURG SAINT-HONORE

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore is thought to be one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to its abundance of top designer shops. Though small in size and rather non-descript in nature, the street is home to nearly every global fashion house. The Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore screams luxury; here you can find the flagship stores of both the famous and high-class Hermes and elegant and sophisticated Lanvin, as well as Cartier, Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana, and many more designer shops. Also to be found here is the trendy and modern concept shop, Collette, popular with hip young Parisians.

LE PRINTEMPS

BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN

Boulevard Haussmann is home to some of the world’s most elegant and imposing department stores, known as grands magasins. Two of the largest and most elaborate of these grands magasins are Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, with their dizzying array of designer clothing, jewellery, home design and gourmet food. Definitely a treat for anyone looking for a little luxury in their life!

AVENUE MONTAIGNE

Avenue Montaigne is another centre of couture, boasting names such as Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and more. Avenue Montaigne is also home to many top jewellers such as Harry Winston and Bulgari.

SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRES

Saint-Germain-des-Pres, housed on Paris’s trendy Left Bank, is a famous shopping district as well as being a literature lover’s dream, with its small bookshops nestled amongst its many shops and restaurants. Nowadays its more yuppie than preppie, but still it is a beautiful place to visit and shop. There are several shops and small boutiques to explore, including Hermes, Sonia Rykiel, Yves Saint Laurent, La Maison Ivre and Bonpoint.

CULTURE

If you fancy mixing a little culture in with your shopping (and why not? You are in the culture centre of Europe, after all!), there is a walking tour that explores the history of shopping in Paris. More details here:

Armed with this information, you should be able to take advantage of the best shopping Paris has to offer! Bonne chance!

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Vogue On Designers

December 28, 2012

I hope you all had a good Christmas, sorry for the lack of posts recently! I thought I would share my latest growing collection of books. The Vogue On books for Dior, Chanel, Schiaparelli and McQueen feature gorgeous images and information about the brand and their pioneering individuals. They definitely make great bed time reading!

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Beauty in a Box

October 10, 2012

What I would give to recieve a box like this! Well, we can imgine it can’t we, as some distant fairytale instead. (Justine Picardie’s bespoke Chanel Dress, Harper’s Bazaar November)

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The Bobby Pin

August 27, 2012

I was inspired by an article that I read in this month’s Vogue about the infamous bobby pin that we all know and love. I think I pretty much use a bobby pin everyday but with the latest colourful and elaborate pins emerging this autumn I am looking to embrace a new style. Usually used for pinning back hair or fixing ponytails/buns, the pin has gone from being invisible to being a visible hair accessory. For example at Cacharel A/W bright coloured bobby pins were used to sweep hair off the face to one side – reminiscent of the 20’s style. At Chanel, pins became pearls that dotted a neat chignon. I have been trying these hairstyles out and realised that unless done properly and true to these designers visions, you can end up looking a bit too young and school girl like!

Who What Wear

Chanel Spring/Summer

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Fall Couture

July 6, 2012

Here is my Paris Couture Week round up, I hope you love my choices!

 Alexis Mabille – I was struck by the shape of this dress, where the top is loose yet the body of the dress hugs the hips. There is a gorgeous sweeping movement to the fabric as the model walks. Overall I did not like the collection that much, even with this dress I would have taken away the fussy bow at the waist.

Armani Prive – Armani definitely captured us with a day to night theme, where colours became darker and the mood heavier. This gown epitomises the night’s sky, where the stars shine beneath the darkness. The embroidered veil not only creates mystery, but together with the lighting, creates a such a glow as if it were the moon surrounding the stars.

 

 Bouchra Jarrar – For many this look may not seem very couture like, and I must admit that nothing in the collection really had the ‘wow’ factor that couture promotes. Nonetheless, this is a beautiful look – the tailoring is immaculate and I love the wave along the hem of the gilet.

Chanel – This was a hard collection to choose from – it was so diverse. But this dress won in the end purely for its simple and elegant shape. The pattern is exquisite and I love how the fabric plays with the light. I would have not worn the gloves though, what do you think?

 

 Dior – Raf Simons proved his originality by taking us step by step through the looks that made the house of Dior famous – and the flowers are always a classic. This gown is such a gorgeous shape and colour – especially with the brights strip of colour down the left of the gown.

Elie Saab – I literally could not pick a dress, they were all incredible. This one was so ethereal and elegant that I had to choose it, and very unique. I urge you to take a look at the full collection!

Valentino – Can anyone go wrong in red? Just look at the waves on that skirt – beautiful movement and I always love sheer fabrics. You can see how the dress must be heavy as it swings along the catwalk.

Versace – Dontella’s technique and style is so defined; every look encapsulates the brand image. This look is so sultry and the fabrics so delicate that I had to choose it – though the prints in this collection were also so stunning!

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