Friday, 24 April 2009

Color Forecast For Chanel 2009-2010 F/W Haute Couture

426C 425C 422C
white 185C 7516C

Black, grey and white are the three colors that Karl Lagerfeld must use in every Fall/Winter seasons. Also, I believe that black and grey colors will be the first priority when designing the outfits. Because these two colors suits the mood of cold and snow season. Apart from these achromatic colors, I choose the red and brown colors in the coming collection as these have been appeared in some of the past collections. Other the other hand, I think that these two colors can bring some contrast to the classical outfits but won't deprive the classical image from Chanel. As Karl Lagerfeld said, Chanel clothing is all about ease, therefore I think that these two colors suit the image of Chanel.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Snap Shot

Chanel latest collection - 2009-2010 F/W Ready-to-wear

The 2009/10 Dall-Winter Ready-to-Wear collection is an homage to black, all kinds of black. Karl Lagerfeld gave this collection a working title: "The collection is called Chanel Belle Brummelle," as a reference to Beau Brummell, "the 18th century English dandy whi invented the look for men or dark clothes with the focal point on ties, scarves, collars and cuffs. "Therefore, in this collection there are ruffed collars and cuffs in white tulle, muslin and taffeta, which adorn the neck and wrists of the elegant black dresses and impeccable black suits. This unity of the blacks is punctuated by moments of pale pink and jade green, which delicately enliven the collection. As for accessories, the jewelery is geometric, with a playful and unpretentious art deco inspiration. Also of note are the classic bags in their thermoformed packaging, with pockets for an iPod, a N5 perfume, and sunglasses.

For this collection, staged at the Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld designed a minimalist and purified decor. It was made up of a succession of eight white spaces and a contrasting black lacquered floor - a combination which could just as easily evoke a vast contemporary apartment, an art gallery or Chanel's couture salons on the rue Cambon. Door frames in the white spaces allowed for movement throughout the blocks and for the models to cross one another weaving down the runway, breaking from the traditionally linear movement of fashion shows.

Photos of the Show
Fashion Show (
Part 1 & Part 2)
Collection Details

Color family of this collection:
White, grey and black, the achromatic colors, are commonly used in winter. However, black and grey have a larger proportion that white only takes the decoration part of the whole outfit. These three colors show the independence of modern female. On the other hand, pale pink gives a warm and romantic feeling and jade green projects a calm feeling which suit the mood of winter.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Chanel 2009 S/S Haute Couture

The last Chanel Haute Couture collection is like a new beginning. "A white page," says Karl Lagerfeld, "a linear and timeless graphic interpretation. It's like a starting point for the story of this new era, for which all the details still need to be written. That is why I chose paper as the theme for the couture collection this season. "The strong connection between Karl Lagerfeld and this theme gives this collection its intensity, "it's also the fabric that i prefer most... I love paper! Everthing begins on paper. Without paper I would be lost!"
This collection is minimal and extremely sophisticated. All of the luxurious details, from the embriodery to the fabris, are more suggested than overt. "It's the new modesty" according to Karl Lagerfeld. These pure, graphic silhouettes often combine two elements: a short top and a straight skirt, both highlighted by lightness and fluidity. The skirts have discrete slits. The removable cap sleeves conceal the shoulders and allow for freedom movement.
This monochrome collection is first and foremost a "game of lines and shapes," continues the designer. Underneath the geometry and purity of the cuts, it's the floral exploration of the embriodery and the minute details that discretely color this collection. The floral theme is found in the white roses and daisies, with wmbriodered flowers and pateals from the ateliers of Lemaeié and Lesage. It is also the inspiration for the sumptuous hairpieces that the Japanese artist Katsuya Kamo created for the collection. "There is something similar between a flower patel and a sheet of paper" says Karl Lagerfeld.

Fashion Show (Part 1 & Part 2)

Color Family of this collection:
It is the color family of achromatic color. White color is the main theme of this collection, thus it has a large proportion in the collection. Other colors like black and grey are used for decoration. This is because we usually wear bright or light colors in summer. Although there are black outfits, they are made of or decorated using some shiny materials which made the outfits look less dull. Under the sunshine, I believe the black outfits still look charming and catch people's eyesight.

Other collections:

Monday, 20 April 2009

Chanel 2009 Pre-Fall

This year's Metiers s'Art collection, "Paris-Moscou" has been dedicated to the capital of a country and a culture that fascinated Gabrielle Chanel. For the presentation, Karl Largerfeld chose the confidential Theatre Le Ranelagh in the sixteenth district of Paris. At the theatre's entrance, beautiful constructivist-style posters were hung up on the walls, announcing the show's arrival to the theatre. After the fashion event, the theatre was transformed into a Russian cabaret, complete with a Slavic orchestra and vodka, while Karl Lagerfeld conducted his interviews on the stage.

The key sillhouette of Métiers d'Art collection
For this season's Mé tiers d'Art collection, dedicated to the link between Paris and Moscow, Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by early 20th century Russian pictorial avant-garde. Virginie Viard, the Creative Studio Director at Chanel, and Karl Lagerfeld's right-hand woman, selected and decoded the details of a key silhouette from the collection, "this black taffeta dress plays with the contrast between geometrical beveled architecture and the delicacy of tulle frills. The magnificent embroidered piece, made by the Atelier Lesage (over 110 hoursof work) is directly inspired by Liobov Popova's painting, "Painterly Architectonics, 1918-19". On the shoulders, the black ottoman coat is cut at the waist for greater freedom of movement. Its volume is also a reminder of constructivist architecture. Th shearling shapka, made by the Maison Michel, is rimmed with bead fringes and a minutely detailed golden crown. I would say that this silhouette connects the two faces of Moscow: the splendor of a prestigious heritage and the boldness of the esthetic revolution." The painting that inspired the dress is part of the exhibition "Russian Avant-Grade in the Costakis collection" at the Musée Maillol in Paris, until March 2nd 2009.

Chanel 2008-2009 F/W Haute Couture

For this season's haute couture, the designer conceived a central burst of tubes as tall as 32 meters under the majestic glass ceiling of the Grand Palais. "One day, he says, I was at a piano concert given by Helene Arnault and Brigitte Engerer... It all started then. It is the organ buffet at the Salle Gaveau that inspired me." For Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion show's set is extremely important. It is more than a simple illustration or prolongation of the collection's theme, it is a true architectural proposition. The power, the strength, and the originality of this effort add a whole new dimension to the show, as the architecture connects the fashion to the show's music.

Complete collection
Fashion Show
Karl Lagerfeld Interview

Color Family of the collection:
In this collection, black and grey colors take a larger part in designing the haute couture. Apart from the achromatic colors that Karl Lagerfeld used in every collections, he uses different hues of red colors to enliven the whole collection. These red colors bring a contrast in the collection and differentiate from the other outfits.

Other collections:

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Chanel 2007-2008 F/W Haute Couture

From his lofty position at the ultimate heights of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld can still deliver a lesson in what makes a brilliant collection: clarity and intense follow-through. Put simply, he looked at Chanel from one angle—sideways-on—and turned that technical exercise into a show that focused all the imaginative, structural, and decorative skills of haute couture into one idea: tracing the body line from shoulder to ankle. "High profile," he called it. "Everything is flat at the front. It's all side effects."
The concept gave a linear dynamic to clothes that employed every conceivable device for piling interest into the place where side seams ought to be. In the opening series of narrow, tuniclike coat-dresses, Lagerfeld used strips of leather, moving into feather and bold tracings of pearl. Then, as he progressed into evening, there were glimpses of sequined embroidery or rills of georgette fluttering from the sides of numerous black lace, ribbon, and chiffon dresses. Tailored hunting jackets with flying peplums in back contributed to the overall sense of forward motion, as did the finale gowns, some trailing airborne capes in their wake. All this was underscored by the image of impossibly elongated women on the move, striding along in leather leggings, heads clad in abstracted hoods or futuristic feathered earmuffs.

Complete Collection
Fashion Show (
Part 1 & Part 2)

Color Family of this collection:
Karl Lagerfeld adds a lot of colors to this collection. As he said above, this collection aims to emphasize on showing off the body shape. So he uses some dramatic colors that he didn't use so often to produce this effect.

Other collections:

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Chanel 2006-2007 F/W Haute Couture

Complete Collection
Fashion Show (
Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3)

Color Family of this collection:
Karl Lagerfeld adds blue colors to the collection which suit the mood of winter. Also, he uses different hues of brown colors bring the feeling of environment that you can see in fall. Although black and grey still play an important role in the collection, he likes to add some different colors to it's collection. It can bring out fresh image of Chanel but not changing it.

Other collections:

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Chanel 2005-2006 F/W Haute Couture

Complete Collection
Fashion Show
(Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3)

Color Family of this collection:
This is the most colorful collection in this decade. Karl Lagerfeld uses some fresh colors in this collection. Although it may not suit the Fall/Winter mood, but it brings a difference from the black, grey and white dresses and outfits.

Other collections:

Friday, 3 April 2009

Chanel 2004-2005 F/W Haute Couture

Complete Collection

Color Family of this collection:

In this collection, Karl Lagerfeld uses achromatic colors and a series of calm colors. All the colors chosen by Karl Lagerfeld to be used in Chanel's collection must not be to sharp, as the image of Chanel is elegant, ease and classical. Even he chooses a gold color, he won't use a strong and sharking gold. Instead, he uses a darker gold with a little shiny under sunshine, and so on for the other colors.

Other collections:

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Chanel 2003-2004 F/W Haute Couture

Complete Collection

Color Family of this collection:
The colors used in this collection is all about fall and winter. It is Karl Lagerfeld's practice to use a pure hue after adding white or black, sometimes both. As you can see the blue and brown colors he chose in this collection. But still, these colors only appears in a small part of the collection.

Other collection:
Chanel Autumn/Winter 2003-2004 Ready to Wear

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Chanel 2002-2003 F/W Haute Couture

Complete Collection
Fashion Show

Color Family of this collection:
Karl Lagerfeld chooses the most minimal colors for the collection. The number of outfits in this collection is rarely small, so not a lot of colors have been used. In addition, black color is the majority color used in the collection.

Other collection:
Chanel Autumn/Winter 2002-2003 Ready to Wear

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Timeline of Chanel

Timeline for the Important events of CHANEL

opens her first fashion boutique in Deauville
Opens a couture house in Biarritz

Introduces jersey. Her first published design appears in Harper's Bazaar accompanied by the caption ‘the charming chemise’

The Chanel Perfume company is set up
Introduces ‘the little black dress’
Sets up a specialist workshop to develop her range of elaborate costune jewelry
Channel is at the height of her successes, employing nearly 4000 workers and selling close to 28000 designs a year all over the world

Outbreak of the Second World War and closure of the Chanel Couture House of the five buildings in the rue.Cambon, only one stays open.

The great ‘comeback’. Chanel returns to open31, rue Cambon at the age of seventy-one. She launches her collection with a jersey suit ‘No.5’.
Awarded the Fashion Oscar to honour ‘ the most influential femaile designer of the twentieth century’

Chanel dies 10January
Launch of the Chanel Beauty Collection of make-up and beayty product

Mass launch of the ‘Chanel Boutique’, offering ready-to-wear clothes and accessories.

Karl Largerfeld becomes Design Consultant in charge of Collections at the House of Chanel.

Chanel receives the De d’Or for the 1986 Autumn/Winter Haute Couture Collection created by Karl Largerfeld

88 Karl Largerfeld and the House of Chanel win the Special Award for International Fashion presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America(CFDA)

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Chanel No. 5

In 1922 Chanel introduced a perfume, Chanel No. 5, which became and remained popular, and remains a profitable product of Chanel's company. Pierre Wertheimer became her partner in the perfume business in 1924, and perhaps also her lover. Wertheimer owned 70% of the company; Coco Chanel received 10% and her friend Bader 20%. The Wertheimers continue to control the perfume company today.
Coco Chanel introduced her signature cardigan jacket in 1925 and signature "little black dress" in 1926. Most of her fashions had a staying power, and didn't change much from year to year -- or even generation to generation.
She briefly served as a nurse in World War I. Nazi occupation meant the fashion business in Paris was cut off for some years; Chanel's affair during World War II with a Nazi officer also resulted in some years of diminished popularity and an exile of sorts to Switzerland. In 1954 her comeback restored her to the first ranks of haute couture. Her natural, casual clothing including the Chanel suit once again caught the eye -- and purses -- of women. She introduced pea jackets and bell bottom pants for women. She was still working in 1971 when she died. Karl Lagerfeld has been chief designer of Chanel's fashion house since 1983.
In addition to her work with high fashion, she also designed stage costumes for such plays as Cocteau's Antigone (1923) and Oedipus Rex (1937) and film costumes for several movies, including Renoir's La Regle de Jeu. Katharine Hepburn starred in the 1969 Broadway musical Coco based on the life of Coco Chanel.


Commercial with Carole Bouquet

Eden Roc - Chanel 5 Commercial with Carole Bouquet

Estella Warren - Chanel 1st. commercial

Chanel Petite Chaperón Rouge

Nicole Kidman - Chanel N°5

Friday, 20 February 2009

History of Chanel

From her first millinery shop, opened in 1912, to the 1920s, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel rose to become one of the premier fashion designers in Paris, France. Replacing the corset with comfort and casual elegance, her fashion themes included simple suits and dresses, women's trousers, costume jewelry, perfume and textiles. She claimed a birthdate of 1893 and a birthplace of Auvergne; she was actually born in 1883 in Saumur - her mother worked in the poorhouse where Gabrielle was born, and died when Gabrielle was only six, leaving her father with five children whom he promptly abandoned to the care of relatives. She adopted the name Coco during a brief career as a cafe and concert singers 1905-1908. First a mistress of a wealthy military officer then of an English industrialist, she drew on the resources of these patrons in setting up a millinery shop in Paris in 1910, expanding to Deauville and Biarritz. The two men also helped her find customers among women of society, and her simple hats became popular. Soon she was expanding to couture, working in jersey, a first in the French fashion world. By the 1920s, her fashion house had expanded considerably, and her chemise set a fashion trend with its "little boy" look. Her relaxed fashions, short skirts, and casual look were in sharp contrast to the corset fashions popular in the previous decades. Chanel herself dressed in mannish clothes, and adapted these more comfortable fashions which other women also found liberating. In 1922 Chanel introduced a perfume, Chanel No. 5, which became and remained popular, and remains a profitable product of Chanel's company. Pierre Wertheimer became her partner in the perfume business in 1924, and perhaps also her lover. Wertheimer owned 70% of the company; Coco Chanel received 10% and her friend Bader 20%. The Wertheimers continue to control the perfume company today. Coco Chanel introduced her signature cardigan jacket in 1925 and signature "little black dress" in 1926. Most of her fashions had a staying power, and didn't change much from year to year -- or even generation to generation.

The House of Chanel simply called Chanel is a French fashion house. The creator of Chanel was a French designer Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel. This venture has indeed revolutanalised the conventional attires like corsets. Unfussiness and grace are equally given due position for the entire designer wears from Chanel. Cardigan Jackets and Chanel suits are their signature outfits. In the beginning, Chanel was the most favorite of all the elites in France. Now, it has been picked by the elegant and wealthy crowd in London and Paris.
Since the launch of this enterprise, there had been two eras in terms of the leadership. The first one, of course is the Coco Chanel Era, which was from the year 1909 till her death in the year 1971. The second era was called as Karl Lagerfield era that continued the rich tradition of new and innovative fashion lines. Chanel had a humble beginning. She was the mistress of a division officer Etienne Balsan. She made eye-catching hats and all the fashionable ladies gave orders to Chanel for more and more copies. Later she started a couture shop and navy jerseys were her masterpiece attires. She was absolutely modern in her approach to patterns, such that the hemlines of her jerseys made ladies’ ankle noticeable. During the World wars, her contribution to the ladies’ dresses is commendable. Her practical designs stating that the ladies wear should be simple, light and quick to carry opened up a new era. The launch of costume jeweler was Chanel’s next mission. Pearls were selected in this specialty category. Perfumes were the next in line. The best part was that she marketed the perfume in her own label. Indeed, a lifestyle was advertised by the Chanel house of fashion. The perfume is named after her lucky number five as Chanel No.5. Not only feminine fragrances, but also perfumes and after shave lotions for men were introduced. The Chanel Crew is now financially managed by Wertheimer family.

Coco Chanel
Karl Lagerfeld For Chanel 1993-2005