- ENVY MEMBERS, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, LF

Chanel

I’ve got Chanel on my brain. Hmm…maybe it’s because of the new season. It certainly isn’t because of the possibility of purchase. Maybe one day. As of now it is because I got lost in one of their ads. Again. Since I discovered the art of seeing, (oh, since birth!), my eye has gravitated to a certain quality. I happen to find it again and again in these photos. I love the simplicity of the shoot, the vintage quality they all share, and the choice color used only when necessary, otherwise it tends to be monochromatic for the most part, which (surprisingly!) is what my choice wardrobe would consist of if I had the means to go out and buy a new one starting today. I’ve always been a color-type girl but this spring I’m gearing more towards the basics. I guess we can chalk that up to my 25-going-on-26 years. (Am I maturing?!)

All that I know is photographer and creative director, Karl Lagerfeld is a genius.

Chanel

ChanelFall/Winter ‘09

ChanelFall/Winter ‘08

ChanelCruise Fall/Winter ‘09

ChanelSpring/Summer ‘09

ChanelFall/Winter 2008

ChanelSpring/Summer 2010

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- ENVY MEMBERS, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, LF

Chanel

I’ve got Chanel on my brain. Hmm…maybe it’s because of the new season. It certainly isn’t because of the possibility of purchase. Maybe one day. As of now it is because I got lost in one of their ads. Again. Since I discovered the art of seeing, (oh, since birth!), my eye has gravitated to a certain quality. I happen to find it again and again in these photos. I love the simplicity of the shoot, the vintage quality they all share, and the choice color used only when necessary, otherwise it tends to be monochromatic for the most part, which (surprisingly!) is what my choice wardrobe would consist of if I had the means to go out and buy a new one starting today. I’ve always been a color-type girl but this spring I’m gearing more towards the basics. I guess we can chalk that up to my 25-going-on-26 years. (Am I maturing?!)

All that I know is photographer and creative director, Karl Lagerfeld is a genius.

Chanel

ChanelFall/Winter ‘09

ChanelFall/Winter ‘08

ChanelCruise Fall/Winter ‘09

ChanelSpring/Summer ‘09

ChanelFall/Winter 2008

ChanelSpring/Summer 2010

Chanel

Chanel

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Chanel, Kasia Struss, WOMENS

MODEL MOMENT: Kasia Struss

MODEL MOMENT: Kasia Struss

We don’t know about you, but we think the bride of Frankenstien hair from the Chanel Couture show makes the look that much better. (more…)

Balmain, Benjamin Kanarek, Benjamin Kanarek, COLUMNISTS

The End of “Haute Couture?”

The End of Haute Couture?

above photo Irina Lazareanu by Benjamin Kanarek in Christian Lacroix Haute Couture

In the good old days, the “Haute Couture” shows were the most anticipated of all of the collections. It was akin to the Formula 1 of the fashion world. It is unique to Paris and all of the greatest designers the likes of Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix, Louis Féraud and others would show the epitome of what they were striving for. These were prototypes of sorts and unique pieces of art that were considered the barometer of where fashion was going in the future. These architects of fabric and exotic materials would go to great lengths to establish their identity through their designs.

The press would come in hordes to get a view of these collections, to be the first to show them in their glossy fashion magazines. Shoots would be set up immediately after the collections and given to those magazines with the greatest influence on the public. Only the finest of glossies were given these collections to shoot and in order of priority. It was usually Vogue that was in place number “1″ and the rest would have to wait their turn. The constant bickering between Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar was always omnipresent. You could sense an Arctic chill in the air when the major editors would appear in the same room with each other…

Keep reading on www.benjaminkanarekblog.com

Chanel, Hair & Beauty (W), Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rodarte

SHOP: Chanel Temporary Skin Art, $75

Of all of the ideas for potential tattoos I’ve had and drawings I’ve done, I have yet to get inked. I’m on the fickle side, and prefer to admire the tattoos of my friends, family and perfect strangers. That’s why  I was so intrigued to see temporary tats all over the Spring 2010 runways. Thank God, because I’ve been looking for an excuse to adorn myself with those stick-on tattoos from 25 cent machines for a while now…

At  Rodarte, models sported exaggerated tribal tattoos, while at  Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris,  models were sent down the runways with painted on jewelry, like edgy crosses and chains.

SHOP: Chanel Temporary Skin Art, $75

Tattoos at Chanel

If those ubiquitous  quarter-machine tats remind you too much of childhood or just seem a little too commonplace, snag a limited-edition pack of Chanel’s temporary designs. Les Trompe L’Oeil de Chanel Temporary Skin Art, which includes 55 designs, were crafted by Chanel creative director Peter Philips for the spring runway show. They will be sold at Chanel.com starting mid-February for $75.

. MAIN ., . WOMAN ., ALL BADGES, Chanel

Russian Spy at Chanel?!?

Russian Spy at Chanel?!?

Ever wonder what backstage at Chanel  looks like right before a major show? Well you’re in luck. Russian model Nastya Karzan was smart enough to install a spy camera in her bodice and record all the backstage mayhem and her runway walk. Not at all surprised by the lack of smiling faces frontrow. We’ve got the video…
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ALL BADGES, BRANDS, Chanel, Chanel

COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY, A Novel by Chris Greenhalgh

COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY, A Novel by Chris Greenhalgh

You may have heard that Greenhalgh’s screen adaptation of the novel was given the honor of closing this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and hits U.S. theaters in January 2010. But I have to tell you that COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY is a novel that also stands alone-one that fashionistas and lovers of historical fiction alike will want to get their hands on.

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