224 posts tagged "Chanel"
How would you like a little Coco Chanel for Christmas? Or a mini Mlle Lanvin? For its eleventh Les Frimousses initiative, UNICEF has tapped forty-two fashion houses—Chanel, Dior, Lanvin, and Anne Valérie Hash among them—to craft high fashion dolls, reports WWD. The toys will be exhibited at the Petit Palais in Paris from November 26 to December 1, before being put up for auction at the George V hotel on December 2. Last year, the bidding for each designer doll began at $647, which we know is a little steep. But considering the proceeds go to charity (and that, decked out in a Chanel suit and Lanvin’s “Love” necklace, they’re arguably better dressed than we are), the one-of-a-kind creations are worth the price tag.
Olivier Saillard—author, poet, star fashion curator—tends to prefer a contemplative moment over a grand event. He is also fond of saying that, had he ever studied fashion design, he would have done “just one dress” and then retired his tape measure.
Last night in Paris, he offered both. Eternity Dress, a fifty-one-minute performance starring Tilda Swinton, sponsored by Chloé, and staged at the École des Beaux-Arts this week as part of the city’s fall festival, has been sold out for months. In it, Saillard and Swinton explore the art of dressmaking, starting with lines and measurements (waist: 28 inches, and so forth) working up through flat patterns and the beginnings of a dress, which Swinton took a moment to sew on herself. As the dress took form, Swinton recited a litany of collar styles in French and released a world of emotion in the turn of a sleeve, finally draping herself in rich-hued chiffon and velvet unfurled from bolts lined up on the floor.
Ultimately, The Dress—a black sheath with long sleeves and an open back—was a stand-in for a century of fashion history, from Paul Poiret to Comme des Garçons. One of the show’s high points, as well as its biggest laugh, showed Swinton striking a series of emblematic poses for houses from Poiret to Yohji Yamamoto, by way of Chanel, Dior, Mugler, YSL, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Among a roomful of designers including Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Bouchra Jarrar, Martine Sitbon, and Clare Waight Keller, Haider Ackermann was first on his feet for the ovation. “It’s absolutely a piece of my life,” said Waight Keller. “They’ve taken everyday materials like tape and chalk and elevated them to an art form about designing a dress from scratch. It’s about craft, measuring, and a considered approach. It’s poetry.”
“One of the things about Tilda is that she can do anything,” noted Saillard after the performance. “She’s not a ‘fashion girl,’ so she can be a sculpture, an actress, a woman, a man, she can be 18 or 75 years old. It was like we were in a bubble, and the experience gave us lots of new ideas. Fashion has to be surprising.”
At the small cocktail party held afterward at Lapérouse, Swinton added, “Olivier is a playmate. We work and play together and come up with crackers ideas for some other time—it’s wonderful to be able to play off of someone like that.” Asked whether she realizes that she would be any designer’s dream to work with, Swinton let loose a small bombshell: “Maybe it’s because I know nothing about fashion!”
It looks like vintage Chanel isn’t the only thing Nasty Gal is adding to its repertoire. According to Nasty Gal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso‘s Twitter account, the eBay site turned mega e-tailer has plans to bow IRL locations. “We are opening stores. District manager needed for the LA region!” the tweet read. The only question is: Will the shops have enough exclusive swag to lure shoppers away from their computer screens? No news yet on dates for the retail rollout. Stay tuned…
With a true vintage heritage, Nasty Gal is going back to its roots with the Ultimate Score, a collection of one hundred pieces of vintage Chanel clothing, jewelry, and bags. “I sold my first Chanel jacket on eBay in 2007,” Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of NastyGal.com, told Style.com. “Since then we’ve continued to carry both non-luxury and luxury items in our vintage category…and today [customers are] still demanding more.” Scoured from the best sources and secret spots, the stash includes pieces from the eighties and nineties that fit perfectly into the Nasty Gal closet, among them a leather backpack, logo-print blouses, crop tops, high-waisted trousers, classic bouclé suits, and bags.
“There were definitely fashion moments we wanted to hit,” Amoruso continued of the collection that’s peppered with the black leather and gold chains of the eighties and the pastels and silver holograms of the nineties—even runway pieces from Spring ’97 are on offer. “Chanel transcends culture. Coco Chanel was a visionary who broke rules and set the stage for generations of women after her to think and dress for themselves.” The introduction of this luxe vintage range comes at a time when the savvy entrepreneur is upping her high fashion image. And these new finds—which, debuting exclusively here, will be available on the site from 9 a.m. PT today—embody the same spirit with which Amoruso built Nasty Gal.
While the red-carpet circuit began with a slow start over the weekend, the premieres and parties kicked into overdrive as the week continued. Thor: The Dark World‘s leading lady, Natalie Portman, was a vision in white at the film’s Berlin premiere on Sunday, walking the red carpet in a strapless Christian Dior haute couture gown with a full skirt accented with a black ribbon around the waist. On Tuesday evening, Diane Kruger also opted for a haute couture number, choosing a black sequined cocktail dress embroidered with florals from Chanel’s Haute Couture Spring ’13 runway at the brand’s Little Black Jacket event in Brazil.
As the premiere circuit continued into the week, Hailee Steinfeld donned a Saint Laurent ensemble straight from the Spring ’14 runway, pairing a white one-shoulder top covered in sequined red lips with tailored black pants at the Hollywood premiere of her film, Ender’s Game. The same evening, Kate Bosworth chose a black Christopher Kane gown accented with crystal flowers at the neckline and waist from the Spring ’14 collection for the New York premiere of her flick Big Sur. And Naomi Watts took to the red carpet at the New York premiere of Diana, in which she plays the title role, in a blue-and-white floor-grazing dress that was ruched at the waist below a keyhole cutout from Michael Kors’ Spring ’14 runway.