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28 posts tagged "Coco Chanel"

A New Coco Chanel Biography Heats Up, James Franco Does Invisible Art, The New Yorker Helps Out Fashion-Phobes, And More…

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Biographer Lisa Chaney called her new Chanel exposé Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life. “Intimate” is putting it mildly. WWD reports that Chaney “claims to have concrete evidence that the designer used drugs, embraced bisexuality, and had an affair with Salvador Dalí while he was married.” [WWD]

Over the weekend, the royal family convened for another wedding. The Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and more turned out for Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall’s wedding at Canongate Kirk church in Edinburgh. The bride wore an ivory silk satin gown by Stewart Parvin. [Vogue.U.K.]

James Franco has delved into his latest project and it’s called the Museum of Non-Visible Art. Wait, what? Yes, you won’t actually be able to see the artwork—it’s all about the imagination. But never mind that. The important part is, it’s still for sale. [Hint]

Speaking of art with imagination, Alexander McQueen’s revered designs on display at the Met are breaking museum records. As of Friday morning, at least 553,000 people had been through to see the exhibit and when it closes this weekend, it is expected to rank among the museum’s 20 most popular exhibits since they started tracking the number of visitors over 50 years ago. [NYT]

At last, The New Yorker has provided a cure for the fashion-phobic male. For men who suffer from dizziness, feel uncomfortable with European sizing, and hate having to lug “garish shopping bags” home, Patricia Marx offers some advice on expanding your sartorial horizons. [The New Yorker]

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

In The Backseat With Louis Vuitton, Summer Crochet Hits The Streets (Literally), Gaga On Top, And More…

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“Who wouldn’t want to be this gorgeous young woman in the back seat of this beautiful car?” asks Marc Jacobs of his upcoming Fall Louis Vuitton ad campaign. Answer: no one. Even the dogs came barking to be in the picture, although only seven of them made the final cut to sit on the laps of the six up-and-coming models, including Daphne Groeneveld, Anais Pouliot, and Fei Fei Sun. [WWD]

She designs, she dictates trends, she… sings? The eternal Coco Chanel gets revived (literally) in Coco the musical, which comes to London’s Sadler’s Wells this June. Katherine Hepburn played the lady in the original Broadway production; Sara Kestelman, a Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theater alum, takes the part this time around. [Vogue U.K.]

We’re in the mood for summer crochet, and so, it turns out, are a group of guerrilla artists. Sidewalk cracks, park benches, and telephones worldwide are being dressed up—”yarn bombed” as they call it—by graffiti grandmas. We’d say this is far and away in the lead for oddest summer trend. Anyone want to step up to unseat it? [NYT]

Red is the heart and sole of the Louboutin brand. Although Christian Louboutin secured rights to the rouge sole back in 2008, he’s currently in court defending his brand’s trademark. It’s (sorry!) no shoe-in case just yet. [AdWeek]

She wasn’t “Born This Way,” but Lady Gaga has earned 32 million friends (on Facebook), 10 million Little Monsters (Twitter followers), $4.5 billion (in the last 12 months), and now, the top spot on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List. Now that Gaga has knocked Oprah as the reigning queen of the list, we can safely say the world has officially gone Gaga. [Forbes]

Photo: Steven Meisel / Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

LFW Preview: Holly Fulton

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In a new series, Style.com drops in on a few of London’s hottest young talents to find out what’s in store. Next up: Holly Fulton, who presents her collection tomorrow.

Holly Fulton found her inspiration for Fall 2011 while fishing in Scotland. Not the most glamorous of trips—until you hear that it’s the same place a certain Mademoiselle Chanel also frequented with her lover, the Duke of Westminster. (It’s where she developed her love of tweed.) Reading Justine Picardie’s recent biography of Coco, Fulton was intrigued by the effect these breaks from Paris had on Chanel. “It was said she was a different woman when she was there,” the designer explains. “Really relaxed. That’s what set it off in my head.”

In Fulton’s head, of course, Chanel was a little wilder. She conceived an image of “Coco relaxing in Scotland among friends…maybe having taken some magic mushrooms and tripping out a little bit in the Highlands!” It might take a strong dose to come up with all the references Fulton makes in the new collection, from Marie Antoinette and Scarlett O’Hara to illustrator Heinz Edelmann’s work on the Beatles’ animated Yellow Submarine—”That’s become a major section of new-tech prints, quite psychedelic and full-on,” she notes—and the Pop artist Tom Wesselmann, whose smoking lips feature in another set of prints as well as in Perspex jewelry. (Red lipstick is a Fulton trademark; hers is Chanel’s Audace.) Continue Reading “LFW Preview: Holly Fulton” »

Costuming Coco

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Coco Chanel has been all over the box office lately—played first by Audrey Tautou in Coco Before Chanel and, this September, by house favorite Anna Mouglalis in Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. The latter has Coco in medias res at Chanel, which means a great wardrobe—and a pretty big challenge for costumers Chattoune Bourrec and Fabien Esnard-Lascombe, who work under the name Chattoune & Fab. But as they told Vogue.co.uk, they had a little help from a ponytailed guardian angel. “Karl has an inspiration cupboard where he keeps little prized vintage tokens—not all of them Chanel—but just special little finds that he uses to help him. He opened that up to us and said ‘Help yourselves,’ ” Bourrec says. A gallery of their designs for the film are now on view over at the English mag’s site, which should just about hold you over until the flick’s 9/28 wide release.

Photo: Chattoune & Fab/vogue.co.uk

The Blow Collection Gets A New Home, The Cocos Face Off, Maryna On Screen, And More…

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Buried at the bottom of Suzy Menkes’ article on Goyard is this plum revelation: Daphne Guinness (pictured) has snapped up the entire Isabella Blow wardrobe that was slated to hit the auction block at Christie’s! They say money can’t buy you taste, but it sure can help you express it. [IHT]

WWD rounds up the most recent Coco Chanel portrayers for a side-by-side comparison. The biggest surprise? We kinda like Shirley MacLaine! [WWD]

Scouts in Chicago bring you the latest on the windows at Ikram: They’re now showing Rodarte alongside CdG and Alaïa. MObama-ologists are furiously at work determining what, if anything, this means for the FLOTUS’ future outfit choices. [Racked]

SHOWstudio’s Nick Knight, Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon, and Jaeger and Aquascutum’s Harold Tillman were all recognized by her Highness the Queen of England at her birthday honors. Knight and Mellon received OBEs; Tillman received a CBE. [Vogue U.K.]

And Maryna Linchuk is extending her résumé: She’s got a part in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming Somewhere, where she plays a seductress. A stretch, we’re sure. [Fashionologie]

Photo: Nick Harvey / WireImage