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Exclusive: Chanel For Rent


“For vintage, Chanel is the most glamorous and sought-after accessories and jewelry brand in the market today,” Rent the Runway consulting fashion director Lucy Sykes tells “To work with vintage Chanel products on any level is totally inspiring.”

Starting tomorrow, Rent the Runway, a sort of Netflix for fashion that allows users to borrow pieces that retail in the high four and five figures for a rental fee, is adding vintage to its stable of options. Thanks to a partnership with Soho vintage shop What Goes Around Comes Around, Rent the Runway is beginning the retail initiative with Chanel, whose vintage pieces are among the most coveted there are. For four or eight days, a $6,160 Coco bag can be yours—for $350.

To show off their new goods, Rent the Runway enlisted the help of Sykes and photographer Sophie Elgort (daughter of the famed lensman Arthur Elgort) to shoot the goods at WGACA. “My inspiration was a little sixties and very dressed up,” Sykes says of the look. “I wanted to have fun with it and throw in some fabulous hot pink Prabal [Gurung] dresses and a totally chic Moschino black dress with a cute peplum.” has the exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from their shoot (below). Expect to see more vintage labels rolling out on Rent the Runway soon.

Photos: Courtesy of Rent The Runway

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


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 /

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


“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


In a new series, 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


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, 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/