September 19th, 2014
Lane Crawford, Podium 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central Hong Kong (until September 29th, 2014)
September 12th, 2014
The opening of "Second Floor: The Private Apartment Of Mademoiselle Chanel"
by Sam Taylor-Johnson on September 11th.
Photos by Anne Combaz
September 10th, 2014
One of the most provocative and iconic object of desire will be explored in the exhibition, on view at the Brooklyn Museum September 10, 2014, through February 15, 2015. Through more than 160 artfully-crafted historical and contemporary high heels from the seventeenth century through the present, the exhibition examines the mystique and transformative power of the elevated shoe and its varied connections to fantasy, power, and identity.
The objects, both traditionally made and conceptual in nature, explore and play with the elevated shoe’s sculptural, architectural, and artistic possibilities.
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
Spring-Summer 2010 Haute Couture “Light Bulb Heel" / Paris-London Métiers d’Art 2008 collection
Photos by Jay Zukerkorn
September 2nd, 2014
Caroline de Maigret wore a black tunic from the Cruise 2015 collection and white trousers from the Fall-Winter 2014/15 pre-collection at the opening of the Culture Chanel exhibition in Seoul on August 29th.
August 21st, 2014
"The 50s - Fashion in France, 1947-1957" exhibition at Palais Galliera
The remarkable pieces making up this exhibition – some 100 garments and accessories – retrace the evolution of the female form through the decade 1947–1957. Of course, it would be impossible to examine this decisive post-war period without mentioning Gabrielle Chanel and her dramatically innovative line of 1954 with its simple, straight suits.
This exhibition showcases sophisticated Haute Couture creations as well as the experimental Ready-to-Wear pieces that left their mark on the 1950s. This was Haute Couture's golden age, when Paris regained its title of the world's fashion capital. In addition to its selection of garments and accessories, the exhibition also features graphic documents, magazines, photographs, archive documents and videos.
On display until November 2, 2014
Palais Galliera - Musée de la mode de la ville de Paris
10, avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75016 Paris
Photo © All rights reserved
July 23rd, 2014
Sam Taylor-Johnson’s photographic exhibition of the private apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel, "Second Floor", will open at Saatchi Gallery in London on Friday September 12th 2014 until Saturday October 4th. The series of 45 photographs captures the private rooms of Mademoiselle Chanel at 31 rue Cambon in Paris.
"Shooting at Coco Chanel’s apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience," says Taylor‑Johnson. "The essence of Chanel is firmly rooted there in all of her possessions and I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabit the second floor."
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ King's Road
London, SW3 4RY
December 9th, 2013Par Anne Combaz
For the fourth year running, Chanel is opening its 200m2 ephemeral boutique in Courchevel. For the occasion, Karl Lagerfeld decorated 36 of the 72 Jardin Alpin cable cars with his sketches. Symbols, iconic elements, silhouettes from collections, portraits of Mademoiselle Chanel as well as self-portraits of the designer himself will customize the cable cars this winter.
From December 14th 2013 until April 2014
11.30am-1.30pm / 3pm‐8pm
Esplanade "LE TREMPLIN"
Photo by Anne Combaz
December 6th, 2013
The invitation sketched by Karl Lagerfeld reads, "Coco Chanel back in Dallas". The fashion show for the 2013/14 Métiers d'Art collection titled "Paris-Dallas" will take place on the 10th of December 2013 at Dallas Fair Park, a historical venue with art-deco architecture that is located in the heart of the Texan city. This event is the occasion to celebrate the strong bond that linked the French designer to the United States. "I admire and love America. It's where I made my fortune. For many Americans (…), I am France" stated Gabrielle Chanel, cited by Paul Morand in his book, The Allure of Chanel.
The climax of this mutual passion dates back to 1957, when Coco Chanel – accompanied by a delegation of 125 people from France – landed on October 14th at the Dallas airport. Stanley Marcus, co-founder of the Neiman Marcus store, awarded her with the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion, the "Oscar of Fashion". That year, the designer of rue Cambon is the only winner among the 300 fashion designers invited, an indication of the importance she holds in the hearts of Americans. During her twelve-day Texan journey, Gabrielle Chanel dazzles the crowd to the point that Time Magazine reports the event by titling it "Dallas in Wonderland".
Fifty-six years later, Karl Lagerfeld returns to Dallas and retraces this journey that sealed the French-American love story of the designer with the people seduced by the modernity of her creations.
Discover behind the scene features of the fashion show on December 10th, from 9pm Dallas time, on Chanel News.
1- The designer at Neiman Marcus in the cabine with multiple mirrors, as a nod to the mythical staircase of rue Cambon
2- Stanley Marcus and his wife Billie surround Gabrielle Chanel at a party organized at their ranch, before the awarding the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.
3- Gabrielle Chanel, radiant, bids farewell to Stanley Marcus before returning to France. A historical detail, it was the first time that the Dallas airport welcomed an airplane from abroad.
©DeGolyer Library, SMU, Marcus Papers
November 28th, 2013
On November 27th, Chanel celebrated Numéros Privés at the historic Chertkov Mansion in Moscow. Guests wandered through an installation featuring Chanel’s iconic codes.
Photo by Olivier Saillant
November 12th, 2013Par Kenneth Goh
A little more Chanel stardust has descended on Singapore - just 6 months after Karl Lagerfeld showed Chanel's Cruise collection 2013 at Loewen Cluster earlier this year.
This time round, the magical star dust came in the form of Chanel's classic jacket - black, beautiful and breath-taking. The Little Black Jacket, a photographic book on Chanel's classic revisited by the power duo of Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, was turned into a photographic exhibition at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, opening on the 8th November 2013.
The museum is one of the most architecturally unique buildings in Singapore. Designed by Moshe Safdie, the architecture is said to be in the form of a lotus flower, with each of its ten "petals" holding various gallery spaces within the Museum. It is also the world's first ArtScience museum. A cavernous space, with over 21 galleries totalling 50 000 square feet, the ArtScience museum sits on the waterfront of the prestigious Marina Bay Sands, right in the heart of the city.
Following on from major cities like Tokyo, New York, London, Paris, Milan, Beijing and Shanghai, Singapore's exhibition (which runs through till the 1st January 2014) presents a whole new feel to the images, underscoring Chanel's values of creativity and modernity. Pictures have been blown up in sizes unseen before and manipulated in ways that blend colour, texture and a clever play of shadow and light in powerful combinations.
Housed deep beneath the ArtScience Museum, at the very root and heart of Singapore's new iconic monument, 3 enormous exhibition halls were turned into one cavernous space to house all 129 celebrities that Karl Lagerfeld shot for the latest edition of The Little Black Jacket (published July 2013). 22 new celebrities were shot for the second edition of the book, to add to the 107 celebrities he initially photographed for the first edition, published in September, 2012.
Karl Lagerfeld's photographs illustrate the versatility and timelessness of the iconic Chanel jacket. With celebrities as diverse as the laughing Sarah Jessica Parker, with her jacket turned into a flamboyant "crown", to the wimple created for Supermodel Freja Beja Erichsen, Karl Lagerfeld's creative direction made every picture arresting and idiosyncratic, with each celebrity adapting the garment to reflect their own inimitable style.
One of the most interesting exhibits includes a short movie of Yoko Ono, moving to the beat of her own drum and creating a rhythm that only someone as free-spirited and eccentric can do.
The exhibition in Singapore has the addition of 22 new celebrities captured on silk screen, on a wall of it's own. Not all were dressed in black, with arch angel Keira Knightley, ravishing as a couture angel, looking celestial in her white jacket and couture gown, as if descending upon the crowd from the heavens. China's Supermodel Sun Fei Fei went all Oriental as a dowager in an extravagant head dress festooned with Chanel camellias, a dragon embroidered qi pao and some dangerous metallic nails in a homage to the Middle Kingdom. Super blogger, Han Huo Huo, did his own rendition, dark and mysterious with just a smudge of kohl around the eyes for melancholy. A separate room has 4 enormous fire engraved glass portraits, one in each colour of the element. Keira Knightly in heavenly white. Sun Fei Fei in brilliant gold (Yellow being the colour of kings in ancient China), Chinese actress Zhou Xun in majestic red (the traditional Chinese colour to symbolise luck and prosperity) and Han Huo Huo in mysterious blue.
Fabulous was the night, and fantastic was the exhibition. Add in Future Fashion Fun, and you have The Little Black Jacket all wrapped up in this Lion City.
Kenneth Goh, Creative Director, Harper's Bazaar Singapore