December 4th, 2013dans by-karl. (Derniï¿½re mise ï¿½ jour : December 4th, 2013)
In December 1953, Coco Chanel began her incredible return to center stage. The designer reopens her Haute Couture house after fifteen years of absence. The collection is welcomed by the French press with an icy silence. Only the American media supports the looks that define the rebirth of Chanel's style. The Return retraces this determining period, that shaped the legend of the designer of rue Cambon forever.
The Return features Geraldine Chaplin in the role of Gabrielle Chanel, Rupert Everett, Anna Mouglalis, Lady Amanda Harlech, Arielle Dombasle, the model Kati Nescher, as well as Vincent Darré and Sam McKnight. This new film imagined, written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld, will premiere in Dallas on December 10th as an introduction to the 2013/14 Métiers d'Art fashion show, at 6:30pm local time, and broadcasted simultaneously on chanel.com.
Soundtrack: Francis Poulenc "Sonate pour hautbois et piano, Op. 185 : Scherzo"
November 28th, 2013dans the-places. (Derniï¿½re mise ï¿½ jour : November 29th, 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 26th, 2013(Derniï¿½re mise ï¿½ jour : December 4th, 2013)
Zhang Ziyi wore a Chanel dress from the Fall-Winter 2012/13 Haute-Couture collection at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, where she won the award for the best leading actress for her performance in the film "The Grandmaster" by Wong Kar-Wai.
November 20th, 2013(Derniï¿½re mise ï¿½ jour : November 26th, 2013)
Chanel's artistic director has gone back to school. For two hours, the man who ended his studies at age 16 "because he did not have enough time" spoke to an enthusiastic audience, composed of students and personalities in the Grand Amphitheater at Sciences Po, the prestigious Paris University. Hosted by Frederic Mion, the director of IEP Paris, Karl Lagerfeld presented his outstanding destiny with sincerity, subtlety and humor. "The sketcher" as he describes himself, explained the importance of knowledge in his life, "You must know everything! There are so many things to do, to read, to learn… I fight for the 48-hour day!" Karl Lagerfeld shared his view of creation, "My vision follows the times and I also change with it. To never have a fixed position in fashion is essential. We must adapt to the evolution of time, and not vice versa." He reminds the audience of his motto: "There's no credit for the past." The audience is attentive, and the tweets are published as quickly as the accurate speech of the designer.
On the occasion of this conference, Karl Lagerfeld shared some information about the upcoming Métiers d'Art 2013/14 fashion show, which will take place in Dallas on December 10th. The choice of the American city is "a tribute to the United States, the only ones who supported the return of Gabrielle Chanel in 1954 in Paris." He also stressed the importance of métiers d'art – which will be highlighted at the show – and those who perpetuate the excellence of French savoir-faire: "I deeply admire those who have the patience to work one thousand hours on an embroidered piece. As I, myself, don't have any!" After sharing his biggest regret," to not know how to play the piano," Karl Lagerfeld gave the younger generation some valuable advice: "Everyone has to find their path. No generalization."
Karl Lagerfeld, Francoise-Marie Santucci and Frederic Mion
Photo by Olivier Saillant
November 19th, 2013Par Olivier Saillant dans by-karl. (Derniï¿½re mise ï¿½ jour : December 2nd, 2013)
The Return, a film imagined, written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld will premiere in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, December 10th 2013, before the 2013/14 Métiers d'Art runway show, titled "Paris-Dallas". The screening and the fashion show will take place in Dallas Fair Park, a historical exhibition venue with art deco architecture that is situated in the heart of the city.
Following the short film Once Upon a Time…, which had its debut last May in Singapore, in which Karl Lagerfeld explored Gabrielle Chanel’s early days in Deauville in 1913, The Return retraces her footsteps to the reopening of her couture house in 1954 in Paris, and the importance of the role that the United States played in this come back.
The Return features Geraldine Chaplin in the role of Gabrielle Chanel alongside Rupert Everett, Anna Mouglalis, Lady Amanda Harlech, Arielle Dombasle and Kati Nescher as well as Vincent Darré and Sam McKnight. This new short film by Karl Lagerfeld will be premiered - in his presence - in Dallas, on December 10th, 2013 at 6:30pm local time, and simultaneously on chanel.com.
Photo by Olivier Saillant
November 18th, 2013(Derniï¿½re mise ï¿½ jour : November 18th, 2013)
The film depicts the story of the Cruise 2013/14 collection from the ateliers in Paris to the show in Singapore. The collection is now available in boutiques.
More information on chanel.com
Soundtrack: Kid Creole and The Coconuts "I'm a Wonderful Thing Baby"
November 18th, 2013Par Saskia de Brauw (Derniï¿½re mise ï¿½ jour : November 18th, 2013)
During her stay in Singapore for the Cruise 2013/14 show, the model Saskia de Brauw kept a journal in which she wrote down her experiences and observations of Singapore and the show.
November 12th, 2013Par Kenneth Goh dans the-places. (Derniï¿½re mise ï¿½ jour : November 28th, 2013)
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