Chanel

Buy it now: Is Chanel e-com coming?



chanel ss17 ecommerce

Well you can’t theme a Chanel show around data and servers and not expect some savvy journos to jump to conclusions. Chanel has been dipping its two-tone toe cap into the e-com pool one inch at a time, with make-up, fragrance and even entry level fine jewellery. Surely, the full e-com works isn’t far off? (more…)



For Insta-girls: Chanel N°5 L’Eau



Chanel N°5 L'Eau - a new version of the iconic scent aimed at the Instagram generation

While the fragrance spotlight is on Louis Vuitton this month (it’s pushing boldly into the fragrance arena with the launch of seven unique scents), there’s big news from the Chanel camp too.

Chanel N°5 has a cool younger sister about to grab all the attention, a fresh, lighter version of the iconic perfume. (more…)



Why is Chanel Le Rouge Collection No.1 a big deal?



Chanel Le Rouge Collection No1 by Lucia Pica

Tomorrow is a big day for Chanel. Not that you’d guess it, but if you’re a beauty follower, you’ll know that Chanel’s new autumn collection ‘Chanel Le Rouge Collection No.1’ drops in store (in the UK). (UPDATE: It’s landed! Buy it here.)

And you might also be aware that it’s the first full collection by Lucia Pica, aka Chanel’s Global Make-up and Colour Designer. Why is this a big deal? I’ll tell you in a minute. (more…)



Workshop visit: At Chanel, it’s all wheat, no chaff



Chanel L'Epi brooch fine jewellery Les Bles de Chanel

When did wheat get such a bad rap? What was once revered for giving us our daily bread is now feared for making us fat, tired and irritable. Time for a rebranding campaign perhaps, but who would have expected the redeemer to be…Chanel?

In fact, the notion isn’t quite as eccentric as it seems if you know the history of Chanel. The young Gabrielle Chanel had humble beginnings, spending her childhood in the rural French region of Auvergne, known for its wheat fields. As a young woman she became friends with Salvador Dali, who once gifted her a painting of wheat, a gesture that symbolised success, growth and prosperity. From there on, wheat became one of the signature house codes, woven, embroidered and knitted into many a collection. Fast-forward to 2016 and the humble ear of wheat is the focus of some of the most extravagant Chanel pieces you can buy – from the ‘Les Blés de Chanel’ high jewellery collection. (more…)