This novel, written by Colette in 1920, is part of Karl Lagerfeld's literary collection. The book is a great source of inspiration for the pictures in the 2009 Spring-Summer Accessories Catalogue, which portrays a woman (Jerry Hall) and her much younger lover (Baptiste Giabiconi). 'Chéri tells the story of Léa de Lonval, a former courtesan who, approaching fifty, falls in love with a young dandy, Fred Peloux, going by the name 'chéri'. The son of a rich courtesan, this handsome young man of 25 lives surrounded and pampered by eccentric and liberal demi-mondaines, typical of the 1920s. Idle and narcissistic, he lives six years of passion with this glamorous woman, who passes on all her experience to him. He then leaves her to wed Edmée, the very young daughter of a rich friend of his mother’s. The passion and disillusionment of this short story portrays a certain social milieu of the Paris 'Belle Epoque' — a milieu well known to Colette and Mademoiselle Chanel during those carefree years.
Barbie dressed and photographed by the designer for her 50th anniversary
Karl Lagerfeld : “For me, Barbie is fun and she is touching in a way, with her naive beauty that she has represented for so many decades without really changing.”
Exhibition at Colette in Paris from March 9th to 28th, 2009.
Event for the launch of the book by Jefferson Hack
CHANEL 31 rue Cambon
Fall-Winter 2009/10 Ready-to-Wear
For this collection, staged at the Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld designed a minimalist and purified décor. It was made up of a succession of eight white spaces and a contrasting black lacquered floor — a combination which could just as easily evoke a vast contemporary apartment, an art gallery or Chanel's couture salons on the rue Cambon. Door frames in the white spaces allowed for movement throughout the blocks and for the models to cross one another weaving down the runway, breaking from the traditionally linear movement of fashion shows.
Fall-Winter 2009/10 Ready-to-Wear
The Fall-Winter 2009/10 Ready-to-Wear collection is an homage to black, all kinds of black. Karl Lagerfeld gave this collection a working title: "The collection is called Chanel Belle Brumelle," as a reference to Beau Brumelle, "the 18th century English dandy who invented the look for men of dark clothes with the focal point on ties, scarves, collars and cuffs".
Therefore, in this collection there are ruffled collars and cuffs in white tulle, muslin and taffeta, which adorn the neck and wrists of the elegant black dresses and impeccable black suits. This unity of the blacks is punctuated by moments of pale pink and jade green, which delicately enliven the collection.
As for accessories, the jewelry is geometric, with a playful and unpretentious art deco inspiration. Also of note are the classic bags in their thermoformed packaging, with pockets for an iPod, the N°5 perfume, and sunglasses.
The artistic adventure Mobile Art CHANEL Contemporary Art Container by Zaha Hadid has been discontinued after Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York. The image that such an event would have conveyed in the next cities would no longer have been in the spirit of the times.An unprecedented travelling aesthetic experience, Mobile Art was greeted with great enthusiasm and curiosity the world over during 2008. The delight expressed by the 100,000 visitors was shared by the positive acclaim of the international press in its extensive coverage of this event.A new form of exhibition conceived as a sensorial voyage, Mobile Art gave the quilted bag, icon of CHANEL's heritage, its own means of expression by confronting it with contemporary creation. Some 20 works inspired by the quilted bag were exhibited in the heart of a mobile pavilion specially created by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid at the request of Karl Lagerfeld. Together, the collision of these original and unusual points of view renewed the vision of the CHANEL universe.A utopia created by a total work of art, Mobile Art will remain a great achievement and a global success, reaffirming with force CHANEL's attachment to creativity and to the avant-garde.
Two feature films dedicated to her life will be coming out this year: “Coco before Chanel”, a movie by Anne Fontaine staring Audrey Tautou, and “Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky”, directed by Jan Kounen with Anna Mouglalis as Mademoiselle Chanel during her relationship with one of the most influential composers of the XXth century.Photo: Mademoiselle Chanel in Biarritz, France © TopFoto / Roger-Viollet
The inspiration for the Spring-Summer 2009 Ready-to-Wear campaign
A Danish painter from the early 20th Century, Vilhelm Hammershoi, is the inspiration for the Spring-Summer 2009 campaign. Karl Lagerfeld has a passion for the low-key interiors of this artist who was keen to swathe everyday life in stillness and silence. All his recurring motifs: empty apartments, urban scenes and portraits systematically call to mind a closed world where melancholy and emptiness, common themes that can be found throughout his work, reign. This world focuses all its attention on a single window with no curtains or catches, usually in the background of the picture, the only source of light reduced to just a few rays of hazy, filtered sunshine.
Similarities can be seen with photography of the time, taken in black and white and then colored in. When asked in an interview about his neutral color choices, his dull pallet of shades of grey and brown, Vilhelm Hammershoi said “I’m utterly convinced that a painting has the best effect in terms of its color the fewer colors there are.”
Hammershoi never allowed himself to be influenced by the artistic revolutions of his time. He carefully kept his distance, limiting himself to a small number of subjects and found his inspiration in 17th century Dutch painting.
What’s more, it is only recently that we are rediscovering the modernity of his paintings, contemporaries of the birth of photography and cinema. The similarity between photography and painting gives Hammershoi’s work an ambivalent character and an astonishingly modern feel.