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