CHANEL NEWS

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VANESSA PARADIS SINGS “ST GERMAIN”

During the summer 2010, Vanessa Paradis gave a series of 20 acoustic shows in France. For the first time, her repertoire, from "Joe le taxi" to "Divine Idylle", was reinterpreted with 8 acoustic musicians amongst which a string quartet.

This project led to a live album but also to a movie retracing the full-length concert of July 12th at the Royal Opera of the Palace of Versailles.

The Deluxe collector set in limited and numbered edition features the portfolio "Une nuit à Versailles" with exclusive photos of Vanessa Paradis by Karl Lagerfeld.

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SINGAPORE - A FASHION SHOW
650 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND

On November 18th, Chanel showcased a special event in Singapore on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands building.

The setting, featuring a 492 feet infinity swimming pool and surrounded by a panoramic view of the city's skyline, was the backdrop for the remake of the Cruise 2010/11 fashion show originally presented in Saint-Tropez last May.

At nightfall, the Sands Sky Park was transformed into a party venue for the guests.

The event was organized to celebrate the opening of the boutique at the ground floor of the building: a 648 m² fashion duplex designed by Peter Marino.

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CHANEL RECREATES SAINT-TROPEZ
IN TOKYO

On November 17th, Chanel welcomed its guests at the Omotesando boutique, in the heart of Tokyo's trendiest shopping area, to celebrate the arrival of the latest Cruise 2010/11 collection.

For the occasion, the boutique was redecorated in the spirit of the show presented in Saint-Tropez last May.
The boutique and the terrace on the 4th floor of the building were tranformed into a Tropezian café as a party venue where the guests, including fashion celebrities, journalists and bloggers, enjoyed a live music performance, inspired by the playlist of the fashion show.

The installation will be on display for ten days.

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CHANEL BY JEAN LEYMARIE
A COLLECTOR'S BOOK REVISITED

First published in 1987, this book was impossible to find in stores until now.
Only the most determined could still track down this collector.

It is once again available in French published by “Éditions de la Martinière” and in English by “Abrams” in the United States and “Thames & Hudson” in England.

In this book, art historian Jean Leymarie recounts the life of Coco Chanel and her work through the world of art. The text is accompanied by photos of Coco Chanel amidst the creations of Cocteau, Modigliani, Matisse, Renoir, Iribe, Doisneau, Marie Laurencin...
Toward the end of the 1910s, thanks to muse and benefactor Misia Sert, wife of painter José-Mari Sert, Gabrielle Chanel was introduced into the most avant-garde group of artists of the time. Jean Leymarie highlights the friendships that forged the life and style of Coco Chanel, from Picasso to Dali. "I always felt a solid sense of friendship toward Picasso. I believe that he felt the same way." (quote from Coco Chanel, p.70)

Photo: the book "CHANEL" by Jean Leymarie photographed in Coco Chanel's apartment

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ORCHESTRA
BY MICHEL GAUBERT

JARDIN D'EDEN - THOMAS ROUSSEL

It all started with a wisecrack made by Karl Lagerfeld in the Chanel Studio in July this year.

While we were talking about the October fashion show, a French-style garden setting in the Grand Palais and Last Year at Marienbad as inspiration for the collection, Karl was wondering what we should do for music. He was quick to come up with the idea of a philarmonic orchestra.

It was quite an idea since we had to get an orchestra of 80 musicians to play bang in the centre of the Grand Palais, a magical location by all standards whose accoustics are not its best feature.

Thomas Roussel, a young conductor with great ideas, was to be the man for the job; a man of talent who is always a pleasure to work with. During our discussions, we came up with the idea of making a soundtrack that was to be our version of Last Year at Marienbad, as the original score, composed by Francis Seyrig, would have been slightly nerve-racking to present the collection.

We therefore decided to do interpretations of rather well-known pop culture tracks, hinting at the audience without revealing too much from the first keys. We focused on two tracks by Bjork, ‘Isobel’ and ‘Bachelorette’, as they already are like mini-symphonies of their own with elaborate string arrangements that we mixed with a cult theme from John Barry and Thomas' exclusive composition ‘Jardin d'Eden’ before closing with the sweeping violin crescendos of  ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ a track made famous by The Verve when in fact they borrowed it from the Rolling Stones when it was called ‘The Last Time’.

For two months, we swapped sounds back and forth. Thomas wrote his score on his computer, a bit like a pattern maker making his toile, waiting for final approval prior to transcribe the score for each group of instruments.

In total there were to be eight rehearsals to practice the score and adapt it to the fashion show. The first rehearsal was the trickiest because it was held in an outside venue and the musicians from the Lamoureux orchestra discovered for the first time the melodies and arpeggios they will have to fine tune within the next 48 hours. The violins screeched somewhat and the tempo was slightly off. In the beginning it is always like that and Thomas had the situation under control while I was the only one concerned with the sound being offbeat.

The night before the show, the Grand Palais was amazing with the gardens looking like they had always belonged there. Upon Karl's arrival we gave the 'go' to the conductor and the models started walking the gravel alleys in their everyday clothes, their attitude enhanced by the surroundings and the soundtrack that now sounds perfect. It is the most priviledged moment in the process of the making of a show, when all the pieces from the different players come together making Karl's vision a reality. Everything feels fresh and fragile, making the ephemeral desirable forever.

On D-Day, the orchestra walks up to, looking impeccable in their custom made Chanel cardigans, both taken and reserved by the idea of playing more than their part in this unusual production. 5-4-3-2-1 Go!
Time stands still, we hold our breath, we have to do it and do it well, it is a live performance and there is no room for error.
The models dressed in silver tweeds and feathers much loved by Mademoiselle appear from each side of the grand staircase, becoming the protagonists of ‘Next Year at Marienbad’.

Two months of work, nineteen-minutes of show but our emotions will remain engraved in our memories forever.

Thomas Roussel composed ‘Jardin d’Eden’, exclusively for the web broadcast of the fashion show.


 


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