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By Karl
VANITY FAIR ITALY

Jeff Koons at the Château de Versailles, published in Vanity Fair Italy

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"premiere" watch - comeback

In 1987, the first CHANEL watch is created and is simply called "Première." Its octagonal shape is what makes this watch original, and just like the cap on the N°5 bottle, it is a reminder of the geometrical shape of the Place Vendôme, seen from the windows of Mademoiselle Chanel's room at the Hotel Ritz.

This year, CHANEL launches the new version of this cult watch in ceramic, a luxurious, noble, smooth and light material. This new version still has the original hands and octagonal shaped case, it is fine and feminine, and has the same precious line as the discrete watches from the 1930’s.

This re-edition is available in two colors, black and white, four ceramic versions, steel and diamonds or ceramic, 18-carat white gold and diamonds.

For more information, visit the Fine Jewellery & Watches website on chanel.com.

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The girls of the rue cambon

Spring-Summer 2009 Ready-to-Wear

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spring-summer 2009 ready-to-wear show

The rue Cambon moves to the heart of the Grand Palais

For the 2009 Spring-Summer show, Karl Lagerfeld rebuilt the façade of 31 rue Cambon, under the huge skylight of the Grand Palais, on a one to one scale. There was one important change: the street, made famous by Mademoiselle Chanel, is no longer parallel to the house but faces it and leads to it. The designer explains: this spectacular decor is not an exact replica; it is an idealization, a conceptual reconstruction. The backdrop of the show is the movie set and the show is like a short movie with models playing the part of Parisian ladies. "It's just like a Hollywood view," says Karl Lagerfeld.

In 1921, Mademoiselle Chanel set up her house in the center of Paris, at 31 rue Cambon. Her two-storey apartment is still in this building: four rooms filled with meticulously well-preserved treasures. There are also the Haute Couture salons that Mademoiselle Chanel would use for her shows and which Karl Lagerfeld redesigned according to the original feel. The three Haute Couture ateliers remain at the top of the building.

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The chanel fishing kit

An original Chanel stamped fishing kit, with its quilted leather case and double C flies: without doubt the most unexpected fall 2008 accessory offered by Karl Lagerfeld to fishing lovers. It fits naturally into the history of the fashion house, echoing Mademoiselle Chanel’s passions. She was one of the first women to take on horse riding, dancing and golf, and started creating “sporty” pieces for her collections as early as the twenties.
The perfectly elegant Duke of Westminster introduced her to the joys of fishing and took her on many cruises in Italy, Scotland and Norway to fish for salmon. She tells her friend Marcel Haedrich, French writer and reporter: “I have learnt how to fish for salmon (…) I used to find it extremely boring, spending days throwing flies to catch fish was really not my thing; but I started doing it, fished from dawn to 11 p.m, and loved it. I must say I was very lucky, I fished in the best seas.” (Coco Chanel by Marcel Haedrich, Belfond 1987, p.103)

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Versailles as seen by karl lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld's exhibition of photos of the Château de Versailles and its gardens has just ended, but his project continues. The designer and photographer intends to publish a book. The profit of the sales of this book will contribute to the restoration of this heritage. The success of this exhibition must have a true meaning in the subconscious of French history, which appreciates Karl Lagerfeld's original point of view. He focuses less on the well-known architectural splendor and the monarchic glory, and more on the sad sculptures, whirling alleys and the obscure ponds: the viewers of this vanished world locked in a silence of stone.

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Mobile art in new york

After Hong Kong and Tokyo, the futuristic pavilion built by Zaha Hadid for CHANEL will arrive in New York on October 20th.

This itinerant contemporary art exhibition will open its doors to the public in the heart of Central Park, on the Rumsey Playfield, just by 70th Street. Karl Lagerfeld did not choose this location randomly. Central Park is the only gigantic natural space, where one can take a walk and breathe in a city that is dedicated to the “culture of congestion”: condensed architecture, rationalization, repetition, systematism, verticality… The flawless and organic architecture of the Mobile Art pavilion will encounter the park’s natural design and contrast with the New York architecture that comes out through the foliage.

Coincidentally, the opening of Mobile Art in New York will take place at the same time as the park's 150th anniversary. The exhibition admission is free upon request via Internet. The New York edition of “CHANEL Mobile Art” magazine will be given to each visitor.

For more information, visit www.chanel-mobileart.com

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Starting point - uptown girl

Here is a sneak preview of selected images of the “Starting Point 2009“, the beginning of the Spring-Summer collection: a very chic “Uptown New York”…

(In stores this January)

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fall-winter 2008/9 haute couture show decor

Organ pipes

For this season's haute couture collection, the designer conceived a central burst of tubes as tall as 105 feet under the majestic glass ceiling of the Grand Palais. "One day, he says, I was at a piano concert given by Helene Arnault and Brigitte Engerer... It all started then. It is the organ buffet at the Salle Gaveau that inspired me." For Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion show's set is extremely important; It is more than a simple illustration or prolongation of the collection's theme, it is a true architectural proposition. The power, the strength, and the originality of this effort add a whole new dimension to the show, as the architecture connects the fashion to the show's music.

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