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FALL-WINTER 2011/12 READY-TO-WEAR

Grand Palais, Paris, March 8th

Photos: Olivier Saillant

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FAFI AT CHANEL-COLETTE
MARCH 7TH

From 4pm to 6pm, Fafi will be customizing Chanel handbags at the Chanel-Colette ephemeral boutique, 336-340, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.

Born and raised in Toulouse, France, Fafi's strong presence was first witnessed on her hometown walls in 1994. Back then, her funny, sexy, and sometimes aggressive girl characters caught the attention of the graffiti art world. By exploring feminity through stereotypes and using it to her advantage, she attracted enormous interest and thus started to travel with thousands of "Fafinettes" in her brushes and paint cans.

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ANDRÉ AT CHANEL-COLETTE
MARCH 5th

From 3pm to 6pm, André will be customizing Chanel handbags at the Chanel-Colette ephemeral boutique, 336 – 340, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.

André is a French graffiti artist. He is the creator of a pink character called Mr. A, which is characterized by an asymmetry of the eyes (one eye is round and the other is a cross). André draws Mr. A on walls all over the world and he is also famous for his "Graffiti Love", first names surrounded by little hearts.

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MAXENCE CYRIN AND ELISA SEDNAOUI
AT CHANEL-COLETTE
MARCH 4th

From 5pm to 7pm, Maxence Cyrin and Elisa Sednaoui will animate the musical atmosphere at the Chanel-Colette ephemeral boutique: Maxence Cyrin will be performing on the harpsichord and Elisa Sednaoui will be mixing.

Maxence Cyrin, a classically trained artist, juggles musical styles and mixes new wave, techno and electro: he reinterprets the classics of techno by playing them solo on the piano.

Elisa Sednaoui, actress and model, recently collaborated with DJ Chaim after starring in the film Bus Palladium by Christopher Thompson, whose screenplay evolves around a rock band and a famous Parisian club.

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SOLEDAD AT CHANEL-COLETTE
MARCH 3rd

From 4pm to 6pm, Soledad will be customizing Chanel handbags at the Chanel-Colette ephemeral boutique, 336 – 340, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.

She is well known for her emblematic sketches published in French Elle magazine. Former student at Penninghen Art School, she has worked as an artistic director in advertising and has since moved on to illustration. Her characters, the “new Parisiennes”, express all the contradictions faced by occidental women of the 3rd millennium.

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KEVIN LYONS AT CHANEL-COLETTE
MARCH 1ST

From 4pm to 6pm, Kevin Lyons will be customizing Chanel handbags at the CHANEL-COLETTE ephemeral boutique, 336 - 340, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.

Kevin Lyons is a 1992 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA where he received a degree in film.
Typographer, Art Director, designer and teacher, he was named as one of “The Top Forty Designers Under Thirty” by I.D. Magazine. His work has been published worldwide from Thrasher to The Face, to Lowdown to Anthem and Refill. He has shown worldwide including solo shows in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Paris.

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CHANEL AND COLETTE
MEET IN RUE SAINT-HONORÉ

From March 1st to 10th, two legendary Fashion addresses – Chanel 31 rue Cambon and Colette 213 rue Saint-Honoré – will be blending their creative talent to open an ephemeral boutique at 336-340 rue Saint-Honoré. Stretching over 200 m², the boutique is set in the industrial surroundings of a former garage turned into a giant living display space.

This spontaneous installation will combine fashion, visual arts and musical performances, resulting in a fun-fuelled, creative mix and match by Chanel and Colette with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe.

The headlining creations from the Chanel 2011 Spring-Summer collection will arouse curiosity when juxtaposed with a selection of pieces from young designers chosen by Colette. Legendary Chanel bags and this season’s designs, including a Mademoiselle bag in the famous Colette colour, will be originally customised by various artists such as Kevin Lyons, Soledad, André, Fafi and SO-ME.

Even more playful and unusual surprises await in the form of a collector’s doll by Karl Lagerfeld, bag charms, helmets, and cameras. Amongst these must have items, Colette compilation CDs and scented candles are not forgotten.

Other aesthetic and delectable treats include the Colette nail bar and a cupcake bar.

A special playlist created by Michel Gaubert is also available to all boutique customers.


Program:

Friends of Chanel are special guests to be discovered as in house DJs, and five artists invited by Colette will be customising Chanel bags, upon request.

March 1: Kevin Lyons, designer and illustrator, will be customizing bags, 4pm - 6pm
March 2: Camellia demonstration by a Lemarié craftsman, 3pm - 6pm
March 3: The illustrator Soledad will be customizing bags, 4pm - 6pm
March 4: Harpsichord performance by the pianist and composer Maxence Cyrin, from 5pm
March 5: Graffiti artist André will be customizing bags, 3pm - 6pm
March 7: Graffiti artist Fafi will be customizing bags, 4pm - 6pm
March 8: Chanel nail bar, 3pm - 6pm
March 9: SO-ME, graphic artist and illustrator, will be customizing bags, 4pm - 6pm
March 10: Chanel nail bar, 3pm - 6pm

Chanel and Colette: Meet in rue Saint-Honoré
336 - 340, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st
From March 1st to 10th 2011
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 11am to 7pm

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