Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chanel And Colette

ONE is classic and timeless, the other is of-the-moment and chic, but now two bastions of French style - Chanel and Colette - are coming together. The duo is set to open a pop-up store to coincide with Paris Fashion Week, on the site of a former garage.
As you might imagine, the store will meld the two worlds - with a calendar of events that gives Chanel's famous bags and jewellery a touch of Colette modernity - and you can even have you Chanel bag customised by a famous artist, if you're brave enough.
  • Tuesday, March 1 : Designer and illustrator Kevin Lyons will be customising bags between 4pm and 6pm.
  • Wednesday, March 2 : A Lemariè craftsman will give a Camellia demonstration by between 3pm and 6pm.
  • Thursday, March 3 : The illustrator Soledad will be customising bags between 4pm and 6pm.
  • Friday, March 4 : There will be a harpsichord performance by the pianist and composer Maxence Cyrin, from 5pm.
  • Saturday, March 5 : Graffiti artist André will be customising bags between 3pm and 6pm.
  • Monday, March 7 : Graffiti artist Fafi will be customising bags between 4pm and 6pm.
  • Tuesday, March 8 : Chanel nail bar between 3pm and 6pm.
  • Wednesday, March 9 : SO-ME, graphic artist and illustrator, will be customising bags between 4pm and 6pm.
  • Thursday, March 10 : Chanel nail bar between 3pm and 6pm.
The store can be found at 336 - 340, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st, from March 1 to 10, 2011, between 11am and 7pm.


So great is Coco Chanel's legacy that fans make pilgrimages to her Paris apartment (although she also lived in the Paris Ritz for 30 years), which is preserved as she left it and endlessly referenced for style - as is every image of her and every tiny thing she ever designed. From her use of monochrome to her oversized 'costume' pearls and cuffs, everything is still sublimely, continuously referenced. As she herself once said: "Fashion fades, only style remains the same."

• Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was born in 1883 and died in 1971
• She created a new look for women in the 20th century, creating clothes that were primarily comfortable. A Chanel suit of 1923 or handbag is still seen as a landmark purchase for women of increasingly younger ages
• The Chanel uk No.5 scent is the best selling in the world
• The interlocking Cs of Coco Chanel remain one of the ultimate brand insignia
• Since 1983, Chanel has been designed by Karl Lagerfeld
• The building where her apartment is in Paris was bought by Chanel in 1920, and still houses the ground-floor shop, the haute couture workrooms in the attic (where 100 seamstresses still work entirely by hand), and what is now Karl Lagerfeld's study

Coco Chanel's bobbed hair, bright red lips and outspoken manner also broke the mould. This smoking, outspoken woman never married - although she had relations with the English industrialist Arthur "Boy" Capel - who lent her the money to buy Rue Cambon - Igor Stravinsky and the second Duke of Westminster Hugh "Bendor" Grosvenor, the richest man in Europe. Keira Knightley followed Kate Moss as the new face of Coco Mademoiselle in 2007. The brand could not be more alive with watches, beauty, fragrance, womenswear and new stores.

In 2009 a biopic film based on her life titled 'Coco before Chanel' was released. Audrey Tatou was given the lead-role and follows as she goes from orphan to Haute Couture designer.

Chanel, 31 rue Cambon, Paris
Tel: +33 1 4286 2600

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