Monthly Archives: March 2008

Chanel 2.55 Anniversary Reissue Flap Bag on Karen Kooper!

chanel 2.55 reissue bag on karen Kooper

I didn’t even know that the anniversary flap came out also in white! Chanel reissued this bag the 50th anniversary of its creation. This reissue line came out in limited quantities only so grab it while you can on Karen Kooper http://www.karenkooper.com , Karen has always the best selection on impossible to find handbags!

I felt in love with the grey that daria werbowy was holding on the AW 2005 chanel campaign.

chanel grey reissue flap

$3000 on KarenKooper.com 

Louis Vuitton at the Brooklyn Museum by Takashi Murakami

 

BROOKLYN—The Brooklyn Museum will house a fully operational Louis Vuitton store “within and as part of” “© MURAKAMI,” a retrospective of work by the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, on view from April 5 through July 13, 2008, the museum has announced.

The store will offer a selection of Vuitton’s Monogram Multicolor bags and small leather goods as well as “Editioned Canvasses” of the Monogramouflage design created jointly by Murakami and Louis Vuitton artistic director Marc Jacobs, with whom the artist has collaborated since 2003. The pattern heralds a new product line that will be launched at the Brooklyn Museum Louis Vuitton store on June 1 and then sold in selected Louis Vuitton stores worldwide.

“© MURAKAMI” debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in late 2008, where it also featured a Louis Vuitton store, a move that drew considerable controversy. However, according to Murakami, “The shop project is not a part of the exhibition; rather it is the heart of the exhibition itself. It holds at once the aspects that fuse, reunite, and then recombine the concept of the readymade. The Louis Vuitton project brings to life a wonderful new world.”

Perhaps to blunt some of criticism, Vuitton has announced plans to donate a portion of the revenues generated at the store on the evening of the exhibition’s gala to the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation. The Brooklyn Museum has also announced that Vuitton is underwritting the store’s construction and is responsible for its staffing and operation.

Louis Vuitton Mahina XS Bag

March 27, 2008
post written by Bag Bliss blogger: BrS

Louis Vuitton Mahina XS Bag
Way back in October, Jennifer posted about the Louis Vuitton Mahina Bags (XL and XXL). These gorgeous bags feature the perforated LV monogram pattern, very similar in appearance to the earlier Onatah Collection. Interestingly, the Louis Vuitton Mahina Collection is named after a Polynesian Lunar Deity.

Back then, however, only the XL and XXL sizes were available. These bags are wonderful, but my goodness, …
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France’s Model First Lady

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Say what you will about her checkered past, her quickie marriage to Nicolas Sarkozy, and those nude photos that keep turning up at the most embarrassing moments. Carla Bruni is still the best thing to happen to France’s fashion industry in years. From the moment she stepped off the plane clad in head-to-toe Dior, France’s new First Lady has been a walking advertisement for Parisian style during a state visit to Britain this week.

Her trim gray Dior coat-dress with matching pillbox hat drew immediate comparisons to Jackie Kennedy and wowed even the jaded Fleet Street crowd. “Perfect!” gushed the tabloid Mirror. “Chic,” intoned The Times. The outfit was one of four Dior creations that Bruni wore on March 26, a day that included lunch at Windsor Castle, a speech by Sarkozy to Parliament, and a state dinner at Buckingham Palace.

Diplomacy may have played a role in the wardrobe selections, since Dior’s star designer, John Galliano, is British. What’s more, Dior’s owner, Bernard Arnault of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is a longtime friend of Sarkozy’s. But Bruni doesn’t seem to be playing couture favorites: her state-visit wardrobe also includes a gown by designer Jean-Paul Gaultier of Hermès.

It helped, of course, that Bruni is a former model who looks drop-dead gorgeous in just about anything. And, well, it probably didn’t hurt that, as The Daily Telegraph put it, Prince Charles’ wife Camilla Parker-Bowles “dressed in what appeared to be an aged cleaning lady’s old brown coat, and topped with a hat that looked like a beret upon which a dead pheasant had crash-landed.” Ouch.

French fashion houses have never had such a stylish ambassador in the Elysée Palace. The former Madame Sarkozy, Cécilia, was also an ex-model and a bigtime clothes shopper. But she seemed to favor Italian fashion over French: She wore Prada at Sarkozy’s swearing-in last year, and her recent remarriage in New York City was announced by the house of Versace, which dressed her and her new husband, Richard Attias, for the occasion.

Former First Lady Bernadette Chirac was a fan of Chanel and always impeccably clad. But she was already a matronly 62 when her husband became President in 1995. Bruni is only 40. The nude photos and the past liaisons with Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton may not be conventional trappings for a President’s wife – but they create a frisson that could help French fashion in its quest to remain young and hip.

Claudia Schiffer takes a tumble for Karl Lagerfeld

New Yorkers taking a stroll through the city’s Central Park have been greeted by a rather surprising sight: supermodel Claudia Schiffer sprawled across the grass.

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The supermodel lost her footing

Schiffer turned heads while taking part in a photo shoot for Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

The 37-year-old supermodel appeared to fall over while wearing a pair of high heel patent boots, but it was not clear if the tumble was an accident, or all part of the plan.

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Schiffer enjoyed posing in the sunshine

Aides helped her back on to her feet and she continued with her poses; at one point draping herself over the kerb again.

The veteran model appeared to enjoy her time spent outdoors in the spring sunshine.

Schiffer wore black leggings, a dark wool jacket and a beret for the shoot. She carried a black leather Chanel shoulder bag.

Schiffer is one of the world’s most successful supermodels. She has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers and was estimated to be worth around £38 million in 2002.

Claudia Schiffer
Aides were on hand to make sure the lighting was right

Born in Germany, she rose to fame in the 1990s. She was engaged to magician David Copperfield for six years.

In 2002 she married film producer Matthew Vaughan. The couple have two sons and live in London.

Tom Ford Spreads; High Fashion Excludes Big Breasts

• Tom Ford opened his first store outside the U.S. in Osaka, Japan. He plans to open 87 more locations in Asia over the next decade. Go, Ford, go! [WWD]

• High fashion is not cut for women with big breasts — since obviously those ladies come off as trashy. Nonetheless, 3,000 British women said the push-up bra was the greatest fashion invention of all time. Seems Anna Wintour was right about designers being out of touch. [Telegraph]

Marchesa has confirmed its bridal collection, which is what everyone suspected Georgina Chapman would be working on after her wedding to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, for which she designed her own dress. [Fashion Week Daily]

• The Chanel Mobile Art exhibit will plunk down in New York in September for Fashion Week. It will probably land wherever it can fit, since it’s so darn huge. Also, it takes two weeks to dismantle the structure and three weeks to assemble it. But do we really expect something less than high maintenance from Karl Lagerfeld? [Racked]

• Keepin’ it green as usual, Stella McCartney is opening six stores in India with the same distribution company that’s helping her save Bengali tigers. [WWD]

• The “Night of 1,000 Gowns” is a party for 1,200 transvestites at the Marriot Marquis. Sounds like a hot tranny mess. [NYP]• Mary J. Blige is suing vendors on Long Island who sell fake “Heart of the City”–tour T-shirts outside her concerts. Maybe next she’ll help cops with the counterfeit-handbag crackdown? [NYP]

• Maidenform now makes a backless bra. It beats those stick-on ones, but still has straps. [My Fashion Life]

• Kylie Minogue will wear Jean Paul Gaultier for her European tour “KylieX2008.” Gaultier also dressed Madonna for her 2006 “Confessions” tour and is rumored to be costuming a fall production of Snow White. [WWD]

• A luxury-pajama store on Madison Avenue called Arthur opened a month ago and is expected to make $1 million in its first year. Because sleep just wouldn’t be sleep without $200 pj’s. [WWD]

Chanel’s ‘Mobile Art’ exhibition set for world tour

Zaha Hadid, the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld to create the Mobile Art CHANEL Contemporary Art Container, pictured below. Hadid, described by The Times last year as “the world’s most flamboyant architect” due to her “breathtakingly sensuous designs”, seems like an obvious choice for a man quoted as saying “I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.”

Hadid was awarded the Pritzker, considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture, in 2004 and is arguably one of the most talented architects of her generation. According to the Museum Marketing Blog (where I found the pictures above and below), the Pavilion was inspired by Chanel’s signature quilted bag, but the official Chanel Mobile Art site says the exhibition inside the pavilion which will include work “inspired by the elements that give the emblematic quilted bag from CHANEL its identity”.

I can’t find a definitive answer as to if the Pavilion is also based on the icon bags – if you know please comment!

There is a great little vital tour of the exhibition space on the Chanel Mobile Art site where the concept is described:

“It is important to note that Mobile Art is less an itinerant exhibition than an artistic experience in a nomadic building. This is how both the architecture and the exhibition were conceived.”

“When you see pictures of the scale model, you notice that the architecture is completely organic. The walls are not straight.

Once inside the structure of Mobile Art, you find something undefined and fluid. It feels temporary, giving the impression of a virtual reality.
It plays on the idea of being in another dimension, in a cinematic universe.”

The tour starts in Hong Kong next month and comes to the UK in June 2009.

A long wait but hopefully one that’s worth it!

Marc Jacobs Collection Quilted Fabric Stam

marc jacobs stam

     

    • Quilted coated fabric with ostrich leather trim
    • Golden brass hardware
    • Rolled leather handles with ring attachments; 4.5″ drop
    • Front zipped besom pocket with leather pull
    • Rounded studs throughout
    • Fine textile lining
    • Protective metal feet
    • 14.5″x 9″x 5″
    • Made in Italy

    $1550 on www.eluxury.com

    Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Montorgueil GM

    Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Montorgueil GM

    New style from Louis Vuitton!

    • Monogram canvas with natural cowhide trim
    • Name inspired by a lively pedestrian street in the center of Paris
    • Engraved nameplate on the front with Old English Louis Vuitton signature
    • Zip top closure with padlock
    • Interior patch pocket
    • 16.5″x 9.4″x 7″

    $805 on www.eluxury.com

    Bottega Veneta Clutch Intrecciato pyramid clutch

    bottega veneta

    Black intrecciato leather fold over pyramid clutch. Bottega Veneta clutch has a magnetic fastening flap, press stud fastenings on either side and a central zip fastening section on inside with open sections either side.

    $980 on www.net-a-porter.com