OK I don’t need to tell you that I am kind of an obsessed Chanellista. I love collecting Chanel brooches, bags and shoes but above everything I love the Chanel jackets. For me they are the epitome of sartorial perfection. Whenever I go on a trip the first thing I pack is a Chanel jacket. Afterwards I arrange the rest of the travel wardrobe around that piece.
Talking “must haves” and “It pieces” these days its usually all about the bags, shoes, sunglasses and costume jewelry. Rarely the talk is about clothing! However, for Chanel I personally have the strong feeling that this is absolutely not where it ends. After all Chanel was founded as a Couture house instead of a leather goods business. So let’s have a look at the Chanel pocket jackets from the cruise Seoul runway today!
Thinking Chanel costume its only logical to imagine pearls. But since quite some seasons another signature style seems to compete with the pearl based designs on the Chanel runways. Its chain necklaces, bracelets and belts. Curious to see how Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the Chanel chain necklace style for his latest cruise collection staged in the South Korean capital of Seoul?
Today Chanel cruise Seoul, the brands latest collection, which is about to hit stores in November, has been presented at Zaha Hadid’s masterwork Dongdaemun Design Plaza. So high time to check out the handbags? What about the new cult plexiglass minaudière? Did the story of the Girl bag, you know the jacket turned bag, continue?
Last Tuesday WWD reported that Chanel is about to increase prices for Chanel 2.55 flap bags, Boy bag and 11.12 bag by 20% in the European Union come April 8th while dropping them in China immediately.
Beeing a loyal fan of the brand for so many years I felt devastated. How the hell could they do something like that to all their European customers? Many of my friend had the same feelings and felt certainly a little betrayed. Having a more detailed look on the matter and discussing things with my husband I soon started discovering that there hasn’t been a real chance for Chanel! The Euro has dropped against the Dollar as much as 11% within recent times. Chanel and many other European luxury products have always been between 30 and 60% more expensive in China than in Europe. With the drop of the Euro the price difference has increased further. As a matter of fact the black market trade, which means people buying bags in Europe and reselling them in China has exploded. Of course not all of them traded with the real thing. Consequently, a huge mistrust against Chanel products had emerged in China, thus undermining the brand image on a global scale.
So Chanel might not have betrayed its European customers while trying to protect the brand image on a global scale, but certainly the price increase stimulates us Europeans to look around and search a little deeper to find options! In a previous post I already told you about the Boy bag, which is only 4 years old – so not a real heritage thing, and tried to show you some alternatives. Lets talk Chanel 2.55 this time!
I still remember when the whole Chanel espadrilles hype started … It coincided with the Valentino lace espadrilles craze. And soon after the designer espadrilles for summer thing really took off. So enough of the words Chanel espadrilles are still super hot and hard to get!!! Good news for all who missed the cruise versions, new styles come with the spring summer Boulevard Chanel collection, which has just arrived in stores.
Incredible, how fast time passes by! Middle March the Boulevard Chanel collection will finally hit stores. As always one of the things I am looking most forward to is surely the handbags. Which exceptional pieces from the runway were the most beautiful? Which are the most amazing new colors and textures that will arrive for the classic flap and Boy bags?
Last week Couture collections were presented in Paris so its high time to have a look at the street style and track some IT products. Yesterday, I wrote about Dior’s embroidered swim shoes, the Dior fusion sneakers, which had been initially presented a year ago on the couture runway. Today Dior has 11 different models of these shoes in stores and they still seem to be a hot topic. But do you remember that there was another high fashion brand jumping into the sneaker business at the same time?
Chanel sneakers, cruise 2015 makeover worn during Paris Couture week, picture https://de.pinterest.com/stylecloseup/chanel-obsession/
It feels like next week is going to be a tough and busy one for all Chanel addicts! First Chanel Couture spring 2015 will be presented at the Grand Palais in Paris on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and second the Chanel spring 2015 bags (the act I) will hit stores in Europe (launch date is said to be Jan 27th)! And as usual there are some real beauties among the Chanel spring 2015 bag … let’s get inspired!