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Sorry Coco, we still prefer leather over tweed "There are things in fashion that never go out of style: jeans, a white shirt, and a Chanel jacket" says Karl Lagerfeld, fashion director of Chanel. In this short film released by the French fashion brand, we get a better understanding of how the iconic Chanel jacket came to be, and how it has since evolved. From the sounds of it, we have Gabrielle Chanel to thank for the death of corset-like dresses. Hooray for breathing and moving around easily! Check out Chanel’s newest video “The Jacket” below.
The queen is back to try and take the fashion throne
Elsa Schiaparelli made a name for herself way back in the 1920s. By the 1930s, her bold, bright designs were coveted by fashionistas (they didn't use that word back then) all over Europe--perhaps even more so than Coco Chanel’s. However, the brand closed its doors in 1954. Now, for the first time in almost sixty years, the Schiaparelli name will be revamped, modernized, and kick-started.
So far, Schiaparelli’s owner, Diego Della Valle, has hired French model and actress Farida Khelfa to be the voice of the company. He is still on the lookout for a lead designer, but has already revealed that a line of accessories, fragrances and cosmetics is in the works for winter 2013. It’s perfect timing, really--Elsa Schiaparelli is currently exhibited with Miuccia Prada in The Costume Institute’s 2012 exhibition, “Impossible Conversations,” which opens tomorrow (May 10).
Cindy Sherman gets her Chanel on at the Metro Pictures Gallery Cindy Sherman is making everyone else look lazy. You would think the acclaimed artist, who is her own photographer, model, and makeup artist, would be busy enough with her Retrospective at the MOMA. Instead Sherman has welcomed a second show of the year in New York at Metro Pictures, which in typical Sherman fashion, features herself, and even better: herself in Chanel haute couture. Sherman is no stranger to the Metro Pictures walls--her work was featured in the gallery's opening exhibit in 1980. Her new larger than life scale works which are currently on display, show female characters (all Sherman) gazing out at the viewer create an eerily surreal scene. The manipulated backgrounds lend a painting like quality to the work. We feel like Coco would be proud. Cindy Sherman's work will be on display at the Metro Picture Gallery until June 9. See some of the photographs below.
Chanel's Magic Fingers video on T Magazine (who has the exclusive) here.