Chanel + Signe Chanel + 10 Years
"No one is indispensable on this earth."
— Madame Pouzieux
First things first — if you are in London (London, England not London, Ontario as in London bridge is falling down London London), get yourselves the May issue of OUT magazine…it should be out NOW. Rumor has it that I’m gonna make a little cameo appearance there. Be sure to scan if you see me and email it to my oh so crazy email account, email@example.com. I need it for my records. Do it for the third world children. Do it for the poor. Do it for the whales. Do it for the seals. Do it for the endangered species and last but not the least, do it for me!!! Merci my little whores!!!
1, 2, 3. Breathe.
I love Chanel. I really do. In fact, my love affair with the house that Gabrielle built is still going strong after ten (10) whole years. If you look at the photo above, I’m holding the ‘thing’ that was responsible for my love with Chanel — the spring/summer 1997 pret-a-porter catalog featuring the gorgeous Stella Tenant.
How old was I back then? Don’t ask. I won’t tell.
I was 8 years old!!!!!!
BTW, I discovered something today!!! I used a little light coat of YSL Touche Eclat on my lips UNDERNEATH a little coat of Chanel lip gloss and boy I looove the result!
Here’s a few photos from the old catalog. Isn’t Stella gorgeous????
The clothes… the accessories… the overall look — sooo chic and soo timeless. It’s the power of Chanel! Chanel, baby, Chanel!!!!! Uncle Karl is truly incredible. INCREDIBLE!
Who would’ve thought it’s been 10 years… 11, actually, cause the photos were taken in Paris in 1996?
Have you guys seen that old documentary entitled "Signe Chanel"? You **MUST** see it! I searched for it on YouTube and voila, I found ALL the episodes there… subtitles and all! There’s 5 episodes, split into 4 parts each. I went ahead and saved them all here for easy access.
To be honest with you, I was quite touched and moved by the film about Chanel’s fall/winter 2004-2005 haute couture collection.
I know lots of people who roll their eyes whenever they hear about haute couture’s astronomical prices (a typical suit starts at approx US$30,000; embroidered dresses at US$150,000). If only they had an idea of the sheer amount of work involved, from the creative and design process down to delivery and execution.
Each piece is made by hand — sweat, tears and blood (literally) by Chanel’s loyal staff.
It’s all astounding, really.
One of my favourite highlights is Madame Pouzieux — a 78 (well, she’s like 80 now I think) year old woman who lives in a farm. I love, love, love her! Apparently she’s the only one person who knows the secret in making braids that are used on the edges/trim of some of the pieces. The dedication she puts into her craft, over the years, is amazing. She’s AMAZING! For a woman of her age… to only sleep 2 or 3 hours a day during couture season just to work on braids, is something else!!!!
Karl Lagerfeld aside, the real stars of haute couture is no other than the lovely people behind the scenes — the overworked old lady seamstresses, French artisans like Lesage (embroiderers) and Massaro (shoes) etc., who work day AND night (and sometimes, till 4 or 5AM) just to deliver all the beautiful things that we see on the runway.
It’s crazy, I’m telling you. CRAZY!
Mark my words and set this in stone. I *will* own my little piece of haute couture action before I perish on the face of this planet. Perhaps not now but DEFINITELY in the future.
Enough verbal diarrhea.
Watch the videos and see for yourself. Play them one by one. You won’t regret it.
I LOVE CHANEL!!!!!!!
Episode 1 – Anticipation
Episode 2 – Doubts
Episode 3 – Rituals
Episode 4 – Sleepless Nights
Episode 5 – The Collection
And there you have it.
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I love you all!