Posts Tagged ‘Chanel’

Meet the “Gaudy” Girls: Julianne

July 15, 2009

JulianneWhere are you from?
I was born in LaGrange and currently reside there.

What is your profession/major? (What school do you go to?)
I’m a senior at Lyons Township High School – a school with two campuses and 4000 students!

Personal aspirations/hopes:
Travel a lot, meet a lot of people, live each day to the fullest and try not to run into things and get big bruises.

 

Professional goals:
I want to work in the movie industry and produce, write and direct.

Favorite movies?
Once, Shakespeare in Love, Legally Blonde and Mean Girls.

What TV shows are you currently watching/still addicted to?
Too many! Gilmore Girls, The OC, Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, The Office, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Privileged, Heroes and many more… 

What kind of music do you like? What bands are you listening to?
I like a lot of Indie music – Death Cab, The Stars, Ingrid Michaelson. Some of the bigger name bands I like are Radiohead and Coldplay.

Favorite/essential book?
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.

What do you like to do for fun?
I’m in charge of a TV show at my school which I write and direct, so that takes up a lot of my time.  I also have a job working with little kids.

Things you love? (People, places, things, etc…)
Accessories, fun colors, little boutiques that no one’s heard of, London, Hollywood, my cell phone that barely works and writing.  And since he’s dead now, Michael Jackson. 

Favorite Designer?
Gotta love Chanel.  I also like lines by Juicy Couture and Free People.

Favorite fashion/beauty magazine?
InStyle.

Favorite clothing item/accessory that you own?
My braided golden belt because once it goes on, it makes all my outfits look really put together.

How would you describe your personal style? 
A lot of people say I’m boho girly. I don’t think I have a certain style, it really just depends on my mood.

One thing you’ll never wear?
CROCS!!

Style icons?
Kate Hudson and Rachel Bilson.

Style Icon - Rachel Bilson

Style Icon - Kate Hudson

What is your most recent purchase?
A cardigan from Gap I got on sale - I like it because it goes with everything.

Do you have any style rules?
Don’t cross over clothing items that don’t belong together -  don’t wear a fancy skirt with a hoodie.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Stars Hollow – too bad it only exists in Gilmore Girls.

Obsessed with/can’t live without?
Water bottles.

Your perfect day?
Mani/Pedis at 10:00 a.m., eat a salad and drink lemonade by the pool, go shopping, eat at a sushi restaurant, go out for ice cream afterwards, come home and watch TV reruns under the covers.

Guilty pleasure?
Listening to the song “Pokerface” by Lady GaGa.

Favorite food?
Chocolate ice cream.

What are you an expert of/random knowledge?
I can memorize birthdates and numbers.

What web site do you have to check everyday?
Facebook of course.

Coco avant Chanel

July 8, 2009

Check out the trailer for Coco avant Chanel, the new film starring Audrey Tautou (The DaVinci Code, Amélie). While the film won’t be in limited release in the US until September 25, you can still watch the trailer (in French) or if you’re lucky, enjoy the movie in Europe this summer.

If you’re in love with all things Chanel, take a look at Chanel’s latest fashion show, Fall 2009 Couture.

style.com: Chanel Fall 2009 Couture

Finally, be sure to check out Julianne’s post about vintage Chanel’s influence on contemporary fashion.

A Ruffle Of What Vintage Chanel Really Means

June 30, 2009

Half a century ago, Coco Chanel debuted the black and white flower camellia. Its elegant ability to accessorize the simple, yet chic Chanel-look had people rushing to buy the timeless accessory.  On a brief walk around the mall this summer, I couldn’t help but notice bold floral accessories flashing in the windows of stores like J. Crew and Anthropologie.  Who would think 50 years later, Chanel’s sophisticated, feminine design aesthetic would still influence the fashions Americans wear today?

Classic Chanel pieces are by definition feminine, chic and simple.  Some of these pieces include the “Little Black Dress,” a buttoned overcoat, and a ribboned strand of pearls.  Chanel was known to accentuate the woman in the clothes, rather than the clothes on the woman.  On my walk around the mall, I was taken aback when I discovered that almost every store carried a simplistic flower headband alongside a beautiful faux strand of pearls.  It was like déjà vu. It’s so interesting that years later, these pieces never go out of style.

Chanel-inspired items from J. Crew

A few years ago, I went over to visit my grandmother- a notorious collector of various designers with a penchant for Chanel’s designer collection.  I watched her clean out her priceless vault of a closet, pulling out old pieces of boucle fabric (a Chanel specialty) and conservative button-up jackets.  I remember looking at some of these garments and forwarding picture messages to my friends screaming the word “PUKE” in all caps.   The fact that it seemed old and something my grandmother would wear could not be less appealing to me at the tender age of 13.  But what I remember most from this visit was the sage fashion advice she chose to impart to what must have appeared to her to be her ungrateful pre-teen granddaughter:  “Chanel is timeless;” and that I may “get lucky” should she choose to hand down some of her favorites. 

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