August 29, 2011

Chanel | 31 Rue Cambon Magazine

Last year when a copy of Chanel's 31 Rue Cambon magazine landed in my hands, I shared it with you all - and it seemed only right to do the same when the Fall-Winter 2011 Edition found its way into my mailbox. Once again, it is filled with gorgeous photography, behind-the-scenes stills, a small peek into Lagerfeld's thought process and creative genius, and even a recap of the traveling Zaha Hadid installation, that will find its permanent home in Paris later this year. It's really an all-encompassing look at the major happenings within the house of Chanel this year, from it's collaborations with Colette to its beauty innovations to runway collections. Though there's a bit of unfortunate (though seemingly intentionally stretched) typography throughout the magazine, it's once again full of eye-candy, and a great translation of luxury experience in print media.

Brilliant captures from the Fall-Winter 2011 Show, a post-apocalyptic landscape with blurred gender roles and rampant androgyny. I really, really loved this collection. Photos by Kacper Kasprzyk.

Images and detail views of the Haute Couture show. Photos by Olivier Saillant and Emiliano Grassi.
I'm forever a lover of fashion illustrations, so how can I not swoon over these drawings by Karl Lagerfeld?
New this year, Chanel celebrates Rouge Coco Shine. Photography by Richard Burbridge.
Stills from Karl Lagerfeld's short film "Evanescent Metamorphoses," which plays on the ambiguity of the masculine and feminine, (a subject matter near and dear to my heart).  View the film, shot and directed by Lagerfeld, here.
The Paris-Byzance collection. The highlight of this collection, to me, was the gorgeous byzantine inspired details and jewelry, (beautifully photographed above by Benoit Peverelli). As Lagerfeld notes, "Women were very important in Byzantium. The women led." Inspiration drawn from strong females is certainly not something I can argue with!


  1. Well this is fantastic. I'm in love with the detail shots, particularly the ankles and the lips, and that lovely shade of pink. I adore magazines period, especially obscure ones. My bf gifted me with a Numero Nipon once and scored major points. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Oh, this is ever so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the Chanel porn (and how do I get some in my own mailbox?)

    Briony xx

  3. Wow! Some truly gorgeous shots in here. How did you get on that mailing list?!? Lucky girl!

  4. This looks like such a treat to receive! Thank you for the shots. xx

  5. Thank you so much for sharing! The third image is truely stunning and captivating... it literally invites me for extensive daydreaming tomorrow at work...

  6. loved loved your last sentence 'great translation of luxury experience in print media'. the perfect way to describe the magazine! there is something about print media, i cannot get enough of it! everything is so perfect and i cannot stop looking at it! i don't know what it does to me, but apparently something! 

  7. I adore Chanel !

  8. Gorgeous and what a great idea! I'd love to collect all of them. 


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