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…When it comes to designer handbags; Chanel handbags; it doesn’t really get better than this!

To all thoes who are still laying in bed, ahead of a lazy bank holiday Monday; enjoy! And to those [like me], who unfortunatley still have to attend work today because a “bank holiday” means very little to you; here is some motivation for your Monday morning!

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My favourite art gallery; The Saatchi and one of my favourite fashion house’s; Chanel, have come together to create greatness. The Saatchi’s latest exhibition explores the evolution of France’s leading lady and fashion extraordinaire; Coco Chanel, through “Mademoiselle Privé”. Taking up the entire gallery, the popular exhibit goes across 3 and features the original Chanel boutique, workshop replicas, art, inspiration, materials/fabrics, Chanel originals and many more…

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“Mademoiselle Privé, a journey through the origins of Chanel’s creations, capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirt of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld. 

This autumn, Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL will present an enchanted journey through the House’s creativity. The “Mademoiselle Privé” exhibition will highlight the Haute Couture, the re-editions of the High Jewellery “Bijoux de Diamants” collection created in 1932 and CHANEL N°5. Opening the doors to reveal a dazzling experience and immersion into the origins of CHANEL’s creations, “Mademoiselle Privé” will capture the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

Installed on all three floors of the Gallery, the enticing adventure will bring to mind the House’s essential elements: audacity, freedom and innovation whether it is the history of Gabrielle Chanel’s inspirations or Karl Lagerfeld’s inimitable take on CHANEL’s codes, symbols and icons.”-[Saatchi Gallery]

Below are some of my favourite pieces from the exhibition.

The play on slot machines, that featured Chanel’s infamous double Cs was quite fascinating. I liked the combination of High Fashion and a spot of Happy-Go-Lucky regular gambling; that took on an artistic approach. Also, the Haute Couture room was one that stood out most for me. The dark room that displayed delicate dresses; maintaining a tradition and attention to detail; against bright light rods was amazing. Described as …The ultimate union between craftsmanship and innovation… – I could not agree more! Finally, I really admired the front (door) of Chanel’s original boutique. It was simple and somewhat elegant; thus visually impactive, especially given how large the instillation was and the fact it was against a plain white wall.

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Naturally, anything Chanel is high in demand, and together with one of London’s best art galleries [plus it was free], demand was certainly high. Visiting on a busy Wednesday evening, the queue was rather long and somewhat deceiving, but definitely worth the wait!

Here are some more snippets from Mademoiselle Privé @ The Saatchi.

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Observant to all things fashion and even more so to all things Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld; I spotted this random, unique and somewhat quirky representation of Lagerfeld in Harrods. However, due to his distinctive look and signature trademarks (white hair, huge black sunglasses, a dark suit and high-neck structured white collar) i’m sure most people noticed and were equally intrigued by the furry bubblehead on a chain. As unusual as it is, I quite like it -so of course I had to snap it. For such a strong, stern and almost scary (well, intimidating) fashion icon, this keyring/ handbag chain is rather cute and perhaps if it was slightly bigger, it might just boarder cuddly too!

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I know I haven’t posted anything Chanel related in a while, so this is certainly well overdue, yet I still do not know what to say. I quite literally am speechless. Truth be told, all I want to do is put up a row (or five) of the smiley faces with the red love heart eyes, since I’m pretty sure that’s what my eyes did-still doing in fact. This Chanel Boy bag is B-E-A-UTIFUL! There’s nothing else to it, it’s perfect. There’s no “I like it, but…” Or ” yeah, if…” to it, it just is. I like everything about it; the colour, size, style, detailing, material, even the box it comes in; I love it.

If perfection was a handbag, this finely crafted Chanel black leather Boy bag, would definitely be it. I can not fault Mr. Lagerfeld at all. For me, It’s the brocade style detailing that I adore the most; it gives the bag so much more depth, making it more visually appealing and unique. Why go for the traditional plain black or quilted classic in the Boy, when you can have this? The raised brocade texture without a doubt completes this luxury fashion accessory; representing Chanel at its finest!

…if only! Can you imagine?! Ooh the joys. If Chanel was stocked at my local supermarket and it was within my weekly shop budget, it would definitely be on the list. More than once too.

I know I am a bit late on the up take; I missed the memo; but it goes without saying that ‘he did it again!’. Yes, Karl Lagerfeld has amazed us all yet again; with such an unusual runway set, creative contrast (groceries and household essentials with high fashion) and a one-of-a-kind show, plus a fabulous collection; this year’s first Paris Fashion Week had everyone ecstatic at the Chanel show. I’m not surprised to be honest. When has Mr. Lagerfeld ever failed us?! He may be 80, but he is a creative genius. Although I missed PFW this year and didn’t cover the week’s events, I always look forwards to the Chanel show and was gutted to find out I miss this.

It’s all kicking off! Continuing from the Couture collection earlier this year; Karl remained consistent with his models’ footwear; as they all wore trainers down the runway. Going for the urban street style look, these talked about kicks have bought an edginess to Chanel’s recent catwalks and will no doubt have the same effect on the rest of high fashion for the coming seasons.

Whilst the runway’s set was the talk of the town, Chanel’s signature tweed, classic black, trademark chains and vibrant colours are what completed the Phenomenal show. With Cara Delevingne leading the show, the French fashion house saw an array of colours take to the runway to complete the Autumn/ Winter collection. Starting with a lot of candy pinks, plum purples and deep reds followed. Despite the AW season, the collection had more bright colours than expected; from orange, yellow and lime green; the catwalk also had several multi coloured ensembles. And of course no Chanel show is complete without the trademark monochrome look as well as the traditional (all) black outfits. In the same way, nothing says Chanel more than a classic Coco style suit; this time in candy pink; it’s just what AW 2014 needs.

Designed for the colder months, the collection included many oversized coats and jackets as well as leggings and jumper suits, all-in-ones, polo necks, other high neck designs, tweed trousers and long sleeved gloves. Fitting in with the edgy urban look, the collection also showed off plenty of metallics, leather bottoms and chain embellishments.

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My favourite piece was the red (and purple) tweed blend overall, since the choice of material used with such attire was extremely unusual, nevertheless I loved it. As an overcoat or an entire outfit, it looks quite awkward but that’s what makes it unique – whoever said fashion was ordinary. I also liked the bright (orange, yellow and green) woollen coats because of their oversized structure and abstract patterned multi coloured linings. The clever basket type Chanel bags were also a personal highlight; they fit so well with the supermarket theme and what’s more, they were so creatively done. Genius!

Walking down the runway at Chanel’s haute couture show in Paris, Cara Delevingne had heads turning once again, as she wow’d the audience in Karl Largerfeld’s bridal designs. Looking extremely elegant in the delicately embellished bridal-style dress, the supermodel made her way down the catwalk in a feather headdress; followed by a page boy, also in a glamourous white suit. What surprised everyone most, were the luxurious, yet extremely casual trainers that completed Cara’s ensemble; as well as completeing every other couture outfit on the Chanel runway.

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Pic of the day!

Yes. Thats right, its a few of our favourite Disney princesses in high fashion. Fresh off the runway and looking absolutely fabulous.

From left to right we have; Jasmine in SS14 Alexander Wang, followed by Mulan in the creme de la creme, that is Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, next is Pocahontas in a saucy number by Givenchy and last but not least, is Ariel going for the classic look, in Saint Laurent.

Personally, I think this sketch is amazing. I love it. Who would have thought characters from our childhood could be fashion icons today. Forget Carrie Bradshaw, its about to get Sex and the City, fairytale style!

So its been a week since high street retailer, Debenhams brought the plus size model to the British high street. As controversial as this subject is, especially when it comes to fashion, what does everybody think? For years now, “size zero” has been the ultimate portrayal of beauty. But i’m sure many will agree with me, when i say this is not true. Yes, it is what we all “look up to”, but this is only because the media, the high street and the catwalk has led us to believe this.

Walk down any high street, through any town centre and around any shopping mall, what do you see? Every single window display and in-store visual merchandise presents the female body as a n average size 8-10. When in fact, ( I learnt something new here too), the average dress size amongst women in Britain is actually a size 16. Yes Sixteen. Not a 12, not a 14, but 3 sizes above general representation; a size 16.

From Topshop, to Zara, to M&S, to H&M, to Selfridges and so on, all mannequins were alike. Until last week when retail giant, Debenhams thought big and bold; by introducing the plus size model to the British high street; through the contrasting use of size 16 mannequins. Whilst this retail department store have made the change, will it be considered a trend setter, a phase or a bright idea in a black and white world; not taken seriously.

Lets face it, when it comes to the term “the bigger, the better” the fashion industry only take it so far. It only becomes literal with imagination, elaboration and frills. Yes, back In 2010 Mark Fast incorporated plus size models into his Spring Summer show, down the runway at London Fashion week, and Yes, Karl Lagerfeld half-heartedly apologised for calling Adele “Fat”, but when will we ever truly accepted the “different”.

Admittedly, i am of the smaller variety, but there is nothing wrong with embracing the curves or being that much bigger than everyone else. I should know, I come from a family of the 3 Bs; Big (hips), Boobs and Bums. I always thought: “If you’ve got it, flaunt it!”. So what good is it, if you do not “got it“, what you gonna flaunt then? -Just saying.

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