CHANEL REISSUE 2.55 VIVID STITCHED FLAP BAG

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As the Beauty and The Beast song goes “Tale as old as time” so as the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag as it has a rich history behind it. An original byproduct of Coco Chanel herself, the Chanel Reissue 2.55 got its name because it was initially issued in February 1955. Fast-forward to 2016, the Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag comes in an all new makeover in Vivid Stitched design.

Now let’s go back in time and compare this modern version to its original predecessor. Looking closely, the Reissue 2.55 Vivid Stitched Flap Bag has some new element to it: the stitches are bolder and more apparent but you can still find the reissue 2.55 elements like the closure and the chain.

We are also loving its nudish pink color that looks absolutely feminine and chic. A go-to bag for the modern-day woman, you can nonchalantly walk in and out of the door with confidence knowing you are wearing a Chanel bag creation.

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Chanel No. 5 L’Eau: New Perfume for Women

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Perfumer Olivier Polge has taken on a very daunting task, perhaps even one of the most challenging you could think of. Chanel No. 5 is easily the most iconic scent in the industry, and Polge has just announced the released his own version of it, dubbed Chanel No. 5 L’Eau, which hits stores this coming fall. The new take is a fresh and clean at its core, with some sexy undertones that have truly taken the classic scent to a whole new level.

Chanel No. 5 L'Eau: New Perfume for Women

As a bit of a background, it’s important to note that Polge himself is the son of Chanel master perfumer Jacques Polge, who began his role in the label back in 1978. Olivier Polge strayed from the perfume industry for quite some time, perusing the fields of architecture, graphic design, and piano, before returning to his calling in the beginning of the millennium, turning out his popular hits like Florabotanica and Flowerbomb.

Then, in 2013, he succeeded his father as master perfumer for Chanel, where he began to reinvent some of the classic house scents, with groundbreaking results. His new goal of tackling a revitalization of Chanel No. 5 was likely the biggest challenge of his career, and the result is definitely as sexy and daring as one might hope.

“I wanted to tell the story in a different way and with very contemporary aspects,” Polge told Refinery, on his goal of creating “the freshest version of Chanel No. 5.” In order to tackle that challenge, Polge had to break down each ingredient held within the classic perfume. “No. 5 is a pillar of our identity, and we produce it all year long. So for any fragrance we create, [Chanel No. 5] is in the back of our mind and part of our sensibility.”

In order to maintain the integrity of the scent, the May rose is still the main floral base in Chanel’s new No. 5 perfume. This is a huge and tedious part of the process, as the May rose only goes into bloom in Grasse for two weeks per year during its namesake month, and from there the flowers must be taken to a factory in under two and a half hours, or else they would lose their robustness. So the piece is not only a signature staple for the brand and this scent in particular, but it is one of the most complex in the industry – no wonder the scent is so unmistakable!

As far as where things begin to differ, Chanel’s new No. 5 L’Eau fragrance has hints of aldehyde, jasmine, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang. The ylang-ylang is the most complex of these other scents, as its presence in L’Eau is isolated due to a unique process of distillation that brings out the crispness of the flower.

Lily Rose Depp for Chanel No. 5 L'Eau

“Natural, raw ingredients are almost fragrances by themselves,” Polge noted. “We can be much more precise today than we used to be, and we have the ability of redistilling the concentrate.”

The final product is just what Polge had in mind, and just what we would hope for from a revitalization of such an iconic fragrance. It is crisp, fresh, light, and energized enough to keep things exciting. It’s a new version of Chanel No. 5, but in no way replaces the original, thankfully. As Polge said, “We all have in mind so many things about Chanel No. 5. It’s a story that takes up so much space in our minds.”

For this story, Chanel decided to name 16-year-old Lily-Rose Depp as face for the perfume’s ad campaign, which will be launched with the perfume and will be directed by Johan Renck. Depp is no stranger to Chanel, as she is currently the face of its Pearl eyewear collection, which began last September. She is an up-and-coming actress and model, with a bit of a head start push due to her famous parents, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis; Paradis has been an ambassador of Chanel since the ’90s, in fact (remember the iconic birdcage fragrance add in 1991?).

Be ready come September with credit card in hand, when Chanel No. 5 L’Eau hits the market!

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Chanel F/W14 Grocery Bag

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chanel_fw14-grocery-bagIf you’ve already bought Chanel’s F/W14 grocery basket that comes interlaced with calfskin, here’s something else to help you complete your set. Presenting the Chanel Grocery Bag, which measures a whopping 42 cm across by 57 cm. Made mainly out of vinyl, this is the real deal as far as grocery trolleys are concerned, one that you could actually lug to the wet market or your nearest supermarket to stock up on all the week’s groceries, from fresh fish to canned goods. You could even have a fresh loaf (or loaves) of baguette sticking out from the bag just because they are both French and would surely look even better together.

Now excuse me while I go gather up enough loose change from all of my Mum’s weekly wet market shopping trips and see if there’s enough to make up the SGD14,790 to bring this baby home. Insanity? No, as far as Chanel is concerned, we are way past that already.

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Chanel Soft Leather 2.55 Collection

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You should have already read the first post on Chanel’s Soft Leather 2.55 collection, an icon in its own right that quite literally has been given new skin. And the skin in this case refers to the ‘soft leather’ you’ll find on these 2.55 bags that should be launched sometime in Singapore come June 2016.

Why is this leather so special then, you ask? Well, for starters, it’s cut only from a certain portion of the entire skin, where it’s the softest and also has the fewest imperfections for that almost flawless finish. It’s also lightly-treated, meaning when it came to treating and tanning the leather, not that much was done, which would allow the leather to patina most beautifully over time. Or in layman’s terms, age.

So unlike leather that has been botoxed and varnished to a hilt (you know, like the ladies you see when you flip through society magazines), this leather, like the real you, is supposed to age over time, and take on characteristics unique to its owner, from tiny nicks where your pinky’s nail digs into the side of the bag, to minor creases that resemble the crow’s feet on your face. Ok, maybe not the best way to sell any leather bag, but you know what I mean, and if you’re big on that whole aged, vintage look, rest assured that this will happen slowly but surely with this 2.55.

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And because I managed to spend quality time with these beauties over the weekend, here’s the rest of what you need to know about these 2.55 bags. For starters, one of the versions we’ll get in Singapore will come with a two-tone grosgrain and chain trim that will run along from underside to the sides of the bag. Then there’s the metal chain sling, which, if you look closely enough, comes beautifully-etched on the sides of the metal pieces. The cameo charms that come with each bag? One’s of Coco Chanel herself, the other is a lion, which also happens to be the Coco Chanel’s zodiac sign, the Leo.

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Then there’s the inside, each 2.55 double-flap bag lined with tactile suede, where you’ll find a front pocket and a larger compartment on the back with 3 separate patch pocket compartments. A flap with button closure keeps everything secure, before the main flap goes over everything else for that added bit of ‘security’. To finish it off, Chanel’s reassuring Made In France label is sewn below the CC logo that’s stitched onto the flap.

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Last, but by no means least, there’s an additional patch pocket on the back of the bag, but I guess you already knew that. What you don’t know is the two colours it will come in when it is launched sometime in June this year, the first, a Navy that you see in the first snap, and this, which is a warmer, slightly darker colour they are calling Camel. Both colours are gorgeous, you just need to decide when you see the 24 cm by 16 cm by 7.5 cm bags (priced at SGD7280 each, by the way) in Chanel boutiques in a couple of months.

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CHANEL REISSUE 2.55 QUILTED FLAP WALLET

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If you own the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag, then to complete the collection, you need to have the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Wallet. It just makes everything perfect.

Everything about this wallet is stunning; all the elements from the original Reissue 2.55 Bag have been copied. For example, it’s made from aged calfskin to make it look like it’s been used. It’s refined with the same beautiful golden hardware and the mademoiselle lock is just to-die-for.

READ: Chanel Reissue 2.55 Washed Denim Flap Wallet

The interior features credit card slots for all your cards, a zip-pocket and a few more compartments for cash or receipts. This is a not a tiny wallet, all your essentials can be stored inside.

Style code: A80829, sized at 4.1’ x 7.7’ x 1.5’ inches.

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Chanel Classic Flap Bag Embroidered With Charms

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And at the moment when we thought that the Chanel Metallic Symbols Flap Bag was the ultimate handbag. Well, we haven’t seen anything.

This is the Chanel Classic Flap Bag, we know this because the style code is A01112. But anyways, it’s nothing what we’ve have expected. The Chanel Classic Flap Bag has been, literally, being re-decorated. It’s not entirely black, it’s not quilted, no it’s something even better.

Little charms are hanging on this bag, and there are lots of charms! All the charms are representing something about the brand’s history or tradition. Like the CC logo, the Number 5, Camellia flowers, the Chanel no.5 bottle, The Chanel Classic Flap Bag charm, Chanel Flats and to finish it off, the CC logo on the closure is not gold, black or silver, instead it’s made in pink with a little camellia flower on the right edge. How cute!

The Chanel Classic Flap Bag is made from Tweed, it’s an impressive limited edition piece of art, once the season is over, you will probably never see it again. For the Chanel collectors, this is your chance to upgrade your wardrobe.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Style code: A01112
Size: 6.3’ x 10.2’ 2.8’ inches

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