Coco Chanel once remarked, "I don't do fashion, I am fashion." Few designers could have gotten away with such singular self-aggrandizement, but Chanel had earned the right—with her little black dresses, her perfumes and, of course, her handbags.
The fashion forward are not limited to the runways of Paris, Milan and New York. Welcome to Fashion Week—in Hoboken. As in New Jersey. Also, Seattle, Tampa, Phoenix, Austin, Brooklyn and Omaha.
This week, a select group of international jet-setters has descended upon Salzburg, Austria, to attend Chanel's pre-fall 2015 Métiers d’Art fashion show, which takes place today at an 18th century palace now called the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron.
While scores of marketers practically bear-hugged Facebook and Twitter when they first launched, seeing these social platforms as an opportunity to reach the masses, luxury brands stayed mostly out of sight, preferring to remain niche and elite. But as social becomes a key component in marketing, some luxury brands are beginning to play catch up.
After only one day of Instagram work, Chanel is already ahead of a good number of its high-end fashion competitors in terms of audience on the social channel.
Dove's Beauty Patch video has been viewed a whopping 13 million times in six days on YouTube, per the brand's account on the social vids site.
Since first signing on as the face of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance in 2007, Keira Knightley has become firmly ensconced within Karl Lagerfeld's pantheon of waifish muses, a group that also counts Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss and Vanessa Paradis among its members.
Jaclyn Shanfeld became a fashion entrepreneur by accident. After snapping off a heel while rushing to a bar mitzvah in Beverly Hills, she hobbled into the local Fred Segal boutique and panic-bought a pair of Yves Saint Laurents—that turned out to be too small.
That Saturday Night Live would skewer Brad Pitt's Chanel No. 5 campaign was "inevitable." That's the word the hunky actor poutingly emoted at the end of his much adored/discussed/maligned Chanel spot that launched last week. Taran Killam appropriately used "inunderstandable" as the tag for the first of several Chanel lampoons on SNL this weekend. Killam makes for a subtly maniacal Pitt, less studly but seemingly more likely to jab you with a pen knife. His first stab at Brad works best, with the faux-commercial devolving into pure drivel, driving home the nonsensical nature of the source material. The joke's stretched a tad thin in subsequent Pitt-erations shilling for Taco Bell, canine condoms and ubiquitous NYC dermatologist Dr. Zizmor. Killam's whispered read of the line "Let your dog keep his balls" is inspired. I doubt the real Pitt could do better. Though I'd like to see him try.