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I’m on Tavi’s side.

The editors vs. bloggers row is certainly an entertaining one. Especially involving Tavi. She seems to be out of favour at the mo; not only did Grazia’s Paula Reed instigate the bow inspired backlash but some posh idiot at the Telegraph had a go at her and her parents for Tavi missing school. (Because of course, she’d never dream of allowing her 13 year old daughter fly to Paris and sit front row at Chanel couture on a school day). Poor Tavi – she’s only little. Is she really such a threat? Well, perhaps at the moment and the more this 40-year-old-black-suited-editor vs. insane-dresser-school-girl battle continues, the more Tavi stays in demand and the more front row seats have her name on. But mostly, I’m just impressed that this young voice stands up for herself. Soon I imagine she’ll ignore the allegations of truancy and stealing the show but for now she’s standing her cyberspace and front row ground. And i’m on her side.

“And, speaking of deciding a journalist knows the truth to something they can’t back up, my parents and I are the ones who know my school’s absences policy, how my teachers feel about my missing school, and what my grades look like — not anyone else. I know everyone’s intentions are warm-hearted because they’re just so concerned for my health and future because they’re so caring like that, but it is irrelevant to arguments being made about my blog or blogging in general, and a cheap way to distract people from the actual problem they’re focusing on. If we really want to bring it up, can we talk about models that travel without guardians? Dudes and traveling sports teams? And if I didn’t take up the offer to travel to Paris to see couture shows, I would suddenly think I’m too good, right?”

While I always try to be honest, I still keep myself separate from this character wearing sunglasses indoors. This isn’t to say I am totally self-assured, but I know what I don’t like, and I know to take everything with a grain of salt. Let’s be realistic here — I don’t look at rail-thin women sucking on cigarettes outside shows with admiration. It seems that with all this “Backlash!” many people have lost sight of what MY blog is actually about: fun, dammit! I thought my let’s-go-all-out-and-enjoy-ourselves outfits were of any indication here, but apparently a giant pink hairbow just means I don’t want editors behind me to see because bloggers hate editors and vice versa, apparently, apparently, apparently.

I’m going to New York on Saturday. I will be wearing some more hats. If you happen to be sitting behind me and you’d like to be able to see, just ask.

Read the rest of her defence here.

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Amazing

i’m glad somebody has finally unlocked Barbie’s real potential…

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Over Kill?

Garance Dore’s post about the circus that was the Chanel show at the Grand Palais made a staggering point: EVERYONE has a Chanel bag. It seems in the world of status bags, the Chanel (and any Chanel) reigns supreme.

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There are even more on her blog that she spotted at the show on mere mortals that were not part of the collection. I guess if you are the sort of person who manages to attend such an affair the question is not if you have a Chanel bag but which one and even how many. And I guess if you are visiting the Chanel show you may leave your Mulberry or Chloe bag at home for fear of KL seeing you, screaming Judas and having you banished from the Chanel ‘family’ for ever. 

But what is it about the Chanel bag? The films, the celebrity endorsements (if you can call Lilly Allen wearing your stuff an ‘endorsment’ and not style sabotage), and the price tag all go along way to creating the mystique of a Chanel bag. Coco Chanel, the history and the Parisian connotations are also part of the brand that can do no wrong.

I have a Chanel bag. It’s not as instantly recognisable as most. It has the chain handles, and it also has a large Chanel logo that hangs like a charm or as my flatmate said, ‘something off the front of a car’. Funnily enough, it didn’t change my life! When people notice it, I guess the compliments are nice. But it carries my purse, phone and keys like nearly all my other bags. Sometimes I use it daily and stuff my shopping in it. Carrying home tins of baked beans and a loaf of bread in such a bag is a strangely liberating if not odd experience. But I take good care of it and like to show it off. It is, I guess, the ultimate accessory.

My bag was a gift but I’m aware that the price tag is even larger than the clunky silver charm that hangs off it. Most Chanel bags are around the £1000 mark.  What is going on? And why is everyone paying so much for something everyone else seems to have?

If I’m honest if I had the money, I would ‘invest’ in another one. (See how useful such words are in persuading ourselves the ridiculous is sensible).  But my logic and my brian does marvel at why it is the Chanel, more than any, that has such incredible status.  The dilemma over expensive handbags is an old one. But is seems to me it is the Chanel more than any other (perhaps with the exception of th Hermes Birkin and Kelly) that consistently remains the most desirable bag for the majority of women. Clearly the death of the ‘It- bag’ was a momentary cardiac arrest and clearly, the ‘It-bag’ has been revived. It was KL himself who over a year ago announced ‘bling was dead’. But what is more bling than paying £1,200 for a handbag because of its gold logo?

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a sip of sparkling whine…la petite madeleine in the form of vintage chanel

I saw this bag on Topshop’s blog. Without doubt it’s a great bag but it also involuntarily threw me back in time and brought back lots of memories.

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I love anything that acts as a trigger to make you remember things that you’d otherwise completely forgotten and I especially love it when fashion takes on a wider role than just aesthetics. When I look at this bag I see a photograph of my mum coming in from work with a similar bag on her shoulder and a big smile on her face and a time and place that seems very far from where I am now

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a sip of sparkling whine…attention to detail

Enjoy this 7 minute wonderland on your lunch break or whenever you need a time out. Looking like  20th century Czarinas, the models are adorned in Chanel’s beautiful Paris – Moscow PreFall accessories collection. Draped in all the incredible headpieces, these girls look completely other-worldly. Russia and Chanel have a long and entwined history on various levels and I love how Largerfeld always pays homage to the Chanel of Coco Chanel. This video really makes you see the incredible attention to detail in the collection (as well as slightly frightening portraits of Largerfeld and Largerfeld playing Man Ray)

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top 5 and three quarters…the show must go on

With Karl Largerfeld, wonders never cease. The 2010 Chanel cruise collection took place yesterday in Venice, on the beach. With a boardwalk for the runway and deck chairs on the sand for the onlookers, it was quite removed from Largerfeld’s usual theatrical shows. Admittedly, the cruise collection is not as high profile. (Although arguably just as exclusive – being based in the Grand Excelsior Hotel Lido resort and just as dramatic – the show started two hours late) Yet you can’t help but get the feeling that even the house of Chanel is feeling the pinch – outside, deck chairs, bring your own champers (probably). Maybe it was all that money they spent on the No.5 ad? And as Lilly Allen as the new face of Chanel Accessories, times must really be tough.  Here’s a little retrospective of the Chanel shows, which is demonstrative of the tightening of the monochrome belts.

1. Cheap and cheerful. Cruise collection, Venice, 2010.

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2. The Merry Go Round. Fall 2008, New York Fashion Week

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3. Home from home. Largefeld brings the original Chanel store, 33 Rue Cambon to the Grand Palais for this year’s Spring/summer fashion week.

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4. Largerfeld than life: A 75 ft iconic Chanel jacket. Couture Show, Paris, January 08.

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5. Cutting edge: Orgami at Chanel’s Couture spring 09 show in Paris.

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3/4. Less is more: The last Coco Chanel Show in 1971.

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