The Future of A French Lace Factory

A staff member at Sophie Hallette factory, working on some lace: Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

A staff member at Sophie Hallette factory, working on some lace: Credit Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

Credit Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

A staff member at Sophie Hallette factory, working on some lace: Credit Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

How ironic that clunky industrial machines of the Sophie Hallette factory turn out the most delicate lace – Chantilly lace, Leavers lace, and silk tulle. It has been this way since its was founded in the late 1800s at the height of the industrial revolution. In the small town of Caudry, France, sits this factory, a favorite supplier for luxury fashion houses such as Chanel, Gucci, and Erdem. And now, thanks to financial support from Chanel, Sophie Hallette factory will be able to continue to make lace well into the future. Says Chanel fashion president, Bruno Pavlovsky: “We want to guarantee they will stay in business and keep doing what they do.” Because Sophie Hallette is now a member of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art, a consortium of artisan suppliers that the fashion company either owns or has invested in. To that point, Pavlovsky concedes: “Deals like this nourish the progress of product development. We are constructing something not only for today but also for tomorrow.” Lacemaking is handed down from generation to generation and for the artists and craftsmen their extensive training is rewarded with a great sense of pride in their work. Joining this consortium guarantees the merging of the traditions of yesterday with the technology of today, and a chance for lace to continue to beautify the fashion world.

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Oscar Zoe!

Rachel Zoe, courtesy The Zoe Report

Rachel Zoe, courtesy The Zoe Report

My hope for the Oscars’ Red Carpet is that people bring it, that they’re not scared, that they take chances, they do something adventurous and not predictable, and just have a lot of fun.” ~ Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe speaks and I listen. Zoe, editor in chief of The Zoe Report, is speaking out about her predictions for the Oscars’ Red Carpet. The Oscars air this Sunday and Zoe is ever the fashion force. She calls out designer names Giambattista Valli, Armani Prive, Givenchy, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Dior.

Dressing major a-listers for Awards Season on her original show, The Rachel Zoe Project, was the first time I saw Rachel Zoe. At the time she was a well-known celebrity stylist from Los Angeles, and the show captured her day-to-day life; it was the first time I saw the inner-workings of a fashion stylist and I was hooked. And now years later, Zoe is the editor in chief of The Zoe Report, returning to her roots on The Red Carpet!

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If Looks Could Kill

Photo: @emmaroberts

Photo: @emmaroberts

I Scream. You Scream. We all Scream for Scream Queens! I am super-obsessed with last night’s new show, Scream Queens (Tuesdays on FOX). Part horror, part comedy, the show takes place on a college campus and focuses on a series of serial murders at a popular and snooty sorority house where the leaders call themselves, appropriately enough – The Chanels. The president of the sorority is played by Emma Roberts, the queen bee herself. Fashion takes the lead as the main characters are dressed in vintage Chanel and Moschino. As they deal with blood and gore and murder, these Chanel girls are killing it.

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What happened to Jacqueline Kennedy’s pink Chanel suit?

November 22, 1963 - Dallas, Texas   Photo Credit: Art Rickerby, Time & Life Pictures, via Getty Images

November 22, 1963 – Dallas, Texas – Photo Credit: Art Rickerby, Time & Life Pictures, via Getty Images

We are fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the fateful day in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated. I have been glued to the on-air coverage: recollections, investigations, interviews and recreations. The mystery of the events of that day are profound. But nothing is more poignant, in my opinion, than the stories of Jacqueline Kennedy’s fierce loyalty and strength. In one program, a secret service agent describes how she protected President Kennedy’s body and head and wouldn’t let go until he himself covered the body with his jacket. And then there is Jacqueline Kennedy’s unforgettable pink Chanel suit and pillbox hat. It tells the story, as our clothing does, of the horrific events of the day and is literally stained in our memories forever. Prolific New York Times’ fashion critic Cathy Horyn updates us on the whereabouts of this most famous suit, now preserved by the National Archives in her article, published yesterday. Continue reading

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Jillian Veran

Jillian Veran, beauty expert and media spokesperson

Jillian Veran, beauty authority and media spokesperson

When you first meet Jillian Veran, beauty authority and media spokesperson, you are  drawn in by her gorgeous, twinkling brown eyes. And before long you are wishing Jillian can spread some of that same makeup magic on you. As a world renown beauty authority Jillian’s professional resume includes well-known beauty and makeup experts Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives Cosmetics and Philosophy. She has traveled the world and done everything from education, special events, awards shows, Fashion Week, and editorial. Yet even though her twenty-six year career has reached great heights there is so much more ahead for Jillian, whose spiritual attitude says all is possible; you simply say yes to opportunity. In tomorrow’s podcast you will hear how Jillian said yes to Chanel and began her brilliant career …

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Every girl needs …

Chanel, featuring Keira Knightley

Chanel, featuring Keira Knightley

… a little Chanel. I don’t often talk about specific products but Chanel is different. Perhaps it has something to do with the magic and mystery of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel herself or perhaps it is the top quality of the makeup brand, but Chanel stands alone. If you can, treat yourself to a little Chanel. My favorites are the the Chanel eyeshadow. In addition to my Ombres Contraste Duo eyeshadow (#30, Bleu), I recently discovered Illusion D’Ombre (purple) for a more dramatic look with creamy staying power. Illusion D’Ombre has been on the market about six months and is already turning heads!

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Illusion D'Ombre - Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Illusion D’Ombre – Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

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