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Chanel Fall 2009: Paris-Moscow

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I previewed one of the most exquisite Chanel collections I have ever laid eyes on at the Fall 09 trunk show yesterday. It was an elaborate celebration of culture, art and fashion– one that only the Kaiser (and the Mademoiselle herself) could have executed so perfectly. The Paris-Moscow collection is a collector’s dream– many pieces are by custom order only (three month delivery) which make them even more collectable. Glittering jewels, exaggerated pearl/beaded belts, embellished leather motorcycle jackets, embroidered cashmere coats, ornate dresses, handpainted and laser cut leather bags, matryoshka doll minaudieres– everything was fit for a Tsarina!   The Paris-Moscow collection will be one remembered as the moment Chanel brought luxury back!

Beyond the theatrics, however, there were more than a few gorgeous and very functional bags.  I ordered the “Portobello” tote in black below (also available in grey and brown).  The zipper detail is not merely decorative– it has two uses- to zip up the front pocket and to use as adjustable strap!  It’s around 32cm and will be my daily easy tote!  (jump for more!)

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(The must have bag from Chanel Fall 09– The Portobello-a distressed lambskin tote that may be buttoned into a lady like bag or left open and casual. $2,375 call Alexis 214-520-1055 to order)


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There are two buttons strategically placed that allows you to change the shape of the bag. So simple yet so genius! Three divided compartments make it useful for mom or career woman– and did I mention it is really lightweight!?!? The grey is fabulous but I think the black really sets off the distressed skin and the zipper.

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This is a bag for the avid Chanel collector– it has the sky line of Moscow integrated into the quilted leather! You can fold it over or use as large tote. It also showcases the new “twisted” logo and chain. Love!!!!! It’s $2,795. Call Alexis to order 214-520-1055

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The red pearl/enamel minaudiere below captured my attention the minute I walked in, it has incredible details that combine the best of Chanel and Russian artistry.  The tiny lion heads are symbolic in many ways– one of which is a tribute to Coco Chanel’s astrological sign Leo– this is a custom order piece and will take 3 months to complete.

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The classic quilted bag gets a dose of luxe treatment– handpainted in gold metallic and then lasercut to look like lace, it also has a jeweled chain strap.  Another collector’s item!

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This belongs on Couture Snob but just had to share– how cute are these platform shoes? Called “Caviar”, it is about 5 inches high with a 2 inch platform. Yes, please! The matryoshka doll bangle is also too adorable for words ($1,300)– my friend Ana ordered one but it was too big for me (as all Chanel bangles are!). At least I got the shoes! If you have the opportunity to view this collection, you must go!

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39 thoughts on “Chanel Fall 2009: Paris-Moscow”

  1. matryoshka doll minaudieres picture above I assume it a bag?! Love the bangle and shoes how fabulous!!! Did they do any other versions of the classic chanel that are worth a look with the new twist logo and chain?!

    L.xo

  2. This trunk show is in Chicago June 15-16 (Chicago is always the last to get trunks shows – it sucks) and after seeing these pics I am going to be sure to attend. Thank you for sharing, Tina.

  3. Hi Lottie,

    Yes, there are many classic flap bag and tote styles with the twisted logo and chain! So rock and roll!

    My faith in Chanel has been restored! After the denim patch bags last season I was scared… but Karl loves to surprise, intrigue and delight. J’adore Karl!!!

  4. This inspires me to save for Chanel. My friend told me Chanel is for old ladies, but I think NOT! Thanks for making my day with this read.

  5. Manbag– You must attend! The men’s collection is amazing! Motocycle style jackets and coats, beautifully tailored white shirts! And most of the totes are man bag worthy :)

  6. OMG fabulous, Tina. This reminds me why I always go back to Chanel.The bag you ordered is brilliant. Classic, but so modern.

  7. I appreciate Chanel as a fashion icon, but I have never leaned toward purchasing any of those bags, mainly because it has always seemed too mature (read: OLD LADY) to me. This is the first time that a Chanel post has caught my eye. I love the Russian doll!! I could definitely see myself with the Portobello too.

  8. OMG! I was born in Moscow, so you know how excited I am about this collection. The shoes, the bangle, the bags, they all have my name on them!

    xoxo

  9. This collection is surprisingly good. My favorite, of the ones pictured, is the collecter´s classic quilted one, with the jewels on the chain !

  10. I just ordered the black lambskin tote shown above. It is from the Red Square Collection)and will arrive tomorrow!! I am so excited!!

  11. I just ordered the black lambskin tote shown above. It is suppose to be delivered tomorrow. It is from the Red Square Collection and comes in 4 different styles. The Paris-Moscow collection is fabulous!!

  12. OK, I have clueless questions.

    1. How do you find out times and locations of Chanel trunk shows?

    2. How do you go about ordering anything from the Paris-Moscow collection?

    This collection is fabulous!

  13. hi surfer girl

    the boutique will invite you if you are a consistent customer. but if you are new, simply go to your local boutique and request to be put on the ‘notify’ list. in this economy, no one will refuse you!

    Call my guy Alexis and order from paris-moscow collection, he’d be more than happy to help!

  14. I just received the black lambskin tote above and it is FABULOUS!!! I purchased mine from the Chanel 57th Street store in New York and the price was $2895.00. The price above says $2795.00.

  15. Hi Liz

    that could be my error. Let me call the boutique and check!

    Congrats on your collectible tote, enjoy it!!!

  16. Thank you!! I would love it if you could check the price at your boutique. I know there are 4 different styles and I have had a difficult time getting prices from anyone. The tote I purchased was the only one they had received so far. Thank you again!! Happy Memorial Day!!!!

  17. Hi Tina

    I love the Portobello lamskin tote in black! Any idea what the serial number is? I’d like to order a piece but am afraid I might order the wrong one! Thanks!

  18. Thank you!! I would love it if you could check the price at your boutique. I know there are 4 different styles and I have had a difficult time getting prices from anyone. The tote I purchased was the only one they had received so far. Thank you again!! Happy Memorial Day!!!!

  19. I just received the black lambskin tote above and it is FABULOUS!!! I purchased mine from the Chanel 57th Street store in New York and the price was $2895.00. The price above says $2795.00.

  20. I am looking for Chanel flap shoulder bag Paris-moscow 2009 collection lambskin limited edition with silver chain , black or any colour except white , does anyone know to get it , many thanks for your kind reply

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