Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Chanel: A Brief History

In 2014 Chanel is probably the best known and most iconic fashion house in the world. But how much do you really know about Chanel??

Coco Chanel(1883-1971)
Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel was the founder of the Chanel brand and the only fashion designer to be named in the Time's most influential people of the 20th century! She was unusual in the way that her influence spread beyond beautiful clothing to perfume, jewellry and bags.
Gabrielle Chanel was born to an unwed laundry woman in a charity hospital. Her mother "Jeanne" died when her daughter was only twelve years old. Later in life Gabrielle lied about her upbringing and origins as a laundry woman's daughter.
By the time she came to work she had learnt how to sew but longed for a career on the stage. She sung in a cabaret and did a season in Vichy where she tried to find work as a performer. Although she eventually decided that a stage career was not for her, it was at this time that Gabrielle acquired the name Coco.
Coco the Mistress
Chanel and Balsan
Chanel returned to Moulins to the place where she first began her cabaret work and met the wealthy textiles heir Etienne Balsan. Aged 23 Coco became Balsan's mistress and his favourite as well. Chanel supposedly even had a child to Balsan who was claimed to be her nephew. The next few years were spent living up in the alps in luxury; spoilt by Balsan and his wealth.
However, in 1908 Coco then began an affair with one of Balsan's friends Captain Arthur Edward "Boy" Capel. Years later Chanel spoke of the two gentlemen who were "outbidding for my hot little body". It was in fact Boy Capel who financed Coco's first shops and her apartment. Later it was even said that Boy's style influenced Chanel's designs and was the main influence of the Chanel No.5 bottle.
Their affair lasted nine years but even after Boy married they never really lost contact. His death in a car accident in 1918 was the single most devastating event in Chanel's life.
Chanel in the War
Chanel going into her first ever shop bought
by Boy Capel
By 1939 Coco's empire had built up massively and Chanel now had different shops. However when war was declared all of these were closed because Coco said war was not a time for fashion. 3000 female employees lost their jobs because of this; reportedly because Chanel was retaliating towards her employees who caused the shops to close before when they striked for better wages and working hours.
A controversial part of Chanel's character was her strong hatred of Jews which was supposedly formed from her early life at a convent. Chanel used this as an excuse to make more profit on her best selling product Chanel No.5. Parfums Chanel was partly owned by a Jewish family called the Wertheimers. The Nazis said that any property like this that Jews owned now did not belong to them. Coco wrote a petition to the Nazis so that she could have sole ownership of this part of her company.
What Coco didn't know was that the Wertheimers had cleverly handed over the ownership to a Christian friend of theirs to keep hold of until war was over. 

The legal battle did not end there, however. Chanel and her co-owners of Parfums Chanel continued their precarious legal battle; if 
Chanel's anti-semitism was revealed at this time it could ruin the brand's reputation and damage profits for both parties.

Finally, in 1947 the two powerhouses came to an agreement, the same agreement that they had made all those years ago in 1924.Coco herself received only two 
percent of sales of Chanel No.5 worldwide but gained all the profit that came from the perfumes during the war which in today's money would be worth around nine million US dollars. Wertheimer also payed for all of Coco's living expenses.
Chanel was in fact earning the modern equivalent of 25 million dollars a year.
Coco the Spy
During the war Chanel reportedly had an affair with the German officer Baron Hans Guenther Dincklage. Supposedly through this relationship Coco managed to secure the release of her nephew from a prisoner of war camp in Germany. As well as this, Coco also used this to try to get the Nazis to listen to her petition over the rights to Chanel Parfums.
Chanel actually reported to only travel to Madrid to try and gain political  information but according to some German files she actually recieved very little information.
Later Life
Coco continued to work until her death in 1971 when she was aged 88. By this time she was living as one of the most famous and influential women in the world in her own private apartment in the Parisian Ritz. Not bad for a laundry woman's daughter.
Chanel in Pictures

A 1970s No.5 Campaign

Chanel SS14
Chanel 2013 Campaign

Chanel Tumblr Art
Penelope Cruz in Chanel at the Oscars
Karl Lagerfield Current Head Designer and Creative Director
So has this changed your opinion of Chanel? Are you the proud owner of any Chanel goods? What is in the future of Chanel??

Sunday, 29 December 2013

New Year Make Up Ideas

I know I haven't been posting an awful lot recently but hey ho, quality not quantity?? Hope you all had a great Christmas! What did you get? 
Anyway, I don't know what you might be doing this New Year so I'll try to cover everything; these makeup ideas should work from an A-list party to the ball drop in New York!!
Orange Lips
Find your shade and have fun with this quirky trend!
Rag and Bone

D Squared
Casablanca Satin Lipstick
Nars Satin Lipstick, Casablanca
Au naturale
Less is more, look beautiful and yourself

Isabel Marant
Alexander Wang
CHANEL Perfection Lumiere

Inky Eyeliner
Smudge it, make it grungey and have fun.

Because it's so pretty, why should you wait until spring?
Antonio Marras

Ombres 5 Lumières - Eye Shadow
YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres

Hope that's helped! Let me know what you're doing wearing and doing with your makeup for New Year!!


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas Party OOTD

Chirstmas party outfit the other day. Organised by me! It was absolutely great! Sorry I am hardly posting on my actual blog any more! I hope I get the chance to post more this winter!! AT the moment I am currently working on my fashion instagram @framecakee ! Follow for lots of fashion photos and shoutouts daily of you do my photochallenge or just put #framecake to get featured! Currently have 253 followers and growing! Please help me get to 300 by christmas!
Dress- Asos
Shoes- Guess
Ear cuff- Zara

Saturday, 23 November 2013

OOTD The Hunger Games

Jumper- Topshop
Dress- Topshop
Tights- ASOS
Boots- Zara
Scarf- Random one off thing
Sorry I haven't posted an outfit like this in what feels like an absolute age! Today I went to see the new hunger games film with my friends! It was excellent! Definitely worth watching!!
If any of you are on Instagram please take a look at my new account @framecakee !! I follow back and will do shoutouts for shoutouts very happily! Does anyone know how you gain followers on these things? Advice would be appreciated!! For your photos to be featured #framecake

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst

Alexander McQueen, Magisterium Skull Scarf
Alexander McQueen, Heaven Butterfly Grid Scarf
Alexander McQueen, Tityus Big Skull Scarf
Shocking revelation... I am not normally a huge fan of scarves!! But, I thought that this collection of scarves were so unbelievable that even I loved them!! Damien Hirst's designs with Alexander McQueen are absolutely breathtaking! To look at more and watch the stunning video:

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A quick review of.. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam

Clinique Cleansing Foam available from £15.50
The Framecake reckons this is a five star product because...

I was after a really good cleanser for what felt like an age but now I think I may have found the perfect "solution" in this product! Even though this product is foaming it feels really soft and does not dry my skin out, make it tight or even itchy as I have found with some products like Clearasil.
Unlike some products I have used, I think that this formula really works to calm blemishes without my skin feeling harmed or damaged. I realise this is not a cheap product but I feel that it is really worth investing in your skin, especially on a product of such a high calibre as this! Definitely worth buying here!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Jeremy Scott- New Creative Director of...

A favourite of Karl Lagerfeld, Jeremy Scott's more-than quirky designs have gained him a lot of attention in the fashion world and his recent designs for Adidas have gained him a lot  of fans. He has been offered many jobs with various fashion houses like Versace and Paco Rabanne but he has always turned their offers down; preferring to build on his ideas as a designer. His designs have been worn by Rihanna, Katy Perry, Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora, even though he does not design for a specific fashion house. Until now..
Jeremy Scott wearing his own designs
Lily Cole Modelling for Moschino
Moschino, an italian fashion house, was created in 1983 by Franco Moschino who was creative director throughout the 80s and the early 90s, when the house was most popular. The brand became famous for its quirky colourful designs which were sometimes a little eccentric.
So, Jeremy Scott, the lone wolf of fashion, is the new Creative Director of Moschino! What to expect? Lot's of colour, lots of crazy but hopefully a bit more current!! Keep your eyes peeled!!