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Monday, January 16, 2012

Chanel Raises The Bar

When I saw Chanel's 2012 Spring Campaign, I thought about the upcoming Olympics. I love watching olympic events. The olympics are in London this year and I can't wait to watch. The Chanel Campaign? That's what I'm suppose to be talking about? I digress... LOL

Karl Lagerfeld photographed the campaign at France's Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc. Models Saskia de Brauw and Joan Smalls did a wonderful job striking poses on various gymnastic equipment. The pictures are breathtaking and these models truly make it look effortless. Karl has raised the bar with this photo shoot.

My Sweet Treats (weekend purchases): I've decided to purchase a little something for myself every weekend. I think it's important as women, that we treat ourselves to something we love. We're always putting others needs first (children, job, etc.) I'll showcase mine every Monday. Cute Spring clothes are slowly trickling in. It stays warmer longer here in New Orleans, and my Summer wardrobe is usually worn out by the end of summer. So I definitely need to start adding to it. This 'tartlet burst top' from Anthropologie caught my eye. I could've played it safe and gone with the navy, but I chose the dark orange instead. I've been eyeing this 'Grapevine' Aerosoles t-strap. Aerosoles super discounted the green, brown and mustard suede. I purchased it in the green suede. I'll get more use out of it next fall/winter. Have you treated yourself lately?



Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

You're right, this photoshoot is amazing! I love the idea of treating yourself to something every weekend. I would love to do the same myself :)


Style Journey said...

You have to give those models credit for some of those photos. Especially the one dangling on the trapeze in the water!

Love your t-strap shoes. The fashion magazines say these are the hot thing for spring/summer. I spent the last of my gift cards from Christmas and treated myself to a pair of leopard loafers! Heather

Anonymous said...

lovely photo shoot

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Gorgeous photos, love the movement and mood of them! Most definitely right in B&W!! How exciting the Olympics too :))) That is a fantastic idea to purchase something for yourself each weekend. We do tend to put others first, since having my daughters, I have found that time for myself is so needed or I cannot function properly for them (with my first, I put myself last too much from the pressure of others telling me how to do it and it wore me down and I got really bad baby blues because I felt I had to be perfect and you just can't do that, you need time to breathe)and I have to be tip top for them, no less. And I am woman, so I need these things, hahaha!! But, its fun to get pampered and have fun and that is what we need in life - more fun!! Gorgeous purchases, really pretty!! Hope your Monday is fab darling girl!! xoxox

Maria said...

very impressive photoshoot! and nice idea for a weekend treat :)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

These images are gorgeous! I love the lighting, the setting and the languid movement created by the models. Totally agree about treating ourselves to something we love. Great picks for yourself. The tartlet burst top is really sweet and the color is so lovely and vibrant! Have a great week Kim!

HeidiDee said...

The campaign is lovely- definitely reminds me of an ANTM photo shoot! And I love the idea of treating yourself like that! Unfortunately I treat myself too often and have to cut down!


Sarah Hartley said...

Wow those photos are so amazing. Chanel never fails to impress me. And I love the new top that you purchased, the neckline is so cool!!

Lena L said...

oh this season looks great. i loved pastels from others but this mono toned campaign is refreshing!
(so puffy sleeaves are back? yay~)

i love the color of your new top. it will look fabulous on you. i can tell. :)
i will look for this "my sweet treats" series.

have a great week!

welldressedmaker said...

So, I love that though they look like they're working the muscles so much, the models still look like ballerinas. So graceful.

♥ laura
the blog of worldly delights

Unknown said...

Chanel 2012 is very interesting... I think the last photo is my favorite. I saw that Anthropologie top recently, too! I think the color will look really great on you.

Mimi said...

Wow, this is a really unique photo shoot...I love it...those models got put through the ringer for some of those shots i bet!!
You are so right about how important it is to treat ourselves-makes life a little sweeter! PS I'm your newest follower;)

Aesthetic Lounge

erica marie said...

This campaign is amazing...love the shots over the water.

xo erica

Dreama's Daily Fashion said...

These photos are beautiful. It is amazing that they can look so graceful in those awkward positions. I find I treat myself too much and have to force myself to cut back lol -Dreama

Carole Poirot said...

Love the fact that the shots are in black & white and the 1920's feel they have - beautiful.

The top and shoes are lovely. I've been lucky to have found a great blazer - bright red with white polka dots - from Zara in the sales. Half prize and fantastic for Spring, so I'm very pleased with myself ;-)

Wishing you a lovely week, thanks for all your comments. Bisous xo

Tiffany said...

so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. And great buys too, definitely great to treat yourself :)

Heather said...

Girl I am so on board with your weekend treats!!! Good for you! And that top is fabulous - gorgeous details with the one strap :)


Jen @ redsolesandredwine said...

Chanel - gorgeousness everywhere and you know I'm a lover of Chanel.

Treating yourself is always needed! Loving that top. Hope you had a fantastic weekend Kim.

Red Soles and Red Wine

Punctuation Mark said...

chanel marketing people are amazing!!!

oomph. said...

i know this is about chanel, but i LOVE watching the olympics, too!!

i think you made a great choice going with the orange top...love the detail on the front. the color of both pieces will also transition well to fall, too!

surprisingly, i haven't treated myself this year yet! yay, me!


noone said...

it's so dreamy, I love it, and I really want to learn how to shoot b&w photos!

Unknown said...

These photographic images are truly fantastic! Clean and simple yet they make the right statment. Karl has such a great eye for photos.

You are so right about us ladies treating ourselves. I have been on a self shopping hiatus and you have inspired me to get out there and at least get a few things to pep things up. :)

Thanks for your comment on my blog sweets! xoxo



Jax said...

I love the new additions to your wardrobe! What a great pair of shoes to treat yourself too :)

The pictures you posted are great too. Love the black and white. Simple and elegant. Love it!

Jax said...

P.S. Sorry about your Saints, but at least you have NE to root for still :)

I say next year we do a blogging fantasy team. We should show the boys how it's done! haha

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

Great shoot. I like the idea of treating yourself every weekend, I might have to try it out.

Michelle said...

This is amazing! I bet that model never thought in a million years she'd be doing the upward facing dog in a chanel dress. Could Karl do anything wrong? No.

Diamonds&Pearls-Shandi said...

Aw, I like this photoshoot, my daughter does gymnastics...the open water in the background makes me dizzy though, I feel for the models if they have a fear of heights and open water like I do...haha.

I love the top and shoes! I like the idea of treating yourself.

Unknown said...

I so love this campaign! Chanel is amazing!

xo Mary Jo

Kalmo said...

I usually don't think much of photo shoots but this one is amazing. The models really do make it look easier and the Olympic flavor is easily seen. Ah one day I want to own a Chanel bag. ^^

It's great that you treat yourself! I love the blog and I think orange will be a great color. T-strap shoes are super cute as well. LOL I totally treat myself all the time, I should cut makeup. XD

The Violin Style said...

This photo shoot is amazing, very vintage, I like it :)
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navy and orange said...

Amazing photos. Might have to reuse some of these!

xoxo navy & orange

Unknown said...


I love the olympics and the models nailed it. I totally love the dark orange top you picked out your shoes are gorge. I'm glad you treated yourself. You deserve it.

I treated myself with my new red shoes.

Disturbed Style said...

Great photos! I love it :)

Unknown said...

these images are absolutely stunning. what vision. i'm in awe. the clothes are pretty fantastic as well.

xo. chaptertwentynine.com

Kalmo said...

Aw Kim, thank you so much for your very kind comment. It really made my day. I really love the sincerity and positivity behind your blogging. (hugs)

Camelia said...

hahaha, i see what you mean about the olympics! gorgeous photos though, makes me wish i was a model ;) lovely blog :)

Skinny Moonstick said...

Oh, it is so important to treat yourself! I do that too, it makes me happy :) aaww, I am so admiring Chanel designs- so classy and elegant! I have always been smitten by a clean, crisp white designs, I don't know, there's just something so angelic about it!
Good luck!


Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hi Kim! First, the Chanel photoshoot: don't you wonder if the models were loving all the poses or were afraid of hanging out there over the water? They look beautiful on the gym equipment and you're right ... make it look so effortless! I love to treat myself as often a possible too ... keeps life exciting LOL! Let's see ... recent treats have been: a smaller (and lighter) Coach cross-body bag because I hate carrying heavy bags while shopping and wanted to be hands free (and I'm loving it ... I was right ... so freeing!) ... another frequent treat place is Sephora (love to try out new skincare and scents). My biggest recent purchase, however, was my brand new Nikon camera. Been saving up for that one (combined with gift money from Christmas) and I'm in camera heaven! ;)

Thanks so much for your sweet words on Ooh La Frou Frou, Kim, and your compliments on the post and card (and the image is before it's even dressed in glitter and crystals) ;)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I really like this campaign too...very gymnast.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous and genius campaign.

<3 Marina

Cee said...

As a former gymnast, this Chanel campaign really struck a cord with me. After all, Karl Lagerfeld combined my first love, gymnastics, with my current passion... fashion. What's not to love? Not to mention that those black and white shots are beyond stunning. I'm so excited for the summer Olympics this year in London - to watch the gymnastics, of course! Can't wait :)

Unknown said...

I haven't treated myself lately, maybe I will this weekend. hehe..I love how you shared these Chanel ads because I think they are so cool and it's like Cirque du Soleil meets fashion. Great post,


Unknown said...

What a beautiful top- I love the colour! This Chanel ad is great- the styling is so unique and the clothing is breathtaking!

two birds said...

what an interesting campaign. and i couldn't agree with you more...we all deserve a little treat. good for you for taking action!

Kassi said...

OMG I love the Olympics and can't wait!
This ad campaign is stunning for sure - Chanel always rocks it. Your purchases are darling - way to treat yourself!


LyddieGal said...

these models make the high bar so glamorous! I love the black and white.

Chic on the Cheap

aki! said...

Weirdly enough, while I'm not a fan of the clothes (too... high fashion for me) I really like this shoot. Shows that women are strong in addition to being models.

Johanna L. said...

Breathtaking photography - to me, that's what high fashion shoot should look like :) the models look like true athletes, well, At Least ballerinas. Loving it.

And your purchases are sweet, too, I love that shade of orange and I think it'll look fabulous on you :) I treated myself with a pair of bright blue jeans this weekend, and I can't wait to style them ;)

Have a lovely week, Kim! xoxo

little luxury list said...

What a cool shoot and I love the concurrent front and back shot of the dresses!
I may be getting a Chanel bag (pseudo vintage of course!) We'll see!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Ivana said...

Karl is definitely a genius! He´s my ultimate inspiration and I love everything he does! These photos look perfect

xx Ivana

Stop by sometimes :)
Macarons and Pearls

Project Curve said...

even with flaws i grudgingly accept that lagerfeld is a marketing genius..he knows what sells.and what is the right way to go..
as for treats..i think everyone needs it.i got a few new things.a scarf,a new pair of jeggings..and loafers which weren't my size..so i had to give it away to my sister ..hehe

Chocolate Cookies & Candies said...

Karl Lagerfeld reminds me of a proper renaissance man who is good in everything. The photos are breathtaking. I totally agree about women treating ourselves. I have friends who haven't bought a single piece of clothing for themselves in years, not because they couldn't afford to but they put themselves last.

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

I love the last image from this campaign very much.
Your idea of little treats every weekend sounds like fun. :)

Unknown said...

it is amazing what the models can do. i think they have to be more than a pretty face or a great figure. they're actors who have to tell a story. :) amazing photos for karl's campaign. :)

great purchases, kim. i adore the top!! the strap detail is gorgeous! great choice. :) no, i haven't treated myself recently. my new year's resolution is to re-use my clothes from the closet... and not shop for anything unless it's an absolute must-have. we had so many expenses recently that i really have to tighten my belt.. :)


hope in high heels said...

That photo shoot is beyond amazing...

Love the idea of treating yourself each weekend, gives you something to look forward to at the end of a long week at work. I must implement this straight away!

Marianna said...

another beautiful editorial by chanel thanks for sharing u always find the best kind of editorials. definetely one of my must read blogs from now on.
gotta love some editorials.

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