The chain strapped cross body bag is one of my favourite bags as it is so uncomplicated, yet chic. It’s my staple for evenings and everyday outfits.
Thanks to Coco Chanel, who designed her iconic 2.55 bag with double strapped chains which are attached by leather straps inserted by eyelets, many prestigious designers followed. From Mulberry to Valentino, every designer has a chain strapped bag as part of their classic range.
Above: I’m wearing a chained cross body mini bag in forest green by Gianfranco Ferre. There are so many Chanel-esque chain bags out there and many of them look cheap. I love good quality leather and understated, classic colours like black, beige, dark purple, green or navy.
Alexa Chung wearing her chained Chanel mini bags out at night teamed with a velvet LBD and casually styled with a navy pea coat for the day.
Coat from Max & Co. Grey wool tights from Kunert. Shoes by Attilio Giusti Leombruni.
If I’d win the lottery, I want these candies: Left: Pink quilted Chanel chain bag. Right: Mulberry Lily and Medium Lily chain strapped bags
Paris motif earrings by Les Nereides
For my nails, I prefer nude or pink, unobtrusive nail polish. But when it comes to my feet, this is where I’d like to have fun!
Especially in summer, when our feet are tanned, any colour suits. My favourite nail varnish are the Chanel ones as the quality is great and Peter Philips, creative director of Chanel’s nail varnish, manages to nail new trend colours each and year.
Above: My tried and tested, favourite colours from the last few years are (from left to right):
- Chanel 483 Vendetta: A very dark purple, almost black shade. Elegant, sophisticated, cool.
- Chanel 509 Paradoxal: I love this purple colour with grey and shimmery blue undertones.
- Chanel 527 Nouvelle Vague: A bright turquoise colour. Match with espadrilles wedges on a St Tropez beach and you’re good to go!
- Chanel 461 Blue Satin: Rebel’s favourite. A very dark, navy blue that shimmers in the sun. Classy and edgy at the same time.
- Chanel 513 Black Pearl: Great dark, summery shade. A black metallic base with green and silver shades running through.
- Chanel 555 Blue Boy: From the “Jeans de Chanel” collection, this is a cool “air force” blue. Very pretty for hands too as it’s not too dark.
- Chanel 525 Quartz: A bronzey metallic shade which changes colour depending on the light. Reflects light beautifully in the sun and goes darker in the shade.
Chanel 527 Nouvelle Vague and Chanel 509 Paradoxal in the sun
Rebel wearing Chanel Blue Satin. Sandals from BCBG
Helena Christensen wears a gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs simple and feminine eyelet dress from the spring summer 2012 collection. Marc calls this colour “marshmallow white”. The name is fitting for this cute style of the dress. Fabrics like eyelet and waffle are a perfect match for marshmallow white dresses.
I’m wearing a marshmallow white eyelet dress by Max & Co in Porto Cervo, Italy.
Mint nails and pink espadrille flats – what goes better with a marshmallow dress? Nail colour “Nouvelle Vague” by Chanel.
A simple yet captivating waffle marshmallow white dress with boat neck from Moschino Cheap Chic. Seen at Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
How do these French girls do it? They manage to retain their girly looks way past their 30th birthday, looking effortlessly fresh faced with minimal make-up and undone hair. Virginie Ledoyen, 35, Leonardo di Caprio’s partner in the movie “The Beach” and former L’oreal spokesperson, is another example. She personifies girl-next-door glamour à la française with simple but chic fashion and girly charme.
In an interview Virginie told of her love for fashion basics, natural make-up and what she doesn’t like:
Denim: She loves all styles and colours. Above: Virginie looks typically effortlessly chic française, donning a shirt marinière with a long necklace, jeans and blazer. Simple but stunning.
Her favourite item is a vintage Chanel Bouclé Jacket. She’s a big fan of Chanel’s timeless fashion.
Above: Rebel wearing a shirt mariniere with long pearl necklace and I’m wearing a Chanelesque Boucle jacket.
Make-up: Virginie counts herself lucky to have great skin and rarely wears make-up during the day. For the evening, she applies pink blusher, a touch of mascara and lipgloss, c’est tout!
She doesn’t like: Too much bling, Louis Vuitton monogram handbags, Jimmy Choo nailvarnish – Vulgaire!
What is elegance for her: An attitude, the way someone walks and speaks, basic and classic items and clothes made with high-quality materials.
Below: Virginie loves basics, particularly denim and blazer jackets in classic black or white.
There are some clothing items that are timeless and at the same time trendy, like the pencil skirt or the stripy shirt à la Marinière. The Chanel inspired Bouclé Tweed jacket is one of them. No season at Chanel without the classic, and Karl Lagerfeld manages to reinvent the classic item each year. These days you get many copies, for example at Zara. Mine is from TK Maxx in the classic colours navy and white with crème coloured frill border. My favourite look is to combine the jacket casually with jeans, but the jacket also rocks combined with a skirt or dress!
Es gibt einige Kleidungsstuecke, die sind zeitlos und auch trendy, wie z.b. der Pencil skirt oder das Streifenshirt à la Marinière. Auch die Chanel inspirierte Bouclé Tweed Jacke gehoert dazu! Keine Saison bei Karl Lagerfeld ohne den Klassiker und Karl schafft es jedes Jahr, die Jacke neu zu inszenieren. Heutzutage gibt es viele Kopien, z.b. bei Zara. Meine ist von TK Maxx in den klassischen Farben dunkelblau weiss mit crème farbener Rüschenborte. Lässig kombiniert mit Jeans gefällt sie mir am besten, aber auch zum Kleid oder skirt rockt diese Jacke!
Below: Audrey Tautou plays Coco in the movie “Coco Chanel” wearing her signature jacket.
Beyonce mixes it up with wide-leg beige trousers
It really does pay off to have a sister working in the cosmetic industry. Not only do I get free goodies on a regular basis, but I also get insight into the well kept secrets of the beauty world – like the fact that Bourjois is still a family owned company that also owns Chanel cosmetics, which both happen to be my favourite make-up brands.
I’m a fan of the more subtle, natural make-up, but there are a few basics I can’t live without:
Bourjois trio baked eyeshadow in nude ingenu – natural shades of brown for the day look. I love the subtle shimmer.
Bourjois trio baked eyeshadow in vert de gris – cool, grey green colours that can be worn with the lighter shades or applied wet for more contrast in the evening. Will look great on brown eyes too.
Chanel 4 colour eyeshadows in Kaska Beige: These warm neutral colous are very wearable and have a soft shimmer.
Bourjois lip gloss effect 3D in shade brun poetic – I love this lip gloss – the shade is a very natural warm pink brown close to the lips natural colour, the texture is very smooth on the lips and not too sticky.
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder – not only is the powder pressed in the shape of a chocolate bar, but it also smells deliciously of chocolate – Mmmm, délicieux! I also love Guerlain’s 4 seasons bronzing powder with 4 different shades for bronzed skin from winter to summer.
The Bourjois blusher “Brun cuivre” is a warm copper brown that also looks great worn as an eyeshadow
My favourite nail varnishes: I love the quality of Chanel nail varnishes and their trendy colours. I’m wearing this years Black Pearl by the pool, but also subtle shades like “Jade Rose”, look sophisticated on the feet.
“Paradoxal” is a grey-purple which I love for the feet too.