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June 2008

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The Chanel Homestretch…

Right now we’re highlighting the wide range of luxe materials used to create the selection of Chanel bags featured in our special event. I love the variety: Croc, Patent leather, Metallics, Lizard, vinyl, Caviar leather…all put together in a deliberately slow manufacturing process that naturally limits production and supply. I think it’s particularly noteworthy that Chanel now makes its classic bag, the 2.55 (pictured above), in nearly all of these materials. This single flap handbag, introduced in February 1955, features…

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Weekend Warriors

To me, traveling in style really means having a great bag when you go through security. It doesn’t need to be screaming logos, but should convey a sense of quality and sophistication that means business. If you’re looking for just such a carryall, let me direct you to the Chanel Limited Edition Black Patent Leather Grande Sac Weekend. This style is particularly special because the company doesn’t often release large-sized bags. Debuting during the Spring/Summer season of 1990 (one of…

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Watches to Watch

Another day, another major watch auction. This time it was Antiquorum‘s New York summer sale of Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches and Clocks held just this past June 18. Readers of this site may find it interesting that the sale had a record 484 internet bidders from around the world–more proof that buying expensive items online is now the way of the world.  The top sale once again went to Patek Philippe with its pink gold minute repeater (pictured) featuring…

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Blackout

If you’re a design dork like me, you’ll probably already have noticed the trend toward black walls in the home. It was widely praised on the last episode of HGTV’s Design Star, was linked to today on Apartmenttherapy (see images above and below) and has been showing up in some of my favorite magazines.  Living in small apartments in New York City for the past 10 years, it’s always seemed that I want to keep my walls light and bright…

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Spotlight on: Judith Leiber

There’s something about a night on the town that makes you want to sparkle from head to toe. Women attempt this in many ways: Shimmering jewelry, bronzing powder and metallic accessories are your standard fare, but if you really want to make an impact, head straight to Judith Leiber. Known for her crystal-embellished creations, Leiber is synonymous with glitzy minaudieres that pack quite a bit of personality. To wit: Her brand new Cupcake bag, above, retails for around $4,200 and…

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Private Event Photos!

The champagne was flowing and the handbags were selling as we celebrated our private Chanel event last night. Above, hosts Melanie Charlton, Emilia Fanjul Pfeiffer, Annie Churchill, Lauren Goodman and Sabine Heller at the Portero.com exclusive auction preview featuring vintage Chanel handbags hosted at Antony Todd in New York City Wednesday, June 18, 2008.   Antony Todd, host Amy Dwek and Portero CEO Michael Sheldon.  A guest and host Allison Sarofim.  Portero’s Stephanie Phair with Allison Aston.  Portero is a…

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Coco Crazy!

I find Chanel bags to be the ultimate in sophistication and utterly chic, so when I found out that our staff was aiming to pull off the event of the season, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the merchandise list. Close to 200 authentic Chanel bags at sweet deals, some limited edition and nearly impossible to find? Now that’s a reason to shop online. Chanel is somewhat of a different breed from other brands–While celebrities usually vie to…

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Champagne and Chanel!

If you can imagine heaven on earth, it looked quite a bit like a very special event organized by Portero tonight in New York City. Let me set the scene: Held at Antony Todd Home, one of Manhattan’s premiere destinations for chic furniture and accessories, the event featured a curated collection of over 100 vintage Chanel bags. From classic flap bags to needlepoint totes to rare weekend carryalls, the bags were the center of attention as guests placed online bids…

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Blinded by the White

So it’s summer, which means it’s really no surprise that celebrities are wearing white in full force around town. Above, at the Paris premiere for new movie Hancock, Charlize Theron strikes a pose in a deep v-cut, full skirt dress with simple bow detail on the waist. Below, we have Heidi Klum in NYC heading to the 67th Annual Peabody Awards to pick up a trophy for Project Runway. Her form-fitting dress is a little bit ‘nurse of the future’,…

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Wild for Ikat

If I could point to one pattern that is really making the most impact right now across the worlds of fashion and design, I think I’d have to pick Ikat. According to Wikipedia, Ikat is a style of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on the threads before they are woven to create a pattern or design. Ikat is actually the name for both the process and the cloth itself, and either way, Kristen Bell wears…

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