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Cop that Chanel

Chanel’s S/S 10 collection is hot commodity, and Karl Lagerfeld has some fun showing us in his new short film “Vol de Jour.”

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Models Lara Stone and Baptiste Giacobini star in the retro-styled throwback to Bonnie and Clyde.  This season’s collection is showcased as the two make their rounds to all Chanel’s Paris stores, modeling the clothing for each other and making away with the merchandise. The short has a film-noir feel and only makes the clothing seem that much more desirable as the dramatic music builds to add a sense of grandeur to the petty crime.  Lagerfeld has long experimented with multimedia ways to promote the brand.  You can check out all his short films at or the “Vol de Jour” video here.

-Emily English


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Free Chairs Planted on Manhatten Streets

What would you do if you saw a really funky, free chair sitting in the middle of the sidewalk? You would take a seat and test it out and then you would probably take it home.

At least, that’s what many New Yorkers did when they spotted one of the 25 chairs planted on the streets of Manhatten by the Blu Dot Studio.

Unlike your average free street junk, these chairs are modern, well-made, new, and painted in pretty colours like robin’s egg blue and bright red.

What the chair-takers didn’t realize was that they were being watched.

The Real Good Experiment was created by mono and the Blu Dot Studio to celebrate their SoHo store’s one-year anniversary.

The company bugged the chairs with GPS-tracking devices allowing them to find the homes where the chairs went. They then went to the new chair-owners homes and interviewed them about the culture of “curb-mining”— when something free and arty is found on the street.

It may sound a bit creepy, but the video the Blu Dot Studio produced is really interesting because they show us where and with whom the chairs end up. We get a peek into these peoples’ homes and we get to see how the chairs suit all of the different environments they end up in (great advertising, too!).

We definitely have our eye on the Blu Dot Studio now. Can’t wait to see what other shenanigans they come up with!

-Otiena Ellwand

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Tokyo’s Hermès Blows Us Away

If you are in Tokyo from now until January 19th, you MUST go to. Hermès Although we completely back the shopping factor, that’s not the main reason we’re sending you there. It’s the window installation.

As quirky as it is understated, the display is one of those things that looks great in the video but we’re sure will look a million times better in person. Which is saying a lot.

The installation, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka features suspended Hermès scarves, which flutter as they are ‘blown’ on by a Japanese model, who just so happens to be on video.

Pretty original.

– Alexa P Gray

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Shanghai Keeps Getting Lucky


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Shanghai China is a city we are currently in envy of. Not only is is recently the home to to the latest Chanel flagship store, as we blogged about earlier, but on December 3, 2009 the new Chanel store played home to a very special film premiere. The film, directed by Karl Lagerfeld himself, was created for the 2009 Metiers d’Arts collection.

This rare treat is produced only once a year by Chanel, and honours the ateliers and craftsmen of Paris. It features complex quilting, embroidery and hats that are trademarks of ateliers that have been a trademark of Chanel. Prepare to also see extended riffs on Mao-Jackets and courtesan dresses. The film titled Paris-Shanghai A fantasy, the Trip Coco Only Made in Her Dreams depicts Coco Chanel dreaming of the city after falling asleep in her Rue Cambon apartment.

Similar to the new store, Coco’s apartment is the inspiration for the new film. 

Make sure to watch it below:

-Melissa S Robinson

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MoMA launches Tim Burton exhibit

Stepping onto the Museum of Modern Art’s third floor, museum-goers are now greeted with a gaping monster mouth with elongated fangs that leads into a hall painted with vertical black and white stripes. There’s no choice—you have to enter this scary hallway to get to MoMA’s Tim Burton exhibit, which launched November 22, 09.


The exhibit of over 700 rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photos, moving image works, storyboards, and puppets explores the full range of Burton’s creative work from childhood to his more recent work. Fans of Burton won’t be disappointed. Unforgettable films like Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and Beetlejuice (1988) are analysed alongside as his lesser-known works, like Stainboy (2000).

Viewers will get a sense of what Pop Surrealism means to Burton. Burton gained notoriety in the film world for his dark and honest approach to storytelling. The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts, as well as a lavishly illustrated publication.

Tim Burton at the MoMA last week. Photo: Jemale Countess/Getty Images

Curator Ron Magliozzi had an “Aha!” moment while watching a special screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in July 2005. The idea came to him: Tim Burton—we should be presenting Tim Burton at the museum! With the help of his colleagues in the museum’s film department, a collection of  Burton’s previous work was amassed to form the exhibit.

The Tim Burton exhibit will run at the MoMA between November 22, 2009 until April 26, 2010. After that, it will move to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, Australia (June 24 to October 10, 2010). The exhibit comes to The Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Canada next November.

-Michael Huynh

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Ten days of TIFF: Broken Embraces

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Toronto International Film Festival started this past Thursday, September 10, and the world has been watching. TIFF annually reinforces Toronto on the map as a world class and art-conscious city with a strong international outlook. The 10-day-long festival is home to not only 64 countries’ films, but screens over 300 films. And, with over 1,000 media accredits, you can bet your last piece of popcorn that the festival is chock-full of media and star-studded events and parties.

One of the first films that hopped over to was Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Broken Embraces’ (Los Abrazos Rotos) on Thursday afternoon. This film, starring the fiery Penelope Cruz, has gained much attention since its release for a stirring plot and outstanding acting by Cruz, as well as Jose Luis Gomez, Lluis Homar, and Tamar Novas. With an impassioned story line, finely written dialogue and moving film noir cinematography, we’ve flagged this film as one of our favourites from TIFF ’09. Not surprisingly, the film recently won acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the esteemed Palme d’Or.

If you’re in the Toronto area check out for a full list of film festival events and screening schedules.

-Cora Nijhawan

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YoungCuts Film Festival

Riveting story lines, poetic dramatics and seat gripping intensity… here comes the seventh annual YoungCuts Film Festival. Montréalers prepare yourselves for films from all walks of life.

YoungCuts traffics the talent of youth internationally and provides a platform for up and comers to showcase their talents and subjects close to their hearts. The festival will run  from September 25th to October 1st, 2009.

The festival hopes to promote the brilliance of teens and honour their creativity. There will be 100 films selected from over 1,000 hopefuls coming in from North and South America, Europe, Egypt, Australia, Singapore, India, the Philippines, Israel and Palestine.

And of course, what would a film festival be without an opening gala? On September 24, 2009, Justin Trudeau will host the anticipated High Fidelity HDTV event at the elegant Newton Restaurant in Montréal, Canada.

For the love of film, and the support of the next generation make sure you get there.  Tickets are available online for the YoungCuts Opening Gala for $90, and individual screenings at Cinema du Parc are also available for $7.50.

–  Lauren Shirreffs

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