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British advertising watchdogs have banned showings of Keira Knightley’s commercial for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle around children’s programmes and films.

The idea that children’s eyes need to be shielded from Keira Knightley’s performance will surprise viewers. Chanel defended the commercial, insisting it was playful and sensual rather than overtly sexual.

However, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in UK disagreed at a time when many parents, including PM David Cameron, are becoming increasingly concerned about the sexualization of children.

The commercial opened with Keira Knightley in tight leathers astride a motorbike racing through city streets, before cutting to a modeling scene where she is being photographed on a bed.

The relationship with the photographer becomes increasingly flirtatious and sexual as the man is seen unzipping her leather boots and attempting a kiss.

At one stage Keira Knightley’s bare shoulders are seen, while she is assumed to be naked beneath some sheets.

Just as the relationship seems certain to become even more intimate, she disappears out of the window and rides off leaving her would-be lover disappointed.

The commercial was aired during a screening of the cartoon Ice Age 2, which has been a hit with families. A woman viewer complained that it was not suitable to be shown during a children’s film because it was overtly sexual.

British advertising watchdogs have banned showings of Keira Knightley’s commercial for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle around children’s programmes and films

British advertising watchdogs have banned showings of Keira Knightley’s commercial for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle around children’s programmes and films

Chanel rejected the claim and said its founder, Coco Chanel, was known for being a strong, independent woman and the character in the ad was intended to reflect her spirit.

The perfume giant pointed out that there was no nudity in the ad and that the character only briefly revealed her shoulders as part of a photo shoot.

They said the photographer helped Keira Knightley remove her boots, rather than her clothes, as part of a wardrobe change during the photo shoot.

Chanel said while a degree of sexual tension was common in perfume ads, this particular commercial was “playful and sensual”.

However, the ASA sided with the complainant arguing the scenes involved “sexually suggestive content”.

The ASA said: “We noted that the photographer was directly involved in unzipping the actress’s garments and that there was a suggestion that she was naked aside from a bed sheet.

“We also noted that there was clear sexual tension between the pair and that they appeared about to kiss on the bed.

“We considered the ad was suitable for older children, but that the sexually suggestive material was unsuitable for young children.”

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Ice-T and Coco Austin stepped out in New York City to celebrate restaurant STK Midtown’s one year anniversary.

Posing for photographers on arrival to the dinner party, Coco Austin, 33, made sure she stood out in a colorful dress as husband Ice-T opted for an all black ensemble.

Wearing her platinum blonde hair down in loose waves, Coco Austin placed one hand on her hip as she put on a leggy display in the cut-out frock which featured a pleated detailing.

Co-ordinating her scarlet pointed stilettos with her lips, the Tarzana-born model sported feline eyes courtesy of lashings of black eyeliner.

Dressed down in comparison to his wife, Ice-T, 54, donned a black short-sleeved polo shirt, trousers and leather slip-on Vans.

The reality television couple wrapped their arms around each other as they chose not to put on their usual amorous public display of affection.

Coco Austin recently revealed she’s ready to be inducted into motherhood as she plans to start a family with Ice-T, who already has two children from previous relationships.

Coco Austin recently revealed she's ready to be inducted into motherhood as she plans to start a family with Ice-T

Coco Austin recently revealed she’s ready to be inducted into motherhood as she plans to start a family with Ice-T

The stars of Ice Loves Coco spoke to In Touch magazine about expanding from two to three and the model-turned-burlesque dancer has already picked out a name if it’s a little girl: Chanel.

Finding similarities to the luxury French fashion house founded by Coco Chanel, she told the tabloid: “I want a little girl! We already have the name – Chanel.”

She continued: “I want a little doll of my own! I could teach her to walk in heels and do her hair.”

According to the publication, the couple will begin trying to have a baby as soon as she has some downtime from her stint in LA adult revue show Peepshow.

Ice-T, meanwhile, is looking forward to his wife’s next role as a mother of his child.

“She will be the best mother,” he said, adding: “I know it.”


Coco Chanel was famously credited with inventing the little black dress, but she is also responsible for another wardrobe staple – the little black jacket.

Hip-length and boxy in style, the Chanel LBJ was originally launched in 1954 when it was radically different from the nipped-in shape of the Dior jackets popular at the time.

Chanel’s woman was modern and emancipated and the style reflected this.

Her versatile tweed, braid-trimmed, silk-lined jacket sat just-so on the body, the bottom hem weighed down with a thin brass chain.

Variations on the same design are shown each season and sell for thousands – couture versions are still made at the fashion house’s atelier on Paris’ Rue Cambon.

This month, the jacket is the subject of an exhibition which will run at London’s Saatchi Gallery (October 12-28) and includes 113 photographs of celebrities such as Alexa Chung, taken by Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld.

“The jacket I photographed is the most classic one,” Karl Lagerfeld explains.

“The closest to the original one Mademoiselle Chanel created.”


The Chanel LBJ was originally launched in 1954

The Chanel LBJ was originally launched in 1954


Saatchi Gallery is opening its doors to Chanel’s photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest book, The Little Black Jacket.

Opening in October, and following the lead of Tokyo, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong, this exhibition underlines the brand’s values of creativity, modernity and excellence.

Featuring 113 iconic photographs of Karl Lagerfeld, modelled on a range of friends and models of the brand, each photo is unique.

From Lily Allen donning a cape to a draped look on model Stella Tennant, or even transformed into a vest on model Edie Campbell, each photo reflects the individual style of each woman.

The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld will be available worldwide in bookshops this autumn.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 12th October to Sunday 28th October 2012.



Hélène Rochas, the French elegance icon, died at 84.


“After 30, you get the face you deserve.” Said Hélène Rochas paraphrasing George Orwell and Coco Chanel.[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”dreapta”]

Hélène Rochas

Hélène Rochas said the clothing had to match your age


Madame, as she was called,  was determined to age with grace, to accept ageing process as natural. There was no sense in hiding, or fighting, those could do even worse.

I’m against the idea of dressing young – that shows fear. When you see a woman with long, loose hair, a slender silhouette, and she turns and you see she no longer has the face for it.”  She said in 1977 to W magazine.

 Hélène loved natural beauty and belived that everyone could find her or his own style, “create a personal atmosphere, one to refine yourself in”.[googlead tip=”vertical_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]

I don’t like creams…. In the summer, it’s fruit, like crushed grapes, to nourish my face.” (1987 W magazine).

 Hélène Rochas had a strong will and she ignored the global obsession on rejuvenation. “It’s so boring” she said about exercising. She refused to underwent a facelift. “I’d rather keep myself the way I am.
Young women are never elegant.“(People magazine 1980)

When it came for the social interaction:

A dinner for six has to be for very close friends,” (W magazine 1981)

Her perfect menu: eggs en cocotte with truffles, lamb with baby vegetables, salad and cheese and about  her chef’s sorbets: “They’re not heavy, because we use only fruit and sugar, never milk”.

About motherhood Hélène admitted her career was an impediment: “I was not a good mother.” (People magazine 1980)
She an Marcel had two children: François and Sophie.

 Hélène Rochas kept the traditional French conception on the woman. Like in a lot of  cultures, woman was perceived as a tender, needing protection person.

“I work, but I don’t want to get taken for a women’s libber,” (People magazine 1980)
Women should have a fragile air, even if they are not.” (W magazine 1984)

Madame Rochas 2nd edition, The first was signed by Hélène Rochas herself

Madame Rochas second edition. The first was signed by Hélène Rochas herself.

Madame was highly appreciated for her work, for her intuition and her cleverness.[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”dreapta”]

“She is our nose, our intuition, our mirror,” said Jacques Pecqueraux Rochas’ president in 1980, when they asked her to come back to Rochas and she accepted.

“She was the spirit of Rochas and she will put them back on top” said Oscar de la Renta.

However, Hélène Rochas elegantly declared that she was Marcel Rochas’ creation and he was her mentor even after he died.
She was taking acting lessons when she met  Marcel on a Paris Métro in 1942. He was a designer and he suggested her to be his model.

I was very vexed because he didn’t think I was old or elegant enough to model his dresses.” she said and added with a smile: “I was a good student.”(People magazine 1980).

In 1960 Guy Robert created “Madame Rochas”. Perfume’s bottle was replica of an 18th century one that Hélène discovered in a Parisian antique dealer. The “Parfum de toilette” (Pdt) was signed by Hélène Rochas herself. The perfume has aldehydes, bergamot, lemon and neroli at the top, flowery notes in the middle and woody tones at the base. Its second edition appeared in 1989.