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Chanel SoHo Story Collection & Fashion’s Night Out Events

By on September 3, 2010
in Chanel

To celebrate the reopening of the CHANEL Boutique in SoHo, CHANEL Global Creative Director of Makeup Peter Philips has created a limited edition collection that echoes the spirit of SoHo. “For me, SoHo is a place where Bohemian ideals meet the toughness of the city… I love the tension and energy this creates.” says Peter Philips.


Quite a few of you have asked me about these LE nail colors launching exclusively at the Chanel SoHo Boutique on September 10th for Fashion’s Night Out. I’ve been awaiting official word regarding the release before saying anything.  Similar to the popular Robertson Boulevard Collection, these colors were created to celebrate the launch with a very specific theme in mind.

The SOHO STORY Collection is a study in extreme contrasts, partnering feminine pinks and roses with strong, industrial metallics. From pretty cheekbones to anthracite nails, tender creams and flashes of metal simultaneously reflect and contradict each other. “I had a specific girl in mind who is both hard and soft. A girl who discovers a new city, a new life.” adds Peter Philips. “This is a very special kind of New York woman. She is innocent, but she has a steely determination that fuels the city.”

The collection’s SOHO DE CHANEL Exclusive Creation reflects a Pop Art influence. Stamped with the four letters of SoHo, this silky powder comes in a delicate palette of shades and, when dusted across the face, creates a subtle, natural glow.

The nail colors retail for $25/ea and include a charcoal gray, Steel, and red grape, Strong.  They will be joined by a Quadra Eye Shadow, Rouge Coco lip color, Rouge Allure Lacque, Glossimer and the SoHo De Chanel powder mentioned above.

The collection will be on sale on on Tuesday, September 7th while the in store release will coincide with the Chanel Fashion’s Night Out events happening at Chanel boutiques all over the country.

On September 10th, select Chanel Boutiques will have a Nail Bar available offering manicures with the Les Khakis De Chanel collection.  Stop by the SoHo, Bal Harbour, Beverly Hills, Dallas, Ala Moana and Wynn (Vegas) boutiques to get a Chanel manicure and celebrate one of the biggest nights in fashion.

I’ll be stopping by the SoHo boutique on September 10th so if any of you NYC Fanatics plan to be there, let me know.  Maybe we could make an informal meetup happen.

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  1. vex says:

    The colors are beautiful, but I don’t think I could get myself to pay $25 for a bottle of polish :\

  2. Jadis47 says:

    Crap. I already had to get Paradoxal, and now I’m a little excited about that Steel. If there was anything I needed more than a unique cool purple with an awesome name, it’s the perfect hematite charcoal gray.

    Damn you Chanel! Stop making awesome colors. I can’t afford it! Any chance it’s not going to be as pretty on the nail?

  3. HeidiG says:

    Gorgeous colors. Any chance that Essie Over the Top is a close-ish dupe of Steel?

    And have fun on the 10th – I know you’ll update all of us afterwards – I’m so curious to see swatches of Les Khakis.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I have no clue until I see them. The samples are delayed so I don’t know if I’ll have them in time to swatch before I leave but I’ll do my best. I may be swatching from my hotel room the day before. Ha!

  4. Jackie says:

    They’re nice, but I’m pretty confident that they have plenty of dupes out there. Certainly not unique enough for $25 a pop.

  5. Rachel says:

    Strong is gorgeous, but I will not put down $25 for it.

  6. theycallmekatie says:

    Will these 2 be available after FNO or in other stores? DO you know if the Khaki colors are exclusive to FNO?

    As much as I love FNO, I find it a bit difficult to hop around manhattan on that night- and the stores are all spread apart! Additionally, with all the celebrity appearances, you kind of have to push through the masses to get to where you want to go. A madhouse!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I don’t know what kind of stock or the stores will have so I really can’t say how long they will be around. Jade went so fast last year but I don’t know if they are producing a bigger run this time around. As far as I know, from the press release, these two will only be available at the SoHo store and online until they sell out. The Khaki colors will be online and at Chanel Boutiques nationwide on the 10th and will be on sale until they sell out.

      I’m personally avoiding the big events at the department stores because I know it will be an insane rush of people. I’m actually putting together a list of the smaller beauty events people can enjoy and hopefully avoid the mass crowds.

    • Mascha says:

      These 2 colors are already available at since September 7 – $23 each – enjoy!

  7. Anna says:

    Very beautiful colors :)
    I would love to own them, but I think I will have to look for dupes.. Chanel is very expensive here in Finland.. at least where I live…
    But they are very very beautiful.. I love the STRONG one :)


  8. coco says:

    they are already available on if anybody wants them today. :)

  9. Kimberly says:

    Very bold and trendy colors. I like ‘em!

  10. MacKenzie says:

    Ordered and on the way. I’m pretty sure I’ll like Steel. Strong? Maybe….

  11. Melinda says:

    Anyone know any dupes for Strong?

  12. Kitty says:

    Lovely colors but not worth $25 to me.

  13. Stef says:

    Ooo pretty! I plan to be there! :)

  14. Michelle says:

    I have a Maybelline Express 50 Seconds nail polish in Charcoal Cheer, and it’s a pretty close dupe for Steel as far as I can tell from the picture. It’s a deep charcoal with subtle silver shimmer. I bought it in Argentina this year so I’m not sure if you will find it in the States…

  15. Kathryn says:

    Steel looks like Lippmann’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot and Strong looks like NARS Tokaido Express. I’d love to see if they look as close in person as they do when I hold my bottles of Lippmann and Nars up to the screen!

  16. Courtney says:

    Steel is very similar to “nightfall” by MAC cosmetics. it is also cheaper.

  17. Lis says:

    just checked and Steel looks a lot like Infram

  18. babymael says:

    OMG, I’m so drooling over them. Unluckily, I called Chanel here in France and they won’t be available to us. I think I’m gonna cry. Any chance someone ordering online or going to the soho store could pick them up for me? Of course I’d pay you back right away and you’d be my forever nail fairy…

  19. Liz says:

    Hi everyone, I am new here..i was just wondering if anyone knows if these are available in the UK?
    thanks :)

  20. Jackie says:

    I was wondering if you could tell me some places to go to for FNO that are off the beaten path.
    This is my first time going this year and I wanted to avoid the big dept. stores.

    I would love to go to Soho but I’m not very familiar with that area. Can you give me some ideas??

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I’m going to be posting a list of my top beauty related FNO events that you should actually be able to enjoy. The crowds at the dept stores will be nuts.

  21. nicole says:

    Are swatches of these going to be put up? I’d really like to see some because I can’t make up my mind about which color to buy! Thanks :)

  22. Tori says:

    Oh Chanel, why is your nail polish formulation so so so awful? I always end up with nicked, air bubbly nail polish because it’s so incredibly thick? If you would only make it better, which isn’t a hard thing to do, considering that your polishes cost US$25 a pop, I would buy EVERY colour you released.

    Sincerely yours,
    Sad Chanel Nail Polish Lover

  23. Annie says:

    For me strong and paradoxal look about the same.
    Am I wrong?