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7th December 2022


There’s nothing better to get you into a luxuriously festive mood than watching a Chanel catwalk show. Virginie Viard has become famous for hosting the Chanel Métiers d’Art show every year, and this December it took place in Dakar. The 70’s influences were major, and all of the Chanel touches we know and love were there – camellias, pearls, jewelled buttons and shimmering sequins all added a touch of glamour. And the eyewear? It was just sublime.

Beautiful bright Chanel knitwear with statement black sunglasses

Chanel monochrome tweed never goes out of style

Totally Seventies – Chanel tailoring and eyewear gets a touch of hippie chic

As Chanel is the brand of the season at Blankstone, it seemed only right to look both back, and to the future, when it comes to talking about fashion’s most beloved label. It’s been quite the year already for the French fashion house – never before has Chanel been more covetable. Every penny you invest in anything by Chanel doesn’t just pay you back in style, but also in value. And the accessory of the season? It has to be the Chanel welly, or The Chanellington, as it’s become known.

(If you have a pair, and a ticket to Glastonbury 2023, then you have hit the style jackpot!)

And wearing Chanel in the world of the fabulous and famous? For classic Chanel style, we always look to brand ambassador Penelope Cruz, who has worn Chanel on so many red carpets during her own award-winning year. From signature tweed suiting, to black sequins, to luxury hippie in ultimate Chanel aviators, she is everything we love about this label.

Hands up if you are coping with the festive season whilst binge-watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Dorit Kelmsley is always eye-catching and puts so much thought into her look. Here she teams the Chanel 3420QB optical glasses to top off her fabulously festive outfit. Dorit is never scared to pull out every style stop.

If you are already thinking of next season (and who isn’t in this weather?!) the

Chanel Cruise collection is inspiring our winter sun style already.

A hint of Chanel to come – get ready for sporty

Beautiful Chanel pale pink suiting is waiting for a special style occasion

We asked our very own Gill to pick out her fave last-minute Chanel gift for under the tree, and she picked the Chanel 5421 sunglasses. With that oversized rectangular frame and overstated detailing, plus that famous logo, these aren’t for the fashion queen who likes to fly under-the-radar. They. Are. On.

As always, Chanel is a huge part of Blankstone: it’s the label the chic-conscious head to as soon as they enter through those welcoming doors. Emma and Christine had a fabulous day at a certain HQ earlier in the autumn, and we look forward to the next team check-in, so we can reveal the very best Chanel eyewear for 2023.

When it comes to ‘real-life’ Chanel style, we are sticking closer to home for inspiration. Our fabulous Mrs. Blankstone, Lisa, pictured here with our Mr. B. Mark, has that effortless cold-weather dressing look, topped off with the Chanel 5021Q sunglasses, with matching exclusive Chanel glasses chain. Out of all of the Chanel eyewear pieces, these are the most detailed and luxurious.

As Blankstone Opticians have quietly celebrated 30 Years of Blankstone this year, it’s given the team a chance to reflect on three decades of style, eyewear and a family of clients who are always valued.

As for Chanel, three decades on from the Blankstone launch, when Claudia ruled the catwalk, with Karl Lagefeld at the helm, no matter what changes in terms of fashion, Chanel style remains untouched.

Here’s to a very Chanel Christmas. Joyeux Noël, tout le monde!

To view the full Blankstone Chanel Christmas collection click on here, including the featured frames worn by Gill, Dorit and Lisa:

Additional images courtesy of Chanel

This month’s Blankstone Blog is brought to you by our resident style reporter, Nancy Buckland Kirk.