As Seen On Screen

Have you ever seen an item on TV, a movie, (or lets be honest – a celebrity in US Weekly) – and just had to have it? Become obsessed? Felt nothing for the item on the hanger, but when worn on someone familiar, in action – were hit by fashion lust?

I remember the first time I really liked something I saw on a celebrity – it was a little Juicy dress that was worn by Jessica Simpson on MTV Newlyweds (I know, I’m really dating myself here). I don’t even remember what it looked like (I think it was bright green?) but I do remember that it was by Juicy Couture, and that I later found it on eBay, only to see the price at something like $400. I guess a bunch of other people had seen the same episode! And my Juicy dream ended right then and there.


I first saw this Chanel jacket in the boutique as a new arrival in mid 2014. It was part of the Paris Dallas collection, and it was my favorite item out of everything I saw. I put it as #1 on my wishlist, but was quickly talked down by the sales associate, who said that it wasn’t a “classic” jacket. There was no tweed, and it wasn’t the classic silhouette, she said.


Here’s some blurry proof I found on my phone the other day of that shopping trip – complete with one very bored husband in the background.

I really loved the jacket – the sturdy wool fabric (more easily worn that delicate tweed), the velvet cuffs and collar, and the silver thread running through the lining.  I’m always a sucker for anything military inspired.

Dallas buttons

Not to mention the buttons! Is there anything better than some beautifully detailed Chanel buttons?

All of that being said, the salesperson was pretty intimidating (yes, I’m an American who can be pushed to do almost anything given the right European accent) and I was tired that day. Plus, Mr. Feather had begun to feel very sorry for himself in his dressing room prison. So, I put the jacket out of my mind.

A little while later, I happened to see this Chanel video, directed by Karl Lagerfeld and starring the goddess Amanda Harlech (if you want to learn more about why Harlech is so cool, you can read the very good Gods and Kings, by Dana Thomas).

And she was wearing the jacket! I knew it was true love since you can’t really even see the jacket in the video…but my eyes went straight to it regardless. So many beautiful items being shown on screen, and I could only try and squint for more views of the jacket on Harlech. I played back that little scene where she’s unbuttoning it at least four or five times. Sad and desperate behavior? Yes, probably. But seeing is believing…and once I saw this video, I was 100% a believer in this jacket!

Chanel jacket

Boots are my favorite Fryes

And…you know how the story ends, right? I ended up buying the jacket…and by the time I got back to the boutique, pre-sale season had started, so I even got it at a discount. Yeah! And it’s turned out to be one of my favorite jackets…its more casual, and the material is a lot easier to manage than those beautiful, but very delicate tweeds. Its almost perfect…although seeing it now in photographs, I realize I probably need to take it to get the sleeves shortened a bit.

Have you ever been “convinced” of an item, only after seeing it on screen/on someone else? Please share!

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    March 21, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I love the coat Katherine. It looks so cute on you. Fabulous.

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    sherry @ save. spend. splurge.
    March 21, 2016 at 11:36 am

    No.. I haven’t been more convinced by needing to see it on someone else but I have convinced MYSELF by wearing it in the room and then unable to leave the dressing room until I bought it.

    This is how I bought my Burberry coats. Both of them. Trench and the cashmere wool one. *swoon*

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    March 21, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Yes. I saw an Armani jacket worn byJulia Margulies on The Good Wife and had to have it! Lucky me found it on sale!

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      March 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      That’s the BEST feeling!

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    March 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    This is one of my favorite blog posts of yours. I totally enjoyed reading your story of you getting this jacket and it looks absolutely amazing on you! I actually really love how it’s not a “classic” Chanel jacket hehe. Would you ever do a post on your Chanel collection?

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      March 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you! I’ll try to do a post on my small collection one day, its been a request from a few people 🙂

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    March 21, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I love that other jacket hanging on your dressing room picture. Did you buy that too?

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      March 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      No I didn’t but it was a great jacket, I agree!

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    March 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I don’t know if u heard of this Korean drama TV series called You from another star aka My love from another star which sparked a global sell out of YSL lipstick? Well you really should check out the female lead Jun Jihyun’s wardrobe in that show…even her Jimmy Choos in the show was featured in the Victoria & Albert museum’s exhibition on how shoes shape our lives…

    What I meant to say was, yes…after watching that show everything she wore convinced me that I should buy it cos I would look really really good in them too…except that they were either from Hermes or Chanel & there’s no way I could fit in them… 😢

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    March 22, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Yes yes all the time! Less so from celebrities more from stylish coworker’s/friends

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    March 23, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Katherine, I think I had that Juicy bright green dress but I’m not sure where it went so I can’t double check 🙂 Was a fan of Jessica Simpson but I haven’t seen much tv shows lately because of baby, I guess only ABC Kids’ shows if that counts 🙂 I love this post (as usual) from yours. Your post always entertains me.

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    March 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    What style are your leggings here? They look great! I’m always looking for a truly opaque pair.

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      March 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      I don’t recall but they might be Uniqlo 🙂

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    March 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Hello! Can you provide any thoughts/guidance on how Chanel jackets run size-wise? I am contemplating purchasing one from an online consignment shop but am unsure about sizing.

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      March 31, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Chanel jackets in my experience do run smaller..but I’d ask for the measurements of each jacket, as each can run differently.

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        April 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

        Thank you! I just recently found your blog and I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying it. I love the mix of topics you cover and your unique point of view.

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