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06 October 2013

Forever Coco-The Incomparable Classic Chanel

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."

Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel by Douglas Kirkland
Circa 1960
Photo By © Douglas Kirkland / Corbis via British Vogue

 She single handily changed fashion and how every woman dressed, no matter her economic status, forever.  That is not an over statement, that is truly what Coco Chanel's legacy.  

 "Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape." 

I watched every runway show these past weeks and I was underwhelmed time and again.  I do believe that runway fashion should push style and that you should see art, but you should also see, particularly in RTW, clothes that can be worn and worn beautifully.  I think the shows that disappointed the most were from iconic names-Dior, Saint Laurent, Givenchy-all had elements worth watching, but few lived up to the name they sew into each garment...except Chanel. 

  Karl Lagerfeld has a reverence for not only the name he designs under, but also for the woman who to this day influences not only how women dress and look ,but also how they live.  That is the footprint she left and every time you put on a pair of pants or a strand of pearls or go about living your life comfortably in clothes it is Coco Chanel who brought us there.  

 Largerfeld has worked to ensure that the Chanel label moves forward with artistic elegance and edginess but at the same time Karl continues to  cherish and honor Mademoiselle Chanel's legacy.

  In every impeccable detail there is Coco.

 Don't miss Mr. Lagerfeld's sketches of Coco for Paul Morand's book The Allure of Chanel in British Vogue

If you are  a Downton fan then you know one of the best aspects of that luscious series are the clothes-you watch as not only women change as history takes them forward but also the clothes they wear, moving from corsets to free and flowy with shocking hemlines...and it was Coco Chanel who was the spark and the champion of this revoltion-a revolution in fashion history and in the history of women.
Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel by Horst
Photo By © Condé Nast / Corbis via British Vogue

 "Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." 

No other designer in fashion history has had the lasting influence on women's fashion and lives than Coco Chanel.  There were years toward the end of her career that the world moved beyond her and her shows were less successful but that would not last. Classic always comes back to the forefront of the closet, and there is nothing more comfortable than pearls and  jeans.
Gabrielle Chanel in her suite at the Ritz hotel in Paris. Published in Harper's Bazaar in 1937, this photo was chosen for the Chanel No.5 advertisement. For the first time, Chanel herself promoted her perfume

Photo By Photo François Kollar © Ministère de la Culture - France via BritishVogue

 "'Where should one use perfume?' a young woman asked. 'Wherever one wants to be kissed,' I said." 

 The journey that Gabrielle Coco Chanel took in her life transformed her and would influence how she saw women and how she envisioned what fashion should be which would then go  on to determine how women wore their clothes, what clothes would say abut a woman and  what women would  be wearing  in every era and on every occasion.  You do not have to own Chanel in your closet to have been influenced in your wardrobe choices bu the woman and the label. Instantly recognizable, iconic and thanks to Mr. Lagerfeld's brilliant design, timeless.

 Photo By © CHANEL / Photo D.R.via British Vogue

"Fashion passes, style remains."  

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