I’m having a major Chanel moment (again!) after reading Justine Picardie’s book, Coco Chanel: The Legend and Her Life. Having just attended teatime with Justine, I’m even more obsessed! We all know Chanel will forever be modern and relevant, regardless of the generation and regardless of the trends. But Justine has shed new light on the eternally charismatic woman who forever changed the way we look at clothes.
Justine learned a lot about the icon from Coco’s great-niece Gabrielle (whom she believes to actually be Chanel’s granddaughter). Coco was abandoned by her father and raised by nuns in an orphanage – and there began her obsession with the combination of black and white, among other details we now consider her trademarks. White collars and black dresses were inspired by the nuns’ attire; weighted chains and pearls are reminiscent of rosary beads; and the abbey’s tiled floors are reflected in the quilting of her bags. As she grew older and independent, scent became increasingly important to Coco. She would pour her No. 5 oil on a hot poker iron, so her scent would permeate her apartment (so romantic!).
She also adored tweed because the two major loves of her life were English (who knew she was so enamored with British style?). I have a collection of Chanel tweed jackets of my own, maintaining the collection because I know they will transcend every fashion era. The world of Chanel will always prevail. Just look at how modern one the latest bags looks, a plush yet rugged messenger in tweed. The deeply frayed top-handle brings a playful edge, while a calfskin strap brings it down to earth. The spirit of Coco lives on – I have a feeling she would approve of this new take on the classic bag. $3,100 at Chanel.com or call Korey at CHANEL 214-520-1055.