“Fashion changes, but style endures.”
― Coco Chanel
Joyeux anniversaire Coco Chanel!
Today is the 19th August, Coco Chanel's birthday. So what better way to celebrate this inspiring woman than to write about her, not only as one of the greatest French fashion designers but also as a trail blazer and entrepreneur?
Coco Chanel was a huge presence in fashion when I was growing up in France. She was often mentioned and her designs were everywhere I looked. French ladies, inspired by her classic style, adopted her look and dressed ‘à la Chanel’. I regularly saw chic and elegant women dressed in tweed skirt suits or simple black dresses. Their hair was put up in a chignon or cut in a bob. They oozed grace and that little ‘je ne sais quoi’ that French women are renowned for. Their shoes, usually black or navy, looked comfortable, yet so refined. Pearl jewelry, be it earrings, strands or bracelets, was ‘de rigueur'. This classic look showcased their great sense of style over their desire for fashion.
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel is indeed an inspiration, not only as a fashion designer, but also as a trail blazer and entrepreneur.