Happy Birthday Coco Chanel!Coco Chanel (Born Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel) was born 128 years ago, in France, in 1883. Her house syle og monochrome to her oversized 'costume' pearls and cuffs, everything is still sublimely, continuously referenced. As she herself once said: "Fashion fades, only style remains the same." A quote everyone agrees with, myself included. She created very masculine but comfortable pieces for women. Including the revolutionary 'Little black dress' and various other objects like bell bottoms and nautical stripes. Did you know her collection did not take off until she was 55 years old and had just come out of retirement?
The famous Chanel No5 scent is the best selling in the world. A hit with my idol, Marilyn Monroe. Who also starred in an advertisement for the perfume.
The interlocking Cs of Coco Chanel remain one of the ultimate brand insignia.
Since 1983, Chanel has been designed by Karl Lagerfeld
The building where her apartment is in Paris was bought by Chanel in 1920, and still houses the ground-floor shop, the haute couture workrooms in the attic (where 100 seamstresses still work entirely by hand), and what is now Karl Lagerfeld's study
If you haven't seen the movie, Coco Before Chanel I suggest you do! Finishing with a classic quote: