Coco Chanel once said, “A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous.” I hate how much that quote gets used for people and things who have no concept of classy or fabulous, but Coco Chanel practically invented classy when she launched Chanel back in 1923. Since then, we have seen nothing but fabulous from her and Chanel’s modern day fashion mogul, Karl Lagerfeld.
Let me first start off by saying that I absolutely love love love Chanel. Black and white are my favorite colors to wear, and I swear if I wasn’t such a broke college student, my wardrobe would be overflowing with Chanel, Chanel, Chanel (particularly the quilted bags!)
Black and white is not the only identifier of the Chanel brand. Other icons include the CC logo, the tweed suit, a white camellia, the little black dress, pearls and quilted bags! Fall Fashion Week took place last week in Paris and let me just say that Karl Lagerfeld did it again with the giant carousel runway, which paid tribute to all of the Chanel signatures including giant white quilted bags, pearls, and giant flowers.
The pieces displayed on the Fall 2008 runway revisited the classic elements of Chanel combined with an edgy, sophisticated touch. Although Chanel remains simple and true to its roots, it is never ever boring.
Chanel is beloved by famous faces such as Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Keira Knightley, Nicole Kidman, and even Marilyn Monroe so many years ago. From what I can tell, the designs of Chanel are timeless and iconic and the vintage pieces are just as modern as the clothes straight off the runway.
Coco Chanel transformed womenswear into something that could be comfortable and sophisticated by borrowing ideas from menswear and creating the tweed suit. Chanel also brought to light the little black dress, and for that, we girls are very grateful. In addition, she was a very strong, goal-oriented person and a personal idol of mine. Karl Lagerfeld has carried the tradition, and I have to admit, that runway is my fairytale!
Take some time to research Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and the legacy behind the house of Chanel. Be classy, be fabulous, and be GORGEOUS!