This post was originally published in 2013. It has been updated.
Chanel… The little black dress. The tweed jacket. The fragrance.
|In her private suite at the Ritz Hotel, Paris|
|Arriving at “the office,” 31 rue Cambon, Paris.|
Chanel… Behind the legend, a woman. Gabrielle Chanel. Coco. Mademoiselle.
|With her great love, Boy Capel|
Chanel… To me, to many, an inspiration…
“Mon petit, ne sortez jamais de chez vous, même pour cinq minutes,
sans que votre mise soit parfaite, bas tirés et tout.
C’est peut-être le jour où vous allez rencontrer l’homme de votre vie.”
“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little –
if only out of politeness.
And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny.
And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”
How I love the carefully crafted quotes she left behind, creating her own legend, one line at a time…
Quotes about fashion and style…
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably,
and they remember the woman.”
“Fashion changes, but style endures.”
“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
Inspirational quotes for women…
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.”
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty,
and irresistible for the rest of your life.”
“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.”
“I imposed black; it still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around”
“Arrogance is in everything I do.
It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow of my gaze,
in my sinewy, tormented face.”
Chanel, you amazing creature, you notorious pain-in-the-derrière… You paved the way for other unique, independent and successful women…
|First there was Gabrielle Chanel… Then came…|
Forty years after your death, they are still talking about you…
|A young Chanel and her aunt in front of her first boutique,
Deauville, France (1913)
Karl Lagerfeld, your successor, another creative genius and talented marketer, has just offered us a special gift, a few months before Christmas. Several short movies remind us what an incredible life you had, “once upon a time,” against all odds. Like you, like your creations, these little gems are stylish, smart, and captivating.
Chapter 7, Mademoiselle Chanel, my favorite, details Chanel’s great comeback at age 70, and her final years. Beautiful and moving.http://inside.chanel.com/en/gabrielle-chanel/video
Because for Gabrielle Chanel, only the best would do. Mademoiselle may be long gone, but even today, whenever the Chanel brand is concerned, only the best will do.
Illustration: I (and many of my countrymen,) will never forget the 1992 TV ad for Coco (the fragrance.) Shot by Jean-Paul Goude, with Vanessa Paradis (Singer, award-winning actress, model and French icon,) the short movie became an instant classic.
Merci, Madame Chanel. You continue to impress, and inspire.
|“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
— Coco Chanel —
I once followed in Coco’s footsteps. Read the story here…