If Fashion was a country, Chanel would be its reigning King. This is not just a luxury brand we are talking about, it is so much more. It is a look, a lifestyle, an image. Every tweed jacket, every cap toe shoe, every quilted hand bag looks Chanel. Details such as a gold chain strap, pearls, off-white and black contrast, no matter how broad and how universal, never fail to remind of the brand. Expending to perfumes, make up, sunglasses, the list goes on…what was once a mere clothing brand became a luxury empire, a house hold name. As a designer, it is impossible not to get inspired by such clear vision and direction.
Most women get a jolt of desire as soon as they see the CC logo. I know I sure do! I remember getting my first Chanel handbag, and the feeling of owning a piece that made me feel lady-like, almost like owning a masterpiece, something that will always have value, always look timeless and classic.
Two years ago, I was lucky enough to assist one of their shows in Paris, and I was so wowed by all of it, it made me super emotional. Karl Lagerfeld is a master and continues to amaze fashion lovers around the world season after season.
What Coco Chanel did for fashion is undeniable. She was one of the rare female entrepreneurs of her time; she practically put women in pants, and brought knit jersey to ready to wear. However, I have to say that while researching her this week, I found out she was also a despicable individual: she is said to have been an informant for the Gestapo, a notorious racist and Jew hater. I was beyond disappointed when I found this out! I am such a fan of Chanel, the brand, its legacy, but I was very let-down by Coco the woman. Can we separate the Art from the artist? This question might be a little heavy and philosophical for a fashion blog!