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Top 10 Chanelisms: Coco’s Wise Words to Mark Her Birthday

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Yesterday would have been the 129th birthday of Coco Chanel, one of the most stylish Leos in history (if fashion were, for some reason, arranged by the Zodiac). Born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on August 19, 1883, to very humble beginnings, Coco, as she became known in her 20s—either because she was 1) a poseur, or performer, who danced to a similarly named song or 2) because of her cocaine-related proclivities—was determined to change her destiny. Not only did she succeed in pulling herself up from her well-designed, perfectly tailored bootstraps (or preferably, low-heeled pumps), but her contributions forever influenced the way we think about fashion even down to this summer’s Olympics.

Think Chanel and a few things come to mind immediately: The classic wool jersey suit with its boxy jacket and gold buttons. The quilted bag. Pearls. The little black dress.  No. 5 fragrance. Steamy love affairs. (And a few more obscure details I didn’t know: She popularized the suntan. Marilyn Monroe, who loved No. 5, became the perfume’s first spokeswoman. And, by the way, it seems likely that Chanel was a Nazi spy. We know she was a person of strong convictions, and her beliefs became more radicalized throughout her relationship with German aristocrat Baron von Dincklage during World War II.) With her bluntness and polarizing views, she had a way of telling it like it is.  Those maxims have become known as Chanelisms.

In honor of her birth, here are ten favorite Chanelisms. Some I appreciate because decades later, they still resonate.  Others sounds strangely similar to my mother’s own opining. And then there are those that are amusingly dated, but full of timeless melodrama.

    “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

    “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

    “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”

    “There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”

    “I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.”

    “Fashion is architecture: It is a matter of proportions.”

    “There are people who have money and people who are rich.”

    “Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape.”

    “Great loves too must be endured.”

    “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”

Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/threaded/2012/08/top-10-chanelisms-cocos-wise-words-to-mark-her-birthday/#ixzz2cTcqzLsN







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GREY INFUSION

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Paint your Freedom!

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Don’t like suits? Choosing an outfit for the office

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Going to the office can differ from person to person. Those who work in the tech industry, like myself, have much more freedom to wear casual clothing day-to-day. Jeans, T shirt, even flip flops ar...

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The Coco Chanel Style Rules To Live By

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Coco Chanel was a woman of many wise words—her influential quotes could fill an entire book. Much like her forward-thinking designs, the French style icon’s prolific sayings continue to inspire the way people think and dress today. The proof is all right here.

 

See how the French designer's quotes continue to influence tastemakers today. Click on the image or title above to view original post and slideshow.


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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, August 19, 2013 9:14 PM

Cause her brand is one of my faves and it was her 129th B-day yesterday!

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Top 10 Gifts From Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

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In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Target and Neiman Marcus partnered to create a limited edition of fifty outstanding holiday gifts, rang...

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Geneva Watch Group Brings Global Sensation Ice-Watch Brand To The U.S.

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Ice-Watch timepieces, which have taken Europe by storm with their unique style and bursts of color, are set to make their much-anticipated debut in the U.S.; Geneva Watch Group announced today Macy...

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