Name of Coco Chanel is a synonym to feminine elegance, good taste, and immortal style. This amazing strong and tender woman had a difficult childhood, but raised like a Phoenix under fashion world of 20 century twice! At the first time, she started with hats that were total fashion novelty! At a time when high society ladies wore extravagant hats with feathers, Coco began to sew small elegant hats. And wore them with such charm and dignity that ladies in secret from each other began to visit Coco to buy exclusive models.
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The first reaction of the experts and the media to show the new collections of Chanel were a shock and indignation – she could not offer anything trendy! Article in newspaper “Daily Mail” called Coco collection the “Fiasco”. Unfortunately, critics have not been able to understand that this is her secret – nothing new, only an eternal, timeless elegance. However, Coco turned a deaf ear to criticism, she again and again, returned to fashion Olympus. Her success she simply commented: “Elegance in clothes meant especially freedom of movement.” In any case, less than a year, as a new generation of fashionistas was considered an honor to dress from Chanel, and she has become a magnate, operates the home in the global fashion industry. There is also a merit belongs to Coco Chanel and the emergence of handbags. “I’m tired of wearing handbag in hand, besides I’m often losing them forever,” – said fashion diva in 1954. A year later, she presented a small rectangular handbag on a long chain. Only then women become able to wear the bag hanging it convenient on the shoulder.
The cult bag 2.55 was released in February 1955 – the date of “birth” gave the name to this accessory. Its popularity, despite the high price and inaccessibility, growing from year to year, and even now in French boutiques, they do not sell more than one handbag 2.55 per customer a month.
Except for evening elegant style of little black dress, pearl necklace, beautiful bag and other clothing and accessories, Coco wrote a new page in perfume history. Chanel ?5 is one of the popular and worldwide known fragrance ever!
The history of the famous perfume is a legend. Gabrielle Coco Chanel suddenly wanted to release a perfume corresponding to her very daring outfits. In those days, a woman should smell delicate violets, forget-me-a humble, in extreme cases – astringent rose. Playing with flavors was not accepted and was considered as a bad tone. Famous Russian royal perfumer mixed for Chanel in one bottle 80 different components. With 20 vials of perfume she chose the fifth, asked to add a bit of lily of the valley, and awarded this fragrance her own name, adding the serial number of the test vial. Every woman at least once must to try this rich and royal aroma!
The legacy of Coco Chanel defined whole fashion industry development. Here is only sort list of her innovations:
- The women began wearing pants.
- The fashion world learned pleated skirts, straight skirts to the knee, coats, jacket-cut blouses, little hats, and of course, famous Chanel tweed suit.
- Bags with long strap that you can hang on the shoulder.
- Little black dress. Every self-respecting girl in the wardrobe now has at least one such dress.
- The girls began wearing short haircuts.
- Perfume “Chanel ?5”.
Except for the taste in clothing, Coco Chanel had a taste in life. She had a lot of rich and famous admirers and friends. Her quotes are still actual, showing her exceptional mind!
“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”
“Fashion changes, but style endures.”
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
“It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.”
“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ”
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.”
“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
“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.”
“Where should one use perfume?” a young woman asked. “Wherever one wants to be kissed.”
“I don’t do fashion, I AM fashion.”
“As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!”
“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”
“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”
“Elegance is refusal.”
“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”
“Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!”
“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.”
“A woman can be over dressed but never over elegant.”
“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”
“Men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness.”
“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”
“Only those with no memory insist on their originality.”
“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.”
“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
“Passion goes, Boredom remains.”
“I don’t know why women want any of the things men have when one of the things that women have is men.”
“A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist.”
“The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive.”
“A woman should wear perfume wherever she wants to be kissed.”
“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.”
“Everyone marries the Duke of Westminster. There are a lot of duchesses, but only one Coco Chanel.”
“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
“There are people who have money and people who are rich.”
“There is a time for work, and a time for love. That leaves no other time.”
“I imposed black; it still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around”
“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”
“Sin can be forgiven, but stupid is forever.”
“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.”
“Coquetry, it’s a triumph of the spirit over the senses.”
“Women have always been the strong ones of the world.”
“There is nothing worse than solitude. Solitude can help a man realize himself; but it destroys a woman”
“In order to be irreplaceable one must be unique”
“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.”
“I love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity. Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it.”
“Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.”
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
“If you’re sad, add more lipstick, and attack.”
“The more stupid and unlucky man is, the more claims he makes to the woman.”
“A woman’s education consists of two lessons: never leave the house without stocking, never go out without a hat.”
“A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion”
“In 1919 I woke up famous. I’d never guessed it. If I’d known I was famous, I’d have stolen away and wept. I was stupid. I was supposed to be intelligent. I was sensitive and very dumb.”
“Costume jewelry is not made to give women an aura of wealth, but to make them beautiful”
“When I find a color darker than black, I’ll wear it. But until then, I’m wearing black!”
“If a woman is poorly dressed, you notice her dress, and if she’s impeccably dressed, you notice the woman.”
“No one is young after forty, but one can be irresistible at any age”
“There are rich people, and there are those who have money. They are not the same people.”