Why We Love Mademoiselle Coco Chanel
Gabrielle Chanel, known as Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, has been my inspiration for years. The House of Chanel represents class and elegance, but also an empire. Coco was an extremely hard working woman, who built her company in a man’s world, and broke every fashion rule, to create her signature styles. Simplicity describes her designer styles, including her statement little black dresses, and perfume, Chanel No 5.
Coco lived her life in Paris, and for over 30 years, at the beautiful Paris Ritz Hotel. I had tears in my eyes when I entered this hotel while visiting Paris. I walked along the streets I knew from photos that Coco walked around. And of course, I wore a pair of pearls in her honour.
Here is an article I wrote about Chanel during my stylist days, which I wanted to share with you. I hope you enjoy the article, and all items on CazInc’s blog and one day channel your own Coco Chanel, walking the streets of beautiful Paris, wearing your pearls. If you happen to be in Paris, there are many walking tours you can do to see the city through Coco's eyes.
Coco Chanel was famous for her style. Her unique style was one of the most copied in the world. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessorised, beautiful models, and timeless designs leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolise the magic of Chanel. The Chanel suit is ageless, stylish, unique, modern, comfortable to wear, and easy to personalise.
When Coco wore her statement suit for the first time in 1913, she called herself the “fashion statement of the century”. After almost ninety years of existence, the Chanel suit continues to be a timeless standard, eternally young.
Coco Chanel launched the “little black dress” in the early twenties, “little” because it was discreet yet essential, minimalist yet elegant, visible yet sophisticated.
What did jewellery represent for Coco Chanel? For her, love was the most precious of possessions, and one that could not be measured in carats. Her designs were influenced by her personal life, her circle of friends, and her encounters. She had a real passion for jewels, and throughout her life, she was never seen without them.
It would be impossible to talk about Coco Chanel without paying homage to pearls. They were as much an integral part of her style and image as her little black dresses. They embodied her timeless elegance, her cultivation of beauty: they were an expression of her femininity.
Coco Chanel’s beauty expressed demanding perfectionism. Her makeup reflected her personality like an identity card. Dark eye makeup and “impatient” lips highlighted with bright red lipstick. She never wavered from her self-imposed discipline, never accepted any excuses, and never tolerated laziness. She took care of her skin and removed her makeup every evening. Her famous statement was “There are no ugly women, only lazy women”.
“Of all the human senses, smell is the most perfect”. A perfume of eternal femininity, glorified by the most beautiful women in the world, Marilyn Monroe to Nicole Kidman, Chanel No 5, (named after a fortune-teller told her 5 was her lucky number) is the best-selling perfume in the world.
When Coco died at 87, they found only three complete outfits in the closet of her Paris apartment, proof you can be the world's most stylish woman, with minimal items in the wardrobe. "Style is eternal, fashion fades" - Coco Chanel.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.