Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Channeling Chanel

 “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.”

-Coco Chanel

A structured jacket works best with flowing pants. (Chanel was the first fashionable woman to wear trousers!)
Chanel: Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring / Summer 2013
Chanel loved black with pearls or little white collars and cuffs reminiscent of a French school girl's uniform. These from the 2013 Chanel runway collection.

Black and white striped duster worn over slender white jeans and a cropped white tee shirt. (This look could be pulled off by anyone using a man's striped shirt in place of the designer duster.)
From the 2014 Paris runways


A must when wearing black and white: Bright red lips!

Chanel ballet flats: When you want to step out in style!

Two outstanding books about Chanel:
"Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life", by Justine Picardie (2011). Comprehensive look at her life from abject poverty to the exalted rank of couture's High Priestess.
"Chanel: Collections and Creations" by Daniel Bott (2007). The House of Chanel opened its archives to Bott and the book contains photographs published nowhere else.