Coco Chanel: A Closer Look At Her Timeless Style

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Today, we raise a glass to Coco Chanel, the French fashion designer behind the iconic brand Chanel, who was born 132 years ago.

Coco Chanel is the world’s greatest and most influential fashion designer. She is not only recognized for her fashion line, but also for her little black dresses and suits, her trademark perfume and her expensive simplicity in design. Coco Chanel’s designs are timeless and classic and are still popular today, and will be popular for years to come. Every woman knows Chanel no.5, the brand’s iconic fragrance that has conquered the world of perfumes and fashion.

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No one could stop Coco Chanel from soaring high and from conquering waves in the fashion industry. She was ambitious, competitive, and always hungry for opportunity. Although there were a lot of controversies that sparked during her prominence, because of her affiliation with different men, her designs and her contribution to French fashion was never questioned.

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Her biggest legacy to French fashion would be putting an end to corsets and screaming of liberty from women’s fuss and constraints over their fashion pieces. Her design echoed the embodiment of a modern woman—fashionable, youthful, sportive confidence, and liberated from the fuss and frills of any fashion constraint. Women have fallen in love with the new found confidence that Coco Chanel has given them.

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As a lady of her word and an advocate for women, Chanel was not afraid to speak her mind. We’ve rounded up our favourite signature Coco Chanel quotes that reflect a little of her wittiness and wisdom plus  some of our favourite Chanel Timeless Looks.

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Coco Chanel died on January 10, 1971, at her apartment in the Hotel Ritz. She never got married, echoing her line “I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” Chanel fans and loyalists mourned with their Chanel suits and the world bid farewell to a true fashion icon who challenged and dared the French woman’s fashion.

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More than a decade after Coco Chanel’s death, Karl Lagerfield, a designer, bravely took over the company to live on with the Chanel legacy. Today, you see Chanel being worn by the biggest celebrities. Chanel is on glossy magazines, red carpets, runways, and it has continued to be every woman’s inspirational brand. Its millions of annual sales prove that Chanel has continued to thrive in the fashion industry and that the Chanel legacy will continue to echo timelessness, classic pieces and designs that will never wear out over time.

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Her legacy even started way back in 1915 when Harper’s Bazaar wrote about her designs stating, “The woman who hasn’t at least one Chanel is hopelessly out of fashion […] This season the name Chanel is on the lips of every buyer.” Her biggest legacy to French fashion would be putting an end to corsets and screaming of liberty from women’s fuss and constraints over their fashion pieces. Her design echoed the embodiment of a modern woman—fashionable, youthful, sportive confidence, and liberated from the fuss and frills of any fashion constraint. Women have fallen in love with the new found confidence that Coco Chanel has given them.

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Photos: Courtesy of CHANEL, Reuters

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Written by Aneliya Vasilieva

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Editor In-Chief of Fashion Style Magazine, Aneliya Vasilieva is an international fashion editor and stylist. She edits and styles looks that enhance brand positioning and messaging and owing to her fashion experience and remarkable taste level, she has become well known in the fashion world. Her enthusiasm, attention to detail and professionalism are qualities she brings to corporate styling projects for many clients in the industry. She also consults for brands across the luxury and high street sectors, advising them on digital editorial strategy. Aneliya has a great perception of fashion and beauty, of what’s happening on the runways and the street, and a keen sense of how to create dynamic images for her readers. Aneliya’s life includes trips to Paris for fashion shows, meeting with stylists, photographers, and designers.

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