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Published on Jul 9, 2014

 

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Dear Coco

A tribute to Mademoiselle Coco Gabrielle Chanel

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Dear Reader.

Since 2014 is the exact year of my matric-being and since I am, without a doubt, a passionate freak for winter (oh, need I name the coffee, the rain, the cuddle, the fashion…), I think that this would be an appropriate day to publish my first post. During the fleeting pass of time this year, I have realized that I am quite a sentimental&celebratory person. So every ‘first’, to me, is an opportunity worthy for clinging glasses and popping those golden champagne bottles. Due to this little personal fact, I feel that it is of great appreciation and admirability that I dedicate this post to the woman I aspire to be, Mademoiselle Coco Gabrielle Chanel: the one whose legacy has shaped the future of the female race as independent, strong, courageous and beautiful woman. I cannot possibly think of any better way to celebrate this momentous moment. Now then, without further adieu, let us pay tribute to the one&only:

 

 

“You know, they ask me questions. Just an example: ‘What do you wear to bed? A pajama top? The bottoms of the pajamas? A nightgown?’ So I said, ‘Chanel No. 5,’ because it’s the truth.”

Encore, encore, encore! Oh, dear Marilyn, how proud you do me. Just when I thought this woman cannot get anymore spectacular, she admits to being a victim of the famous fragrance, Chanel No. 5. These words, spoken by the the true Marilyn Monroe in an interview back in April 1960, (see link) reveals her passionate love affair with Chanel No. 5. Ladies&Gents, it is my privilege and a great honor to dedicate this post to a woman whom has learned me many things and among all of these precious treasures, most important, to be comfortable within your own style.

Mademoiselle Coco Gabrielle Chanel has become one of the world’s most well-known luxury fashion designers whom gave birth to the classic trademark suits and the must-have, little black dress. Although most of you are probably quite familiar with the name, there is much more to the girl who started it all. Despite her dying in the shadow of a wealthy fashion designer who made a fortune from her signature perfume, Chanel No. 5 and fine iconic fashion garments, Coco lived a childhood of poverty and abandonment. With a bit of luck, success-driven passion and a creative spirit that would change fashion forever, she outran the social marathon. And yet, here we are, stuck between the boundaries of what the world expects us woman to be and what we ourselves dream of becoming.

Ladies, it is crucial that you realize that you are capable of achieving so much more. Take a moment to be totally awestricken and go google the life of Chanel, if I could, to make it easier for you, I would have posted a whole profile analysis of her right here, but that could result in a creativity-passion takeover changing my ‘suppose to be short&sweet’  post into a Chanel-bible.

Though I did not know Chanel on a personal base, obviously not, but damn, wouldn’t that just have been one splendid party. I mean, just imagine:

walking side-by-side,

a good cup of take-away Vida in your right hand

and a freshly printed Vogue under your left arm,

listening to the wisdom flowing  from her lips.

and chatting and babbling on about the infinite possibilities of wearable art, known as fashion.

 

I could go on forever raging about her, how she conquered her circumstances, battled for survival and so on., but to see her legendary footsteps inked all over the fashion world brings me the greatest joy. Not only has she rearranged the meaning of style but also left us with an inspiring legacy for  women to work hard, to strive and succeed. In all awe I look up this woman and I thank her for helping me to be what I am, to be the extraordinary, do the unexpected, go the extra mile and achieve the impossible.

The one&only Mademoiselle Gabrielle Chanel

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury” our dearest Chanel once said. Thanks to her initiative and wild passion for world of elegance, style and trueness, Chanel created unique ways to make fashion more comfortable and applicable for woman. An essential uniqueness of her was that she carried a spirit of independence, a style that molded the ultimate class with comfort. Need I state it out aloud, but were it not for her, we woman would have to function in uncomfortable dresses and exaggerated skirts squeezing out every last drop of life from our stiff bodies. Not being able to enjoy a cup of coffee in my favorite pair of pants with a matching stilettos, I don’t think so.

 

In a nutshell, Coco is a true inspiration to every woman striving to break free. From learning how to sew in an orphanage to a world-famous fashion icon, Coco accepted the challenge to finally become what she has always dreamt of. Coco Gabrielle Chanel will forever remain to be the original queen of the fashion industry…

 

Thank you Chanel, thank you.

to Coco

À la vôtre! xo

 


 

 

 

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