Ruse on March 19, 2015 at 10:31 am
For as long as I can recall, I have had a fascination with Chanel, who for me seemed the pioneer who revolutionized fashion for women. From her name Coco Chanel to her look, she epitomized individualism. She did this with style, elegance, taste and an eye for detail. The “little black dress”, Chanel NO.5 perfume, strings of pearls, the iconic quilted bag, the suite are all still staples in a womans’ wardrobe today.
In 2007 I was fortunate enough to visit Paris and the one thing I truly wanted was a vintage Chanel item. The classic jersey jacket was my number one item of desire and my wish was granted when I found a beautiful cerise coloured one. The jacket is wool with silk lining and the tailoring is just something to behold. (My grandfather, who was a tailor would have truly appreciated!) I wear it of course, that is why I bought it, along with a Chanel vintage leather quilted bag. Each time I open the bag, I think of the fact that the story goes that the zippered compartment on the inside of the front flap was rumoured to have stored Chanel’s love letters (some romance and intrigue).
So what made her so different to everyone else? Well firstly I don’t think anyone every really understood or knew her totally. She strikes me as an emotionally lonely woman who drove herself (fortunately for us) to achieve great things. Her quest for perfection and change in her own lifetime was accomplished. Something very few people have the privilege of attaining. The design of her clothes was so different from anything else at the time, it was shocking. Women did not wear trousers or unstructured garments (no corsets)!! It was common to see Chanel herself making alterations to garments and she worked until her death in 1971 at the age of 87. She never married, but of course had many love affairs!
A classic always stays “in fashion” and can be mixed and matched with up-to-date pieces. This jacket can be worn with classic black pants or a skirt or alternatively with jeans. The possibilities are endless…
Hand and signature of Chanel from the book Coco Chanel The legend and the life (Justine Picardie)
Coco forever sketch from the book Coco Chanel The legend and the life (Justine Picardie)
Cerise Jacket in wool and silk
Chanel Vintage leather quilted backpack