An Ode to Coco Chanel
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel maybe one of the world’s most celebrated, famous designers. Her iconic status is attributed to her vision and creation of the world’s most favorite timeless pieces such as the little black dress and the suit/ the blazer for ladies.
She is well-loved for her contribution to the world of fashion. And even her fragrance is as timeless as her name. Chanel No.5 is still today’s best-selling perfume and her signature quilted bag never escapes every classic-lady’s wardrobe.
I personally love everything that Chanel created. Though i love creativity and innovation in fashion too (everyone loves a showstopper right ? and the shock element every now and then), i still am a classic girl at heart.
Coco was all about classic elegance. Though fashion was her life, she was brilliant enough to evoke simplicity in her designs.
While modern day has seen Steve Jobs innovate technology and kept Apple’s design to its simplest; in the 1920s, Coco envisioned the same thing for her dresses. No doubt, we are still wearing her Little Black Dress invention from my lola’s birth year (1926) until today…and we will continue to do so. She didn’t give birth to a trend, she created a classic.
Today, August 19, is Coco’s birthday. And my blog wants to celebrate her wit and wisdom, sass and style. Here are 7 of my favorite “wittyisms / words to live by / life or style wisdom”
"One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics."
And in fact, she did. We credit today’s little black dress and the classic suit to this woman’s vision.
On Being Self-Made
"My life didn’t please me, so i created my life."
She was self-reliant and independent, given her beginnings. She turned things around by taking control of what she wanted out of life. By being strong (too strong, i think) she got what she desired.
"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."
A brilliant designer for her philosophy at simplicity, and a wonderful visionary for her fashion foresight crossing centuries.
On Common Sense
"Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door."
She was smart and had a common sense - which i hear is not so common these days (kidding).
On Enthusiasm About Life
"I am not young but i feel young. The day i feel old, i will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing."
See that vigor from those positive words? If there’s one thing that propelled Coco forward most of the time, it’s maybe due to her positivity.
On Natural Beauty
"Nature gives you the face you have at 20. It is up to you to merit the face you have at 50."
Before cosmetics, there was Coco Chanel, believing that proper care for oneself > beauty enhancements. See, her philosophy was that simple. I LOVE IT.
On Adversity and Authenticity
"Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity."
A gem of a wisdom. Coco was aware that life was too short to waste on not being true enough to you. It doesn’t have to take a tragedy to realize that you’ve got to be real from the start, but if in any case, hard times always serve as a great reminder.
So what’s your favorite piece of wisdom from Coco Chanel ?