Today marks a momentous day in fashion and beauty history: The birthday of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Born in 1883, Chanel spent her early life in an orphanage and ultimately became one of the most famous designers who ever lived, leaving us with many a stylish legacy, from the little black dress, and tweed jackets, to strands of pearls and the unforgettable No. 5 fragrance.
With a healthy disregard for social etiquette and a retinue of friends and admirers among the city’s “racy” women, couturier Coco Chanel traversed the boundaries between lady and mistress.
By the beginning of the twenties Chanel was already a phenomenon in French fashion circles. She had come to Paris as the mistress of the textile baron Etienne Balsan in 1909 and set up a millinery boutique under Balsan’s apartment.
By 1921, she had a series of successful boutiques in Paris, Deauville and Biarritz, she owned a villa in the south of France and drove around in her own blue Rolls Royce. Read more
With Blake Lively
Sundance Channel’s LOVE/LUST spotlighted the controversial and covetable fashion. The inaugural episode stitched up the story of The Little Black Dress, revealing how a series of events – not to mention the formidable Coco Chanel – helped transform an emblem of rebellion into a wardrobe warhorse. It’s a fascinating, juicy story punctuated with smart imagery and the colorful commentary of numerous fashion insiders, including designer Vera Wang; author and Barneys New York creative ambassador Simon Doonan; and renowned fashion historian Valerie Steele, the Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
If you missed it, Sundance has made it available online. Simply slip into that little black dress darlin’s and click below. Enjoy…