Coco Chanel and the Women of Chanel in Pictures!

Via Elle

Before eternally changing the way women dressed, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel looked to be just another pretty French girl with a coiled mane of hair.
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The designer spent happy summer months in the resort town of Deauville; after opening her first boutique on the Rue Cambon, she chose the tony town for her second outpost.
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As she began creating the unrestrictive jersey pieces that would set her apart from other designers of the day, Coco cropped her cumbersome long locks, too.
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Pearls, a classic motif of the house of Chanel, made early appearances in the designer’s personal style.
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An optimistic Coco saw the popularity of her little black dress soar during the ’20s. Prior to her designs, the somber shade had been almost exclusively designated for wear during periods of mourning.
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Much of what the designer turned out still hold high places in today’s fashion lexicon. Case in point: the wide-leg white pants and espadrilles she sported while spending time seaside with Rome’s Duke Laurino. Chanel made slacks not only chic, but a possibility. Before she sported them, it was a rare sight to see a woman in a pair.
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The DNA of Chanel’s couture are visible in the romantic dress she chose for a Paris ball.
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Coco loved what she crafted, frequently working in one of her most iconic creations: a tweed suit that would still feel just as apropos on today’s woman.
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The designer putting finishing touches on yet another LBD.
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Standing at her favorite observation spot, Rue Cambon’s spiral staircase, Chanel sports the costume jewelry and two-tone shoes the brand still produces today.
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Coco Nuts: The Women of Chanel No. 5

A look back at the lovely ladies that graced Chanel No. 5 print ads through the years

Coco Chanel 1937 Chanel Ad

Coco Chanel, 1937

Lauren Hutton 1968 Chanel Ad

Lauren Hutton, 1968

Cheryl Tiegs 1969 Chanel Ad

Cheryl Tiegs, 1969

Ali MacGraw 1971 Chanel Ad

Ali MacGraw, 1971

Catherine Deneuve 1976 Chanel Ad

Catherine Deneuve, 1976

Carole Bouquet 1987 Chanel Ad

Carole Bouquet, 1987

Estella Warren 2001 Chanel Ad

Estella Warren, 2001

Nicole Kidman 2004 Chanel Ad

Nicole Kidman, 2004


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