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Saturday, July 05, 2008

The House of Chanel

The Parisian fashion house Chanel is probably among the most influential fashion lines in the world, both at its birth in 1910 and today. The House was founded by Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, more commonly known as Coco Chanel. Such iconic fashion items as the little black dress and tweed suit became mainstream because of Chanel, and Chanel number five is one of the most popular perfumes today. Chanel is also famous for it’s quilted fabric, made with a secret technique to keep it strong. Chanel’s philosophy was that style should be effortless, elegant, and tastefully sexy. The line soon became associated with wealth. Many things that are known as classic French styles were created or reinvented by Chanel, and Chanel herself seems to reflect the French aesthetic. Attributed with saying “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury” and “A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed”, the look is the classic idea of elegance without excess. When Karl Lagerfeld took over in 1983, the line got a new slightly more daring attitude, but is still characterized by unique designs, luxurious details, and impeccable quality.

2 comments:

mudderbear said...

I am thinking: Aren't you glad we aren't wearing something really constricting, like corsets or tons of petticoats??? Then I had a flash of the 50's and girdles compared to now. Now everyone is so fat!!!! There are no 24" waists...there are no waists at all. So maybe we need the discipline. We really have gone down the tube to Slouchville, don't you think so?

Jak said...

I'm wondering if Sexy Phewf is going to become some kind of fashion designer, critic, writer of beauty books, fashion magazine editor...???
Sometimes I like it in Slouchville, I think. I think there is something attractive about being comfortable and relaxed and un-pretentious. But then I see people who are sloppy, at work or somewhere where they should be a bit dressed up. Or people think it's dumb to get dressed up for church because who are you trying to impress and I think the whole thing lacks respect. So, I liked the quote about luxury being comfortable. Y'know, like those women who can look dressed up wearing velvet or chenille jogging suits? Perhaps it's a matter of style. Some people look sloppy when they are "comfortable" and others pull it off, maybe because it is true to them and they do it with... flare?