I took this picture somewhere near Rue the Rivoli. I don’t know why, but this lady caught my eye. She is chic, stylish and elegant. Properties where Coco Chanel was known for. I’m not always totally up-to-date with the latest fashion trends, but I’m more interested in the history of french designers, like Coco Chanel, and what’s left of it today.
Coco Chanel is an icon, she is historical and fascinating. I did some research and maybe I can enjoy the fashion lovers with this little post about Coco Chanel and here life/career in Paris.
Her childhood wasn’t easy. Her father left her at an early age and sent her, with her two sisters, to an orphanage. The Romanesque purity of this ascetic world, would be the inspiration for her austere style and her preference for black and white (which are also my favorites ). She stared making her own clothes, and in the evenings she sang at a cafe for soldiers. She was called ‘Coco’, because she always sang the song ”who saw Coco in the Trocadero?” Coco was different, she dressed like no one else and wore clothing inspired by menswear. She started designed exotic hats and other clothing, which were quickly appreciated by the wealthier women.
And then her prince on a white horse came along. English, rich and well educated. His name was Boy Capel. Boy helped Coco to become Chanel. With his encouragement she decided to open her first clothing store in Paris. Then in Deauville and Biarritz. Coco Chanel launched a whole new century of fashion. She shorted the dresses, showed the ankles, dumped the corsets and cut the hair. Nowadays, we are still thankful for that!
At Rue Cambon number 31, Coco Chanel opened the first couture house in Paris in 1981. She became the queen of fashion. Despite the fact that her business was going great, there was a tragic accident between. It was Boy Capel who died in a car accident. She lost the man of her dreams. Coco was broken. The strong woman as she was cried, but said some historical words: ‘either I die as well, or I finish what we started together’ And she did… Thank you Coco for all the amazing clothing and inspiring stories you left behind. We will blogging about you for many more years!