Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Coco and the City

“A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous”, stated the infamous Coco Chanel

A famous fashion mantra that still holds true today. With the recent release of “Coco Avant Chanel”, a biographical movie depicting the early life of the french fashion designer, there has been much hype surrounding the world renowned brand. Coco was known for her simple and elegant taste, as well as being responsible for revolutionizing the way women dressed. Still today, girls everywhere aspire to achieve the “Chanel look”. There are many ways women today can exude the look, while keeping it youthful, modern, and suitable for city living. Whether running off to a meeting, dressing for an internship or getting ready for a night out, you cant go wrong with the elegance of a re worked Chanel inspired look.

A bold monochrome head to toe black look embodies the essence of the classic brand and is the basis for the look. To add some youthful edge, add a subtle pop of color. Maybe in one of this season's hottest shades, such as a deep purple or blue. An eye catching scarf, or bag will break up the look and keep it current.

A Chanel jacket will always be in style. For a more up to date look, ditch the dated tweed for a streamlined, fitted blazer, preferably in a monochromatic color. Blazers are making a comeback this season and work perfectly into this look. A tuxedo jacket can also be worn in it’s place for night. Coco loved anything with a slightly androgynous edge.

“Fashion is architecture, its a matter of proportions” Coco once said. One of the main keys to modernizing this look is to play with proportions. Take for example, the classic Chanel pairing of a button down shirt and fitted pants. To revamp it, try tucking the shirt into super high waisted pants, or wearing an oversized mens shirt with the ensemble.

Chanel preferred classically shaped heels and menswear inspired boots. Try wearing a tall equestrian boot with skinny black pants for daytime. For night, girls today can get away with pairing sky high heels with a Chanel inspired little black dress.

Coco detested frou frou. She was endlessly inspired by menswear and thought that overly girly touches made an outfit vulgar. Despite this fact, pearls and bows have become synonymous with the brand. Avoid looking overdone by picking one to accessorize with. A pearl necklace or a bow adorned headband for example. Top the look off with a purse influenced by Chanel. Look for anything quilted with a chained strap.

Our world is constantly changing and fashion changes right along with it. The trick to keeping any look alive is to allow it to evolve with the times. Iconic looks can sustain in present day as long as they are constantly being infused with new and modern ideas. After all, fashion should be a reflection of society and the world around us. As Coco Chanel herself once said, Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

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