So right now one of the books that I’m trying to read is Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life. But my 1 year old has had more time with this book than I have, perusing at her leisure while sipping juice and munching on cheerios.
But from the glances I’ve been able to grab here and there, it seems like it will be a good book. It has those nice, thick, foreign-guidebook pages and lots of photos. I like the look of the first edition since it’s a photo of Coco Chanel, instead the second edition cover which features an illustration of Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld (?).
Why did you get this book? You ask.
Are you enamored with Coco Chanel?
|Chanel via pinterest|
No, not really. Not yet. It feels as though some of my virtual mommy-friends are enamored with her; well, it’s not exactly admiration and I won’t say veneration. It’s like they see her as this… penultimate vision of modern femininity and that by buying from her fashion house, they are an heir to her legend, that she bequeathed some of her stylishness to them; her last perfumed whispers enduing her handbags with everlasting Chanel-power.
I’m not making fun. I actually like the Chanel brand; I like the classic luxury; I like how the brand has brought about and popularized so many classics in the early 1900s that are still thriving today: little black dress, small (quilted) handbag, and more.
For me, Chanel has always been there; somewhere on the fringe of consciousness, but not in a big way. My grandmother loves Chanel No. 5 and always has a bottle on her dresser, it’s her signature scent. But in terms of knowing the brand and what it offers, I’ve always busied myself with other things. It’s really only within the last…7 or so years that I’ve begun to match up designers to my favorite designs, picking and choosing who I like and why. Love Alexander McQueen not Betsy Johnson (although I do love the sweet-feistiness of her brand ), Love Louboutin not so much Valentino, so so about Miu Miu and Emilio Pucci, and an ardent “Yes” to many many many others. Maybe I should do a post on my favorite designers, I think that would be soooo fun <3
Anyhoo, I picked up this book to learn more about the founder of Chanel. She’s interesting, to say the least: I know she was an orphan, that she was very secretive, that she had one great Love. I know some of the history of the classic flap bag: how the bag has a secret compartment for love letters, that the chain strap was inspired by the chains that the nuns wore at the orphanage where Chanel grew up; that the nuns also inspired her love of black and white. One of the youtube vloggers who I ADORE loves Chanel because when this blogger was very poor, Chanel represented everything that was elegant and chic; and now that this blogger is rich and in her 50s, she adorns herself with Chanel, a sort of rebirth, recreating herself as elegant. That’s not quite right; she uses Chanel as a symbol that she has arrived, that she herself, is the woman of her dreams.
I guess that’s also what Coco Chanel symbolizes to so many women: REBIRTH; that you can recreate yourself, that you can create success where there wasn’t even expectation. To me, even just that idea is something honorable and interesting. I’m excited to read it, as soon as my Little 2 puts it down….
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