There are certain designers that have held the reins of fashion through the years…Christian Dior, Ceil Chapman, and none other than Coco Chanel. An entrepreneurial woman before her time, this courageous woman was born in the late 1800′s and started her couture house in the early 1900′s at a time in which women were not even allowed to vote in the United States.
Having a background in fabrics, Coco decided to venture out on her own with the help of her boyfriend and financier, Arthur Capel. Almost in seemless motion Chanel not only began alluring and dazzling women with her fashion talents but also created what would become the longest running fragrances of all of the Chanel perfume line…Chanel no. 5. A scent that captured the beauty and femininity of womanhood and a following that withstood decades. What many do not know is that Coco closed the fashion division of her business by the 1930′s to concentrate of the success of her beloved perfume.
By the 1950′s Coco was ready to reemerge into the fashion world-changing the runways of the fashion world for good. Not only was she honored with some of the most prestigious designing awards such as the Neiman Marcus award (the highest fashion award of its time) with jaw dropping evening gowns but she also made an equal mark in the day-to-day fashions of the working woman.
While the fashion world lost one of our greatest designer at 87 in the 1970′s, her interconnecting double “c’s” linked together back to back is one of the most sought after labels still today. After her passing, her beloved couture house was run by various designers holding true to the true visions of Coco and what she deemed worthy to bear her name. It wasn’t until the German designer, Karl Lagerfeld, turned the Channel runway upside down pairing Channel world-famous boxy jackets with mini skirts. In true honor to the matriarch of this couture house giant, a new era had begun but not without the noticeable contributions of its originator ever so present.