10 Fashion Lessons From Coco Chanel
With the upcoming release of the film Coco Before Chanel, we look back at the legendary fashion designer’s best moments
-Lois Joy Johnson
A very wise woman once said, “Fashion passes, style remains.” That woman was legendary designer Coco Chanel. Although Coco died in 1971 and Karl Lagerfeld is now at the helm of her fashion label, her revolutionary approach to style lives on.
In the new film Coco Before Chanel (which is released on September 25), we get a glimpse of Coco before she became Chanel. Played by Amelie and Da Vinci Code star Audrey Tautou, Coco is a no-nonsense young woman who disdains the frilly overdone designs her contemporaries wear, preferring instead to fashion her outfits out of her boyfriends’ suits.
In one memorable scene, she chooses to wear a little black dress while all the women around her wear frilly white concoctions. Coco remarks that their outfits belong in a patisserie. But as far as we’re concerned, it’s her designs that are delicious in their simplicity. Long after the poufs and shoulderpads and platform booties, leggings and skinny jeans are history (again), Chanel’s legacy of elegance and style lives on. Here are 10 top fashion lessons we learned from Coco – you can thank her every day: