Reincarnations – What inspired Coco Chanel ?

“The seeming simplicity of a masterpiece is sure proof of its grace.”- Coco Chanel
As the “Chanel Reincarnation film by Karl Lagerfeld” goes viral in the glamour world here is a peep into the simple routine things that inspired Coco Chanel just like the Hotel elevator operator’s jacket as shown in the video gave birth to the Iconic Chanel Jacket.

“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.” Finding fashion in every aspect of life Coco Chanel channelized her ideas into everything that came on her way and things that anyone else could have ever imagined.

Attentive towards the minutest details of her creations she also added a personal touch and discrete messages to each of her creations be it her lucky No.5, the comet, the camellia or the letter ‘C’. Her each creation had a distinct deep meaning and inspiration behind it which made them the eternal classics of all time.

The famous Matelassee Chanel bag that has been a timepiece in the history of its couture has been inspired from the stable keeper’s quilted diamond pattern jacket when Coco Chanel became passionate about Horse racing during her early days.

Chanel bag

Another iconic discovery was « The Camellia » flower that appealed to Gabrielle Chanel due to the purity and simplicity with no fragrance, perfect roundness and the white color personified Chanel’s moto of seducing with simplicity and Camellia became an integral part of all her signature collections.

Camelia

As Chanel says “I wanted to cover women with constellations! With stars! Stars of all sizes!” she remains true to it by designing “The Comet”. A shooting star herself she left behind the comet tail of unlimited dreams and legacy attached to her brand name. The Comet as a part of her first jewellery collection in 1932 that symbolised dreams, aspirations and freedom uniquely addressing the tensed World War scenario.

Comet

Always inspired my menswear some of her initial designs came from sensualizing the men’s designs for women in the most elegant manner. Traditional, simple yet elegant womens wear couture, Chanel’s collections completely inspired and revolutionized how women styled and dressed in the 1920’s.
One of these many inspirational pieces was the Iconic Chanel jacket inspired from the hotel elevator operator at a hotel she visited in Salzburg in 1954. As Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne dance together with another epic direction from Karl Lagerfeld we all tune to the tunes of “CC the world” of Chanel.

Veste Chanel

Shreya Bondre

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