Tag Archives: Coco Chanel

Time Magazine’s ALL Time Fashion Icons

4 Apr

TIME magazine just compiled a list of 100 fashion icons, featuring fashion inflencers and icons from as far back as Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn. Complete with short stories of influential designers, stylists, editors, photographers, models and muses, there are the familiar faces and the unfamiliar plus the (concisely written) stories behind them.

Of course you know Anna Wintour was on that list!

Very interesting read, seeing some of the stories cements my belief that fashion and the fashion industry is waaay beyond the wearing of clothes, it’s art, it’s creativity, it’s passion and expression. Totally inspiring and a must read for everyone with  more than a casual interest in the fashion industry. Trust me, there just might be some names you’ve not  met before.

You can find the story here

And style icon extraordinaire Grace Kelly

Photo credits: Time Magazine.com

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What a way to wear the pearls

5 Aug

If you live in Lagos, then you know how one thing becomes a trend and every where you go, there’s someone wearing a version of it. After a while you kinda get tired and start looking out for something new. I guess it’s because here, we don’t have the regular seasonal fashion and beauty trends as there is globally, so some trends can stay for months and months.

I  recently started feeling that way about layered pearl necklaces. Literally EVERY girl in Lag has got one. In varying numbers of layers, thickness and lengths etc, there’s someone wearing a layered pearl necklace every where you turn.

As worn by Rihanna, this is the general look you see every where in Lag

Now pearls are a classic as far as jewelry is concerned, from the days of Coco Chanel to Audrey Hepburn, they represent a certain type of style, that tres chic, timeless look.

They will always be around in one form of the other! So imagine my excitement when I came upon this selection on Fashionologie.  I love fashion creative directors for this reason, they always push the boundaries and invent something new out of the old; just when you think you’ve seen it all.

A bunch of them just made me very happy, they gave the classic pearls a proper facelift and right there in the line up is one of my all time favourites Lanvin.

My fav of the collection today has got to be the Kate Spade though, Simply stunning.

Janna Conner Knotted White Pear Necklace $190

Janna Conner Knotted White Pear Necklace $190

Lanvin Large Pearl Light Bulb Necklace $1650

Kate Spade Street Statement Necklace $448

Kate Spade Street Statement Necklace $448

Fallon Oversized Heart Necklace $315

Fallon Oversized Heart Necklace $315

Nicole Romano Spear and Pearl Necklace $488

Bijoux Heart Laque Gold-Plated Swarovksi Crystal Necklace $1400

Fallon Pearl & Chain Necklace $250

Oscar de la Renta Mesh Chain Pearl Necklace $595

So, we might not be shelling out the big bucks to grab one of these, but it is inspiration to do the pearls differently if you please.

Images via Fashionologie

Style Personified: Gabrielle Coco Chanel

21 Nov

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Timeless and never out of style, Coco Chanel keeps inspiring the fashion-forward decade after decade since her death in 1971. It’s just as she put it herself, ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.’ Coco’s style can best be described as infinite and she’s the timeless style icon. She didn’t just embody style though, she created classic fashion till she was old and grey and for this we love her.

How do we love thee Coco Chanel? Let us count the ways

We love thee for…

1. Breaking the fashion status quo in your day, setting women free from the bondage corset and reinventing the way they dressed.

2. Creating and perfecting the art of effortless chic

3. Doing wonders with tweed and inventing the all time classic Chanel suit

4. Making a signature out of the quilted chain strapped bag

5. Against all odds, Creating the little black dress

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The ABC of being Coco Chanel

A – Gotta love black

B – Pile on the pearls

C – Get a wardrobe full of hats and master the art of the stylish perch

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Coco Quotes

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”

“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.”

Photo Credits: The Guardian