For months, the fashion experts at YOOX.com have been selecting unforgettable pieces from around the world: from Paris to Milan to New York where Holly Brubach – the former Style Editor of the New York Times and celebrated author of fashion books – handed over various pieces from her private collection. The result is an amazing selection of hard-to-find signature styles and classic everyday treasures that would make the perfect gift (even - or especially - if it's for yourself).
After famously decreeing that "Women are always overdressed but never with enough elegance" - "Une femme est toujours trop habillée, jamais assez élégante" - Mademoiselle decided to combine elegance and comfort, giving fashionistas their first taste of freedom: arm movement & the ability to walk quickly. She also upended the tradition of changing for each appointment throughout the day with multitasking tweed jacket and suit combinations that looked as good in the morning as later that evening at dinner. All these many years later, it's still almost impossible to make a fashion faux-pas in a classic Chanel tweed jacket.
Starting in the 1930s, Chanel began designing jewelry to accompany her designs. (Check out the fun post we did on the origin of Chanel's iconic Verdura cuffs.) Initially inspired by her fave bloom, the camellia, which recurred throughout her career, she also incorporated pearls of every measure - "I just simply won’t start working without all my pearls," she once noted - along with faux diamonds and gold-toned metals combined in stunning designs.
Departing from the ballroom at The Ritz in 1930s Paris, where she reflected that "to dress women in black and white for a ball - you can see only them" this YOOX.com journey provides a fun look at the career of a woman who singlehandedly made the LBD (and liked to let the world know). "Before me, nobody had enough courage to dress in black...black is so strong, so noble that when people see you it remains forever in their memory."
- Lesley Scott
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