Sunday, 28 April 2013



SO sorry for not posting anything last night, things got a bit hectic and my time management skills were put to the test and obviously i suck at it. anyway, still in my quest to raise the flag for my three favourite icons i do not come empty handed. the last woman who i truly feel is worth a mention is Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, but you can call her Coco.

IF YOU know nothing about her, but that she was a fashion designer, whose children must be very well pampered, let me educate you. firstly she didn't get round to having kids so her empire is now run by Alain & Gerard Wertheimer, decedents of  Pierre & Paul Wertheimer, who helped her establish the perfume line. Starting off as a shop assistant, Coco went on to become a leading pioneer in women's fashion. i like to call her fashions mother because had it not been for her we would still be wearing corsets and stuff...can you imagine me, wearing a corset? i don't like wearing bras let alone having my entire body squeezed in a hot stuffy full body corset 24/7.

could u just imagine...UrGH!

ANYWAY post WW1 Coco decided that it was too bothersome for women to wear elaborate dresses that needed 15 maids to put on. it was too expensive too. so she made fashion simple. affordable materials and simple yet classy designs became the norm. thank G-D for the war...well not for the war, but, oh bother! you know what i mean. i mean had it not been for the war we wouldnt have pants. there!

"I gave women a sense of freedom," she once said. "I gave them back their bodies: bodies that were drenched in sweat, due to fashion's finery, lace, corsets, underclothes, padding.
IN 1957 she was honoured with a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award, award that is given for distinguished service in the field of fashion. she was the sole winner in that year. understandably too. she saved us! her life has been depicted in many films, stage acts and novels. i myself first learnt of Coco's greatness in the 2008 movie Coco  Chanel.

COCO is known for risk taking and dancing to her own tune. she was one of the first to start sun tanning as a way of showing a privileged life. she came up with the little black dress. it still lives on and now is even one of my go to pieces for every dinner, date and party.

the Givenchy version
the chanel bag, named 2.55 after the date of the bag's creation: February 1955, was created so she could free up her hands when walking. i don't know about you Smears, but I'm eternally grateful for this one.

every detail of the bag had a story to tell

SHE started making her own jewellery,drawing inspiration from her own immaculate collection. she said "its disgusting to walk around with millions around the neck because one happens to be rich. i only like fake jewelry...because its more provocative."

“I want my jewelry to be like ribbons, supple and capable of being taken apart.”

Chanel Noued necklace.

IT hasn't been all fun in the life of Mademoiselle Chanel. on top of a series of failed love stories :"( she was also accused of being a Nazi agent. there is still much controversy about this, but there has never really been any proof. In September 1944, Chanel was called in to be interrogated by the Free French Purge Committee but due to lack of evidence was released. On her return home she is quoted as saying "Churchill had me freed." she may genuinely have had no involvement, but it could be that her legacy is very well protected.

SPEAKING of quotes, one of the things i love most about my last icon was her ability to make anything that came out of her mouth sound deep and philosophical.

WE all know at least one of her quotes. one of my favourites is "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different" and the other can be found at my facebook page under "about". i love quoting her because she made fashion so straightforward and less OTT. i love her witty out looks and the wise words she imparted about love and life in general.

WHILE we know she wasn't as rosy as my other two icons, she never pretended to be something she was not. her strict, perfectionist, no nonsense attitude made me admire her, and is the reason she still has a large following 42 years after her death.

I HOPE that when i die i can have everyone i cared about remember me for greatness, for loving, for being unique and for being wise. tell me what your fave icon once said that made you look at things in a new light. What do u want your legacy to be? 'till next time,