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Cucu for Coco

C H A N E L.

A few words come to mind… Timeless. Iconic. Couture. Freedom. Equality. Fashion. Effortless. Classic. Forever.

Coco Chanel, the brains & beauty behind the signature label. A woman who evolved into a full fledged business woman with an eye for superior style. Her fashion sense created waves, influencing many designers over the decades.

Known for her exemplar esthetic, Chanel became famous for her paragon collections featuring sophisticated silhouettes in silk, tweed & jersey. Creating coveted visionary constructions was her modus operandi… A clever Coco knew too well what women wanted when it came to fashion and thus she delivered! Updating the closets of many was her standard, as she wanted women to look and feel fabulous in her designs, while also maintaining an element of comfort and ease– hence the little black dress, a piece she famously conceived. Clean lines and simple shapes with decadent fabrics, fancy embellishments, as well as adornments, made for a shining example of House ChanelRemembered as a fashion legend, Chanel was the beautiful mind behind the innovative– and now, often duplicated– use of stripes, jersey, pearls, hats, tweed, drop-waist dresses, pristine combinations of black & white, and the ever distinguished quilted handbag with gold chain-linked straps. In addition, Coco worked closely with exclusive French perfumeries to develop her own signature scent: Chanel N˚5. 

As a tribute to her imaginative fashion spirit, I have gone ahead and compiled a series of photographs featuring her designs as well as her look, both personal and commercial… View the pictures below for a taste of Chanel!

Enjoy! XO, SC

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Enfant Terrible!

Isn’t it lovely when someone comes along and shakes things up!?!! Personally, I love it! Change is good.. it is the only constant and we must learn to embrace it and adapt…

A beautiful thing about fashion is it too is always changing– and as the lovely Heidi Klum of Project Runway states: One Day You’re In, The Next Day You’re OUT! 

However long your fashion stint may last, the power in the purpose of design is its ability to interpret society and provide a mirror reflection of what is being lived and worn at the time. World class couture fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has embodied such talents and it is apparent in his eccentric, flamboyant, dramatic, and exquisitely crafted works. His artistry has had social and cultural implications as he has been among the few risqué fashion designers who has dared to use his profession as a means of making a bold social statement. Breaking boundaries and paving the way for many current and future avant-garde designers, an openly gay Gaultier has used the expansiveness of fashion creativity to bend the rules both forwards and backwards, playing with sexual nuances while tackling issues of gender and transgender orientations, androgyny, multiculturalism and even the darker elements of the sexual revolution.

At his recent exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs created between 1970-2010 were on display. As well as sketches, short films, fashion photographs, and archival documents, all spotlighting his collaborative works with filmmakers, choreographers and musicians. Lastly, the fabulous exhibit features the design of 30 animated mannequins who talk and sing colorful vignettes. 

Here are some snapshots from the show, xoxo, SC

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