Chanel’s Iconic Clothes And Accessories
How many times have you spot a woman and know she’s dressed in Chanel? The quilted bag, of course, is a dead giveaway for its interlocking C’s. But logo aside, the designs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel were so revolutionary when they were first introduced that the items were henceforth associated with the fashion house. Here, the stories behind the clothes and accessories that transform a 20th century fashion designer into a legendary name.
THE BLACK CHANEL 2.55. Debuted in February 1955 (hence the 2.55 in its name), this is the origin of all Chanel bags. A true classic.
THE BOY BAG. Hailed as the next 2.55, the Boy Chanel was introduced in 2011, fashioned in Chanel’s iconic quilted design and with the classic double C hardware. It is named for Coco Chanel’s lover and muse, Arthur “Boy” Capel.
ANYTHING MADE OF TWEED. Tweed was once a fabric reserved for the elites, and used only in menswear. It became a hit when applied in Chanel’s designs to create the la garçonne (boyish) appearance. Today, tweed remains a strong look for the house of Chanel, and Karl Lagerfeld - head creative director for the brand since 1983 - constantly updates the traditional fabric with a variety of designs.
TWO-TONED SLING-BACK HEELS. These were first created in 1957, and were hailed by the press as “the new Cinderella slipper”. The clever beige-and-black design elongates the foot, and when the shoe debuted, it won fans from Brigitte Bardot to Catherine Deneuve.
THE SKIRT SUIT. This was seen as revolutionary when it was introduced in the early 1950s. Chanel herself, then in her 70s, had come out of retirement to design these suits for women, and was lauded for making comfortable clothing that didn’t corset or pad a woman’s frame, the way Christian Dior’s “New Look" dresses did. A symbol of sophistication, power and mobility, Chanel suits have famously been worn by Jackie Kennedy and Anna Wintour.
THE PEARL NECKLACE. Pearls were once so rare and expensive that only nobles and the very wealthy could afford them. Chanel changed this in the 1920s, making costume jewellery with affordable, man-made pearls. She herself wore multiple strands of the lustrous beads and today, pearls remain a key look for the house of Chanel.
BRETON STRIPED ANYTHING. Originally known as la mariniere, the Breton stripe was first introduced in Chanel’s 1917 nautical collection, where she drew inspiration from sailor’s uniforms. it is now a fashion staple.
Source: The Peak Magazine