” How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be somebody.” Today on her birthday we celebrate that somebody who left a lasting impression on the world. That somebody is the timeless Coco Chanel. For those of you who don’t know, Coco, originally born as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, was a French designer and founder of Chanel. There she was known for creating a liberating silhouette for women and creating a sportier casual standard for women’s clothing. Her designs embodied understated elegance. She famously gave us what are now considered Chanel classics including the the little black dress, the Chanel tweed suit, and the quilted Chanel handbag (aka the 2.55, which by the way was named for the date of its creation February 1955).
Being a fashion company, we admire Coco for her fashion legacy and the company she created. However, these aren’t the only aspects of her story that make us love and adore her!
1. As is implied from Chanel’s words of wisdom, she was a fearless, pioneering, and ambitious woman. Coco Chanel overcame adversity in her early life and became a success as a designer. Her mother died when she was young and Coco grew up in an orphanage. Despite this she became a confident , strong woman.
2. She sang in a cabaret in her early career. Before Coco began designing she aspired to be a star on the stage. (this is where she picked up the nickname Coco) While she wasn’t a success at this career, she is someone to be admired for going after her dreams.
3. We love her revolutionary designs! At the time Coco’s designs were groundbreaking for women. Ladies still wore very constricting garments such as the corset, but Chanel came out with sportier more comfortable styles. If it weren’t for her we might still be squeezing into corsets every day!!
4. “There have been several Duchesses of Westminster—but there is only one Chanel!” Mademoiselle was also a little bit kooky and little bit scandalous. Stories have been told of her affairs and gentleman suitors. She lived quite a fascinating life and she did as she pleased. While we may not agree with everything she did, she lived the life she wanted and didn’t worry what others thought.
No 5. And most of all we love her for all the styles that we still covet today:
Happy Birthday Coco!
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn is a style icon and someone who we will forever admire for her beauty and poise. People of all ages still watch her movies (how could you not love Breakfast at Tiffany’s?!) and look to her for style inspiration. Her legacy transcends generations, proving that she is timeless. In honor of what would have been the lovely Audrey Hepburn’s 85th birthday last Sunday, we want to highlight the fashion icon and humanitarian. Here are some facts you might not about the raven haired beauty:
- Hepburn was born May 4th, 1920 in Belgium
- She originally wanted to be a prima ballerina, but because of health issues and lost time during WWII, she was unable to fulfill this dream
- She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role for Roman Holiday in 1954
- An Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming for “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn”
- A BAFTA For Best British Actress (1954, 1960, 1965)
- A Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress -Drama for Roman Holiday
- In 1961 she was inducted to the International Best Dressed List
- Hepburn was awarded World Film Favorite Female in 1955
- She was best known for her big eyes, and simplistic, classy style
- In 13 years, she filmed 15 movies
- In 1988, she became the UNICEF Ambassador and completed more than 50 missions worldwide
We can be sure that Hepburn’s signature style is timeless and her legacy is everlasting.
If you are interested in Hepburn’s humanitarian work, check out her website and find out how you can get involved as well!
Our company was founded by a strong, business savvy woman, Linda Lightman, and our work force is largely women. With that said we look to and admire many strong women in the fashion world and beyond. This is why we have decided to introduce our new blog feature, Women We Adore. We are excited to introduce to you women that we look up to and appreciate.
In light of the recent tragedy, we have decided to feature the late L’Wren Scott as our first adored woman. We honor her legacy and the imprint she made on the fashion world by remembering her past. Read on to learn more about her and her contributions to the style world.
Fascinating Facts about L’Wren Scott:
- She was adopted by a Mormon family when she was young and named Laura “Luann” Bambrough.
- L’wren used to change her outfit 6-7 times a day, prompting her mom to teach her to sew at age 8.
- By age 13, L’Wren was 6 ft tall, she eventually grew to be 6’3 tall.
- After high she school bought a one way ticket to Paris to pursue a modeling career with no prior knowledge of the French language.
- L’Wren went on to work for designers like Chanel and Thierry Mugler.
- Amenisa Roses are considered her signature flower
- In the early 90’s she moved to California and worked as a stylist. She even dressed Madonna.
- L’Wren launched her first collection in 2006 and has since dressed celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama
Why we adore her:
As L’Wren once said, “You should always notice the beauty of the person first, and never the make-up or the clothes they’re wearing.” Staying true to her idea – in all of her fashion lines she created the perfect clothes for women of all shapes. “I’ve dressed millions of body types, and that provides insight into what women want.” L’Wren Scott embraced all women and was a style icon to all. Her designs’ ability to make everyone feel beautiful is no small feat. Ellen Barkin, who Scott dressed for Ocean’s Thirteen, said “If I looked naked like I look in her dresses, I’d be happy.” The glamazon created clothes that played off of a person’s best features, creating clothes that highlight and create confidence. L’Wren Scott, we adore you for giving us confidence.