Both chameleon-like and timeless, the magical reign of Chanel takes many forms. Yet the signature aesthetic stays true to the vision so carefully crafted by Coco Chanel; matching tweed suits, quilted chain-link bags, and the two-toned shoes are mainstays. Such continuity is deliberate, for as Karl Lagerfeld stated “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” A cohesiveness is necessary lest the brand succumb to pure trend-driven madness.
But take a Chanel piece off the structured runway and the true value of the brand emerges. Mix and match and incorporate into your own signature style. Chanel instantly elevates; a classically elegant effect without the stuffiness. Each piece takes on an heirloom status.
The latest Fall 2015 Chanel Fashion Runway Collection was as beautiful as ever. The graphic and elongated cat eyes paired with a pink mouth looked fresh and modern. A haphazardly disheveled updo with a wrap of black ribbon added a touch of primness. Very Brigitte Bardot and very French. Classic, demure, with a hint of rebelliousness.
Chanel, after all, is for a lady who doesn’t want to cause a scene. Do not be mistaken – she is not prim, proper, or conventional, but exudes an understated confidence. She can take the form of punk or regal princess. The choice is hers. The shared commonality is her sense of self, and absurdness in her beauty, talents, and mystique. It speaks of a certain poise and charm sorely lacking in today’s mainstream idols. For that is the Chanel appeal. Mix and match to your heart’s desire, but still convey a regal, lady-like feel. And what could be better than a timeless classic interpreted to your own taste? Chanel surely stands alone among a sea of imitators. Magical, mais oui.
Runway images from ©style.com