As Christian Dior put it, “With a black pullover and ten rows of pearls, she revolutionized fashion.” This could be the style legacy of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in a nutshell.
Coco Chanel, now a legendary name, brought the fabrics and comfort of menswear to women’s style, freeing ladies from dresses that constrained and accessories that entangled them. She inspired simplicity and sensibility in dressing, while still promoting grace and beauty. She made little black dresses and classic suits famous. And, instead of grand golds and gems, she adored the quiet magnificence of pearls; she wore strands of pearls in every occasion.
“The seeming simplicity of a masterpiece is sure proof of its grace.” — Coco Chanel
“Jewelry should be viewed with innocence, with artlessness,
just as we enjoy the sight of an apple tree in blossom
at the side of the road as we speed past in a motor-car.”
– Coco Chanel
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
Even with the adoption of the brand by a visionary and fashion-forward designer, Karl Lagerfield — in 2012 — the influence of the Coco Chanel legacy proved strong. Lagerfield reinterpreted the ladylike but comfortable shapes of the Chanel brand, to structured but feminized suits and dresses for the CHANEL S/S 2013 runway. And yes, Lagerfield incorporated the signature over-sized pearls in the designs. A-line floor-length dresses and coat-skirt pairings were adorned with intricately put-together pearls. There were even some pieces that were covered in giant pearls. Pearls were also used in the ponytail hairstyle for the show. Check-out the pearl sightings below:
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