The French have invented les jeux d’amour, built la ville lumière and given the world the gift of Coco Chanel. And all three of them make life more interesting.
My history with Chanel is fairly recent, at least when it comes to prête-à-porter. While it’s easy to fall in love with the aesthetics of the Maison’s bags, the same can’t be said about the clothes. From where I stand, to wear Chanel you need to have built your own style and only then you can think of enriching it with some standout pieces such as their jackets or coats. Considering also the price point, you can think of them as investment pieces that will stand the test of time and can also be worn through different generations. I have seen vintage tailleurs that took my breath away for their cut, style or fabrics; but while I have admired a classic ideal of femininity for most of my life, it took me quite some time to dare cross the doors of the temple of fashion.
Chanel can be intimidating, considering how many icons have worn it and also thanks to it’s almost legendary founder Coco. Yet you will never find kindest SAs in any store across the world, or I can imagine a boutique where I feel more at ease. Everything is lovely, from the flowers to the china they use to bring you your coffee and chocolate as a relaxing welcome.
My first piece of clothing was – obviously – a jacket. Made of blue and white tweed, it was a Cruise item. That’s my favorite collection of the year, it has it all: brings promise of spring and warmer climates while Milan is still rainy and dead cold, usually has unbelievable colors for bags and amazingly versatile fabric and patterns for clothes. It made me feel almost “adult”, the little girl in me felt like I had joined the “ladies from my mom’s magazines” club 😀
Sooner than later I had learned to wear it basically with everything, from jeans to dresses, effortlessly incorporating “heavy weight” style into my everyday life. My SA always says that I respect my closet, but also never baby any of the clothes inside: that is quite true. They are meant to be worn, not to be worshiped, and I do just that – wearing everything any time I like.
So when this year’s Cruise came, I fell in love with almost everything. Yet one thing spoke to me more than any other: a creamy, light, classical coat.
The details were to die for: the total absence of buttons closing, the lightness of the fabric, the almost military cut. I am blonde, and I like light colors on me, and a creamy white with a golden undertone is simply timeless. A no-brainer, really.
But then I “needed” the accessories too!
When in doubt, go with pearls. There was a time when I wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing them for the fear of resembling my mom (doesn’t every woman think that, sooner or later?). But now my collection has grown, and the most recent addition was this three-row limited ed., 100-years-anniversary Coco necklace. The colors make it quite simple to incorporate in anything, from a simple black dress to a white t-shirt and jeans; that is what I consider an investment piece in bijoux!
The dress is also from the Cruise collection: do you see little Coco on a gondola? 😀
So we come to the shoes. The first time I saw them I was horrified: a knot? Really? No thanks!! But then I went to vacation and was browsing my VOGUE on my iPad, and saw them: paired with MY DRESS. Something clicked: that dress needed ticker heels. Oh scrap that, it needed THOSE shoes. So I frantically called my little brother, who called Chanel… and they were set aside for me. Phew, World Crisis n.1 averted!
The details is what makes Chanel such an icon and a legendary house with a taste for perfection: the button on the sleeve, the sleeve itself, the small gondola… That’s an effortless shift dress and a God-send for spring days when I need to work and afterwards I run to a cocktail or a dinner.
And of course, the bag: a Reissue in pale pink gold, lambskin. This is a much underestimated bag from Chanel, but I adore it: the fact that it lacks the crossed C-s is a bonus as I am not such a big fan on logos on bags.
A small fun fact: see the little logo on the shoes? Well, I stopped counting the quantity of fishnet stockings I’ve torn with those: whenever I cross my legs under a table… there they go. Ah, Chanel, ma douce suffrance!!