Mademoiselle Coco Chanel

An undeniable landmark in fashion history that still remains celebrated and respected today is a staple in every women’s wardrobe that never stops recurring. Coco Chanel  made the little black dress essential to women while reinventing it time and time again. In 1926 when she first designed the iconic LBD it was unusual as black was seen for people in mourning or the clergy predominantly. It was a stroke of genius that would define many of her collections and be a highly worthy investment piece for many women.

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She adopted different styles and variations including black georette, chiffon and velvet. She essentially made the black dress the key to a woman’s femininity and sexiness. Her legendary design then became subject to copy all over the world. The magazine industry was rejoicing and promoting it to women world wide including British, French and American Vogue.

Chanel Today

Chanel Today

 

Arguably Chanel’s  black dresses were revolutionary for there sensuality teamed with mysteriousness. She opted for uneven hemlines and low dropped backs of dresses which still remain and are distinguishing and defining look in the designs today. Adverts such as Nicole Kidman’s Chanel No5 campaign and Keira Knightley’s Coco Mademoiselle advert. It seems even to date and with many passed decades since the LBD became famous by Chanel and as Vogue highlighted is smartest of evening colors.

Chanel remains one of the most highly respected French Couturiers. Her style included layering, ruffles tweed and her dedication to providing practical femininity for women was obvious. She was a firm believer in completing the looks with a string of pearls or diamonds to accompany the LBD for finishing touches. “A woman can be overdressed never over elegant”. Today the LBD still remains as important as it can be dress up or down and accessorized to fit almost any occasion appropriately. Chanel remains celebrated all over the world today for as a woman who was not afraid to break out and because she was the definition of the quintessential chic French woman.

The daring Chanel

The daring Chanel

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Cara

Cara for Chanel

 

Sources

book: Vogue on coco Chanel by Bronwyn Cosgrave

 

 

Punk Rock Rules at the NY Met Gala

The New York annual Mat Gala bought us PunK Rock theme this year. Some took the theme a little over the top while others dawned beautiful gowns and still hinted at and embodied the image with touches of punk like accessories including studs, cuffs, and dipped hair ends. While the theme was bold and fun some stars did not get the memo and arrived to the gala in typical Hollywood red carpet attire. Many of the actresses and singers arrived along side there designers instantly telling viewers who they were wearing with out being asked. Katy Perry arrived in a metallic dress on the arms of the Italian duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The california girl also wore a princess grown and the punk chic style was evident.

Sultry Brazilian Super Mode Gisele very rock chic l

Sultry Brazilian Super Mode Gisele very rock chic l

Coco Rocha wearing a bad clip on fringe thumbs down I think

Coco Rocha wearing a bad clip on fringe thumbs down I think

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual costume Institute Gala in New York was put together by the one and only editor and chief of Vogue Anna Wintour. The big event was jam packed with A listers and inside was rumored to be decorated all punk rock fitting for the theme. Anna Wintour let Kim Kardashian onto her red carpet this year but unfortunately the reality TV star came under tough scrutiny for her Ricardo Tisci dress which was compared to curtains several times for its traditional looking print. Kim wore gloves and matching shoes which consequently led to a floral pattern overload. Kanye preformed after dinner and shouted out to his baby mama she was beautiful. The crowd then applauded and screamed for the pregnant and usually stylish star.

Slammed for her choice

Slammed for her choice

Emma Watson in a sexy cut out still remains elegant

Emma Watson in a sexy cut out still remains elegant

Katy Perry in Dolce and Gabana

Katy Perry in Dolce and Gabbana

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My favorites <3

My favorites ❤

Beyonce swanned up the red carpet in a Kenzo Dress worn with potentially questionable matching sky high boots that only she could pull off. Some how the entire ensemble gloves included looked fabulous teamed with her golden locks and train she was the star of the night as always. The jet setting star who is in the middle of touring took a night off for the much anticipated event.

in Marc Jacobs

in Marc Jacobs

Miley Cyrus was also widely criticized for her choice. The 20 year old singer wore a Marc Jacobs creation rumored to have been worn by Kate Moss years ago. The singer opted for spiking her short peroxide  hair a look evidently that didn’t sit well. I think that if Miley had worn the same dress with her prior brown tresses she would not have been under scrutiny for her choice at all but most people had a serious issue with her dramatically different hair. She was not the only star to dawn a peroxide do as Anne Hathaway arrived with a new peroxide pixie look also that she wore quite well in Valentino .

Anne Hathaway in her new do

Anne Hathaway in her new do

Rooney Mara was my personal favorite of the night in Givenchy also accompanied by the creative director Riccardo Tisci. The white romantic lace gown with a plunge neck was undoubtedly for me the winner of the night. She wore a very dark lip with her black hair that made the white illuminate as well as her. Nicole Richie did cream TopShop and a dark lip with white grey hair which also had a gothic theme to it.

The best Rooney Mara is flawless

The best Rooney Mara is flawless

Anna Wintour did not abide by the dress code and arrived in floor length Channel because she can and ho would question that. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a eccentric Philp Tracey creation resembling a mohican. The Sex and the City super star wore a Giles Deacon gown and LV boots but had a minor flash scenario.

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Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

All the Super Models represented with Miranda Kerr in revealing cut out a Micheal Kors creation finished with a spiked gold Louboutin clutch. Rosie Huntington Whitley was enchanting in Gucci and Cara Delevigne in Burberry who posed with fellow Brit Sienna Miller also in Burberry. Both wore low V plunges with spikes finishing.

Girls Star Alison William looks beautiful

Girls Star Alison William looks beautiful

Tiger Woods bought his new girlfriend ski champion Lindsey Vonn to the event and Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are rumored to be an item. Blake Lively  showed up in Gucci gown that was duck blue and bled into black sweeping the floor giving the impression of a feathered look the fashion icon did not arrive sadly with hubby Ryan Reynolds. Lastly Madonna made a serious statement the material girl barred all in chains a black wig and provocative baring tights. The material girl went above and beyond in a studied plaid Givenchy piece and not much else.

Rosie in Gucci

Rosie in Gucci

Jessica Alba in Michael Kors

Jessica Alba in Michael Kors

All out in typical Madonna fashion

All out in typical Madonna fashion

very dressed down for the flamboyant singer

very dressed down for the flamboyant singer

Mary kate left Ashley right

Mary kate left Ashley right

Chaos and fashion excelled as expected and most did not  disappoint!