Coco Chanel. A woman that has transcended time and trends and has epitomized what class and style truly is.. men and women everywhere know the name, but maybe not the brand. This week’s read of the week : [Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life] by Lisa Chaney is a testament to just how incredibly unconventional and timeless Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel really was.
“I regret nothing in life except what I have not done.” -Coco Chanel.
She defied convention and redefined glamour. When she cut her hair short, the world followed. Costume jewelry, the pantsuit, the little black dress- where would we be without Coco Chanel? By the end of the First World War, the feisty illegitimate daughter of an itinerant salesman had not only revolutionized women’s fashion, she had forged the very idea of modern woman.
Coco Chanel chronicles this vulnerable iconoclast’s trailblazing life, her strategic liaisons with celebrated artists and powerful men, her rise to Parisian tastemaker and her fateful compromises during the war, her conquest of America and her descent into destructive addiction. Drawing on a range of never-before-seen documents- including letters from Arthur “Boy” Capel, the love of her life who financed her first business- Chaney brilliantly disentangles the truth from Chanel’s own carefully cultivated myths.
While reading this biography I hope to be inspired not only to continue to live life unconventionally and by my own standards but also to understand the mind of a true icon. I hope that by reading the accounts of such an incredible life lived I can learn many of those same lessons and apply them to today. This book will help illuminate me about what shaped her to be who she was and what the brand has become today.. Enjoy!