Welcome to Mrs S. LDN 11th Woman’s Crush Wednesday!!!
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” – Unknown
This week is a Guest Post!!!!
The beautiful Nicci from Nicci McShane is hosting the party today.
Previous #WCW Can be found below:
In True Nicci style, A Classic Choice,
So without further ado, it’s over to Nicci……
Chanel & I
A revolutioniser, influencer, sophisticated and creative individual. Let me introduce you to Gabrielle Chanel.
She had an overwhelmingly sad childhood. Born 19 August 1883 into difficult family life where her father was incapable of staying still, always disappearing and where her mother frequently travelled to find him, all resulted in feeling unloved, upset and lonely.
My admiration begins here for Chanel. These early days are what made her who is she today. She taught herself to remove those childhood memories focusing on the present and future as any creator does. She became an icon, admired for pushing boundaries and creating a timeless elegance.
Forming a close bond with her aunt Adrienne who was only two years older than her, they learned how to sew, moved to Moulins and became frequent visitors of La Rotonde, a cafe-concert in Paris where her nickname Coco was born, apparently as a result of singing songs such as Qui qua vu Coco dans l’Trocadero? (Who’s seen Coco at the Trocadero?). The beginning of her personal brand.
“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life”
This is where she is thought to have met a wealthy Etienne Balsan becoming a kept woman. This new world is where her desire to positively influence and become independent began. She became an accomplished horse rider challenging the norm wearing outfits which have later become one of her trademarks. Her desire to work, become a milliner with her own store took her on the journey to independence.
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”
Etienne’s friend Arthur Capel however became her real love. This is also where her transformation began with the purchase of a store at 21 Rue Cambon offering stylish hats, relaxed clothing with simplified elements and later returning Arthur’s initial investments. Here was a proud, independent woman knowing her own mind and creating designs in the fashion world, later including jewellery and perfume which have stood the test of time and have become legendary.
For me she liberated women, her designs were an expression of herself, she wanted to be different and independent. She changed her life, she wasn’t afraid to challenge the norm. She created and defined her own personal brand. I see this as being similar to blogging, it’s your voice, your channel to express yourself and hopefully make a difference to people’s lives. I am inspired by her life goals, the desire to create the life she wanted and the motivation to use her skill set.
Chanel & I is my story of the impact she has had on my life. Reading so many books about Chanel, wearing her designs and scents which I frequently receive compliments on, gives me a secret confidence one which I think she wove into each element and piece of fabric which I thank her for. What an icon.
Coco Chanel died at 87 years of age on 10 January 1971 at her apartment in The Hotel Ritz.
Another week and another crush!
A huge THANK YOU to our beautiful Nicci for taking part in #WCW. You’ve been an absolute pleasure to work with and a fabulous guest poster!
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