Coco Chanel’s chic style haunts Fall 2016 runways!

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Coco Chanel was a complicated woman, which might be why she favourite simplicity in her every day style. While there’s some chatter that she was a Nazi collaborator, the level of her involvement remains unproven. And, as one biographer put it: “She lived in times unimaginable.”

And, she left us with a style legacy that just won’t quit.

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This Fall 2016, Chanel paid tribute to its founder and Karl updated some of Coco’s favourite staple clothes with his own special Karl-ness. Other designers, too, have fallen suit — no pun intended. Coco, born on this day decades ago, lives on as she would’ve liked to: in eternal style.

The Sailor/ Brenton Tops

Via Manrepeller

Via Manrepeller

A personal favourite. Face it: it may have started as her personal fascination with the navy and white combination worn by French fisherman, but now stripes are the new black.

Get striped with these buys:

Zara

Zara

Or from Nete.in

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The Tiny Black Dress

“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.” 

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You get score a killer black number from ShopBop

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And, she was all about the white dress too. Move over Kim, Coco was there first. In her own words: “I have already said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute.”

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Ok, Coco didn’t invent the LBD. But, she sure as hell was its spokesperson and it was her muse for ever and ever. White dresses galore over at ShopBop.

MinkPink: https://www.shopbop.com/castaway-dress-minkpink/vp/v=1/1537128017.htm?fm=search-viewall-shopbysize&os=false

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The Camellia flower print

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
This print was not just Coco’s favourite for clothes, it featured everywhere in her life — even in her home. This year, Lagerfeld combined another of the iconic designer’s favourite inventions — trousers — with a digital print of the Camellia’s in grey scale. The result was simply Chanel Chic, darlings.
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Buy another such printed cutie from here

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Trousers

“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.” 

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When Coco was born (1883), women didn’t wear trousers. A trailblazer of a trouser-wearer, the designer was one of the first women to publicly wear pants. She was, in fact, the oldest advocate for androgynous dressing, which is all over the runway this year.

Get yourself pants you wanna keep on like these:

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or these

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Costume Jewellery

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.

 

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Yes, she was famous for her expensive tastes, but remember Coco was a working girl who fought tooth and nail and thread to get to the top of her game. And, she knew the importance of faking it till you made it. Costume jewels like large pearls and long necklaces that were all the rage in the 1920s were her go-to for those champagne-possibly-black-out nights!
Other cute buys similar to these can be found at Pipa Bella
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Suits

The new Chanel suits are a modern nod to Coco’s triple pleated inventions. The recreations, which have been replaced by high thigh slits are an omph to a classic.

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Similar Jackets are available at Zara

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The Hat

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”

 

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Another classic that Coco popularised and that is coming back with a bang is the HAT! When she was piling on the pearls, Coco loved her hats. The bigger the bow, the better. This Fall, designers seem to be giving her a nod with the variety of hats coming out. Try one of these to complete your Fall 2016 looks.

Get your mad hatter on here:

ShopBop

ShopBop

 

Yep, she may be gone but she’ll live on forever. No wonder we’re all like:

 

And as she said: “You can be gorgeous at thirty, charmimg at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” 

 

Avantika Mehta
Written by

Editor, Pyjama People

Avantika Mehta used to be a lawyer, resident Blue Frog party freak and proud wearer of harem pants curated from Kasol. Then she became a writer and it all went downhill. Famous Scottish journalists have been known to call her ‘a volatile woman.’

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