Thursday, June 2, 2011

Coco Before Chanel

Coco AFTER Chanel

I just watched the 2009 French film Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel) and I became all the more mesmerized by the iconic life of this bold woman of character; a woman who dressed like a man with impromptu suits, scoffed at corsets, and made a modern name for herself. Immediately after the movie I quickly began browsing through Barnes & Noble's selection of her many biographies and read the quick Wikipedia link on her life. And then I decided that I would not delve deeper into my understanding of who she was as a person. I read about involvement with Nazi soldiers, shady money transfers, and I simply had to stop. 

For me, Chanel is the epitome of female. A brand I revere for not only its beautiful clothing, but the consistent name and value it holds. For that reason, Coco shall stay the way she always has in my mind: a woman to be respected for her choices as a designer, and an icon of classic female grace. One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when Coco (played by Audrey Tautou) is seen wearing a belted fisherman's striped shirt; how crisp, how simple, how modern! I do not know who Coco truly was as a person, but I do know that there is only one Chanel

Audrey, a beautiful Coco

My own marinière

Coco in the 1930's wearing a classic fisherman striped shirt


  1. this was a really really interesting and great post! love all the photos :)
    xoxo, Saskia

  2. Nice post:)
    I look forward to your advice and opinions on my blog!

  3. Totally in love with this post!!!Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Lana!

    If you're going near the south of Spain definitely make sure Sevilla is on your list! It's the capital of Andalusia and has the bet flamenco anywhere (at least I think so) From there you can make day trips to quaint, cute towns like Ronda and Jerez de la Frontera (known for their horses), you can also go to Cordoba to see la Mezquita and if you wanna head to the beach, Tarifa is not far away. P.S. From Tarifa you can also catch a 45 min. ferry to Tangier, Morocco like you saw in my pics..
    Granada's Alhambra should also be on your list, one of the most beautiful Moorish palaces in Spain..

    Hope this helps and have a wonderful time with all the cuties out there!!


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