Dress Up

Nothing to wear? Probably not quite true, but wouldn’t it be easier if we just streamlined our wardrobes to 50 must have pieces? That’s what I’m doing anyway...

Taking a lead from Coco

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Coco in what I am assuming are black pants

Coco in what I am assuming are black pants

After telling everyone “no gifts please” and dropping hints about experiences, consumables or cash, I ended up getting the most fabulous array of gifts for my 50th from various people including some brilliant photographic books, candles, perfume, jewelry and champagne. I take it all back, don’t listen to anything I say, gifts are great!One particular award for “outstanding achievement in over the top birthday gifts” must go to a very dear friend who agonised over what to give me and then was typically over-generous when she had delivered the biggest and probably the most expensive book I will ever own. It’s the Culture Chanel book – a photo essay that was created for an exhibition of the same name about our friend Coco who was close to the greatest artists of her time including some of my favorites Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. This book has it all FASHION, BRANDS, ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, FRANCE…need I say more?

“The creative heritage of the House of CHANEL has continued throughout the decades, from Gabrielle Chanel to Karl Lagerfeld, in the form of a dialogue established between artists and authors. The impact of these individuals and others on Chanel’s designs is explored in detail throughout the book. Paintings, sketches, letters, documents, and rare archival photographs illustrate the influence of different eras and inspirations on the clothing, jewelry, and perfumes that have shaped fashion throughout the decades. Moving from the little black dress to the women’s suit to CHANEL Nº5, CULTURE CHANEL explores the bold path of a brand that has always known how to express the essence of its times, a fashion house that continues to be an enduring symbol of modernity.”

Anyway, I was reminded in one of my all time favourite pics of Chanel that she pioneered the wearing of pants for women. And boy, did she thrash her black pair. Which makes me feel better that I have worn the same pair three days out of five this week, an old Max pair from the 2009 Truly Madly Deeply collection- yes still, they have lasted. (they are nice and baggy so every year I just shift the button a couple of millimeters out….).

I am going to see if this pair actually lasts me the whole of winter. I’ll try and find a good pic to post of them but in the meantime here is a lovely woman I found on Pinterest who has the right idea….

Thanks friends for all my beautiful gifts and thanks Coco, for giving us the gift of black pants.

Pinterest person with a good pair of baggy black pants

Pinterest person with a good pair of baggy black pants

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