One of my favorite things to wear I never get tired of, is a little black dress most people associate with Audrey Hepburn. But the person who deserves the credit is the designer, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, who in 1926, through her groundbreaking fashion sense,
freed women from the captivity of heavy, layered fabric. Her creation revolutionized fashion…calve-length, simple and straight, Vogue Magazine calling it, Chanel’s Ford, like the Model T.
All I know is, whenever you wear one, heads still turn…women, men, even the occasional octogenarian will nod in approval.
Simplicity is the keynote to true elegance…C.C. Hail Coco!
Brings me to the little black flat that in 1921 started as a mere ballet slipper designed by an Italian named, Salvatore Capezio, who began making them for dancers.
The clothing designer, Claire McCardell, featured his long-soled ballet
shoes in her 1941 collection changing footwear forever, every major department store from popular demand, ordering them. Imagine going from heels to flats for the first time, as if you never took off your bedroom slippers, something we’ve always taken for granted.
And I’ll end with the Big Kahuna of classics, the gabardine trench coat, worn by British and French soldiers during World War I, sired in 1912, by Thomas Burberry…
warmer, comfier and lighter than any of its predecessors, protecting them from the wind and rain.
Way before Bogie made it famous in Casablanca,
every major military man from Churchill to Eisenhower wore one as part of his uniform. Nothing is still quite as chic as one tossed over a suit, or tights and a blazer, braying with its sartorial history,
Kinda makes ya hope for rain, now doesn’t it?
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