Friday, January 14, 2011

fashion Friday: Chanel

Chanel is a Parisian fashion house, founded by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.  The brand is one of the most established and recognized brands in fashion.  They specialize in couture, handbags, perfumes, cosmetics, among others.  Coco Chanel wanted to replace sexy pieces of clothing with pieces that displayed a casual elegance.
Her designs are timeless, and have remained relatively constant throughout the years.  Today, they are most known for the "little black dress", which remains a staple in most women's wardrobes (although not usually a Chanel dress).  Chanel has had many high-profile celebrities endorse its products, such as Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightly, and perhaps most famously, Marilyn Monroe.  The Chanel No. 5 perfume is one of the most iconic perfumes known throughout the world.
Model Baptiste Giabiconi walks the runway during the Chanel Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show during Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on October 5, 2010 in Paris, France.