BON ANNIVERSAIRE TO GABRIELLE CHANEL

Chloé Laing celebrates what would have been the French designer's 134th birthday this Saturday 19th August with a round-up of some of her most iconic products that will add a bit of luxe to your life.
CHANEL BIRTHDAY

The Bag

In 1955 the ever-rebellious Coco Chanel brought us the 2.55 quilted handbag, she had added straps onto a clutch size bag to free up the hands of high society women. At first many were skeptical, but we agree with the iconic designer that, “in order to be irreplaceable one must always be different” as the once unusual design is now a staple in our wardrobes. Tweaked ever so slightly by Karl Lagerfeld, the handbag is still as gorgeous as ever, it makes a perfect night or day time accessory.

£3,990 for medium size; chanel.com


The Jewellery

Gabrielle’s love for pearls was no secret, the designer was almost always pictured draped in the shimmering spheres. She knew how one statement piece could accessorise many different outfits. These dazzling hoop earrings are covered in enough pearly whiteness to make Coco proud. Adding some timeless glam whether its morning or night.

£900, chanel.com


The Shoes

A modern twist on Chanel’s 1957 two-toned ballet pumps, we present to you Chanel’s calfskin espadrilles. Dotted (of course) with more pearls set in Coco’s iconic beige and black contrast. The perfect amount of comfort and chic. 

CHANEL BIRTHDAY

£510, chanel.com


The Lip

As Gabrielle once said “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”, and what better than with her iconic red lip to make you feel and look the two. The Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in shade First Light is a delightful combination of matte and moisture leaving lips with a velvety finish and bold colour that will last for hours on end.

CHANEL BIRTHDAY

£28 in store at Fenwick or selfridges.com


The Perfume

In 1921, Gabrielle was presented with ten fragrances, her favourite was the fifth, five was her lucky number and it smelled the most divine. That year Chanel No. 5 was born, her first perfume was a success and still is one of the best selling perfumes today. The scent was famously worn by Marilyn Monroe and if it is good enough for the Hollywood star, it’s good enough for us! 

CHANEL BIRTHDAY

£105 for 100ml in store at Fenwick or chanel.com


The Face

Coco created skin care that was as light as water but deeply hydrating. The brand new Hydra Beauty Micro Créme in Fortifying Replenishing Hydration is just that. Always striving to be different, it is the first cream to use camellia micro-droplets which fuse with the skin and continuously infuse moisture. Expect to look radiant as the cream restore skin volume and vitality.

£66, in store at Fenwick or chanel.com


The Hands

Originally under the name “vamp” Chanel’s Le Vernis Rouge Noir polish is their most iconic colour to date. Inspired by Coco’s dark red lip the long-wear, protective nail polish leaves nails with lasting shine designed to make vibrant colours dazzle. Worn by Uma Therman in Pulp Fiction and Madonna in her music video “Take a Bow” the varnish will have your nails looking red carpet ready in a single swipe.

CHANEL BIRTHDAY

£20, chanel.com


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