101 years ago, Gabrielle Chanel opened up the doors of her atelier at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. Known as Coco, she took her cues from masculine attire, and caused quite the revolution when she raised hemlines, showed women’s ankles, rid women’s waists of corsets, and took the favored embellishments of the day–birds, feathers, flowers–off ladies’ hats in order to create something more wearable.
Before opening the doors of her famed couture house, spent her days sewing and her nights singing cabaret, and was known to refuse to ride sidesaddle. Gabrielle Chanel was the original independent woman. It is only fitting, then, that Chanel would choose this year to launch a new bag and name it after their founder. “She was a woman ahead of her time,” said Pharrell Williams, one of the faces of the new ‘Gabrielle’ bags. And in a year that has many women questioning the world around them, it is worth re-visiting some tokens of advice that Coco Chanel bestowed on the world.
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