French Favorites: Flip Flops & Pearls

The lovely Daphne from Flip Flops & Pearls is so kindly kicking off the week of guest bloggers! All week you’re going to hear from some of my absolute favorite bloggers on their favorite French imports, while I’m lucky enough to hopefully get a taste of the real thing! Please check out all of their fantastic blogs while you’re at it!

Flip Flops & Pearls is not only a great blog but Daphne may be one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve ever “met”. Enjoy her post!

“Oui Oui CoCo”

Good morning Y’all! Daphne coming to you today. Incase you aren’t familiar with my, i am the author of Flip Flops & Pearls. I was thrilled when our sweet Kellie aske me to fill in for her while she is away on her beautiful vacation in Paris! Ahem, I so wanted to crawl into her suitcase. She mentioned to me last evening that she was having a hard time getting it shut, I wanted to tell her it was because I was in it:) I did take French for 2 years in high school, so if you need an interpreter, I still have time to pack!
How many of you knew/know that CoCo Chanel was from France? If you are like me, you carry the purse, wear the ear rings, glasses & a bathe in Chanel No.5 and that’s really ALL that matters, right?
Well, I am so glad to have gotten to do a little digging on this fashion icon, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, AKA CoCo.

 

Coco Chanel claimed a birthdate of 1893 and a birthplace of Auvergne; she was actually born in 1883 in Saumur. According to her version of her life story, her mother worked in the poorhouse where Gabrielle was born, and died when Gabrielle was only six, leaving her father with five children whom he promptly abandoned to the care of relatives.

She adopted the name Coco during a brief career as a cafe and concert singer 1905-1908. First a mistress of a wealthy military officer then of an English industrialist, Coco Chanel drew on the resources of these patrons in setting up a millinery shop in Paris in 1910, expanding to Deauville and Biarritz. The two men also helped her find customers among women of society, and her simple hats became popular.

Soon Coco Chanel was expanding to couture, working in jersey, a first in the French fashion world. By the 1920s, her fashion house had expanded considerably, and her chemise set a fashion trend with its “little boy” look. Her relaxed fashions, short skirts, and casual look were in sharp contrast to the corset fashions popular in the previous decades. Chanel herself dressed in mannish clothes, and adapted these more comfortable fashions which other women also found liberating.

In 1922 Coco Chanel introduced a perfume, Chanel No. 5, which became and remained popular, and remains a profitable product of Chanel’s company. Pierre Wertheimer became her partner in the perfume business in 1924, and perhaps also her lover. Wertheimer owned 70% of the company; Coco Chanel received 10% and her friend Bader 20%. The Wertheimers continue to control the perfume company today.

Coco Chanel introduced her signature cardigan jacket in 1925 and signature “little black dress” in 1926. Most of her fashions had a staying power, and didn’t change much from year to year — or even generation to generation.

Coco Chanel briefly served as a nurse in World War I. Nazi occupation meant the fashion business in Paris was cut off for some years; Chanel’s affair during World War II with a Nazi officer also resulted in some years of diminished popularity and an exile of sorts to Switzerland. In 1954 her comeback restored her to the first ranks of haute couture. Her natural, casual clothing including the Chanel suit once again caught the eye — and purses — of women. She introduced pea jackets and bell bottom pants for women. She was still working in 1971 when she died. Karl Lagerfeld has been chief designer of Chanel’s fashion house since 1983.

So, Kellie, go do a little damage at the nearest Chanel boutique you come to, for me. While you’re at it,have some wine and beignets for me also.

Un fabuleux voyage mon ami!

{have a fabulous trip my friend}

Much Love,

Daphne

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4 Responses to French Favorites: Flip Flops & Pearls

  1. The City Boy says:

    heres to the creator of the little black dress.

    I was in one of the flagship Chanel stores in Paris…it was quite amazing

  2. Kerri says:

    Who knew? I had no idea there was such rich history behind the label! Have a FABulous trip Kellie and Cheers to Daph!

  3. Awesome post Daphne! Ah, adore Chanel! This is my first time visiting…but I have to say I already like you….traveling, reading, Audrey Hepburn, and shopping..I adore it all too!!

  4. Oh, I do love Coco and all things Chanel!!!!! I dream of having one of their little suits!!
    xo Elizabeth

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