It is not a secret that Coco Chanel did not like 'prints'. At most a 'Breton stripe', but nothing more than that. According to Chanel, chic was mainly austerity in the design of the fabrics. Except for the tweeds and bouclé fabrics, these were luxurious and 'colorful' enough.
Either you love it or you hate it
Who likes prints? Most people love it. From tropical flowers to a 'tiger print', it can't be colorful enough. Especially in the summer we are crazy about to prints. It makes us happy and it looks great as a blouse or summer dress.
But read Ines de la Fressange's books and one thing becomes very clear: prints are NOT DONE! According to her, you will not easily find a real Parissiéne dressed with 'a print'. The Parisian style is more about the monotonous colors, the creative combinations of trés-chic and elegance of the timeless classics.
Chanel style jackets and prints
If we want to look stylish but occasionally deviate from the 'rules', then combining a Chanel-style jacket (self-made of course!) With a print underneath is definitely a nice idea.
Who says that this can't look be chic and casual at the same time? Bouclé and tweeds, but also summer tweeds, are often very busy in terms of appearance. The fabrics are woven and there is always a beautiful mix of colors and sometimes even patterns.
A blouse with a printed design underneath can easily come across as very 'busy' and a bit cheap.
Fringes, edges and prints?
Apart from that, the Chanel style is often characterized by a lot of fringes, beautifully finished trims and two or even four pockets stitched on the jacket. They should of course be the eye-catchers of your outfit.
Taking all this into account, we would like to point out that a printed blouse, t-shirt or even pants, under a Chanel jacket, is fine if you observe the following rules:
Prints will never go out of style and occasionally combining with them may not be 'Paris' chic, but again not as 'not-done' as suggested in many style books and guides on Chanel couture and Parisian style.
We love prints ... occasionally.
We love this little book about the 50 modeclassics, their history and styling tips. Unfortunatly it is written in the Dutch and German language.
For those who can read it: herby the book review and hopefully you will enjoy it anyway...
The Chanel booklet is a treasure. Written by; Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Ana Albero. It summarizes her life in a nutshell and has an eye for detail and her unique style.
We read and see how Coco Gabrielle Chanel built her empire through her unusual and renewed style. She created outfits for women that were stylish but above all gave the woman more freedom to move. The hats were practical and minimalistic, and the corsets were banned. Coco designed clothes for the modern woman who was not standing still in life but on the move, perhaps working (this was very unusual at the time). Her choice of colors, minimalist style and specific accessories such as the famous Chanel 2.55 handbag are still very popular and expensive 'must-haves'.
Little people big dreams
This is a series of books written by several writers and illustrated by various illustrators. The covers are colorful and have very nice illustrations. But above all, it stands out because of the famous names on the covers of the books. Great people in our history, like: Coco Chanel, Maya Angelou, Agatha Christie, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, Simone de Beauvoir and Mother Theresa.
Fashion designers, style icons, writers, feminists, nature activists, war heroes and so on.
But men are also included: Stephan Hawking, Martin Luther King Jr., David Attenborough, Rudolf Nureyev, Muhammed Ali and many more. In addition, series have also been made, available in nice collection boxes: 'Women in science', 'Women in art' ... and there are card games. coloring books and posters.
Never heard of it? Almost impossible. From now on, the books will suddenly catch your eye in the bookstore, and it may become your 'Quilty Pleasure' to collect them.
"Discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began as a child with a dream."
The illustrations are wonderful. Colorful, cheerful and just amazing. The lyrics are easy, to the point and great fun to read to children. Summarizing someone's life on 12 double pages is clever and inventive. The illustrations not only supporting the text, but are largely the story itself. It is almost impossible to introduce a child to a character from history in a better ways than these little books.
".... and being different might make other people think differently too. That's why everone now remebers the young Gabrielle as the great designer, Coco Chanel."
It is not (yet?) the time to go to Paris. It is not time to travel at all. All cities are closed and Social Isolation is an emergency to get the Corona virus under control.
But we have a different idea for you.
To feel a bit of spring in Paris, we recommend a few nice books.
Enjoy the beautiful photos, the terraces, the beautiful boutiques and especially all the tips and tricks to be stylish as a Parisian!
Everything will pass, and sooner or later we will enjoy Paris even more than ever.
Paris je t'aime ...
Now it is time for sewing, reading books and watching a movie in the evening. have you already sen the movie 'Coco before Chanel?'
Read our review. we absolutely loved the movie because of it styling, the wonderful clothes and the story. Just enjoy the movie and get inspiration for sewing a Chanel-Style jacket. We are very sure you won't regret.
"International Women's Day contributes to making the importance of International Women's Day visible. Equality between men and women and therefore a basis for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Women must be given equal opportunities to participate in politics, economics and public life. Violence against girls and women such as human trafficking and sexual exploitation must be stopped. "
This is the objective of the International Women's Day, which we at SewingChanel Style fully support.
We therefore wish every seamstress, designers, fashionata, Chanel-lovers, bloggers, shopowners or co-stasr, artists, workshopowners and all those other thousands of women we have not mentioned, a nice day!
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