A clas­sic is born

Chanel’s new fra­grance

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents -

the world knew her by her nick­name, but be­fore she be­came fa­mous for chang­ing fash­ion for­ever, Made­moi­selle Chanel wasn’t Coco. She was Gabrielle – an or­phan with the odds stacked against her.

Raised in grind­ing poverty and taught to sew by nuns in the con­vent where she grew up, the young Gabrielle was ex­pected to make her way through life as a hum­ble seam­stress. In­stead, the de­ter­mined and tal­ented beauty took those lessons and made her way, step by am­bi­tious step, from the vil­lage of Sau­mur to bustling Paris in a rags-to-riches tale that still re­sounds a cen­tury since she founded her wildly de­sir­able brand.

“I have cho­sen the per­son I wanted to be and am,” said the woman who gave us the lit­tle black dress, trousers for women, great tweeds, ropes of pearls, striped sailor shirts, jersey knits, and a host of other beau­ti­ful and in­stantly recog­nis­able lega­cies. And this month, the house of Chanel is launch­ing a scent that hon­ours that vul­ner­a­ble, fiery and am­bi­tious tal­ent. Its name? Gabrielle CHANEL.

“I have cho­sen the per­son I wanted to be and am.” – Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel

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