Fashion’s forever pieces
THE UNIQUE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP IS EVEN MORE INTRIGUING WHEN CLOTHES ARE THROWN INTO THE MIX. HERE, IN TIMELESS CHANEL CLASSICS, THREE FAMILIES TALK STYLE, COCO AND TWEED
Three sets of female family members talk Chanel, tweed and heritage
“FASHION FADES, ONLY STYLE REMAINS THE SAME,” SAID COCO
CHANEL, who herself personified this dictum better than anyone else. Luxury isn’t blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trends – it’s saving to own pieces that you can hand down.
Fast-forward 100 years, and Karl Lagerfeld showed Chanel’s spring collection with some of his models donning robot heads. It isn’t an obvious statement for a house known for refinement, but despite his automata accessories, the codes of the house remained resolutely intact.
He cut Coco’s boucle tweed into a slouchy silhouette and breathed neon, aquamarine and the boldest blues through Chanel’s classic monochrome palette; fresh and recognisable in equal measure. Lagerfeld’s easy silk day dresses were a nod to the Instagram generation, while the pearls and pleats were infinitely wearable, whatever your age.
Fashion is as much about belonging as standing out – and Chanel can do both. Getting one’s hands on a quilted leather 2.55 handbag remains a style rite of passage for many, and yet Chanel is also a byword for individuality – Lily Allen in her trainers-and-a-ball-gown days, the mystery of Jackie Kennedy, Amal Clooney’s sleek understatement are just a few of the unique expressions of Chanel’s interlocked Cs.
To celebrate the new collection and the house’s enduring appeal, we asked three sets of stylish mothers and daughters to explore what Chanel means to them. Who says that fiftysomethings can’t take style inspiration from their Chanel-gazing offspring? Not us.