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

Red - - CONTENTS - Words ALICE OLINS Pho­to­graphs PHILIP SINDEN Styling NI­COLA ROSE

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.

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