A new biography highlights the environmental influences that informed the work of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel.
“Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” That quote by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, one of the world’s most revolutionary fashion designers, should clue fans of her namesake brand to her biggest design influence: her environment. Though most can instantly identify Chanel staples like quilted leather bags, strings of logo-adorned pearls, two-tone ballet flats and slingback pumps, many admirers of the designer don’t know her background.
Fashion journalist Caroline Young’s latest tome, Living With Coco Chanel ($30, White Lion Publishing), explores the landscapes, homes and settings that influenced Chanel throughout her life and career like her childhood convent in Aubazine to her famed Rue Cambon apartment. The illustrated biography utilizes photos, drawings and designs to showcase these influences while providing a rarefied glimpse into her life. Best enjoyed with a tweed jacket and splash of Chanel No. 5. Afterwards, take a trip to the only Chanel Boutique in the area at Tysons Galleria.