Fashion & Fragrance House Icon
‘Camellia Brooches’, ‘The Chanel Suit’, ‘box-cut bouclé jackets’, ‘pyjama styles’, ‘Chanel No. 5’, ‘Breton T-shirts’, ‘The Little Black Dress’ and an iconic fashion & fragrance house are part of the legacy Gabrielle Chanel left behind, one of the Grand Dame of the post World War I era. Her influence on design extended beyond couture fashion and fragrance into jewellery and handbags.
A lesser known part of her legacy are her inspirational quotes, both witty and wise, in the area of style, work, perfume, life and much more.
Coco’s Top 10 Quotes For Today’s Women
(as selected by PAIRFUM)
To honour Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971), we have selected our Top 10 inspiring quotes that have a ‘classical’ or ‘everlasting’ quality and combined these with topical & beautiful images. These are quotes that we believe she could have given during an interview, if it was taking place in 2015.
“You were born an original, don’t become a copy !”
“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
“Fashion changes-style remains.”
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different”
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”
“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. “
“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.”
Favourite Chanel Quotes
(that didn’t make our top 10)
“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.”
“One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.”
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
“The best things in life are free. The second-best are very expensive.”
“Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today.”
“Where should one use perfume?” a young woman asked. “Wherever one wants to be kissed.”
“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future!”
“Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.”
“It is always better to be slightly underdressed.”
“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charmimg at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”
“Only those with no memory insist on their originality.”
“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”
“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
“A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist.”
“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”
“A woman can be over dressed but never over elegant.”
“Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.”
Some Of Her Life’s Highlights
Gabrielle Coco Chanel lived an inspirational life and these are some of the highlights:
- She created THE iconic brand in fashion (not to mention her ‘little jacket’).
- Gabrielle (Coco was her nickname) was an orphan and it was the nuns in her orphanage that taught her how to sew! She started as a singer in Paris and it was designing & making her own costumes that led her into fashion design.
- It is inspiring to remember that “Chanel”, her fashion label, was forced to close during World War II, and only re-opened in 1954, when she was 71 years old !
- After World War I, Coco Chanel liberated women from the “corseted silhouette” and introduced a sportive, casual chic for women.
Coco Chanel Inspires PAIRFUM
Coco Chanel has always been an inspiration for all of us here at PAIRFUM
With her fragrances, she set the standard for exceptional, rare and elusive perfumes, and ensured they were crafted using the world’s most exquisite rawmaterials and elixirs.
That is why we believe that PAIRFUM will always stay true to her spirit and remain quintessentially a luxurious couture perfume for you & your home !