As the third installment of Inside Chanel, (catch the first two about how Chanel No.5 became a worldwide sensation with the help of Marilyn Monroe here), the storied luxury brand just released, "Chanel and the Diamond," a fascinating look at how Coco Chanel took the diamond and turned it into a badge of feminism, independence, and modernity.
From the 1929 financial crises to how her childhood orphanage inspired her use of crosses, stars, and crescent moons in the designs, the short documentary walks us through how Coco took a symbol of traditionalism and dismantled it. Under Coco's direction, "[Diamonds were] no longer trophies given by admirers but symbols of liberty." Fashion nerds, watch the video below.
Woe betide any woman who scrimped, saved, and finally pulled the trigger on a Birkin bag this year. Page Six reports that customers have been returning their new Hermès purses to stores due to a curious smell problem. Namely, some new bags purchased in 2013 and 2014 smell like weed. read
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The fashion world once prided itself on being considered an exclusive industry — a members-only couture country club that was too costly for the average Josephine. read