I'm reading a book written by John Fairchild. One of the things he mentions therein is that Coco Chanel was the last original designer -- nothing has been original since. Would you agree?
What did Chanel bring us? The short list:
- The chemise dress, which unbound women from their corsets and brought on the "little boy" look.
Shorter hems - calves were now visible.
Cardigan jackets, introduced in 1925.
The "little black dress," a timeless staple of fashion, was introduced in 1927 - the same year as this dress.
Bell bottom trousers.
Multiple strands of necklaces, primarily pearls and gold that mixed the real jewels with costume jewelry.
Wool jersey as a fashion statement.
Quilted purses with gold shoulder chains - and don't forget those interlocking C's.
Two tone slingback shoes.
Chanel suits, which incorporate her trademark chain in the hems, to facilitate the creation of the right silhouette.
Do you see a trend here of wearing clothing for comfort? Chanel's styles didn't change that much from season to season, but what she did create was wearable clothing that was comfortable, casual, and stylish. What do you think? Was she the last original designer? Discuss.