Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Coco Mademoiselle

So...Coco Avant Chanel could just be the best type of girlie film; an in depth character analysis of a style icon, set against the backdrop of glorious rural France and full of immaculate clothes. It really doesn't get much better. Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel was depicted by Audrey Tautou as a kind of tragic heroine, so outrageously innovative and ahead of her time that she was inevitably misunderstood and undervalued. A woman so preoccupied by the concept of happiness that she never found it herself, the eternal cynic who spent so much time trying to be practical detriment of her own contentment.

As an orphan who grew up materially and emotionally deprived she made it her focus not to go without in her adult life. Putting her stubborn mind to it she invariably found commercial success but unfortunately her one true love died and she never married. Coco was portrayed as the ultimate lipstick feminist, masculine in her pursuits not to be taken for granted by men, as well as in her dress sense. The sadness I felt for her misfortune in love was made up for by the happiness I felt for the fashion legacy she left behind her. She defined the idea we still have of timeless elegance. Long may Mademoiselle Coco reign!

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