Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

coco-avant-chanel-smoking-movie-posterSaw the film Coco Avant Chanel tonight about Coco Chanel (who uttered the words above) before she was Coco Chanel. I am loving this movie season – so many great films with independent female protagonists (Bright Star, Whip It, even Inglorious Basterds). Audrey Tautou played a fabulous Coco Chanel, and was definitely a change from her character in Amelie.

I didn’t know too much about Coco Chanel before I saw this movie, but I must say I was impressed. She rebelled against the standards of femininity in the early 20th century, shunning corsets for men’s clothing and loose fitting dresses. She was not ashamed of being a sexual creature and refused to marry, thereby refusing to be constrained by everything marriage meant in those days. Of course she changed women’s fashion as we know it, and so much of what we wear now is a tribute to her.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again – we need more films like this released on a regular basis. It’s so wonderful to see an independent, powerful, intelligent woman portrayed on the screen. Hopefully The Young Victoria, which comes out this winter, will continue this season’s trend of female-centered films.

Also, if anyone is feeling particularly generous, I would love a vintage Chanel suit.

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This is not entirely new, but the new clothing line that Harvard University has lent its name to just makes me want to vomit. The clothing line will be called “Harvard Yard,” and it will feature extraordinarily preppy men’s clothes in the range of $200-$500. harvardyard01robertmitra

As the creative director of the clothing company said: “We want to combine the power of Harvard with the power of a plaid shirt.” Seriously? I think all the plaid wearing hipsters in Brooklyn may have to reassess their clothing choices, lest they be confused with Harvard preppies.

 I mean, I understand that Harvard lost some of its endowment money, but isn’t it still the richest university in the country? And, I mean, if they supposedly have all these “geniuses” running the institution,  couldn’t they have thought of a way to make money that doesn’t involve cementing the image of Harvard as a place for rich, preppy kids? And couln’t they add women’s clothes to this line as well? Last I checked Harvard was co-ed.

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