One of the most famous quotes from Mademoiselle Coco Chanel was her wish to “dress the world”. Quite an ambitious statement for a lady to voice so many years ago. However, in a strange sort of way, she has actually achieved this dream by creating one of the world’s most desired, most iconic and most photographed ladies fashion accessory of all time…. The famous Chanel 2.55 handbag.
Show a picture of this handbag to any woman and I guarantee you that they will immediately recognise it as Chanel… Ask any lady what her most desired choice for a handbag is and I’m sure the answer will be – Chanel. Truth be told, every woman I know wants to have a Chanel bag. Me too…
It was in February 1955 (the date that would be forever remembered as- 2.55!) that Coco Chanel decided to propose a bag that revolutionised the customs of that time: instead of a traditional hand-carried pouch, she created a bag that could be carried over the shoulder. A valuable alternative, to allow women to have their hands free; practical yet with a very elegant design. This bag has spanned three generations and is one of the unavoidable classics of Chanel.
The handbag quilting, its iconic shoulder chain and rectangular clasp with the words Chanel produces this legendary bag that is the choice of celebrities and well known women from Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Nicole Richie, Julia Roberts and Victoria Beckham…
An object of desire, and often confused with the younger version, “Mademoiselle” created in the late 80’s by Karl Lagerfeld. The difference is that the “Mademoiselle or Timeless” model, takes the monogram of Chanel, with the two intertwined ‘C’s on the buckle of the bag.
Either way, both are admired by fashionable women all over the world – and Mademoiselle Chanel has accomplished her mission.
A wonderful suggestion for an unforgettable and memorable Christmas gift!
- Chanel: 31 Rue cambon, Paris
- Chanel: 158-159 New Bond Street, London
- For a full store list: www.chanel.com