BIF ’16 – Coco Chanel – The Legend and the Life

It’s that time of year again when Bath’s high street becomes abuzz with bloggers, eager shoppers and dedicated followers of fashion. It’s no secret that mum and I love Bath in Fashion and have no hesitation in saying that we think it’s the best event in the city’s calendar.

This year is no exception and we are so excited for the catwalk shows, in-store events and talks by some of the industry’s finest. Speaking of which, it was ‘elbows out’ to purchase tickets for Justine Picardie’s talk on Monday 18th of April ‘Thinking Fashion’.
Picardie is the Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar (a fashion institution) and the author of ‘Coco Chanel – The Legend and the Life’, a biography on the founder of the most successful fashion label in history.

How can anyone not love Chanel? Even if it’s not your desired fashion flavour, you cannot dispute the style, design, craftsmanship and timeless elegance of their pieces. The first Chanel item we ever had brought into Grace & Ted was the Classic Flap bag and I fell more in love with the designer as soon as I saw it. The quilted leather, the gold CC’s, the faultless stitching – a stunning design and deservedly one of the most iconic pieces in fashion history. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of re-selling everything from ornate Chanel brooches and classic tweed jackets to pearl emblazoned sunglasses.

In her book, Picardie explores Chanel’s extraordinary life – from her early years in a convent to her rise as the heroine that became the Queen of couture. She was strong-willed, innovative and determined but there was a darker side to her life that was often shrouded in secrecy.
Described as ‘elegant, gripping and captivating’ we are sure that the talk by Picardie will offer a thoughtful and beautiful insight into Gabrielle Chanel’s fascinating world; that will no doubt make us love her even more.

Don’t miss Justine’s talk ‘Thinking Fashion’ on April 18th –  buy your tickets here.

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