I've been obsessing recently about CoCo Chanel. In part because I'm working on a show set in 1920's France, but more because the more I learn about her, the more intriguing she becomes. I mean, the woman invented sportswear for crying out loud!!! At the birth of the modern era, she was strong, fearless, and successful... and those were not considered good qualities to have as a woman of the time. And still, she was beautiful, chic, and embraced her femininity. So, some inspiration from the great CoCo for our CO brides...and ways to interpret that for your wedding.
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"Fashion fades, only style remains the same"
In your memories too. You won't always remember the number of petals on the centerpiece flowers, or the color ink embossed on your programs, but the feeling, the look, the whole experience is what lasts. Take care of people and make sure they have a good time first, the rest are just details.
"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different"
Your fiance loves you for you, not because you look like a cardboard cut-out of a magazine photo. Embrace your quirky, and let that guide your style decisions.
"A girl should be two things : classy and fabulous"
...this is my new motto!
"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."
Don't be afraid to incorporate any element you love into your wedding. Base it on your life and the things you love in it! The whole wedding is fashion and style, enjoy making it unique and special.
"Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions."
Embrace interesting, flattering, classic lines. Can you see the body as a series of shapes and forms? It'll help you decide what's really special about you and what you want to highlight.
"Elegance is refusal."
Editing is key. Cancel out the bad stuff, the okay stuff, and the good stuff, to only be left with the best. Fewer rich items look better than a room filled to the brim with junk.
"The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!"
Something to keep in mind for bridesmaids. Embrace a modern tradition, trust your super stylish friends to wear what looks good on them, regardless of the color. Or, go shopping and work with a wide color palette instead of a narrow swatch.
"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door."
Certain things just aren't possible. Enjoy the elements you can control, and don't freak out over the things you can't.
"Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury."
Can I get an "Amen!" I couldn't agree more. Don't torture yourself, that's not luxury, that's costume.
"Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future."
You don't have to be a super young bride to have a fabulous wedding. In fact, think of how much you're personal taste has grown as you've gotten older, you have an advantage as an older bride, enjoy it!
"Always take off one thing before you leave the house"
The most beautiful thing about your wedding is you, not the stuff... make sure you and your fiance are the focus of your big day, not the things.