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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#ReadThis #FashionAlert @AbramsBooks #WhomYouKnow COCO CHANEL PEARLS, PERFUME, AND THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS By Susan Goldman Rubin Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner @hallakcleaners

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Just when you thought you knew everything on Coco Chanel, the person, you find out you didn't.  We have only written on the person and never the brand.
Previously on Whom You Know, we have reviewed:
and even did a children's book:

You'll also see many references to her in the Quotable Peachy column.

You only need to walk down the most prominent shopping streets of the world to see that she still matters!  Of course here in Manhattan, it's Madison Avenue.  What we liked about this book was its simplicity and direct style.  It is the kind of book you can read in chapters even though you could be constantly interrupted (and guess who is constantly interrupted here!).  As you read if you don't know already, you see that Chanel is also devoted to simplistic style, though elegant.

Both the photography and the verbiage equally contribute to the elements of success of this work.  If you are a woman and feel comfortable in your clothes, Coco Chanel is the one to thank.  Before her, men wanted to cage us up.

Under contents, you will note that the chapters of this book are terrific.
Some are:
I Was My Own Master
Go and Fetch My Pearls
I Detest Giving In
I Will Show Them

Coco Chanel totally revolutionized fashion forever and we're sorry to say we could have never known her as our lifespans did not touch.  Her creativity, her commitment to excellence and her timeless style qualify her as an icon, and this book, which we recommend, is terrific to have to read, to rent space on your coffee table and to give as a gift.

Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin introduces readers to the most well-known fashion designer in the world, Coco Chanel. Beginning with the difficult years Chanel spent in an orphanage, Goldman Rubin traces Coco’s development as a designer and demonstrates how her determination to be independent helped her gain worldwide recognition. Coco Chanel focuses on the obstacles Chanel faced as a financially independent woman in an era when women were expected to marry; as well as her fierce competition with the Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli; and some of her most memorable firsts for the fashion industry, including the little black dress, the quilted purse with gold chain, and the perfume Chanel No. 5. The book includes a bibliography, a list of where to see her work, and an index.

Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of many biographies for young people, including Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People and Hot Pink: The Life and Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli. She lives in Malibu, California.

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