You all know Liane
by now, she is my personal superhero/assistant! From time to time, she will have her own little space on this blog. She went to see Coco Avant Chanel the other day and wrote a little review for you. Enjoy! —– Also if you entered the Loulou Loves You giveaway last week, read on to find out if you have won…
Every time I think about making a dress for myself or “customising” some of my clothes I stop myself because I’m not a designer. And because I’m not a designer, what’s the fun of wearing clothes that I made.
I am, of course, very wrong. And I only really realised this while watching stunning Audrey Tautou as Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel making beautiful hats and customising men’s clothing in Coco Avant Chanel.
The film is probably not what most people expect; it is not full of beautiful Chanel twin pieces and a determined designer who knows exactly that what she wants from life is to make clothes. Instead it is of a young girl who is abandoned with her sister by their father and put in an orphanage in the 1890s and who grows up to be a seamstress in the day and a cabaret singer by night. She meets the wealthy ladies man Etienne Balsan and moves to his estate just outside Paris, always longing to become a singer and actress. Coco spends her days lazing about and although Balsan hides her from his aristocratic friends at first she eventually moves within his circles and attracts attention through her androgynous and classic clothes and her outspoken attitude. Although her style is not taken seriously to begin with, she eventually is being approached to design hats for the wealthy women she meets at those lavish parties.
And even though “the only good thing about being in love is making love”, Coco meets an English business man who she falls madly in love with. Arthur “Boy” Capel has also a part in Coco recognising her talents as a designer and supports her desire to work by helping her open her own business.
I don’t want to give too much away as this film is really worth watching – Audrey Tautou’s performance is immaculate! Coco Avant Chanel is one of the very few films that could go on forever. Although a big Hollywood production company was involved, surprisingly they managed not to turn it into some naff blockbuster (apparently they did consider Keira Knightley for the role of Coco).
Coco Avant Chanel is a charmingly told rag to riches story that will draw you in completely – not just for fashionistas!
(And this is a very cheap shot but Coco’s handsome English business man is indeed very, very handsome.)
Now on a completely different note, here is the winner of the Loulou Loves You giveaway… As usual, I used random.org
‘s number generator to pick a winner.
And the winner is…
///// Caroline G /////
my first French winner!
So Caroline, get in touch with me [email protected]
so I can tell you how to get your prize and put you in touch with Loulou for sizing etc…
Thank you to all of you who entered, better luck next time! As soon as I am back from holidays, I have another super cool prize for you to win!