How Coco Chanel changed the course of women’s fashion

Written by Marianna Cerini

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers. A milliner by training, she moved beyond hats to become a rebel and a trailblazer of the fashion world, creating a new sartorial style that freed women from corsets and lace frills by offering them sailor shirts and wide-leg pants instead.

“Nothing is more beautiful than freedom of the body,” she once said, and her designs lived by these words: Chanel’s silhouettes were fluid and androgynous, her designs loose and — in the case of her iconic little black dress, or LBD — democratic. She wanted women to move and breathe in her clothes, just like men did in theirs. Her work was, in many ways, a form of female emancipation.

Sunday marks 50 years since Chanel’s death, aged 87, though her legacy endures. As well as revolutionizing how we dress, she helped form

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How COVID Has Changed Red Carpet Fashion

red carpet fashion in the covid era

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Some of the most talked-about red carpet looks of recent months bear little resemblance to what we might have seen in the pre-lockdown days. There was Regina King making a powerful statement by wearing a Breonna Taylor T-shirt to accept her Emmy for Best Actress from her couch. Julia Garner and Rachel Brosnahan wearing pajamas (albeit very luxe ones) to the virtual Emmys. Even the landscape looks different—the usual sea of black-clad publicists is replaced by a few close friends and family members sprawled in the living room.

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Even though fashion, in all its forms,

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J.Lo’s Little White Dress Could Signify That Her Style Has Changed This Year Too

If you take a look at Jennifer Lopez’s style over the years, it’s quite clear that she’s a chameleon, but she always stays true to her glamorous, high-fashion aesthetic. But while certainly high fashion (i.e. Valentino), the dress that J.Lo wore earlier this week to lunch with her family in New York City was a bit of a departure for her.

If 2020 has proven anything, it’s that no one is immune to the effect that the pandemic has had on our lives (and wardrobes). Like the rest of us, even J.Lo has seemed to embrace comfort above all else when it comes to her wardrobe over the past several months, which was evident in the sweet embroidered, oversized dress she wore to lunch this week.

Oversized babydoll dresses are one of the season’s biggest trends, partly because you can wear them at home as a house dress

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