Monday, May 25, 2015

Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/ 1962 by Douglas Kirkland

Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962, by Douglas Kirkland, published by Glitterati Incorporated,
Forward by Judith Thurman

Gabrielle "Coco"Chanel broke all of the rules in fashion when she began designing in France.  Suddenly, gone were the corset and feathers. She wanted women to be comfortable as well as chic, bringing slacks, bathing suits, and her most treasured fragrance ever, Chanel #5 into being. My own Mother who could never afford a classic Chanel suit, sought out the most luxurious wool fabric and the perfect trim, painstakingly making a spring suit for herself, down to the minutest of details.

French Haute Couture Fashion Designs by Chanel

Enjoy this collection of never before seen photographs as an intimate and exciting portrayal  of her life, published to coincide with the 125th Anniversary of Mademoiselle Chanel's birth!

Mademoiselle entering The 31 Rue Cambon Boutique in Paris

A perfectionist in even the smallest of details, she was a sculptor of  her fashion designs.

Mademoiselle love to mix with her models, chatting and gossiping a bit; celebrating after a fabulous fashion show.

A joyous, adventurous woman, the first to mix high and low, signature pearls worth hundreds of thousands with costume jewels and a large over-sized watch face!

By Judith Thurman in her Forward: "He is twenty-seven, but he looks like a kid (a handsome kid) who has put on a suit for the first time. She is seventy-nine, but she wears her wrinkles the way she wears her Chanel suit: with defiant elegance."

Renowned Photographer Douglas Kirkland. His account of the time he spent with Mademoiselle Chanel is priceless!

Mr. Kirkland went on assignment to film Coco Chanel in 1962 and ended up forming a tremendous bond, actually living with her for three weeks while filming. Kirkland has photographed other beloved icons and luminaries such as Marilyn Monroe, Man Ray, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor and numerous others.

The Coveted Limited Edition including a print by Douglas Kirkland

Thank you to Glitterati Incorporated for the publicity copy of Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/ 1962.

Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962, by Douglas Kirkland, published by Glitterati Incorporated,

Please do add this wonderful book to your art library; it is also available in a limited edition format at your favorite bookseller or at  Glitterati Incorporated. It is filled with some of Chanel's most memorable quotes and images.

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Kathysue said...

Fascinating woman, thank you for sharing this Karena.

Mark Ruffner said...

,,, and what was it that made her fascinating, to men and women alike? She had a vision that would change the way people thought and lived, and she made it happen.

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Oh this looks like a fabulous book! Such intimate photos!
Thank you for sharing!

La Contessa said...

ANYTHING COCO is worth adding to my library!

Greet Lefèvre said...

Dear Karena,
Thank you so much for sharing this book!! I really did not heard about it earlier! Love all the pictures you shared with us today!

LBDDiaries said...

Oh yes, I will definitely add this book to my library! There are few designer's clothing lines that are still classics years later yet a Chanel suit from the 60's is still in style in the 2000's! My mom strongly believed in investing in your wardrobe and after she passed, I found clothes from the 50's and 60's that were still stylish and classic today, and almost looked brand new, she took such good care of them!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

She was beyond fascinating!

Vicki said...

This book looks fabulous- the photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing it.
Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. How neat that you studied at UCSD- my husband earned his doctorate there years ago, and we still miss it!

Splendid Market said...

One of my all time favorite women, for the fashion, absolutely, but more so for the attitude, creativity and for "being her own girl", great inspiration.

Leslie said...

Such an interesting woman Coco Chanel was! This book looks fabulous.. and can you imagine living with here for a few weeks? Wow What an experience! Thanks for sharing Karena ;) xxL

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I would have LOVED to know and chat (in French, of course) with this innovative and brave woman. Her style is sleek and simple, but oozes out sophistication to this day. I think the less frill, the more of the woman can come out, and she found that. She struck gold.

Dearest Karena, HELLO! Thank you for coming to visit me. Yes, this has been one busy school year and it's winding down, but there are still some lose ends to deal with this week and the beginning of next week. I will be on a small vacation but I hope to continue to work on my blog book AND even return to blogging, but only posting once a month. I can't stay away from this community!

I hope you are well and safe from this crazy weather that has hit certain parts of the country! We are safe SO FAR, having the most lush spring.

Much love to you! Anita

Marcia said...

She was and will always be magnificent.
Enjoyed stopping by today, Karena.
Much love.

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Stacy Curran said...

Or it could just be me....just wanted to let you know what's happening on my end so you can check it out :)

Rié| Portobello Design Blog said...

Karena, I have been "looking" at books on Coco Chanel and haven't been able to decide which one to purchase for sometime. Mr. Kirklands photography is intimate, up close and not static or posed giving you a look into her world in a way the other books don't offer. Love the quote, "... but she wears her wrinkles the way she wears her Channel suit: with defiant elegance." - charming. Thank you for introducing us to "Three Weeks." All the best, Rié

Leslie Harris said...

Thanks Karena I always enjoy hearing about strong, creative women. And I've always been a Coco fan. She's the epitome of classic beauty and elegance. I also appreciated your thoughtful comment on my blog. I'm so glad you could relate.

designchic said...

What a style icon…love everything Coco Chanel!

Rosemary Nardone said...

I have been looking for a new book on Chanel and this could be it! What a great review, thank you so much!

Rosemary from

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

My list of "If I won the lotto" number one purchase is a Chanel Suit....I have always admired the designs of Coco Chanel...a true classic that will always stand the test of time....What a great book! Thanks for this great presentation of the book Karena!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Who is more chic than Coco was? NO ONE!
Such a lovely post and beautiful book.
Thank you for sharing such beauty.

Pura Vida said...

Style, chic, glam

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Karena,
I never tire of coco, a book, a movie, a commercial, a featured magazine layout... Everyone wanted to wear coco.
My mom also who could sew would copy off designs, and patterns making fashion forward suits for herself and heavy strans of costume pearls. I love her mini movies commercials on you tube so fun to watch.

Thank you dear for visiting, hope to visit someday soon, up close.


Debra Phillips said...

love learning of this treasured book karena!
amazing how timeless she looks. how lovely that your mother was so talented

French Food Camp said...

Someone who more than deserves the label "iconic"!! Fascinated by this woman and love her timeless creations and appeal! Thank you for a lovely post Karena~!

Vel Criste said...

Eeeek! A must-have for me! I LOVE CHANEL and the CC logo is my unofficial stylish monogram for my name -Claravel Criste! My husband asked me once why I love Chanel so much, I just told him other than it's timeless appeal, I would rather wear my monogram in style!

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