Movies With Style: Coco Before Chanel

Greetings, lovely blog friends! I hope it's as sunny in your area as it is in Northwest Arkansas today. It's been so long since we've all seen sun, I almost didn't know what to think this morning. As usual, a couple random tidbits before we cut to the chase:

1. Did anyone else tune into Kell On Earth last night? It's that new show about Kelly Cutrone, owner of People's Revolution, a major fashion P.R. agency in Manhattan. You might remember her as Whitney's boss on the show The City. Well, anywho, it might be one of my favorite new shows on Bravo, (other than Millionare Matchmaker, of course.)

I dunno if it's because I've worked an advertising/PR internship before, (though mine wasn't NEARLY as stressful as those kids'), or that I just get a kick out of watching the eccentric designers with whom People's Revolution works. Whatever. I'm in lurve with Kell and her craziness.

2. I haven't had a Coke in 3 days. This has to be some kind of a record, since I drink a Coca-Cola Classic nearly every single day. It all started with me forgetting to buy some at the grocery store last week and, as we all know, if you don't have it around, you won't eat/drink it. They also have this amazing new apple juice in our vending machine at work, which actually tastes much better than Coke right now. I'm sure I'll break the cycle eventually and cave, but right now, I'm Coca-Cola free.

3. Remember how I had you guys submit fashion questions for the creative team at Spool No. 72 a couple weeks ago? Good news! The questions have been submitted and I will have an exclusive Q and A interview for you hopefully next Monday! Yay for fashion questions!

Now, for the topic of today's post.

This past weekend during my deep-thinking/pensive mood, I decided to devote Saturday night to ice cream and a movie. So to the RedBox I went. To my delight, Coco Before Chanel was available, so I snatched it up, grabbed the Ben and Jerry's and headed back to my place.

Chanel is one of my all-time favorite labels, not because I own tons of it, (maybe someday, sigh...), but because for me, it defines classic elegance. I've always been intrigued by the life of Coco Chanel, but all I ever heard about was her life and success after starting the design house. I wanted to know, well, Coco before she was "Chanel", if you will.

This movie is about the woman behind the C's. She began her life as an orphan and through hard work and a fighter's attitude, established one of the most successful, iconic labels of all time. The film portrays the early years of Coco's life, the years she spent discovering, inventing and re-inventing herself.

The movie stars Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel and is directed by Anne Fontaine. It's a beautiful tribute to a fashion icon and I would definitely recommend adding it to your Netflix queue.
Who are some of your favorite fashion icons and design houses? Anyone else get goosebumps when they hear stories like Coco Chanel's?

Tomorrow's Forecast

In honor of the recent passing of Alexander McQueen, we'll be looking at some of his most famous looks from the runway to the red carpet.

Photo credits: IMDB, Chanel.com, Alexandermcqueen.com


  1. I gave up Diet Coke so I hear ya girl! I actually don't miss it!

    Kell on Earth is crazy, I thought she was so tough on Whitney on the City but she challenged Whit to go so far in her career. You have to be tough in that industry!

    I will have to check out that movie as I love Chanel too. I get so jealous when I see the amount of vintage Chanel that Rachel Zoe has, I would die!

    I was so sad to hear about Lee Alexander McQueen's death. He had a hard time coping with his mother's recent death so he truly died of a broken heart:o( He was such a wonderful designer, can't wait to see tomorrow's post!

    Happy Tuesday!
    We have ice on the ground here, send us some sunshine:o)

  2. I LOVE Kell on Earth but haven't yet seen last night's episode... can't wait!!! I am too struggling to give up sodas - diet soda for me - it's an addiction! And I can't wait to see Coco Before Chanel! Thanks for the review!!!

  3. I L O V E KELL ON EARTH!!!! her show is awesome :D but i missed last nights show :[ i wish i could give up soda!!! it calls to me everytime i go to the grocery store...&& i can't wait to see coco before chanel!!! i saw the first movie about her success...i might just go to our redbox and pick it up tonight!??

  4. Congrats on the Q&A session... that is awesome!! As for Kelly Cutrone, yes I love her too and her crazy ways-- she has made a name for herself by doing it her way and I envy her A LOT... not to mention she is a single mom and her daughter is adorable!

    I was wondering about that movie--glad to know it's worthy of renting. And I am all about some Diane von Furstenberg-- I love love love her!

  5. imi OBSESSED with kell on earth. poor (i guess but not really) stephanie v-this show totally exploited her!! haha but i love the show and they work their butts off! im not sure i could handle that stress!!!

  6. I will definitely have to watch this movie! Thanks for the review!

  7. i'm with you on 2. i'm a coke lover too. if its not around i wont drink soda but i always break the cycle at some point.

  8. Hi!!!

    I love the post about Chanel.. Everytime I hear "chanel" I always have to think back at this scene of Sex and the City, where that gay friend of Charlotte enters a Chanel store and says "Chanello!" :)

    I've just posted some new things on my blog about girly dresses:


    Please check it out!


    X L

  9. Laura- I LOVE that episode of Sex and the City! I think about that when I hear the word "Chanel", too, haha.

  10. Things:
    1. I LOVE Kel on Earth!
    2. Chanel- epitome of class. I couldnt agree more. I totally want to see that movie now! I was kinda "eh" about it, but it's definitely worth a viewing! I didn't even know her story!
    3. I gave up coke...and all sodas for lent. I went a whole week.. and slipped tonight. I just had one. I wouldnt even let the girl refill it. But oh wow it tasted so good... *sigh* I fell off the wagon. Boo. haha.

  11. i loved this movie when i saw it the first time and am so happy it's now available in DVD, can't wait to see it again and maybe just add it to my collection. right now i have Valentino's dvd waiting for me at my local library, i've heard nothing but good reviews on that one as well, so i am looking forward to watching it.

    that is so cool that RedBox has Coco for just one dollar right?, he he.

    on another note...

    thanks so much leslie for now following me in my own blog.


  12. I will definitely have to check this film out, looks good according to your reviews!


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