Few would argue with the contention that Chanel is the biggest name in fashion—the brand itself seems more than aware, with truly arrogant pricing (even for high fashion) and a too-good-for-it attitude toward online commerce. As mainstream as it is, and as sorta turned off as I am by how it plays out in modern times (logo whoring is gross), the legacy of founder Coco Chanel is inspiring and enduring. Were she alive today, she'd be celebrating her 130th birthday, and the Huffington Post has compiled a collection of portraits of her throughout her life to commemorate. My recommendation, though (and next time I get the flu I am totally doing this), would be to watch back-to-back the two best biopics that have been made of her in recent years, which together show her both as a young, orphaned underdog and an intimidating success:
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