“He said, she said”

I know, I know, enough of the Chanel exhibit already. However, that said, if you missed the ongoing ‘dialogue’ between Coco and Karl that took place in Bergdorf Goodman’s 5th Avenue windows, I thought I would share this with you.

Karl: “I want everyone to wear what they want and mix it in their own way. That to me is what is modern.”
Coco: Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live. Fashion is what’s happening.”

Karl: “Fashion does not have to prove that it is serious”.
Coco: “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

Karl: “Only the minute and the future are interesting in fashion.”
Coco: “Luxury must be comfortable otherwise it is not luxury.”

Karl: “Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born.”
Coco: “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”

Karl: “Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.”
Coco: “I like fashion to go down to the street but I can’t accept that it should originate there.

Karl: “In the summer I sleep under a white ermine cover and in the winter, under sable.”
Coco: “Don’t spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.”

Karl: “Intelligent frivolity can be creative and positive.”
Coco: “Look for a woman in the dress. If there is no woman there is no dress.”

Karl: “Absurdity and anti absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.”
Coco: “Women must be able to get into a car without bursting their seams. Clothes must have a natural shape.”

Karl: “The purpose of life is life”.
Coco: “Innovation? One cannot be forever innovative. I want to create classics.”

Karl: “Fashion is a language that creates itself essentially with clothes to interpret reality.”
Coco: “Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportion.”

Karl: “Like poetry, fashion does not state anything. It merely suggests.”
Coco: “Since everything is in our heads, we better not lose them.”

Karl: “To adopt this profession and make it one’s life work, one has to be both conscious and unconscious.”
Coco: “I want to be part of what is going to happen.”

– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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