All About Chanel - And the Stars that Can't Get Enough

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All About Chanel - And the Stars that Can't Get Enough

French couturier Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883 - 1971) at her home, Fauborg, St Honore, Paris.

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On right, Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) accompanied by his son Randolph (1911 - 1968) and Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971) at a meet of the Duke of Westminster's boar hounds, the 'Mimizan Hunt' near Dampierre, northern France.

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10th March 1931: Portrait of French fashion designer Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883 - 1971) posing in her suite at the Hotel Pierre during her first visit to New York City. She wears a white silk jacket and pants with pearls.

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Coco Chanel, French couturier and Fulco di Verdura, Italian writer. Ball of Waltzes, organized by the prince of Faucigny-Lucinge and the baron of Guinzbourg. Paris, July 1934. 

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French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971) wearing an evening dress with bustle at a ball given by the Comte de Beaumont, Paris, circa 1935.

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French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971) with Italian jeweller Fulco di Verdura (1898 - 1978), Paris, 1937.

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Coco Chanel (1883-1971), French Couturier. France, about 1937.

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1957: French fashion designer Coco Chanel says goodbye to American department store executive Stanley Marcus as she boards an airplane in Dallas, Texas. Chanel had been visiting for the opening of a new Neiman-Marcus store. She holds a package from the store.

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Coco Chanel, French couturier and a model. Paris, August 1958.

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Romy Schneider at Coco Chanel studio, in Cambon street, in the 1960's in Paris, France.

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Keira Knightley attends Duchess Premiere for Chanel at The Public Theater on September 10, 2008 in New York City.

 

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Actress Keira Knightley attends the 'Last Night' photocall during The 5th International Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 28, 2010 in Rome, Italy.

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Actress Diane Kruger arrives at the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Cap D'Antibes, France.

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Sarah Jessica Parker at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, on September 21, 2003.

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French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971), circa 1962.

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Actress Emma Stone arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'The Amazing Spiderman' at Regency Village Theatre on June 28, 2012 in Westwood, California.

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Actress Emma Stone attends the Museum of Modern Art's 4th Annual Film benefit 'A Tribute to Pedro Almodovar' at the Museum of Modern Art on November 15, 2011 in New York City.

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Actress Keira Knightley attends the

Actress Diane Kruger arrives at the 2012 amfAR

Diane Kruger attends the Chanel Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2012/13 at the Grand Palais on July 3, 2012 in Paris, France.

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Actress Diane Kruger attends Chanel Bijoux de Diamant 80th Anniversary on October 9, 2012 in New York City.

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Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea 2012 Presented By BBC America at The London Hotel on September 22, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.

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Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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Sarah Jessica Parker at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, on September 21, 2003.

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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Museum of Modern Art

Actress Emma Stone arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere

Actress Emma Stone attends the Museum of Modern Art

Actress Rose Byrne attends the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Men and Women of 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom on March 5, 2012 in New York City.

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Actress Rose Byrne attends Chanel Bijoux de Diamant 80th Anniversary on October 9, 2012 in New York City.

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When we dream about a closet like Carrie Bradshaw's, right next to her Jimmy Choo and Louboutin heels hangs a gorgeous black leather CHANEL bag. An iconic brand beloved by women all over the world, it was founded by Gabrielle Chanel (who earned her nickname "Coco" after a brief career as a singer!) Luckily for us, young Coco would abandon singing to tackle - and conquer - the fashion world.

Ms. Chanel opened her first shop in 1910 in Paris, where she created hats that were adored by the most famous French actresses of the time. Her simple and elegant designs swept Paris off its feet, and she soon opened clothing boutiques that were wildly successful. Her clothing changed women's lives forever, because she felt that "luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it's not luxury." In other words: see you later, corsets! She is famous for her legendary suits and creating the LBD. How women ever survived without a "Little Black Dress" in their closet, before Chanel brought black out of mourning and into the mainstream, is beyond us!

In 1955 Coco Chanel created her famous quilted leather 2.55 Bag (named after February 1955, its date of creation), a CHANEL symbol to this day. Iconic as ever, they feature elegant adjustable-length chain straps and are worn by fashion lovers everywhere. Created in multiple sizes, these highly coveted bags are perfect for the classic woman on the go.

CHANEL is thriving as a fashion powerhouse, with Karl Lagerfeld as Artistic Director overseeing all design for CHANEL Fashion's Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Accessories lines. Stars such as Kiera Knightly, Diane Krueger and Emma Stone just can't get enough of the brand. Probably because CHANEL clothing still has timeless silhouettes and impeccable design, keeping the true essence of Ms. Coco Chanel intact.

Check out the gallery above to see some snapshots from Coco Chanel's life, and the stars who love her!

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