It’s that time of year again when Bath’s high street becomes abuzz with
bloggers, eager shoppers and dedicated followers of fashion. It’s no
secret that mum and I love Bath in Fashion and have no hesitation in
saying that we think it’s the best event in the city’s calendar.
This year is no exception and we are so excited for the catwalk shows,
in-store events and talks by some of the industry’s finest. Speaking of
which, it was ‘elbows out’ to purchase tickets for Justine Picardie’s
talk on Monday 18th of April ‘Thinking Fashion’.
Picardie is the Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar (a fashion
institution) and the author of ‘Coco Chanel – The Legend and the Life’,
a biography on the founder of the most successful fashion label in
How can anyone not love Chanel? Even if it’s not your desired fashion
flavour, you cannot dispute the style, design, craftsmanship and
timeless elegance of their pieces. The first Chanel item we ever had
brought into Grace & Ted was the Classic Flap bag and I fell more in
love with the designer as soon as I saw it. The quilted leather, the
gold CC’s, the faultless stitching – a stunning design and deservedly
one of the most iconic pieces in fashion history. Since then, we’ve had
the pleasure of re-selling everything from ornate Chanel brooches and
classic tweed jackets to pearl emblazoned sunglasses.
In her book, Picardie explores Chanel’s extraordinary life – from her
early years in a convent to her rise as the heroine that became the
Queen of couture. She was strong-willed, innovative and determined but
there was a darker side to her life that was often shrouded in secrecy.
Described as ‘elegant, gripping and captivating’ we are sure that the
talk by Picardie will offer a thoughtful and beautiful insight into
Gabrielle Chanel’s fascinating world; that will no doubt make us love
her even more.