How Coco Chanel changed the course of women’s fashion

Written by Marianna Cerini

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers. A milliner by training, she moved beyond hats to become a rebel and a trailblazer of the fashion world, creating a new sartorial style that freed women from corsets and lace frills by offering them sailor shirts and wide-leg pants instead.

“Nothing is more beautiful than freedom of the body,” she once said, and her designs lived by these words: Chanel’s silhouettes were fluid and androgynous, her designs loose and — in the case of her iconic little black dress, or LBD — democratic. She wanted women to move and breathe in her clothes, just like men did in theirs. Her work was, in many ways, a form of female emancipation.

Sunday marks 50 years since Chanel’s death, aged 87, though her legacy endures. As well as revolutionizing how we dress, she helped form

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UK deals at M&S, John Lewis, Currys and more

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The January sales are now in full swing, and if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, we highly suggest having a scroll.

John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Currys PC World and many more have continued their winter sales, offering up to 80% off a number of categories, including fashion, tech and homeware.

So, if you want to bag yourself a bargain, we’ve rounded up all the best deals to take advantage of right now.

Trusty M&S has launched its annual half price sale and it’s definitely not one to be missed. With up to 50% off menswear and womenswear, plus numerous homeware deals, we highly suggest you have a scroll.

John Lewis’ huge winter

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Nordstrom Rack’s Best Black Friday Deals Include Anti-Aging Skincare, Winter Coats, and Designer Handbags for Up to 80% Off

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In between scrolling through Amazon’s pages upon pages of Black Friday deals, let’s not forget the original discount stores—like Nordstrom Rack—that have great markdowns all year. On this huge sales day, those already marked-down prices receive ever steeper discounts, making for some of the best deals around.

Case in point: Nordstrom Rack’s clearance section. Here you’ll find basically every item featured at discounts upwards of 50 percent—many going higher than 75 percent. In addition to this glorious section of goodies, you can shop everything from anti-aging skincare to warm and protective outerwear for more than half off.

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If you’re on the hunt for a new handbag, you’re in luck. You’ll find designer purses for under $200, including a standout deal on this Michael Kors leather satchel—which typically retails for just

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Pierre Cardin, French Fashion Designer, Dies At 98 : NPR

French designer Pierre Cardin has died at age 98. Here, the member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts is seen in 2016, at the end of a fashion show marking 70 years of his creations at the Institut de France in Paris.

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French designer Pierre Cardin has died at age 98. Here, the member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts is seen in 2016, at the end of a fashion show marking 70 years of his creations at the Institut de France in Paris.

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French designer Pierre Cardin, who extended his brand far beyond the fashion world, has died at age 98. The son of Italian immigrants worked with luminaries such as filmmaker Jean Cocteau and designer Christian Dior before launching his own fashion house, drawing on his love for futuristic design.

Cardin’s family announced his death to Agence France-Presse on Tuesday.

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