“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

The name Coco Chanel brings to mind images of a refined lady who changed the fashion industry forever.

The lady behind the elegance has a very interesting life indeed.

There have been numerous books and movies exploring Coco Chanel, the latest, is a new biography to be released by Lisa Chaney called Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life.

The biography will reveal the sordid details of Coco’s life.

Women’s Wear Daily reported that this includes an alleged affair with married world famous artist Salvador Dali, drug-use and ventures into bisexuality.

Chanel has always been my favourite fashion house and Coco a personal icon of mine as the lady who brought the world the beautifully tailored tweed suit.

After viewing Coco Avant Chanel a few years back and learning of her troubled upbringing I decided to take a closer look at Coco’s life.

She certainly was no stranger to scandal, being charged as a Nazi collaborator and only avoiding trial by intervention of the British Royal family.

You have to give it to her, she definitely knew class and style, she lived through the German occupation of France during WWII in the Ritz Hotel.

There is no designer comparable to Coco Chanel in the fashion world and it only contributes to her allure that her personal life was less than perfect.

As Chanel said: “you live but once; you might as well be amusing”.

She is the embodiment of the class and elegance that the Chanel brand epitomises, where a women always looks pristine no matter what skeletons she may have in her closet.

I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about such an interesting and admirable fashion icon.