The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman

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by Karen Karbo, Bernadette Dunne
     
 

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NOW IN PAPERBACK! A modern look at the life of a fashion icon—with practical life lessons for women of all ages Delving into the extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of self-help book, exploring Chanel’s philosophy on a range of universal themes—from style to passion, from money and

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NOW IN PAPERBACK! A modern look at the life of a fashion icon—with practical life lessons for women of all ages Delving into the extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of self-help book, exploring Chanel’s philosophy on a range of universal themes—from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms.

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“Reading Karbo is like listening to a dear friend talk about the legendary designer over brunch.”—Los Angeles Times“We’re in a period of Coco-worship, with a number of new books and films about her. But before you overdose, check out ‘The Gospel’ for useful insights into some of the strategies and traits that made Ms. Chanel a mogul. . . . [T]he humorous commentary makes it all worthwhile.”—Wall Street Journal“This is a book for fashionistas everywhere; those who love to read about the fashion legacy that continues to inspire women all over the world.”—Creators.com “Anyone with a good sense of humor should hugely enjoy, or should I say enjoie, Karen Karbo’s funny and stylish take on Coco Chanel. Like a little black dress, this handy life guide will take you from day into evening. K.K. on C.C.: oui, oui!”—Henry Alford, author of How to Live “Wise, witty, and refreshingly colloquial, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is an enchanting tour through the complex, often controversial life of fashion icon Chanel. Filled with relevant life lessons for the modern woman, this book is Karbo at her irrepressible best.”—Hilary Black, editor of The Secret Currency of Love“No writer has a better understanding of what it means to be Chanel and what it means to be a woman who admires Chanel than Karen Karbo, author of the short and addictive The Gospel According to Coco Chanel.” —HeadButler.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441769626
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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Delving into the long, extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of book, exploring Chanel’s philosophy on a range of universal themes—from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms. Born in 1883 in a poorhouse in southern France to unmarried parents, Chanel was raised in a convent after her mother died when she was six and her father abandoned her. The nuns taught her to sew, and while working as a café singer in the early 1900s she began designing hats for fun. Her lovers included a wealthy English industrialist, who helped her set up her own millinery shop and steered his society friends her way. Chanel grew up to be the woman who not only gave us the little black dress and boxy jackets, but also popularized pants for women and easy, practical clothes that allowed women a chic freedom they’d never known before. In her strong-headed, elegant, opinionated, passionate, entirely French way, Coco Chanel helped bring women into the modern era. She was the only fashion icon to be named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is a captivating, offbeat look at style, celebrity, and self-invention—all held together with Karbo’s droll Chanel-style commentary and culled from an examination of Chanel’s difficult childhood and triumphant adulthood, passionate love affairs, career choices, habits, eccentricities, and personal philosophies. Weaving Chanel’s life story into chapter themes that subtly convey life lessons, and with Chesley McLaren’s charming illustrations, it will leave the reader utterly entranced with, and inspired by, Chanel’s amazing individuality, confidence, and determination.

Meet the Author

Karen Karbo is a novelist, journalist, and witty, no-nonsense social commentator, and is the author of How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great, a biography-cum-guidebook the Philadelphia Inquirer called “an exuberant celebration of a great original.” Karbo is also the author of Minerva Clark Gives Up the Ghost, the third installment in a trilogy about a seventh-grade girl detective who has a peculiar gift: self-confidence. Karbo’s debut novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and all three of her novels have been named New York Times notable books. The Stuff of Life, her memoir about her father, was a People Magazine Critic’s Pick and winner of the Oregon Book Award. Her work essays, reviews, and articles can be found in Outside, Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Redbook, More, Self, Entertainment Weekly, the New Republic, the Oregonian, and the New York Times. Karbo also hails from a family of designers. Her grandmother, Luna of California, was a well-known designer of couture in Los Angeles in the 50s, and her father was an industrial designer who in 1942 designed the hood ornament for the Lincoln Continental, still in use today. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Gospel According to Coco Chanel 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
007woman More than 1 year ago
Coco Chanel is a fascinating woman -- smart, talented, enigmatic, French, fearless--so there is little to dissuade one from delving into such a life story. I think Karen Karbo does it well with her dry smarmy wit. It does ramble a bit, but the rambling kept my attention. I would highly recommend it! I'm glad I own it; I'll reread again in a year or two!
Franne47 More than 1 year ago
Chanel fan or not this history/fun book tells you all you want to know and more about the rise of this legend in the fashion world. As a women of a certain age that bumped her head against the glass ceiling many times it was fun to read about how Coco pushed ahead where no female had gone before. Her nerve and iron will made me wince and smile all at the same time. As a Paris lover it was also great to read about places I have been...the shop where you are snubed...the streets I have walked on. Karen...after reading this I feel I can call her that...added her own twists and comments at just the right places. Thank you for an enjoyable read.
sabrinaNJ More than 1 year ago
Great book & makes you look at life differently. Coco Chanel's life is outlined and split up into life lessons. My mom read this book as well and we both loved it. I recommend this inspiring book, especially if your into fashion.
Tiffani Freeman More than 1 year ago
This is such a truthful book written in a fun and easy style! Enjoyable stories and pretty pictures kept me interested...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karbo give us all the goods on Chanel - the good, the bad and the ugly. With an unbiased approach, she chronicles Chanel's life and philosophies. Thanks, Karbo, for noting the differences between Coco's "Chanel" and Lagerfeld's "Chanel."
Syntax404 More than 1 year ago
Karbo is a brilliant writer and has produced a incredibly relatable exploration of Coco Chanel's life. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who kbows me knows I love Chanel, can't begin to afford it, #5 doesn't smell good on me,anthing Chabel is never my size as a BBW, and given my druthers, I'd even buy a knockoff bag. So, Karen Kabo and I need to sit diwn and have coffee because her book conedebses why, in some ways we shoukd ALL love Chanel, because not only did she change fashion, she was a true self promoter and embidued the piwer of positive thinking. Woven with her own stories, Kabo plows right into Chanelore:fact and fiction, telling us why she endures. My Mother's favorite saying was something she attributed to her father, a jewelry designer and manufacturor, but, as I surmised a decade or so ago, is a Chanel-ism. So, even my mother was affected by Chanel: the designer, the femme fatale, the savvy business woman and the guru who would slap Carrie Bradshaw silly if she saw her in the Chanel "lite" top I did on TV today. A book for entrepenurs as well as practical people, this book is well worth reading
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CocoChanelEL More than 1 year ago
This book was an impulse buy. I got it home and was so anxious about reading it, until I found myself reading more about Karen Karbo, than life lessons, and Chanel. I do not care about her career, her income, why she can't afford the fake Chanel things on ebay... I care about Chanel.
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