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Bridget Foley’s Diary: The Chanel Influence on Fall

The Chanel jacket — a remarkable creation and one of fashion’s most quantifiably inspirational items, up there along with Levi’s 501s, the white T and the LBD.
To put a bow on the fall 2019 runway season, it seems fitting to focus on this curious gem of a jacket, the major fashion appeal of which has bridged centuries. Try as they might to predict the future, designers can’t. They can only hope to move in a direction that will entice consumers to buy in. So none could have known when designing his or her collection that the European season would be rocked by the death of Karl Lagerfeld, just as the Milan shows were getting underway. Yet numerous designers included in their lineups looks derived directly from the Chanel jacket. Among the devotees: Marc Jacobs, Celine’s Hedi Slimane, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, Donatella Versace, Anna Sui and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing.
Which raises the rhetorical question of “what’s new?” The answer, of course, is nothing, really. The Chanel jacket long ago became the Mona Lisa of sartorial chic, with designers openly appropriating its masterful square-cut, tweedy, braid-trimmed, brass-buttoned allure for their own use. Not everyone is thrilled — the brand is very protective of

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