Should, by some miracle of God's doing, Coco Chanel lived to see today, she would have been 128 years young. Sadly, we lost the little spitfire back in 1971 when she was only 87 years of age. Nonetheless, the house of Chanel has hired the forever young Karl Lagerfeld to take her place, and he's made the luxury house a consistently powerful name in fashion, with no signs of slowing. Madame Chanel would be proud, we think.
After all, good ole Coco wasn't the most prude thing in the world. Not only was she forward thinking in her designs which released women from their corseted restraints and unleashed their full womanly potential upon the masses. According to a forthcoming biography by Lisa Chaney, the woman who is so often thought of as synonymous with the relaxing of women's fashions was also politically relaxed as well -- so much so that she was a Nazi supporter, a drug user, an open bisexual, and once had an affair with Salvador Dali. Girlfriend was very ahead of her time. While the House of Chanel denies these statements are true, Chaney says she has concrete evidence of their validity.