Although she referred to herself as “a simple little dressmaker” in Janet Flanner’s crackling New Yorker profile of 1931, Gabrielle Coco Chanel revolutionized women’s fashion. 132 years after her birth on 19 August 1883, Coco Chanel’s emphasis on simple luxury is a foundation of contemporary style. The relevance and power of the brand is thanks in no small part to Karl Lagerfeld, who has endlessly reinvigorated the house codes with a youthful touch. Here, we look at the colours, motifs and materials that inspired the legendary designer.