Proof That Coco Chanel's Designs Are Relevant as Ever

To say that Coco Chanel created a lasting legacy in fashion is putting it lightly. Very lightly. Even though the designer passed away in the early '70s, the founder of the iconic French fashion house is referenced regularly when it comes to style—namely when it dares to extend beyond what's expected or customary. After all, while the designs Coco—a nickname for Gabrielle, of course—created in the 1900s are seen as classic now, they were revolutionary at the time.

So to honour a designer whose influence is, well, infinite, as far as we can tell. We dug back into the archives to track down outfits from when Coco was still at the helm of Chanel. Some ensembles may be well over 70 years old, but they're just as appealing in 2018 as they were when they debuted.

Take a look back in Chanel history and a few of the looks that stand the test of time.

1955
Best Coco Chanel designs: leopard print coat

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Leopard-printed coats are back in a major way for autumn 2018, and even Victoria Beckham is onboard.

1932
Best Coco Chanel designs:  polka dot dress

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From Topshop's sellout polka-dot dress to It frocks from Self-Portrait and more, spotty dresses have taken over 2018. Chanel's been all over that since 1932.

1960
Best Coco Chanel designs: Millennial pink suit

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Well, hello Millennial pink.

1968
Best Coco Chanel designs: polka dot co-ords

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Obviously, Coco has long been queen of the co-ord. 

1924
Best Coco Chanel designs: long jumper and midi skirt

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Yep, Coco Chanel may well be the instigator of that long knit and midi skirt combo we see on so many street stylers.

1936
Best Coco Chanel designs: floral dress

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Bold floral dresses have been a rolling hit this year, and the trend is showing no sign of slowing down.

1954
Best Coco Chanel designs: flowy off-the-shoulder dress with pleated skirt

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Off-the-shoulder. Flowy pleated skirts. Bow ties. This dress is so 2018.

1938
Best Coco Chanel designs: polka dot midi skirt

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Ganni, Topshop, and & Other Stories; everyone is stocking polka-dot skirts right now, and we can't get enough.

1959
Best Coco Chanel designs: gingham check shirt

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As one glance at your own wardrobe might suggest, gingham pieces have come back around to claim cult-buy status.

1964
Best Coco Chanel designs: all white outfit

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Wearing off-white from head to toe is still a foolproof way to look expensive, even when you're not decked in Chanel.

1960
Best Coco Chanel designs: white wrap dress

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A super-elegant white summer dress? A universally flattering wrap style? This couldn't be more current.

1930
Best Coco Chanel designs: white wide leg trousers

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Wide-leg trousers haven't gone anywhere, and they're an especially chic way to wear this summer's white denim.

1960
Best Coco Chanel designs: contrast toe cap shoes

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To this day, we see those Chanel cap-toe shoes everywhere. The slingback versions feel particularly now.

1955
Best Coco Chanel designs: black suit with belt buckle

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The classic suit hasn't gone anywhere, and we'd say the slouchy fit pictured here is very 2018. You'll also find many a street styler—plus Meghan Markle—making chunky belt buckles a key accessory right now.

1955
Best Coco Chanel designs: Stripe shirt and white skirt

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Stripes. Forever. This is also another look that's very Meghan Markle at Wimbledon.

1970
Best Coco Chanel designs: 1970s power suits

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The power suits of the '70s feel just as dominant right now.

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