High Priestess of High Fashion: GABRIELLE CHANEL

AT the fall fashion shows in Paris, high among clothes that excited the press and buyers the most were those of Gabrielle Chanel. Her colorful, classic "little suits" were once more the high-fashion hit. It was hardly a surprise: for the past 40 years a large share of the history of feminine fashion has been tailored by slim, dark-haired "Coco" (Little Pet) Chanel, 78, the designer's designer who never learned to sew. Her own modest formula for success: "We don't need genius, just a lot of skill and a little taste."

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