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Coco Chanel Birthday: See The Top Chanel Runway Looks [SLIDE SHOW]

Aug 19, 2016 12:50 PM EDT
Chanel fall/winter 2011 (Getty Images/Francois Durand)

Friday marks Coco Chanel's birthday. The famed French fashion designer, who passed away in 1971, would have been 133 years old today.

Chanel is one of the most well-known fashion designers of all time, and even decades after her death, her brand - which Karl Lagerfeld has been at the helm of since 1983 - continues to dominate the industry.

From her Chanel No. 5 perfume — still the best selling fragrance in the world — to her stylish suits or perfect little black dresses, Chanel's influence on fashion is unwavering.

In honor of Chanel's birthday, we've rounded up some of our favorite runway looks from recent years. Click through the slide show above to see our picks. You can also keep reading for a roundup of some of the designer's best quotes.  

  • "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."
  • "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."
  • "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." 
  • "Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." 
  • "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." 

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