Justine Picardie Coco Chanel The Legend and the Life . Which of us women has not longed for something Chanel, even if it's only a bottle of No 5, which as you may recall, was Marilyn Monroe's idea of night attire. She was, without doubt, a pioneer and a role model both in fashion and business. She came from nowhere and built a fashion empire. This new book is packed with photos and separates the truth about her life from the legend. You can hear the author interviewed on Start the Week I'm hoping to find a copy in my Christmas stocking!