“If You’re Sad, Add More Lipstick and Attack” — Coco Chanel

For the fashion history buffs out there:

The latest installment in Chanel’s Inside Chanel series delves into the history of the house’s choice iconic colors. Beyond aesthetics, black, white, beige, gold, and red all held personal meaning and symbolism for Gabrielle Chanel.

Of red, “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack. Men hate women who weep.”

Watch the film below to hear more opinionated gems from Mademoiselle Chanel, from glimpses at her childhood in the orphanage, to the gilded gifts she received from the aristocracy, to the utmost elegant color black. “I imposed black,” she said, “it reigns still, because black trumps all.”