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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Coco Power

July 31st, 2009
05:36 PM ET

Coco Chanel. How important was she? Did she have more impact than most world leaders?

I don’t know much about fashion but I did learn how powerful it is today. I went to a regular high street store in London with a fashion expert for the programme. He showed me how in almost every corner of the shop you could find something linked to Chanel; a little black dress; a tweed jacket; the trim on a cardigan; a rack full of fake pearl necklaces; a dark toed-shoe. All these things were either inspired by, or popularised by, Coco Chanel … decades ago. It is fascinating to me that most women in the western world probably have at least one thing in their wardrobe that they think of as classically simple but is, in fact, classically Chanel. It could be nothing more than the cut of a collar but there it is, tucked away in the outfits of millions of women as they go about their day. That means Chanel affected the lives of most women in the western world and many beyond. It may be cosmetic but it also affects the way they feel. How many world leaders can claim to have had such a widespread, and lasting, impact on humanity? Just a thought …

Your comments below, please! We'll read the best ones out on air tonight at 9pm London time.

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Six Degrees: Sarah Palin to Michael Schumacher

July 31st, 2009
11:52 AM ET

Reckon you know you way around this week’s news and personalities? Then see if you can take up our Six Degrees of Separation challenge.

All you need to do is connect two newsmakers who have hit the headlines in six moves.

This week we want you to link now-former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who resigned her post over the weekend, to legendary Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, who announced his return to racing this week.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below. On Friday the Connect the World team will pick the most creative connection, with Becky announcing the winner on the show.

Last week’s winner was Sally, who connected footballer David Beckham to astronaut Neil Armstrong. Here’s how she did it…

David Beckham has been interviewed by...

...yours truly, Becky Anderson, who attended a journalism school named for...

...Walter Cronkite, who was succeeded on CBS by...

...Dan Rather, who was once attacked by a man shouting "What's the frequency, Kenneth? which was immortalized in song by...

...Michael Stipe, who donated more than $80,000 to the Democratic Party last year, just like

...Robert Zemeckis, who attended the same university as...

...Neil Armstrong.

Reckon you can better Sally? Then try your hand at connecting Sarah Palin and Michael Schumacher. Remember -– you need five other people between those two, no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

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