Oh my heavens, I’m like way too nervous to give you more insights on the iconic Chanel as tonight we’ll be launching the 'LBJ” in hometown Paris.
I know I’ve been touring around the world, but coming home is just more than particular and has me frightened a bit to death right now... guess I'll be needing just one little coupe of champagne...
Paris provided Gabrielle with some endless inspiration and although she initially started out at one of the most beautiful & mundane bathing cities of France: Deauville, she had a very strong affinity with Paris. Coco opened het very first boutique in Deauville back in 1913… she focused on selling deluxe casual garments produced in tricot & jersey. The petite boutique of Chanel provided the beaumonde of Deauville with the typical Chanel sweaters, jackets, hats and her very well known ‘marinirère’. In 1915 Coco went on to repeating the success of her first boutique in Biarritz and by 1919 Lady Chanel had acquired the status of couturier and introduced her maison at the iconic 31 Rue Cambon in Paris.
Ohh my dearest Rue Cambon 31, housing the greatest Chanel creations and still the venue where Karl produces his admirable fashion caprioles. This amazing building and certainly the apartment of Chanel have remained intact up to date, as if time stood still. Filled to the notch with antique lacquered Chinese screens (as Coco hated doors), crystal chandeliers, Russian Icons, opulent mirrors... all very elegant and sophisticated still remain in place as if Gabrielle were still around. Coco lived in these premises until her death in 1971, or maybe I’d rather say it was her inspiration spot as she actually resided a suite at the Ritz Hotel – Place Vendôme. She visited the Rue Cambon on a daily base and upon her arrival Chanel no°5 was sprayed into the rooms – on a particular request of Coco herself.
The faceted-mirrored spiral staircase that connects the four levels at the Rue Cambon was designed by Chanel to be able to keep an eye on what was happening on each and every floor. She herself designed her creations on the 4th floor, had her apartment on the 3rd level, she welcomed couture costumers on the 2nd floor where the haute couture dressing rooms are located and the first level was and still is dedicated to the eye candy shop filled with the pretty goods of Chanel.
Talking about the Ritz and the Place Vendôme: it was truly one of Chanel’s favorite places and source of inspiration as she even had the bottle of her Chanel no°5 designed to perfectly match the contours of the iconic Place.
31 Rue Cambon, still a great inspiration even for the monumental decors of the Chanel shows
Ok, my dear readers, wish me luck for tonight and as it has become a habit... I hereby leave you with the Little Black Jacket adventures of Lady Kirilove....
WEARING: Little Black Jacket by Chanel, COS transparent dress, Zara embellished top, Zara bonnet, Chanel sandals and Gabrielle bag