Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

During her brief career as a singer, Gabrielle Chanel performed in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where she was called “Coco.” Some say that the name comes from one of the songs she used to sing, and Chanel herself said that it was a “shortened version of cocotte, the French word for ‘kept woman,” according to an article in The Atlantic.

She opened her first clothes shop in 1910. In the 1920’s, she launched her first perfume and introduced the Chanel suit and the little black dress and revolutionized fashion. In the 1920s, Chanel took her thriving business to new heights. She launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, which was the first to feature a designer’s name. Perfume “is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion. . . . that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure,” Chanel once explained.

In 1925, she introduced the now legendary Chanel suit with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt. Her designs were revolutionary for the time—borrowing elements of men’s wear and emphasizing comfort over the constraints of then-popular fashions. She helped women say good-bye to the days of corsets and other confining garments.

The origin of her legendary symbol “intertwining C’s” HERE

A charming short film (13 minutes) in celebration of Coco Chanel, the iconic & legendary, French fashionista:


Music + Fashion = St. Tropez

Of course, St. Tropez is known as the playground for the rich and famous, and for the actress/singer Brigitte Bardot in the 1950/60’s, who now has a line of clothing.

In the recent music collaboration between French DJ, Jean Roch, and American rapper, Snoop Dogg, Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld, makes a cameo appearance in the video, asking “You were never told that Saint Tropez is paradise?”

We may not have actually been told, but I think we all believe it IS a little piece of paradise!

Cannes Restaurant & Croisette Shopping

Since the Cannes Film Festival has ended and the crowds have dispersed, I decided to go to Cannes for lunch — Le Rendezvous restaurant, situated about 50 meters from the Croisette and 300 meters from the Palais des Festivals.

I was seated at the front window, so had a great vantage point to people watch and view strolling musiciens and tour buses passing by. Lunch was delicious: a three-course menu (appetizer, main dish, and dessert).




As I exited the restaurant, on my way to the Croisette, there were flower shops, flowered balconies, and flower baskets paving the way.

I decided to stroll past the iconic Film Festival building, with its red carpet stairs (would love to have bumped into Brad Pitt who had just been here), continued along rue d’Antibes to window shop, and then along a part of the world-famous Croisette! It was amusing that even the recycle bins had an artistic edge to their design — of course, in blending with the chic surroundings!

Stroll along with me in the photo slideshow!

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