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Coco Chanel at the Ritz Paris.  "Chanel didn't believe in anything, except fashion. Chanel believed in beautiful clothes, she believed in her business and rightly so; she didn't care about Hitler or politics or Nazism." Ensconced in the luxury of the Hotel Ritz, a privilege permitted to few non-Germans, Chanel, who had closed her shops in France at the outbreak of war, was in constant contact with the country's new Nazi overlords.

Coco Chanel at the Ritz Paris in a belted, cropped jacket & flared skirt.

Up Close & Personal with Coco Chanel in her Apartment at the Ritz - The most controversial years in Coco Chanel’s life were spent living at the Hotel Ritz in Paris. While most of Paris was being booted out of their homes during the German occupation, Coco lived in luxury throughout most of World War II– thanks to a highly questionable relationship with her lover, a German Aristocrat and Nazi propaganda officer.

Gabrielle Chanel in her suite at the Ritz hotel in Paris. Published in Harper's Bazaar in this photo was chosen for the Chanel advertisement. For the first time, Chanel herself promoted her

Misia (striped robe) with Coco Chanel (white pantsuit) 1923 in Venice

Coco Chanel and Misia Sert (center) on the Lido in Venice, surrounded by countesses, in a beach costume by Chanel.

En 1904 cambió los techos del hospicio por los artesonados del château de Royallieu, cerca de París. Durante una excursión a Vichy había conocido al oficial Ettienne Balsan, un vividor que repartía sus atenciones entre la protegida de turno y los caballos, su verdadera pasión. Gabrielle plantó allí su maletita de cartón y la recogió meses después para escapar con el gran amigo de su anfitrión, el millonario Boy Capel.

Looking Back: Coco Chanel: 1920 Pearls, a classic motif of the house of Chanel, made early appearances in the designer's personal style.

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