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CHANEL IN VENISE

"Clearly, Chanel had a sense for the visual impact of white, enjoying the contrast it provided with the bronzed skin that she had made so fashionable since her earlier holidays on the Riviera. "A very white earring on the lobe of a well-tanned ear delights me" she remarked to Paul Morand, and then described to him how she had watched a group of American girls swimming in the sea at the Venice Lido. "How much more beautiful these young women would be … if they had dipped their pearls into the waves, into the sea from which they first came ; and how brightly their jewellery would glitter if worn on a skin bronzed by the sun…"

Excerpt from "Chanel Her Life" by Justine Picardie, Steidl, 2011.

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