Monday, 8 August 2011

Thinking of Coco

Londoners, this is for you: Have you ever seen the fashionable lampposts in Westminster? Have you ever noticed the two cc engraved on them? And their resemblance to the Chanel logo? Well, I have and yesterday, finally, I had an aswer to my questions.

{photo via The Telegraph}

Legend has it that the second Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, had an affair with Mademoiselle Coco Chanel back in the late Twenties. To impress her, he ordered all the lampposts in Westminster to be adorned with her initials, alongside an ornate W - the Duke's crest. Poor old Hugh was left heartbroken when, despite his extravagant gesture, Chanel turned his proposal of marriage down saying: "There have been several Duchesses of Westminster, there is only one Chanel".
A less romantic interpretation, as the the city commissioner of transportation for Westminster City Council reveals, is to consider to the two C's as a symbol for City Council. Not sure what the truth is but I like the Chanel story much better!

And speaking of Coco, did you know that her La Pausa French Riviera house is for sale?
Now, if you could, how much would you pay to be at home with Chanel?

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