A cute Chanel story for LFW

19 September 2008

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As Team Grazia was skipping into work this morning lamenting the last day of Fashion Week, we strolled past one of London's many lamp-posts and were reminded of our favourite piece of fashion trivia...

So the rumour goes like this: in 1925 Coco Chanel is said to have begun a tempestuous affair with the second Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor (or ‘Bendor' as his friends called him; as this is Graziadaily, we will refrain from making a low-brow Bart Simpson-esque joke about that). The Duke was a married man, so Chanel asked him to prove how much he loved her. Dukey listened up and, on one of her visits to London, took Chanel down to the Southbank and showed her how he'd had her interlocking gold CCs painted on every lamppost in Westminster. As the lamps came on, he told her, "Chanel, you light up my world."

Even today if you look around central London you can still see the famous Chanel double C with a W underneath (for ‘Westminster', duh) to symbolise their love. Bless. Pity their relationship wasn't as lasting - Chanel and the Duke split up five years later when he asked her to make things official and marry him. Chanel turned him down with the line, "There have been several Duchesses of Westminster. There is only one Chanel" (sooo much classier than ‘I'm just not that into you' don't you think?). Actually, we don't blame her. The Bendor 2.55 just doesn't have the same ring, does it?

- By Suzy Cox 


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