about 10 years later
Dmitri would leave a little jewel to Coco Chanel
financing 73 years later
Cremerie de Paris ....
50 years later
Carl and Friederike would be
the babysitters of their
editor of this website ...
years go by ....
"This is my Christmas present for you,
Dmitri gave it to me a long time ago,
keep it as a souvenir of your old friend Coco Chanel
and as a little luck bringer.
It's thanks to Dmitri
I created N°5.
You have also helped me
bringing my name
to the ears of the Kennedys.
You are my wonderful friend."
Coco Chanel december 1970
"Yesterday died in Paris a Lady
that was in fashion.
She was the girlfriend of
your great-uncle Dmitri Romanov.
You never met him,
he died many many years ago.
When we were children
we were all impressed by him.
Your grandfather you have never met
Your great aunt Anastasia
always joked with him.
I was captivated by him because of his glamour.
He secretly allowed me to smoke cigarets with him
(not a good idea for you to do) .
He was a little older than all of us.
He had no parents,
this is why he lived with
Anastasia's and Alexei's family.
I always wanted to contact this Lady,
so she would talk to me
But unfortunatly I was a little shy.
You see fashion is another world.
It's not my world.
Now it's too late.
Carl Solms, january 1971
"Mademoiselle Chanel provided a sharp
contrast to the general ambience
with her vim and vigour.
She always made a grand theatrical entrance
following lengthy preparations.
Although she had been forgotten by the masses,
her "look" and style rekindled fond memoires
in the clientele of the Beau-Rivage:
the rich old ladies in black lace dresses
and stiff velvet collars
to hide their turkey necks had worn her clothes,
her signature knee-length skirts,
thirty years earlier.
And the old gentlemen
leaning on their ebony sticks
had opened accounts at Chanel for their girlfriends,
or escorted her models out in the evenings
after fashion shows.
Whenever she crossed the hall
to the restaurant terrace,
a murmur would ripple through the hotel.
A fairy was passing and they would be transported
back in time
from the late 1930s
to their youth in Deauville in 1910."
Michel Gonin, book Bagages pour Vancouver
published in 1985
"Thank you for coming all the way from Paris
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