"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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