Inside Coco Chanel’s Paris Apartment
by Alice Byrne
Chanel is a brand that exudes glamour, sophistication, French style and elegance. The iconic fashion house’s gorgeous designs are often the most wanted items for any women’s wardrobe. This journey of style began on 31 Rue Cambon in Paris, which was the Paris retreat of the one and only Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.
Not only preoccupied with stylish fashion, her trademark pearls and the little black dress, this style icon lived the complete luxury lifestyle. The apartment is the most glamorous, opulent, luxurious place ever. The curtains, the towels, the glassware, everything is indulgent and perfect. The apartment is located above the Chanel boutique, and although Mademoiselle Coco lived permanently at the Ritz Paris, this apartment was a luxury getaway for her and her surely super stylish guests.
The classic and iconic Chanel logo is dotted subtly around the apartment. A spectacular chandelier created from semi-precious stones has the double-C Chanel logo hidden throughout it, which sits above the seating area where Coco conducted all her media interviews. As well as this incredible chandelier, the apartment is filled with jewel-encrusted furniture, fabulous gilt mirrors, sumptuous quilted pillows and luscious throws.
Although there is a distinctive French style about the apartment, the interiors also draw from oriental styling, Victorian opulence and Russian coloring. The colors are rich, royal and luxurious, with plenty of cream, black, maroon and splashes of gold. Also visible here is the legendary spiral staircase, where Coco was said to have watched all her runway shows, so that she could watch the audience’s reactions from above.