When I read about Harrods’ World of Chanel exhibit today, first, I put it on my list of big events in London I’ll miss this year. It runs for three weeks. Then, I considered Chanel No. 5, launched in 1922, and probably the only Roaring Twenties’ perfume still splashed today.
A dear friend of mine wears Chanel No. 5. I will forever associate it with her exquisite 16th Arrondissment Parisian apartment and impeccable taste. Before the purses, and Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel was a Roaring Twenties’ stylist. As timeless as No. 5, Chanel’s little black dress made its debut in 1926.
And in Splendid Summer, set in the Roaring Twenties, Heroine Grace Wentworth wins a bathing beauty contest wearing pearls that would make Chanel proud.
Splendid Summer is available on Amazon.com in the U.K. http://tinyurl.com/3nmwz8y and the U.S. http://www.amazon.com/Splendid-Summer-ebook/dp/B004WG4GW6 and Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/splendid-summer-mary-matthews/1103500037