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A camellia spring day in Cologne

A camellia spring day in Cologne

Cologne Diaries, Cool Stuff, Europe, Germany, Outside India
“Chanel is composed of only a few elements, white camellias, quilted bags and Austrian doorman’s jackets, pearls, chains, shoes with black toes”, quoted Karl Lagerfeld, and of all of these, I love camellias the most. A symbol of purity, longevity and strangely also death, camellias are beautiful flowers. Coco Chanel loved them so much, that, aside from using them as inspiration for her fashion, jewellery etc, she filled her rue Cambon private apartment with these lovely blooms. The camellia features heavily even on her chandeliers and stunningly ornate Coromandel screens and she re-invented the camellia into more than just a fashion logo. This iconic goddess of fashion first fell in love with the camellia after reading Alexandre Dumas’ ‘La Dame aux Camélias’,…
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