Coco Chanel

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The Intercontinental hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Staying in a five-star hotel for most is followed by a check out at noon, but a growing number of people are choosing to have a permanent base in high(...)

Author Lindsey Tramuta. “It was spurred by my frustration with the way many people talk about Paris, I wanted to tell a fresher story.” Photograph: Joann Pai

The ‘branded Parisian’ needs to be reconstructed ‘because it’s been a long time since she’s looked like Brigitte Bardot or Edith Piaf’ There are(...)

Irish woman Carmel Snow, who was editor of Harper’s Bazaar. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

The recently widowed Annie White was charged with managing the Irish Village Concession at the 1893 Chicago World Fair following the untimely death of(...)

A selection of ripe seedpods and seed from Fionnuala’s garden in autumn including tagetes, nicandra, lunaria and papaver. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It was the late great fashion designer Coco Chanel who declared that the best things in life are free. Certainly one of the great joys of gardening is(...)

Best of the Irish individually is Offaly’s Darragh Kenny. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland goes into Thursday’s second competition in the European show jumping championships in Rotterdam lying sixth (10.36 faults) of the 15 competing(...)

Smell of success: Olivier Polge in the laboratory at Chanel

Fragrance creation is a mystery to most of us, a territory where chemistry meets aesthetics, where science and art intersect to create something power(...)

 Rihanna: the singer was crowned the pope of fashion on social media after last year’s Met Gala. Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

Is Rihanna the Coco Chanel of the 21st century? LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company of Dior, Givenchy and Fendi, apparently thinks so(...)

Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I’m a real person who wants to eat delicious stuff’. Photograph: Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times

Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at Marcus, the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel, London, just as the lunch service is getting started. Perfec(...)

David McCourt (left) lives in the Merrion Hotel where Peter McCann is manager

When did you last cry? David: When I got the bill from The Merrion. Peter: When he paid it. David: Coco Chanel lived at The Ritz for 37 years. Bob (...)

Monica de Wichfeld - a woman who refused to conform

If Monica de Wichfeld’s life was a movie, it might win one Oscar for costume design, and another for best actress. An aristocratic mainstay of the Eu(...)

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