Little black dresses and pearls were much in evidence at the Enzian this evening, as admirers of the one-and-only Coco Chanel came out in force for a screening of Coco Before Chanel.
The French American Business Council (FABCO) had bought a block of seats, and it was fun to hear French being spoken in the theater as well as on the screen. A very special member of the audience was Rose Monique Vartanian, who once worked for Chanel in Paris -- and even made a suit for Chanel. After she retired, Rose Monique moved to New York, then San Francisco, and finally Orlando, where she has family. A denimutive woman in a loose black dress, she said she loved Chanel when she worked for her, and loves her still.
And I loved the movie. Five stars. Go see it for the acting, the scenery, and the insights into the early life of one of the greatest designers ever. ... Read more