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5 famous links between Chanel and the sea

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For many modern vacationers, part of the draw of a luxury yacht cruise in the Caribbean or Mediterranean is the chance to lounge in the sun and turn a beautiful golden brown. Back in the 1920s, however, pale and interesting was much more the thing – proving you were wealthy and upper class enough to shelter inside rather than labour in the sun.

That is, of course, until Gabrielle Chanel came along. After spending a little too long in the sun on a Mediterranean cruise, Chanel and her socialite friends were photographed disembarking in Cannes sporting light tans – and where Chanel went the world followed.

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