Justine spoke in the exquisite setting of the Flower Show marquee, and me perched next to the bookish exhibit depicting Patrick Suskind's Perfume, with its bright-eyed mackerel of Friday now reeking, but I held my nose and was enthralled as the life of surely the world's most iconic fashion figure was laid out before us.
In her own inimitable style Justine has researched in depth, ploughed her way through dusty archives, stayed in convents, worked in Coco Chanel's Parisian apartment and generally immersed herself in a cloud of Number 5 to bring Chanel to life and I now can't wait to read the book. As you'd expect there are moments of great sadness, and apparently a very interesting war to recount and the book will contain 400 pictures, many discovered in private archives and never seen before...we had a little preview, Coco intimately acquainted with some very influential and wealthy figures here in the UK.
Justine and I have something very special planned for here nearer to publication date but meanwhile meet Coco the dog-in-a-handbag also in attendance.
and Coco was of course introduced to Justine.