Chanel is one of the oldest and most venerable fashion houses in France. Its logo is emblematic of its approach to fashion: simple, no-nonsense, chic, understated, clear.
The story of the company's founder Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel - even before she founded the company - was so interesting that a film has been made about it. What happened after she started building up her business with a new vision of women's clothing, aided by money provided by her lover, had become legendary.
Indeed, legend is a word that suits Chanel. Legendary names associated with it (Marilyn Monroe), legendary creations (Chanel N°5), a legendary story about how she did or didn't carry a message from the Nazis to the English during the Second World War and a legendary designer that has been working for the company since the early eighties, helping to push the brand into the 21st Century: Karl Lagerfeld.
If you want to experience part of the legend, try out the Chanel boutique on avenue Montaigne.
The Champs Elysees avenue during the winter season is magic. Until February, the avenue shines with fairy lights. To complete the experience, visitors should stop at the giant ferris wheel in the place de la Concorde . For the festive season, this traditional attraction, twinkling with lights, will take you up above the rooftops of Paris to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. The wheel provides a view upon the Champs Elysees, the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden.