So, in the early 1930s (after grieving for Boy and partying with Bendor) she began a famously intense affair with Paul Iribe who was . . . really anti-Semitic. Colette said he was “a demon”, but “a very interesting demon.” Coco, who had never been political, jumped in the deep end by funding Iribe’s magazine, Le Temoin, a violent, ultra-nationalist publication that said that France was being destroyed from within by Jews.
That was not correct. Iribe was not accurate, there.
Most people, like Colette, knew this was wrong. However, everyone did agree that the magazine was full of some very good pictures! In one Iribe drew a naked Coco Chanel – meant to represent Marianne (a symbol of the French state) – being cradled by Hitler who is seemingly defending her from a group of Jews.
So that is where Coco formed her political views.
It is amazing that you could have these opinions and be open about them and still be part of polite society. Pretty much everyone was excited for Coco Chanel and Paul Iribe because, in addition to being absolutely hateful , he was very handsome and a good tennis player.
Spoiler: He died playing tennis. On Coco Chanel’s court.
Chanel was, once again, devastated. She began injecting herself with morphine nightly saying “I need it to hold on.”
Also, this was an era where not only could you go to an orgy seemingly every Saturday if you wanted to, you could also obtain morphine for recreational purposes. Suffice to say, the 1930s were a much more exciting time than the one we live in now.