The choice of the main motive, as often happens, is not accidental and is directly related to the life of Gabriel Chanel. She was born under the sign of Leo, but that's not all that connected them. In 1920, she first arrived in Venice - at a very difficult time for herself, mourning the death of her beloved Boy Capel.
Venice lulled the inconsolable Gabriel, conquered her heart with the luxury of Byzantine mosaics, and Chanel perked up. Here she found inspiration and regained the strength to live - in the gold of the domes, the mesmerizing altar image of the Pala d'Oro in the Basilica of St. Mark and in the omnipresent lions that were on all the buildings, door knockers and monuments of the Venetian Republic.
The lion is a symbol of St. Mark, the patron saint of the city, whose remains lie in the eponymous basilica. In addition, the lion is a symbol of the power and domination of Venice over the whole world during the Renaissance. This beast was the best suited for Gabrielle Chanel, who decorated her apartment on Cambon Street with lion sculptures and used their image for such small details as buttons, latches for bags and brooches.
Years later, in 1929, Chanel returned to Venice, and again the occasion was sad - the funeral of her friend Sergei Diaghilev, who died on her birthday, August 19. She took the funeral expenses and participated in the funeral procession, all in white, escorting the brilliant organizer of the “Russian Seasons” on the last trip to the cemetery on the island of San Michele.
The new collection, consisting of 58 jewelry, embodies the strength and beauty of a lion. Sous le Signe du Lion features necklaces and medallions, strings of colored pearls and huge brooches. Carved from a solid stone, a lion proudly steps on a comet decorated with yellow diamonds.
The star of the new collection is the Royal Lion necklace made of platinum, white gold and diamonds. The jewelry is entirely covered with diamonds and can be worn as a sautoir or short necklace. The lion’s head can be unfastened and worn like a brooch. The lion theme continues with a pair of earrings. Mighty lions stretched out in jumps on cuff bracelets; they wrap themselves around the rings and carefully embrace the precious diamonds with their paws.
The collection makes an impression of bold and uncompromising, it has something from the 70s - it proves that the Chanel house is not afraid to take risky steps and surprise the whole world, like Gabrielle Chanel herself has never been afraid of.