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In­tro­duc­ing Rose de Vents, the new jew­elry col­lec­tion by Chris­tian Dior, while ex­plor­ing the de­signer's rose, star and good luck charm.

t all be­gan at Les Rhumbs in Granville, France ' the villa where Chris­tian Dior spent his child­hood ad­mir­ing the sea. #e Chan­nel Is­lands are vis­i­ble in the far dis­tance when the weather is good, and the boats that pass near the steep coast­lines !nd the Amer­i­cas as their next stop. And there ' in the villa’s pool, per­fectly lo­cated be­hind the house, the wind rose (or “rose des vents” in French) mo­tif is traced out on the mo­saic bot­tom. It was also in the gar­den here that the cou­turier’s pas­sion for %ow­ers took root ' for hawthorn, mignonette and his beloved roses in par­tic­u­lar, which he grew him­self. Later in Paris, as a re­sult of !nd­ing a some­what mys­te­ri­ous star on the ground, the highly su­per­sti­tious Chris­tian Dior de­cided to open his own cou­ture house, in­ter­pret­ing this !nd as a por­tent of his des­tiny. And it was then from Paris, with that same lucky star in his pocket, that he headed o" to the four winds to dis­cover the world and present his col­lec­tions in which the rose al­ways played a star­ring role. All these sto­ries are con­tained in the Rose des Vents col­lec­tion by Vic­toire de Castel­lane. “I wanted to start from the idea of a dainty mo­tif pen­dant. And what is more metaphor­i­cal than a medal­lion?” the Dior Joail­lerie cre­ative di­rec­tor asks. “A sym­bol of travel in which you !nd echoes of Chris­tian Dior’s star and the idea of the good-luck charm, but also the rose, his fa­vorite %ower. #e whole history of the house is there, im­plic­itly.” In yel­low gold, rose gold, mother-of­pearl, lapis lazuli, turquoise or pink opal, the jewels have all the del­i­cacy of a gen­tly-whis­pered story. In a nod to the world of fash­ion and the ocean alike, a twist of gold rice grains en­cir­cles the medal­lion hang­ing from its chain, show­ing ei­ther its hard­stone or wind rose face, ac­cord­ing to the wearer’s move­ments. With bracelets and short and long neck­laces, the col­lec­tion de­vel­ops the mo­tif, broad­en­ing the hori­zon for the medal­lion jewel. “Rose des Vents is also a metaphor for cre­ation,” ex­plains Vic­toire de Castel­lane. “Cre­at­ing is about search­ing, turn­ing things over and then !nd­ing one’s car­di­nal point and set­ting o" on a jour­ney. Cre­ation is the prod­uct of a sta­tion­ary voy­age.”

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