Sous le Signe Du Lion
The Lion once again takes center stage in Chanel’s latest High Jewelry collection.
Upon returning to Venice, Gabrielle Chanel would rediscover her favorite animal each time. A symbol of strength, the lion represented that eternal drive and spark with which she led her life. They became acquainted during her first visit to the city in 1920 with Misia and José Maria Sert. The death of Boy Capel, the great love of her life, had left her completely devastated. Misia, Gabrielle’s only true friend, had saved her from grief by having her almost forcibly leave Paris and offering her Venice with its Tiepolo skies, purple-strewn dawns and golden lions as a new distraction. It was in this illusory city early one morning that she came across the lion. She had first caught sight of it at a distance upon entering Saint Mark’s square, appearing to float in the air between sky and water. High up in the basilica’s pediment, it had a conqueror’s air poised over a blue, mosaic sky studded with golden stars… the famous stars that had followed her from her childhood. This city overflowed with the symbols she cherished, and she discovered them one after the other during her many excursions in the Doges’ city. With its gold, sun and stars, lions and the salt-air in the breeze that whips up the spirits as much as the face, Venice was the city of her renaissance. Each time she returned she found strength there, a new lease of life that radically changed the course of her path, ideas and her loves. Making its first appearance in the Chanel High Jewelry world in 2012, the Lion once again takes center stage in the new jewelry collection entitled “Sous Le Signe Du Lion” in two new design themes: Lion ‘Arty’ taking its form out of a single gold monolith and Lion ‘Pépites’ with its lion sketched out in curved lines. Gabrielle Chanel’s star sign is the king of the zodiac. Solar and majestic, the watchful guardian of the Serenissimo, the Lion in this collection is treated in a most pure and geometrical way, its solemn stance revealing all its power.