Mademoiselle Chanel’s talismans are an intrinsic part of the Chanel universe. Take the number five, which is said to have been her lucky number: Not only is it the name of her most famous fragrance, she also often showed her collections on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year.The designer custom-made a crystal chandelier with arches twisted into the number five for her apartment, which was filled with other symbols of luck and prosperity, most notably crystal balls and lion sculptures. Born under the astrological sign of Leo, Chanel felt a keen affinity with the majestic creature.The association continues across all ar ms of the brand: A monolithic sculpture of a lion holding a pearl was the centrepiece of Chanel’s haute couture fall/winter 2010 set; and the motif has been incorporated into both its high jewellery( the permanent So us le Signed uL ion collection) and beauty (the limitededition Collection Libre holiday 2018 collection) lines.
From left: A lion sculpture formed the backdrop of Chanel’s haute couture fall/winter 2010 10 set. Chanel N°5 EDP. Gold, lapis lazuli and diamond Lion Médaille ring, Chanel. Coco Chanel. Brooch, $560, Dior. or. Christian Dior. A dress from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first collection for Dior, with the number eight and a tarot symbol bol woven into its design