Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - THE STYLE -

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

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