July 30th, 2009Par admin dans COCO CHANEL. (Dernière mise à jour : August 30th, 2012)
A gift to Gabrielle Chanel from Jacques Chazot, a famous dancer from the Opéra-Comique and well-known member of glittering Paris society, this frog with its open mouth, a symbol of good luck in Asia, was initially part of the decorations of a fountain before the designer decided to plate it in gold. She even let her guests believe that it was made from solid gold. One day, as Parisian designer Hubert de Givenchy was having tea with Gabrielle Chanel in her apartment at 31 rue Cambon, he found a pendant that had fallen from the chandelier in the living room, and placed it delicately in the frog’s mouth. Mademoiselle Chanel decided to keep the frog with its crystal pendant.
May 11th, 2009Par admin dans COCO CHANEL. (Dernière mise à jour : August 30th, 2012)
Born a Leo on the 19th of August, 1883, Gabrielle Chanel surrounded herself with models of lions in wood, silver, bronze or alabaster for her apartment at 31 rue Cambon. The lion became a timeless biographical seal on numerous of her creations. “August 19th is my birthday. I was born under the sign of Leo. I am a Leo and, like a lion, I use my claws to prevent people from doing me harm, but, believe me, I suffer more from scratching than from being scratched.” The lion is also the symbol of the city of Venice, most notably the lion at Saint Mark's Square, the protective emblem of Doge's Palace. Coco Chanel fell in love with the city when she went for the first time, a voyage made in attempt to ease the pain of the sudden death of her lover, Boy Capel, in December 1919. Karl Lagerfeld has decided to go back to Venice to present the Cruise 2009/10 collection.