Chanel's New High Jewellery Collection Is From Russia, With Love
So often the inspiration for Chanel’s fashion, perfume and jewellery, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel is again the stimulus behind the brand’s new Le Paris Russe De Chanel high jewellery collection. Drawing specifically on the designer’s relationships with the many Russians who arrived in Paris fleeing the Russian Revolution, symbols of the sun and double headed eagle atop an octagonal mirror in the entrance of her rue Cambon abode feature heavily. The collection comprises 69 one of a kind pieces divided into 11 sets – each based on a specific aspect of Russian history, from embroidery to imperial symbols.
While the collection exudes rich Russian heritage, designs are subtle and let the fine jewels speak for themselves. From delicate earring motifs and large pearl sautoir necklaces to draped strands of yellow sapphires, garnets, emeralds and diamonds, each and every piece celebrates the brand’s affinity, love and respect for Russian art from 1910 to the present day.
For this collection Director Patrice Leguéreau cleverly included subtle references to Coco’s character; for example, her favourite flower – the camelia – is incorporated into some of the pieces. A stunning example of creativity borne from historical research, each piece in the collection carries with it a slice of Chanel’s experience as a young woman finding her way in the world.