Opening her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910, Chanel started out selling hats. She later added shops in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothing. Her first taste of clothes success came out of a dress she fashioned out of an old jersey on a cold day. In response to the many people who asked about where she got the dress, she offered to create one to them. “My fortune is built on this old jersey which I had put on because it was chilly at Deauville,” she once told writer Paul Morand.In the 1920s, Chanel took her flourishing company to new heights. She launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, that was the first to incorporate a designer’s name. Perfume “is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion… . That heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure,” Chanel formerly clarified. The fragrance was in fact also backed by section shop owner Théophile Bader and businessmen Pierre and Paul Wertheimer, with Chanel developing a close friendship with Pierre. A deal was finally negotiated at which the Wertheimer company would take in 70 percent of Chanel No. 5 gains for producing the cologne in their factories, together with Bader receiving 20 percent and Chanel herself only receiving 10 percent. Over time, with No. 5 being a massive source of revenue, she sued to have the conditions of the deal renegotiated. Gabrielle Chanel made her initial foray into the world of fine jewellery in 1932 when the ground-breaking Bijoux de Diamants collection was unveiled, which was unlike anything Parisian society had previously encountered.
Another highlight — the Jeanne brooch — exhibits the same airiness and features camellias, leaves and abstract birds which bring to mind the treasured Coromandel Chinese folding screens she retained in her Paris apartment.The brooch is centred on a sparkling pink cushion-cut spinel weighing 10.07ct, with pink sapphires and grey spinels scattered around illustrating the motifs. The piece features touches of blackened gold which lend it a depth and gravity which impeccably balance the general lightness of it and add a trendy modern feel.The Maud and Marthe series are where Chanel’s penchant for ribbons excels through.The craftsmanship is exceptional — they look so real. The Maud series makes a motif from the uneven fanned ends of a ribbon in the conclusion of a knot, and the comparison between the angular ends and curvaceous twists is enhanced with the use of round brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds. The Maud rings are a perfect example, and are finished off with just two pear-cut diamonds of about 1ct each.The Marthe series is a study of black and white. Blackened gold edges provide the illusion of chic light-hearted ribbon dangling around itself and falling perfectly set up, imparting just enough strength without being too stark.The selection of grey spinels beneath the darkened ends subtly adds thickness while preserving.the overall translucency of the piece. The accession of creamy strands of little pearls is a masterstroke. Japanese cultured pearls bridge the dichotomy of black and white and improve the movement produced by the bead ribbons, bestowing the sumptuousness and femininity synonymous with pearls.
For people who cannot get enough of wearing jewelry, the wardrobe change isn’t any reason to begin leaving your favourite pieces in the jewellery box. This winter the style gurus are advocating that you emphasise your individual style with the support of long, thin sautoirs and bracelets worn either individually or collectively as part of your own jewellery ensemble.At Chanel’s autumn-winter show 2015/2016, one model’s décolleté was fully covered by long ropes of pearls flowing from the neck to the trouser line; Moschino did not tack on sautoirs either, just in their case it had been gold chains partially embroidered onto the clothing with golden thread. Designers Givenchy and Chloé were controlled with their autumn-winter jewellery selection, completing their outfits with two or three waist length chains, while Roberto Cavalli held back together with only the one low hanging pendant.Ever since the purchase price of gold rocketed in 2012, jewelry chains in fashion have become less chunkier, but this has just encouraged experimentation in regards to how they are worn. I’d suggest to any modern fashionista that they let their creativity come to the fore and assemble their own combination of layered sautoirs.Around the age of 20, Chanel became involved with Etienne Balsan, who offered to help her start a millinery business in Paris. She left him for a few of his wealthier friends, Arthur “Boy” Capel. Both men were instrumental in Chanel’s first style venture.
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