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.
A delicate surge of light pink and green jade in a collection of Art Deco accessories
A fashion shoot for the May 2009 issue of American ELLE featuring French actress and singer Nora Arnezeder
The fourth annual dinner hosted by CHANEL at New York restaurant Odeon in support of the artist program
Fall-Winter 2009/10 Pre-Collection
One of the great institutions of Parisian Couture
Ever since his company became part of the Chanel family in 2002, François Lesage has retained his position as the key supplier to all the great names in fashion, and, for Karl Lagerfeld, an irreplaceable partner. Every season, Karl Lagerfeld, admired by François Lesage for “his intelligence, culture and creativity”, hands over the sketches and ideas on which he bases his work.
The story began in 1858, when Charles Frederick Worth opened his haute couture fashion house, and started making use of the prodigious talent of the embroiderer Albert Michonet, whose studio was purchased by Albert and Marie-Louise Lesage in 1924. This was the beginning of a period of fruitful and close collaboration with the best-known names of the time.
In 1949, on the death of his father, François Lesage took over management of the company at the tender age of 20. For 50 years, he has cleverly combined the skills of a traditional craft with meeting the pioneering requirements of the new generation of fashion designers.
For each haute couture collection, François Lesage, and his team of designers and embroiders, develop a hundred new embroidered pieces, which are added to some forty thousand samples created since 1858 and which have today become the inspiration for many designers.
A close-up and details of the embroidery created for the latest Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection from Chanel.