Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel made her first trip to Venice in 1920, to recover from the loss of her lover, Boy Capel, who had died the year before in a car accident. Wandering along the canals, she found what would become her signature motif: the majestic lion, which she spotted in everything from mosaics to the entrance of the Doge’s Palace. Soon she began to emblazon buttons and handbag clasps with feline imagery. Now, almost a century later, Chanel is rekindling Mademoiselle’s obsession, with its 58-piece high jewelry collection Sous le Signe du Lion. This Lion Royal necklace doubles as a sautoir and a choker, and the lion head can be detached and worn as a brooch. Either way, you’ll be one cool cat.
Chanel Fine Jewelry platinum, gold, and diamond necklace, price upon request, chanel.com.
Photographs by Coppi Barbieri
Styled by Claudia Mata