Chanel pays tribute to the 1920s era of Café Society with a High Jewellery collection dedicated to audacity and inspired by freedom.
Café society was actually the collective description for the so-called “Beautiful People” and “Bright Young Things” who gathered in fashionable cafés and restaurants in New York, Paris, and London beginning in the late 19th century (what nowadays is called “Jet Set”). Lucius Beebe, noted American author, journalist, gourmand, and railroad enthusiast is generally credited with creating the term “café society,” which he chronicled in his weekly column, This New York, for the New York Herald Tribune during the 1920s and 1930s.
Members of café society were people who attended each other’s private dinners and balls, took holidays in exotic locations or at elegant resorts, and whose children tended to marry the children of other café society members.
In the United States, café society came to the fore with the end of Prohibition in December 1933 and the rise of photo journalism, to describe the set of people who tended to do their entertaining semi-publicly, in restaurants and night clubs and who would include among them movie stars and sports celebrities.
A bohemian and aristocratic atmosphere, reflected in Chanel’s dazzling creations that bring sparkle to every movement. Careening between the comfort of established rules and the reckless pursuit of novelty, life is a celebration that reinvents itself day and night. Chanel invites to discover how, hour after hour, Café Society cultivates this unique art of brilliance.
This creation conjures the mystery of the witching hour in a celebration of light and dark. Deep black onyx contrasts with glittering white diamonds, while spellbinding shapes shift between the figurative and the abstract.
MORNING IN VENDÔME
Waiting for the sun to rise, all-night revelers might spend the early ‘Morning in Vendôme’, Paris’ historic square and home to the world’s finest jewelry brands. This iconic place and time is captured in a series of jewels, a number of which are set with a central emerald-cut yellow diamond surrounded by white and yellow brilliant-cut diamonds in a composition reminiscent of the Place Vendôme’s geometric shape by carved onyx. The ‘Morning in Vendôme’ necklace is one of the collection’s highlights, featuring a 12-carat yellow diamond.
A harmony of structure and design, achieved by rows of diamonds in varying sizes. The stylized geometric pattern evokes the grid layout of New York streets, the architecture of skyscrapers and the lights of Broadway.
These pieces slip on like a flapper dress, draping as supple and fluid as a second skin. The uncluttered design juxtaposes the stark black edges of the square with the immaculate sparkle of a pure white diamond.
Inspired by the colours of a breathtaking sunset, a burst of gold is sprinkled with dazzling Padparadscha sapphires in a palette of powdery pastel pink. Each of the finely crafted pieces showcases a dazzling array of artisan techniques.
Among Chanel’s Café Society fine jewellery collection additional themes are “Tuxedo”, and “Cruise”: