Gabrielle Chanel made pearls an inseparable element of her allure. Worn over striped tops, tweed suits or little black dresses, she accumulated pearls as multiple sautoirs and necklaces. This key detail was immortalised by both Man Ray and Horst P. Horst in unforgettable photographs. As jewellery or buttons, sophisticated embroidery or oversized and transformed into minaudières, pearls are a constant in the Chanel repertoire. Now their gentle simplicity provides the inspiration for this winter’s eyewear collection.
Strands of pearls
Reinterpreting a frame that became a classic in 2008, a series of acetate sunglasses takes up the idea of the string of pearls, this season inserted at the base of the temples. A square design and a graphic cat eye are thus dressed with a strand of pearls.
Pearls and chain interlaced with leather
A second eyewear line combines pearls and a chain interlaced with leather, like this butterfly-shaped acetate optical frame with blue-light blocking lenses on which champagne-hued pearls are aligned with a brown leather ribbon.