There is a wheat field in Place Vendôme, France
You can thank Chanel for that
Don't be alarmed if you see a wheat field in Place Vendôme, the plaza in front of the Ritz Paris hotel. Chanel is behind the Blés Vendôme installation, created by French artist Gad Weil. It's also where the fashion house unveiled its latest collection of high jewellery, Les Blés de Chanel, inspired by wheat (which translates to les blés in French).
Wheat signifies luck and prosperity in France, and because of that Gabrielle Chanel used it as a good-luck charm, which appears in every room in her apartment. It appeared on a brass bouquet, in gilded wood on the fireplace and she even had gilded sheaves for a table leg. She also owned a painting of a single blade of wheat, presented to her by Salvador Dali.
Current Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld made references to this lucky charm in his Spring 2010 collection, with ears of wheat featured on chain belts, sunglasses, bracelets, headbands, necklaces and brooches.
The Blés Vendôme exhibition runs until 7 July 2016, after which Weil will take his installation to Saumur, France. See more of the high jewellery collection below.
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