In the summer of 1920, Mademoiselle Chanel visited Venice and found it to be artistic and fashionable, and an ongoing source of inspiration throughout her life. Most of the city's who's-who - including Count Etienne de Beaumont and Prince Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge - could be found on the Lido beach, the perfect spot to promote the beach pyjamas she had been wearing since 1918. The city's lion symbol also appealed to Miss Gabrielle, in part because she was a Leo; in addition to collecting lion figurines, the lion would become a timeless biographical seal on numerous CHANEL creations past and present.
Mirroring her wanderlust, CHANEL Cruise Collections have since sailed on a yacht on the River Seine, arrived in Grand Central Terminal in New York City, landed by private jet at the Santa Monica Airport, trailed through landmarks of Paris by bus, and lounged by pool at The Raleigh in Miami. This year, they're headed for Venice where, on Thursday May 14th, Cruise 2009-10 - inspired by the culture of travel - will land at the legendary Grand Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort.
- Lesley Scott
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