Chanel: Warp and Weft

by Pressroom

Chanel’s latest Haute Joaillerie collection is a delightful play on the unbearable lightness of tweed, an enduring signature of the Maison.

“There are some things that will never go out of style,” goes the fabled quote from Karl Lagerfeld: “jeans, a white shirt and a Chanel jacket.”

And when we say Chanel jacket, we’re talking the perennial classic bouclé tweed jacket designed by the legendary Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – with its loose fit and chic crop that eventually brought women out of corsets and into stylish sportswear.

Coco Chanel discovered tweed via the men’s tweed fishing and hunting jackets worn by her lover Duke of Westminster, on his royal estate in the north-west Highlands of Scotland – and the rest is history.

In 2020, Patrice Leguéreau, Director of the Chanel Jewelry Creation Studio, brilliantly reinterpreted the aesthetics of this highly tactile, coarsely-woven fabric with a collection of 45 High Jewellery pieces. Now in 2023, he continues to build on that highly innovative aesthetic with an astonishing 63 new High Jewellery pieces.

The new Tweed de Chanel collection is an absolute dream of intricate techniques using precious gemstones and the exceptional savoir faire of the Chanel Fine Jewellery Creation Studio to reproduce the movement and weave of the fabric.

Minuscule hinges using precious materials are created to infuse the whole structure of the remarkable pieces with suppleness, complemented by settings of equal lightness, in which each stone appears to be freed from claws or beads, to be fully revealed in the light.

This collection unveils five new tweed jewellery weaves, in five different colours and adorned with five icons dear to Gabrielle Chanel: the white ribbon, the pink camellia, the comet on a blue background, the yellow sun and the lion highlighted with flashes of red – Tweed Ruban, Tweed Camélia, Tweed Étoile, Tweed Soleil and Tweed Lion.

Images courtesy of Chanel, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.

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