It wouldn’t be a Chanel spectacle without its timeless tweed lined up on the runway. The Scottish woollen cloth has been a hallmark of the Parisian brand since the early ’20s when Gabrielle Chanel came upon the sportswear belonging to her lover, the Duke of Westminster.
Taken by the supple fabric, the designer began adapting tweed into her womenswear line — possibly setting the whole “borrowing from the boys” trend in motion.
The house of Chanel now reimagines the beloved material to turn in a score of dazzling jewels that’s Tweed de Chanel. Referencing Mademoiselle Chanel’s standard of procuring only the softest wool for her ready-to-wear, the maison ingeniously captures the languid character of tweed using the techniques developed by the Chanel High Jewellery Workshop.
Here, exquisite gemstones are layered with precious metals to evoke the original inspiration. The Tweed Chaine bracelet, for instance, channels the warp and weft of tweed with yellow gold and platinum. Elevating the aesthetic of the weave, the artisans bring diamonds, cultured pearls and tsavorites of different cuts into play to mount them in an alternating pattern.
More than just a looker, the Tweed de Chanel necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and brooches promise the wearer a similar comfort of the feeling one gets when donning Chanel’s iconic collarless tweed jacket.
All 45 unique novelties across the nine chapters of the collection are fashioned to coddle the skin as each setting is pared down to the minimum in pursuit of reducing the asperity of the grain among the gems.