Crush­ing on Coco

Chanel’s flirty new line of rings and bracelets brings the art of quilting to the mod­ern age

Hong Kong Tatler - - Chanel -

Coco Chanel loved quilting so much that she made it fa­mous with her 2.55 hand­bags. This year, Chanel fine jew­ellery line pays homage to the well-known mate­lassé pat­tern with a fun col­lec­tion of cuffs and stack­able rings called Coco Crush.

Chanel first fell in love with the quilted de­sign in the early 1900s when she vis­ited the sta­bles of her friend Eti­enne Bal­san, a horse owner and breeder. Made­moi­selle would ride—chicly at­tired, of course— tak­ing note of the com­fort­able, padded quilting used in sad­dle cloths, horse blan­kets and grooms’ jack­ets.

Quilting de­buted on the Chanel run­way in the 1920s, em­ployed ini­tially as a tex­tu­ral con­trast for lin­ings, col­lars and cuffs, and then worked into dresses and robes. The diamond checker­board print also popped up in col­lec­tions of the 1930s. Quilting be­came an in­te­gral part of the Chanel look, from the hand­bags, to the tweed jacket, shoes, and sun­glasses and even in eye shadow pal­ettes. It would also be high­lighted in fine jew­ellery fea­tur­ing twin­kling pave stones in the place of the stitches on a golden frame­work, or set with another house icon, pearls.

With Coco Crush, five rings and a broad cuff bracelet are crafted in 18K white or yel­low gold in a stylised quilted pat­tern. The de­sign is sim­ple, mod­ern and wearable, echo­ing the spirit of re­fine­ment that has al­ways de­fined the house of Chanel.

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