Quilty as Charged

Chanel’s fa­mous mate­lassé mo­tif gets its most lux­u­ri­ous in­ter­pre­ta­tion yet, writes Char­lene Co

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style Jewellery -

s seen on its highly cov­eted leather bags and cou­ture jack­ets, Chanel’s iconic quilted pat­tern— which uses the mate­lassé tech­nique to make it ap­pear raised or padded—has found its way into the French mai­son’s lat­est high jew­ellery col­lec­tion. In a low-key, al­most clan­des­tine event held at the Mar­itime Mu­seum in late Fe­bru­ary, the brand in­vited se­lect me­dia to a pre­view ar­ranged for VIP clients. Hong Kong was the first desti­na­tion af­ter the col­lec­tion’s grand de­but at Paris Cou­ture Week in Jan­uary, kick-start­ing a global tour that will make stops in Chanel’s key mar­kets over the next few months.

The Sig­na­ture de Chanel col­lec­tion com­prises 48 pieces, all of which fea­ture the iconic quilted pat­tern. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel loved the eques­trian world and for this hum­ble pat­tern, which mim­ics the style of hand-stitched quilts crafted in Mar­seilles, she was in­spired by the jack­ets the sta­ble boys wore at the track. Aes­thet­ics aside, Coco found the pat­tern to be func­tional be­cause it al­ways held its shape when stitched; this gave her more free­dom in de­sign, al­low­ing her to use softer ma­te­ri­als such as silk, jersey and lamb­skin.

In adapt­ing this pat­tern for the Sig­na­ture de Chanel col­lec­tion, the de­sign­ers at the Chanel Fine Jew­ellery Cre­ative Stu­dio dis­play grace­ful curves and fluid lines us­ing white

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