Coco Chanel turned a stableboy’s jacket into something extraordinary.
In theory, it’s easy to make something beautiful appear even more beautiful—which might be why we admire so many fashion designers today: They are able to transform the ordinary into something special, even extraordinary. Back in her time, Coco Chanel was especially adept at this. She took jersey, which was more often associated with men’s underwear, and used it in her womenswear collections. Having a tanned complexion wasn’t socially acceptable, but Chanel made it chic. And she admired the quilted jackets worn by stableboys so much that she incorporated the pattern into her designs. Today, quilting is so synonymous with Chanel that we’d forgive you for overlooking it on the Boy handbag (shown here, in the background). Look closely at the 18-karat white gold and diamond Signature de Nacre cuff (shown) and you’ll see the quilting pattern in the mother-of-pearl inlay. Indeed, quilting is he theme that binds Chanel’s new 48-piece High Jewellery collection, which is definitely beautiful.