Coco Chanel turned a sta­ble­boy’s jacket into some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary.

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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.

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