In the 1920s, Gabrielle Chanel introduced the tweed fabric, which changed the destiny of her maison forever. The designer was inspired by the sportswear she borrowed from her beau, Hugh Grosvenor, the 2nd Duke of Westminster, and found it to be far more comfortable than anything offered in womenswear. Working with a Scottish factory, Chanel introduced the fabric into all facets of her clothing designs, and incorporated other materials such as silk, wools and cotton, along with more textures, and innovations. Tweed became a signature of Chanel, particularly its two-piece suit that has been throned as a symbol of female empowerment.
In the past decade or so, Chanel has released iterations of its iconic fabric outside of the fashion sphere. Its beauty line also introduced blush and eyeshadow palettes carved in its tweed pattern. And if that’s not enough, the label has unveiled the next big thing: A high jewellery line dedicated to the supple Scottish woollen cloth.
To translate the striking irregularity of tweed, the 45 exceptional pieces exhibit a complex ‘woven’ texture. Each stunner is made by hand, and created out of layered and intertwined diamonds, pearls, onyx, and pearls. Embellished with stones, diamonds, and linked with miniature chains, the pieces, which include necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, and watches, are finely wrought and boast minimal asperity to mimic the fabric’s suppleness.
While most of the designs are monochromatic and set in yellow gold and platinum, its most striking design is the Tweed Couture necklace, which features cushion cut diamond, pearls, sapphires and spinels in yellow gold and platinum and closely resembles a pink tweed jacket.
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