Of the Maison Chanel’s many symbolic codes, the matelassé or quilted pattern is quite possibly its most coveted one. This utilitarian fabric made its debut in Gabrielle Chanel’s couture collection in the 1920s, and was also seen around her rue Cambon apartment. It was her passion for equestrianism that led Mademoiselle Chanel to the idea of using quilted leather for her very first handbag, the iconic 2.55. Known to provide much comfort, resistance, and padding, quilted fabrics are often used to line riding jackets and to make saddle cloths and horse blankets.
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But the matelassé is not restricted to textiles, as evinced by Chanel’s Coco Crush fine jewellery line. A collection that’s completely dedicated to the quilted pattern, Coco Crush is where Chanel fashions rings and cuffs and earrings and bracelets from precious metals. The pieces are made in yellow gold, white gold, and the Maison’s unique beige gold, which has a tone that’s about midway between yellow and rose gold. With some pieces just lightly dusted with diamonds, this is Chanel’s minimalist take on the quilting tradition. What’s decidedly not minimalist, though, is the plethora of different ways to wear the pieces.
Stack on two or three bracelets at a go—they come in four sizes and the simple and discreet clasp system makes it an absolute breeze to layer and stack these bad boys. Or wear two different sized rings on one finger—one is never enough.
Dress your ears with a pair of matching hoop earrings for the day but play up your fun side in the evening by moving them to the top of your ears—or, put on a ear cuff with lots of attitude. There’s a set of asymmetric earrings that comprises a slender white gold hoop paved with diamonds and a triple-ring cuff featuring one white gold hoop paved with diamonds and two in classic yellow gold. If, however, you’re in too deep with beige gold, then take your pick from the extended line of small and medium-sized rings with a sprinkling of diamonds. Better yet, mix them all up and create your own style. Now that’s luxury.
Photography Darren Gabriel Leow
Stylist Jasper Loh
Hair & Makeup Emma Haddock/ Indigo Artisans
Model Paulina / Mannequin