Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Allure of Chanel

Very few people have the confidence to be certain that they are right and anyone who questions them is wrong. Coco Chanel was one of those people and, of course, she WAS right. All of the elements that she introduced have endured and have been well interpreted and modernized by Karl Lagerfeld.

We are always searching for exceptional early Chanel pieces and our quest for the holy grail: the perfect and classic Chanel haute couture suit has been elusive up to now. We had three of these suits, two of which have already sold. One sold before we had the opportunity to photograph it but it was as perfect as these two and just as chic.

Chanel suits are not obviously sexy but somehow the soft fabrics follow the body and the snug little cardigan jackets make us think of Romy Schneider in Boccaccio '70: her elegance and ennui, a burning cigarette, her beauty and stunning suits.

This is a late 1950s/early 1960s Chanel haute couture suit. The quilted silk lining, the iconic use of striped jersey, the flat gilt chain that edges the jacket, the gilt double cc buttons, the tweed suit in a delicious shade of peach and the fabric! They don't make 'em like this anymore! This is a wonderful piece for a collection and even more wonderful to wear.

Late 1950s/early 1960s Chanel haute couture tweed suit with striped jersey. Size 4.

Late 1950s/early 1960s loosely woven Chanel haute couture suit with gilt buttons.

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