© Pari Dukovic
Modelled from an original piece of CHANEL Art Deco jewellery, dating from the 1920s, this dazzling necklace boasts 1500 individual rhinestones that have been artfully assembled into a graphic silhouette that recalls the night-lit, Manhattan skyline. Brimming with colours that wink day and night, the rhinestones are soldered on one-by-one, ensuring the collar moulds to the wearer like a second skin.
This look sculpts the figure like the robe of an ancient Egyptian goddess, showcasing the fine craftsmanship of the embroidery house Montex. A shimmering embroidered dress is worn over a long tube dress in white jersey to bring out its transparency. Chains of gold beads were delicately sewn onto tulle to form a mesh, using a Cornély, a hand-operated machine designed in the 19th century. Needle-embroidered braids and interlaced triangles of glass cubes and metal tubes form geometric reliefs on the yoke collar, waist and at the bottom of the dress, putting the finishing touches to this look.
Goossens, Gabrielle Chanel's original jeweller and a great accomplice, understood the founder's love for audacious design. As such, the House was the perfect collaborator for the ornate jewellery in the Paris - New York collection. For this bold and graphic 24-karat gold cuff, adorned with a scarab beetle, they drew rich inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld's touchstone of ancient Egypt and crafted precious objects that bridged the perpetually reinvented spirit of CHANEL with an unparalleled savoir-faire.