There is Chanel’s Fantasy tweed – the house’s amped-up signature fabric that is known for using several yarns or colours in its design. Then there is the Tweed de Chanel, the first high jewellery collection that reimagines the woollen fabric from Scotland in a completely inventive and challenging way: by crafting it in gold, diamonds and precious stones.
First launched last year, the one-of-a-kind creations in the collection are currently in Singapore as part of a travelling collection. The 32 pieces are available for free public viewing at the Chanel Watches & Fine Jewellery boutique at Takashimaya Shopping Centre from now till March 17.
Get an up-close view of how the artisans from the high jewellery workshop translated the suppleness and movement of tweed (it’s said that Coco Chanel preferred wool that was less washed to preserve its softness) to jewellery designs by creating unique articulation techniques that allow the pieces to sway.
Do also take a closer look at each piece in order to admire the delicate and artful interlacing of precious materials like gold, pearls, diamonds, sapphires and tsavorites, not unlike the highly textured weft of tweed.
Ahead we spotlight some of the major designs that are now in town, though nothing beats seeing them in the flesh.