The backstory of how this collection came about is about as simple and as straightforward as it gets. Gabrielle Chanel received her first magazine cover back in 1910, where she was shot wearing a hat adorned with feathers in multiple colours. She also wore her own hats to subsequent shoots, one with a white feather, the other, a black one.
In Karl Lagerfeld’s recently released short film ‘Once Upon A Time…’, you’ll also see references of feathered hats. Lots of feathered hats, to be exact.
Which brings us to the Chanel Plumes collection, which imagines the feather in a beautiful collection of fine and high jewellery (that means expensive and more expensive, by the way) in white gold or yellow gold adorned with diamonds and pink topaz.
Looking light as a feather despite what it must weigh, it’s a testament of the craftsmanship and attention to detail given to the pieces, each more beautiful and delicate than the next.
From dazzling chokers and necklaces to all manner of rings, bracelets and earrings, each piece comes set with at least one hundred diamonds. Take this ring for example, that’s shown above. Even though it’s one of the smallest pieces you’ll find in the collection, it already has 94 diamonds set onto it.
Available only at the Chanel Fine Jewellery boutique in Ngee Ann City, it’s a collection Gabrielle Chanel herself would certainly approve, given her own affiliation to the humble feather that’s now a permanent feature in Chanel’s heritage.