Fine jewelry collectors and appreciators were given an exclusive preview of Chanel‘s latest haute joaillerie collection at a gala dinner last week. A long-running motif in the house’s history, the plume has been reinterpreted this season for a precious clutch of nearly thirty new ornithological creations spun from white diamonds, pink sapphires, orange Padparadscha sapphires, lime pearls and black diamonds.
Guests were treated to a candlelit display of the finely wrought jewelry, exhibited in giant lucite birdcages and scattered along an imposing table awash with soft white feathers. Suspended above a sea of white, the exquisite cuffs, earrings and necklaces scintillated with precious stones, inlaid in a sturdy honeycomb openwork that spoke of the house’s artisanal mastery.
In line with the theme of flight, the show was followed by a sumptuous dinner and a moving performance of Swan Lake by Russian ballet dancers, a most fitting end to the freedom and transcendent beauty of this year’s collection.