Cruise 2003 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Black Boucle Suit w Loop Wool Edging
There is very little information of the cruise collections from the early 2000s but I do know that this came from the estate of a woman who shopped a lot at Chanel. Her things were stunning and she took immaculate care of them. The other Chanel suit I have at the moment is also from her estate (find that one here). She was not a size 0 and it is nice to find some Chanel pieces that are a slightly larger size when so many that I see are usually very very tiny.
The suit is constructed from a chic black version of the Chanel signature fabric. This one is done in a fabric that combines a fine wool with a touch of angora that is then woven on the bias in the traditional manner of their boucles. This gives the fabric movement while still holding the shape beautifully. The classic black gives it a very rich and luxurious feel. It is absolutely beautiful. I also love that the skirt is cut longer in this one so that is has a more formal feel. And of course being two pieces in a classic black means that you instantly have endless styling options to mix and match with other pieces from your wardrobe The suit is edged with a looped wool edging that gives it some added texture. This has been set to run down the front edges, curve around the back and then also circle the hem of both the jacket and the skirt. It also details each cuff and the pockets. The jacket is cut in that classic Chanel box shape. The sleeves are long and I love the pockets that sit on each side at the front with their little tufted edging. The jacket hooks to close at the top of the neck with a little glossy black camellia glower button and then it fall open under that. The skirt is cut with a slight flare as it nears the hem. It has a simple waist with no banding the upper part of the skirt is more fitted around the hips and then it opens up to create the beautiful lines that you see. The entire suit is lined in the highest black silk chiffon. I especially love the cuffs on the jacket. Each has three of the same camellia buttons as the one at the neck and the fringe edging goes up and lies beside the row of buttons. The cuffs are slightly flared and they amazing. This is classic Chanel and it is exceptional. Excellent condition.
Both pieces are fully lined in a black silk chiffon. The skirt closes with a button at the top of the neck as described above. The jacket hooks to close down the front. The pockets on the jacket have their original tacking in place. Each cuff closes with a series of hidden set snaps. Light padding in each shoulder. The skirt closes with a hidden set zipper. The texture are even better in person. Both pieces are tagged a Chanel 42. The skirt seems to have a generous cut. It is very light in weight and the fabric and silk chiffon lining give it a slightly transparent feel in string light
And just a note on their fabrics.... The Chanel boucle and tweeds are created with their proprietary method of weaving that they themselves describe as "by weaving the warp and weft, using a variety of different kinds of threads which creates a unique and somewhat irregular appearance. The warp – vertically strung – is the background of the fabric, the base that will support the assembly of materials. There can be up to 12 different threads used for a single warp. The weft – woven horizontally – gives the fabric its unique character and can have an unlimited number of threads. Tight, perforated, textured, thick, with a relief, plaited, random, twill… the potential number of effects is endless". This technique gives you that classic Chanel look.
Bust: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from neck to hem
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 32" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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