Pristine Pre-Fall 2012 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Metallic Gold Detailed Suit w Gripoix Buttons

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This little Chanel suit is stunning. It is from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection and a version in a different colourway walked the runway for Look 32. The collection was a "salute to the work of the craftspeople who make Chanel happen, including the recently passed François Lesage (hence the name, Métiers d'Art), was definitely a feat of creative excess, from the jaw-dropping set, which turned a curved space under the dome of the Grand Palais into a corner of Rajasthan, to the clotted silver embroideries, the gilded laces, the lustrous silks that determined the character of the clothes." said Vogue. "The theme "Paris-Bombay" was a reminder that Europe's fashion industry has increasingly turned to India to produce extravagantly hand worked pieces." The suit was beautiful in the pale green that it was shown on the runway and it is equally as beautiful in this darker colour that I think makes it even more versatile.

Both pieces are constructed from a lightweight house boucle that showcases a combination of red and gold metal threads layered into the base fabric along with teeny tiny gold sequins. The combination of these elements creates a rich texture and the metallic colour that you see. In person, you realize the base colour of the suit is actually a black mixed with the deepest blue yarn. The gold and red threads along with those tiny gold sequins give it an almost brown feeling the farther away you are from it. It is quite beautiful. The fabric is woven on the bias in the traditional manner of their boucles and this is what gives the fabric its movement while still holding the shape beautifully. It is absolutely beautiful. And of course being two pieces means that you instantly have endless styling options to mix and match with other pieces from your wardrobe The suit is edged with a fringe of the same fabric and this gives it some added texture. The fringe runs around the neck, down the front edge and circle around 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 with a slight outward swing by the hem. The sleeves are to just past the elbow and they are cut wide and full. Each is just under 17" around. Pockets sit on each side at the front with their little tufted edging and button detailing. The jacket has two buttons at the neck to close and then it falls 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 chic and simple line that you see. The entire suit is perfectly lined in a black silk and a signature Chanel chain is hand set inside the hem of the jacket. I especially love the buttons on the jacket. Each has poured glass gripoix and combine deep, red and gold along with tiny Chanel double C's. The suit even has a little removable and combine deep, red and gold along with tiny Chanel double C's. The suit even has a little removable brooch Camellia brooch in a gold boucle. I love it.  This is classic Chanel and it is exceptional. Excellent condition.

Both pieces are fully lined in a black silk. The skirt closes with a Hidden set back zipper and the jacket buttons to close at the neck as described above. Each pocket buttons to close. Very light padding in each shoulder. The brooch is removable and fasten by a pin. The texture is even better in person end it has more of a metallic feel as the sequins catch the light. The jacket is tagged a Chanel 44 and the skirt a 40. 

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.

Sleeve: 17" and are 18" around the upper arm
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: t0 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bottom hem: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from neck to hem

Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 19.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4751

Reference Photo/Video: Pre-Fall 2012 Chanel, Look 32.

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