Chanel’s Flying Cloud is the ultimate cruise season bling
Sun-bronzed skin, salty air and the Mediterranean coast as far as the eye can see — that's the paradisiacal mindscape the Chanel Flying Cloud conjures as soon as you set your eyes upon the collection. So named for the massive yacht that belonged to one of Mademoiselle Coco's great loves, the second Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor, the luxury vessel not only embodied a lavish lifestyle — the four-masted yacht was made for vacationing with its expansive white wooden deck and required a crew of no less than 40 — it was also symbolic of the stormy love affair it weathered.
A measure of the fine jewellery it inspired, the seaworthy version of the Flying Cloud laid down the design codes of its joaillerie counterpart, transposing the perfect roundness of a buoy, the outlines of a unfettered sail and the looped knots of its sail ropes onto every piece within the collection. The resulting ensemble is at once soft yet strong, working motifs of interlacs and arabesque patterns into two distinct sub-collections. The first series reinvents traditional nautical elements: Buoys are crafted from white gold and embellished with lapis lazuli and cultured pearls, sail ropes are woven using white gold and diamonds, and anchors are set with sapphires.
In contrast, the latter half puts together a variation of the airy, resort summer wardrobe, featuring exquisite pieces flaunting deep blue sapphires, white gold, cultured pearls and white and yellow diamonds in the form of bracelets, necklaces and rings reminiscent of the braids and gold buttons on marine uniforms. An expression that perfectly captures Coco Chanel's taste for the sun, sea and freedom — she was the one who made tans trending, after all — and her streamlined sense of style, the Flying Cloud is exactly the Chanel fine jewellery collection to embolden you. So slip on a parure of endless oceanic shades and go on an adventure.
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