A pearl necklace shaped like a pair of earphones; a metallic piece of jewelry so simple and yet sophisticated. Such is the ‘trompe l’oeil’ quality of the newest pearl art designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2014 fashion show, that when I saw it I was wondering if it is indeed a necklace or a pair of chic headphones.
Pearls have been an integral part of the Chanel identity, a code which Karl tirelessly reinvents season after season. And this season’s necklace is a far cry from the classic rows of beaded pearls the house is famously known for.
Featuring just two large pearls fixed on the ends of a short wire frame that bends around the neck, the necklace comes in two variations each with its own complete set of a matching rings, cuffs and bangles.
The ‘earphone’ necklace shown above (SGD 2,670) has a thicker frame with the Chanel logo embossed on the sides, while the choker below (SGD 2,770) comes with a magnetic pearl clasp that closes on the front.
Karl Lagerfeld said of the contemporary jewelry piece: “My favourite thing is the new necklace like an earphone, it’s two huge pearls, but in fact it’s very flattering because the huge pearls give a beautiful light on the girl’s face.”
This fresh take on pearls is a testament to the identity of Chanel and a nod to the creator of the brand. One that Coco Chanel herself would approve.