With spring just around the corner it’s time to banish tired wardrobes in favour of a more colourful palette, and nothing says goodbye to somber winter hues better than this vintage Chanel two-tone knit dress. Colourful enough to embrace spring’s softer tones but cosy enough to see you safely through the seasonal change, we love the contrast trim paired with plain pleats.
The two-tone colour blocking is a style that has become synonymous with the fashion house. Chanel despised the extravagant corseted fashion of the 20’s favouring the simple and practical, so much so that her iconic two-tone ballet flats were born from a desire for an active lifestyle that didn’t visibly dirty her shoes. Legend has it she was inspired by the black leather-toed sailing shoes worn by the yachtsmen on her friend, the Duke of Westminster’s yacht, a trend she translated throughout her jewellery and knitwear in the years to come.
It was Chanel’s relationship with the Duke of Westminster that also ignited her passion for Scottish wool. Rosehall Estate in Lairg, Scotland became a romantic retreat for the famed fashion designer. Spending their time in the grounds of the mansion, Chanel was inspired by the textured wool and traditional tweed that she wore on the estate. Her love affair with the Duke lasted ten years, but the the fashion house’s obsession with Scottish knitwear blossomed into marriage in 2012 when they bought Barrie Knitwear. The Hawick based textiles company had produced cashmere garments for Chanel over the past 25 years, including the famous two-tone cardigans. The rescue came as part of Chanel’s pledge to preserve master craftsmanship and endangered skills.