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Chanel Métiers d’Art 2013 Beaded Sheer Silk & Leather Deep V Top


The Chanel Pre-Fall Collection, also known as the Chanel Métiers d’Art, is an annual celebration of art and culture. The 2013 show took place on a snowy evening at the ruins of Linlithgow Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland, the perfect backdrop for what Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld described as a “Barbarian Romance.”

French Haute Couture met medieval Scottish fantasy to wide acclaim, with an opulent array of regal gowns, oversized ruffs, tweeds, tartans, argyle tights, and knitwear. Perhaps one of Chanel’s most memorable shows, the collection paid homage to Scottish history and culture as well as the roots of the House, as Coco Chanel’s time in the Highlands inspired the brand’s iconic knits and tweeds.

As seen as look #60 on the 2013 Métiers d’Art runway, this editorial featured top is an incredible work of art. Done in sheer black silk and soft black leather, this bejeweled beauty is elegant and alluring at once. Hand finished with beads and sequins, the bodice begins with a deep V neckline and long sleeves that reach the wrist.

Rows of pastel and jewel-toned beads on the sleeves and at the front of the bodice in shades of marmalade, yellow, lavender, cobalt, periwinkle, silver, and green catch the light in alternating intricate patterns to mesmerizing effect. The neckline, shoulders, hem, and cuffs are finished with a band of opaque black silk that is adorned with stripes of gold, chartreuse, and cobalt-blue sequins, which frame the intricate beadwork while adding another layer of depth and movement. The back of the bodice is done in an unadorned soft black leather, offering a nice contrast of color and texture.

Size: 38 FR

Size estimate: SML/MED

Shoulders: 15.5 inches

Sleeves: 23.5 inches

Bust: 36.5 inches

Waist: up to 36 inches

Length: 22 inches

A special addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this Chanel top is the perfect choice for a cocktail party or special occasion. Styled with a pleated skirt, scarf, and pearls as seen on the runway, or with a pair of palazzo pants and heels, this versatile top is meant for the spotlight.

In excellent condition, this 2013 Métiers d’Art Chanel top is unlined and has a concealed side zip closure. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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