The Chanel Collection Of An Italian Fashionista Is Up For Sale Right Now

Red matelassé Chanel shoulder bag ($1,650 -$2,750)

Red matelassé Chanel shoulder bag ($1,650 -$2,750)

Sotheby's

Online bidding is open now for an auction of 177 pieces by French fashion house Chanel, representing part of a collection amassed over a lifetime of fashion collecting by an Italian fashion aficionado. Prices start at just $110 and if you want to see the pieces before you bid, they will be on show in Milan December 3 and 4, before the Sotheby’s online auction closes December 5.

Amongst the lots are many recent pieces from the past 30 years, including brightly colored clutches, instantly recognizable shoulder bags, the emblematic tweed jacket and sets of statement jewelry. Several pieces feature the house’s characteristic design hallmarks; the camellia, pearls, chain, tweed and the world-famous linked C logo.

With guide prices starting at $110 for a pair of pearl-ringed round-lens sunglasses and rising to over $2,750 for a gold brocade shoulder bag and jacket, many of the items are accessibly priced and currently attracting a great deal of interest as December Christmas shopping intensifies. One stand-out piece is a red quilted version of the iconic Classique bag ($1,100 - $2,750), a version of the emblematic 2.55 reworked by Karl Lagerfeld; while a fun comic-strip clutch bag ($110 - $220) referencing the classic Chanel No. 5 fragrance and dating from 2001 would make an ideal Christmas gift.

Chanel: a fashion revolutionary

The house of Chanel is synonymous with style and glamour the world over. It was founded in 1910, by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, a designer who blazed a trail through early 20th century fashions to liberate women from whalebone corsetry and the societal constraints of the time. She introduced pants for women inspired by the relaxed ‘palazzo’ pants she saw in Venice, employed jersey and more ample cuts for greater freedom of movement and borrowed traditional masculine elements like uniform details in the creation of her new women’s wardrobe.

In later years Karl Lagerfeld, creative director from 1983 until his death in 2018, built on Chanel’s revolutionary design legacy to reinterpret key pieces in his own distinctive manner. A shearling shoulder bag with vibrant Pop Art-style price label motifs is a case in point, from the Fall 2014 consumerism-themed collection that showed in a giant mock-up of a supermarket under the vaulted glass ceiling of the Grand Palais in Paris.

Elsewhere, a multicolored tweed shoulder bag reflects the house’s focus on craftsmanship, showcased each year in the annual Métiers d’Art presentation of the resort collection in ever-more exotic destinations, as a vehicle for the incredible workmanship of Chanel’s network of Métiers d’Art subsidiary houses. Each one is specialized in a different craft, from Lesage for embroidery and Goossens for costume jewelry, to Maison Michel for hats and Scottish company Barrie Knitwear for cashmere.

Lots will be on show in Milan at Palazzo Serbelloni December 3 and 4 and online bidding in the auction is open November 29 – December 5.

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Online bidding is open now for an auction of 177 pieces by French fashion house Chanel, representing part of a collection amassed over a lifetime of fashion collecting by an Italian fashion aficionado. Prices start at just $110 and if you want to see the pieces before you bid, they will be on show in Milan December 3 and 4, before the Sotheby’s online auction closes December 5.

Amongst the lots are many recent pieces from the past 30 years, including brightly colored clutches, instantly recognizable shoulder bags, the emblematic tweed jacket and sets of statement jewelry. Several pieces feature the house’s characteristic design hallmarks; the camellia, pearls, chain, tweed and the world-famous linked C logo.

With guide prices starting at $110 for a pair of pearl-ringed round-lens sunglasses and rising to over $2,750 for a gold brocade shoulder bag and jacket, many of the items are accessibly priced and currently attracting a great deal of interest as December Christmas shopping intensifies. One stand-out piece is a red quilted version of the iconic Classique bag ($1,100 - $2,750), a version of the emblematic 2.55 reworked by Karl Lagerfeld; while a fun comic-strip clutch bag ($110 - $220) referencing the classic Chanel No. 5 fragrance and dating from 2001 would make an ideal Christmas gift.

Chanel: a fashion revolutionary

The house of Chanel is synonymous with style and glamour the world over. It was founded in 1910, by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, a designer who blazed a trail through early 20th century fashions to liberate women from whalebone corsetry and the societal constraints of the time. She introduced pants for women inspired by the relaxed ‘palazzo’ pants she saw in Venice, employed jersey and more ample cuts for greater freedom of movement and borrowed traditional masculine elements like uniform details in the creation of her new women’s wardrobe.

In later years Karl Lagerfeld, creative director from 1983 until his death in 2018, built on Chanel’s revolutionary design legacy to reinterpret key pieces in his own distinctive manner. A shearling shoulder bag with vibrant Pop Art-style price label motifs is a case in point, from the Fall 2014 consumerism-themed collection that showed in a giant mock-up of a supermarket under the vaulted glass ceiling of the Grand Palais in Paris.

Elsewhere, a multicolored tweed shoulder bag reflects the house’s focus on craftsmanship, showcased each year in the annual Métiers d’Art presentation of the resort collection in ever-more exotic destinations, as a vehicle for the incredible workmanship of Chanel’s network of Métiers d’Art subsidiary houses. Each one is specialized in a different craft, from Lesage for embroidery and Goossens for costume jewelry, to Maison Michel for hats and Scottish company Barrie Knitwear for cashmere.

Lots will be on show in Milan at Palazzo Serbelloni December 3 and 4 and online bidding in the auction is open November 29 – December 5.

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