If the Devil finds work for idle hands, busy little fingers must point toward heaven. And whatever way you take it, high fashion is embracing handcraft with renewed fervor.

On Thursday, Chanel took its exquisite craftsmanship to France’s Loire Valley and brought a whole new meaning to the “Château des Dames,” the affectionate name given to the Château de Chenonceau. Its residents have included powerful women such as Diane de Poitiers, Louise Dupin, and Catherine de’ Medici, whose interlacing double-C monogram conveniently echoes Chanel’s logo.