TRUE BLUE

THE COLOUR OF THE PA­CIFIC OCEAN IN­SPIRED BUL­GARI’S DAZ­ZLING NEW CAP­SULE COL­LEC­TION, CRE­ATED TO CEL­E­BRATE THE OPEN­ING OF THE LUX­URY BRAND’S NEW SYD­NEY STORE AND ITS DECADES-LONG TIES TO THE HAR­BOUR CITY.

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - COLOUR CODE - STORY MILANDA ROUT K PHO­TOG­RA­PHY NICK CUBBIN K STYLIST KEN THOMP­SON

The deep blue of the ocean, from the shim­mer­ing waters of Syd­ney Har­bour to the waves crash­ing on Bondi Beach. It was this colour that made the big­gest im­pres­sion on Bul­gari cre­ative di­rec­tor Lu­cia Sil­vestri when she first vis­ited Aus­tralia in 1987, and it has stayed with her ever since. So when it came to de­sign­ing a cap­sule col­lec­tion to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the Ital­ian lux­ury jew­eller’s new Syd­ney store on Castlereagh Street, that evoca­tive colour was an ob­vi­ous start­ing place for her and her team. “We were struck by what a vivid blue the Pa­cific was, so we im­me­di­ately started look­ing at sap­phires as a start­ing point,” Sil­vestri tells WISH. “This fas­ci­na­tion with the vivid­ness of colour also guided the cre­ation of the handbag, and the new em­broi­dery crafts­man­ship cre­ated a glint­ing shim­mer that fur­ther con­nected the cre­ation to the Pa­cific.”

Sil­vestri and her jew­ellery team, based in Rome, joined forces with Mireia Lopez Mon­toya, head of accessories, and her team in Florence to cre­ate a one-off high jew­ellery neck­lace and 10 hand­bags for the ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion.

“We have Aus­tralian clients who have shopped with us since our first Aus­tralian store on El­iz­a­beth Street in 1998, and we wanted to thank these clients for their loy­alty by cre­at­ing a unique cap­sule in which true Bul­gari style boldly cel­e­brates our strong ties to Syd­ney,” says Bul­gari Aus­tralia’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Brad Har­vey. “The idea was to mix some of Bul­gari’s most iconic trade­marks with stylis­tic el­e­ments of Aus­tralia and Syd­ney.”

The high jew­ellery neck­lace con­sists of 43 round­cut blue sap­phires set against hun­dreds of di­a­monds. It took six months to de­sign and was cre­ated by a sin­gle crafts­man, as are all the pieces in Bul­gari’s high jew­ellery col­lec­tion. The de­sign was ini­tially in­spired by the coloured fan-shaped mo­saics of Rome’s sec­ond-old­est pub­lic bath­house, the Baths of Cara­calla.

“The Di­vas’ Dream mo­tif of the fan is one of the most iconic signs of Bul­gari and takes in­spi­ra­tion from the Baths of Cara­calla,” says Sil­vestri. “It is strik­ing in its ar­chi­tec­tural sim­i­lar­ity to the sails of the Syd­ney Opera House, so it was the per­fect sign to com­bine the two ci­ties.”

When it came to the lim­ited edi­tion handbag, Bul­gari’s fa­mous Ser­penti For­ever bag with its snake head mo­tif was cho­sen. But the Florence de­sign team took the bag up to the next level of crafts­man­ship, Mon­toya says, by us­ing more than 25 ma­te­ri­als in its con­struc­tion.

Each bag took 72 hours to make, in­clud­ing em­broi­der­ing with pearls, turquoise lapis and Swarovski crys­tals to form the body of the snake.

“To de­liver the Syd­ney speci­ficity to the cre­ation, we de­vel­oped a ded­i­cated nu­ance of our royal blue colour to cre­ate the Bondi Blue, through a tai­lored tech­nique to ob­tain the de­sired nu­ance and trans­parency,” says Mon­toya.

The de­sign of the Castlereagh Street store, due to open in Au­gust, is the brain­child of ar­chi­tect Peter Marino, who has rolled out a new in­te­ri­ors con­cept for Bul­gari af­ter re­design­ing the brand’s flag­ship store in Rome in 2014. Har­vey says the store will en­cap­su­late “a lit­tle piece of Rome” while re­flect­ing the his­tory and her­itage of Castlereagh Street in Syd­ney’s CBD.

“Bul­gari opened in Syd­ney in 1998 and was one of the very first lux­ury jew­ellers to ar­rive,” he tells WISH. “In re­cent years the Aus­tralian mar­ket has ma­tured sig­nif­i­cantly, with the ar­rival of other in­ter­na­tional jew­ellers, and that high­lighted the need to rein­vest in the phys­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence evoked by our store.”

Above: Bul­gari Ser­penti For­ever Lim­ited Edi­tion handbag in Bondi Blue Python; right: Bul­gari High Jew­ellery Di­vas’ Dream Ele­ganza neck­lace in white gold with blue sap­phires and bril­liant-cut and pavé di­a­monds Stock­ist: Bul­gari 02 9233 3611

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