Screen Siren

FOL­LOW­ING HER SUC­CESS IN THE WORLD OF FILM, AWARD-WIN­NING ACTRESS Fan Bing­bing SHOWS OFF DIF­FER­ENT FACETS OF HER PER­SON­AL­ITY IN A PROJECT FOR CHOPARD, WRITES Em­i­lie Yabut-ra­zon

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Con­sid­ered one of asia’s most recog­nised ac­tresses, Fan Bing­bing has re­ceived nu­mer­ous act­ing awards, in­clud­ing the pres­ti­gious Golden Horse in Tai­wan, the Hun­dred Flow­ers Award in Main­land China and the best actress award at the Eura­sia In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val for the 2007 movie Lost in Bei­jing.

Cell Phone, which earned her the Hun­dred Flow­ers Award, be­came the high­est-gross­ing Chi­nese film in 2003, and Lost in Thai­land, in which she had an un­paid cameo to help her friend and first-time film­maker Xu Zheng, broke box-of­fice records as the high­est­gross­ing film ever to show on the main­land. Such is the en­thu­si­asm for Fan’s projects that she has gained a steady fol­low­ing world­wide, also aided by her roles in for­eign-lan­guage films, in­clud­ing the French film Stretch and her lat­est turn as mu­tant su­per­hero Blink in X-men: Days of Fu­ture Past.

When asked about her ex­pe­ri­ence do­ing for­eign films, par­tic­u­larly in Hol­ly­wood, Fan says through a trans­la­tor, “Work­ing in Hol­ly­wood is dif­fer­ent. The team is more pre­cise, ex­tremely de­tailed and pro­fes­sional.” She goes on to de­scribe how science-fic­tion films like X-men are all shot on a green back­ground—and all the ac­tors have to imag­ine their scenes. “The direc­tor has a 3D script on hand and each move has to be timed per­fectly.”

Fan’s pop­u­lar­ity reached mas­sive heights in 2013, af­firmed when she landed the top spot on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list, which ranks lead­ers in film, sports, me­dia and mu­sic. She held on to the num­ber one spot in 2014.

The Qing­dao-born actress starts the year with a splash, as she col­lab­o­rates with jeweller Chopard in an in­ter­na­tional cam­paign to launch the brand’s lat­est pieces.

Fan, who has worn Chopard jew­ellery to most of her red-car­pet events, de­scribes her first meet­ing with co-pres­i­dent Caro­line Scheufele in 2010 at Cannes. “I felt an in­stant con­nec­tion to the brand and the el­e­gance of Caro­line’s jew­ellery cre­ations.”

Shot by French duo Luigi and Iango, who are known for their unique ap­proach to fash­ion photography, Fan chan­nels a dif­fer­ent per­sona for each col­lec­tion: mod­ern for high jew­ellery; dy­namic for Happy Di­a­monds; and el­e­gant for the Im­pe­ri­ale col­lec­tion. “It was as if I was film­ing dif­fer­ent roles,” she says. “The shoot was cen­tred around three themes and styling for each was done dif­fer­ently.”

In the first se­ries of por­traits, Fan wears an evening gown matched with a cush­ion­cut Colom­bian emer­ald ring, pear-shaped emer­ald drop ear­rings and a L’heure du Dia­mant di­a­mond-set watch from Chopard’s high jew­ellery col­lec­tion.

The sec­ond se­ries fea­tures Fan in a black and white en­sem­ble, hair un­tied, show­ing off rose gold pieces from the Happy Di­a­monds range, where float­ing bril­liant di­a­monds move freely around sap­phire cap­sules.

El­e­gantly coiffed, she wears an Im­pe­ri­ale amethyst neck­lace with match­ing ear­rings in the third batch of por­traits.

In­ter­est­ingly, Luigi and Iango have cho­sen to high­light shots of Fan where she is not look­ing at the cam­era or is cov­er­ing her face—but there’s a rea­son. Scheufele ex­plains, “Fan’s strong per­son­al­ity is a per­fect match to show­case the mul­ti­ple facets of our most iconic col­lec­tions. Th­ese pho­tos show that she can be any woman—and ev­ery woman can iden­tify with one or more of the new vi­su­als.”

THIS HAPPY DI­A­MONDS RING HAS SIX FLOAT­ING DI­A­MONDS

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