Meld­ing the fine line be­tween fash­ion and jew­ellery

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Content - By Ka­t­rina Uy

The best col­lab­o­ra­tions of­ten take place when cre­ators reach be­yond the bound­aries of their art forms. Chopard and Chi­nese fash­ion de­signer Guo Pei’s Silk Road col­lec­tion is one of those. But more than a con­ver­gence of jew­ellery and cou­ture, it is a merger be­tween two cul­tures and aes­thetic vi­sions.

The col­lec­tion stems from a chance meet­ing be­tween Guo and Chopard Co-pres­i­dent and Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Caro­line Scheufele in Cannes in 2015. The two dis­cov­ered a re­cip­ro­cal ad­mi­ra­tion for the other’s work. In Septem­ber that year, Guo vis­ited the Chopard High Jew­ellery work­shops in Geneva, and the idea of a col­lab­o­ra­tion was thus formed.

Be­ing reg­u­larly in­vited to ex­hibit its cre­ations dur­ing the Paris Cou­ture Week, Chopard is no stranger to high fash­ion. But this time, in­stead of com­ple­ment­ing an out­fit, the new Silk Road col­lec­tion of­fers a wardrobe, with jew­ellery paired with evening gowns. Ap­parel tech­niques, such as em­broi­dery, bead­ing and lace­work, are re­flected in the pieces, too.

OP­PO­SITE PAGE Neck­lace in 18K white gold with a re­mov­able 36ct pear-shaped emer­ald and set with bril­liant-, mar­quise-, and oval-cut di­a­monds

THIS PAGE Model wear­ing a neck­lace in 18K rose gold and alu­minum set with di­a­monds, coloured di­a­monds, South sea pearls, peri­dots, yel­low quartz, green sap­phires and a tsa­vorite

The en­tire col­lec­tion of­fers a wardrobe, with jew­ellery paired with evening gowns

One of the most strik­ing pieces is the Peter Pan col­lar neck­lace, which uses di­a­mond lace­work and comes with a de­tach­able cen­tral emer­ald. Another piece is an open neck­lace in black­ened sil­ver, white gold and ru­bies, de­signed to be sup­ple. A neck­lace and ear­ring set made of alu­minium, rose gold and gems is per­fectly paired with a wed­ding dress de­signed by Guo.

Be­yond shar­ing in­dus­try tech­niques, Scheufele and Guo are con­nected by a strong sense of tra­di­tion and the abil­ity to adapt this to mod­ern times. In Guo’s Fall/win­ter 2017 col­lec­tion — 33 works of haute cou­ture cre­ated to match the high jew­ellery of Silk Road — this is ex­em­pli­fied in me­tal­lic fab­rics and clas­sic ball gown sil­hou­ettes. Chopard achieves the same ef­fect through the com­bi­na­tion of vivid colours, the use of jade, and the de­pic­tion of forms like spar­rows, which are con­sid­ered lucky in Chi­nese.

In July this year, Chopard and Guo un­veiled Silk Road in a joint run­way show at Ho­tel Salomon de Roth­schild in Paris. Like the fa­mous route it was named for, the col­lec­tion epit­o­mises the meet­ing of worlds, and the em­pow­er­ing re­sult of work­ing with peo­ple be­yond your own artis­tic ex­per­tise.

Caro­line Scheufele and de­signer Guo Pei are con­nected by a strong sense of tra­di­tion

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