Paris When it Sparkles

A se­lec­tion of the in­no­va­tive best, di­rect from Paris Haute Cou­ture Week

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Contents - Words by Preeta Agar­wal

A se­lec­tion of the in­no­va­tive best, di­rect from Paris Haute Cou­ture Week

Ear­lier last month, Place Vendôme in Paris – the nu­cleus of high jew­ellery – turned into a me­dia fi­esta for jour­nal­ists and blog­gers. A re­cur­ring phe­nom­e­non twice a year, Paris Haute Cou­ture Week is now as im­por­tant a plat­form for high jew­ellery as it has been for fash­ion. Jew­ellery houses and de­sign­ers from across the globe un­veiled their lat­est cre­ations here, amidst ex­trav­a­gant dis­plays and a cap­ti­vat­ing am­bi­ence.

This year’s Cou­ture Week not only saw the in­tro­duc­tion of many new col­lec­tions, but also the es­tab­lish­ment of var­i­ous trends, foray of fash­ion icons into the world of jew­ellery, the use of un­usual gem­stones, and dis­play of ex­cep­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing skills. For this is­sue, we have se­lected four brands that ex­hib­ited ex­cep­tional tal­ent, el­e­gance, and bravado.

Gucci

Renowned fash­ion brand Gucci now moves into the space of high jew­ellery with its first ever col­lec­tion ‘Hor­tus Deli­cia­rum’, which is housed in a shiny new jew­ellery boutique at Place Vendôme. In­spired by the po­etic, kalei­do­scopic world of Alessan­dro Michele, the 200-piece col­lec­tion is highly eclec­tic due to its use of a va­ri­ety

of coloured gem­stones, rang­ing from sub­tle sap­phires to lus­cious black opals.

The col­lec­tion is di­vided into three “chap­ters”, pay­ing homage to the myth­i­cal Gar­den of Eden, Ara­ca­dia, and Xanadu. The first chap­ter sym­bol­izes eter­nal love with vivid, colour­ful im­agery like hearts, plumetippe­d cupid ar­rows, and en trem­blant move­ment. The next chap­ter brings forth the im­por­tance of the an­i­mal king­dom with lion, tiger, and ser­pent mo­tifs.

The fi­nal chap­ter brings forth strik­ing soli­taires with a max­i­mal­ist al­lure. Over­all, the col­lec­tion por­trays im­mense his­toric sym­bol­ism and show­cases Michele’s in­com­pa­ra­ble vi­sion.

Boucheron

As a fin­ish­ing touch to the re­cently ren­o­vated fam­ily house of Boucheron, their lat­est col­lec­tion, ‘Paris Vu Du 26’, takes in­spi­ra­tion from Paris, Place Vendôme, and their num­ber 26V boutique.

From ornate in­spi­ra­tions like the iconic Grand Palais, ar­chi­tec­tural marvel Col­umn Vendôme, as well as mo­tifs like acan­thus leaves, the in­tri­cate de­tails of cob­ble­stones, ornate ceil­ings of the fam­ily house, pet cat Wladimir, and the view from 26V’s bal­cony, each tan­gi­ble and in­tan­gi­ble feel has been trans­formed into de­sign mar­vels and en­crusted with di­a­monds and gem­stones.

The var­i­ous per­spec­tives from the city of love have been in­ter­preted with the use of in­tri­cate and un­usual tech­niques, re­sult­ing in trend­set­ting jew­ellery, few of which can also been worn in mul­ti­ple avatars. The en­tire col­lec­tion, al­though very el­e­gant, has a very ven­ture­some over­tone as if pay­ing trib­ute to the vi­sion­ary and dar­ing founder, Frédéric Boucheron.

Top right Gucci di­a­mond and multi gem­stone bracelet

Top left Gucci di­a­mond and multi gem­stone stud­ded lion head ear­rings

Bot­tom right Boucheron Ver­rière brooch, di­a­monds, white gold

Bot­tom left Boucheron Ar­moires long neck­lace with 32.22 ct pear im­pe­rial topaz, di­a­monds, yel­low gold

Top Gucci di­a­mond and gem­stone snake ring

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