Paris Haute Couture Week 2023/2024: A Showcase of Jewelry Excellence
Paris Haute Couture Week is one of the most prestigious fashion events in the world, and it is always a showcase of the latest and greatest in jewelry design. This year's event was no exception, with designers from around the world presenting their latest creations.
Triptych Collection Bracelet // Fendi
One of the highlights of the week was the jewelry from Fendi. The brand's new high jewelry collection by Delfina Delettrez Fendi, called "Fendi Triptych," was inspired by the Roman Empire and features a variety of stunning pieces, including necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets. This collection is an homage to feminine sophistication and architectural magnificence, morphing the customary calligraphic 'FF' emblem into a dance of graphic abstraction that echoes Roman architecture and the whimsical allure of nature. The tale of 'Roma Rosa', 'Gioiello Giallo', and 'Bianco Brillante', the three chapters of the collection, is a narrative about luminescence: the radiance of white diamonds is beautifully diffracted into soft hues of pink and yellow. The colour palette of Fendi's High Jewelry is showcased in a range of delicate, powdery tones. Exceptional white and yellow diamonds, along with a spectrum of sapphires - green, yellow, orange, pink, and spinel - comprise the collection. These exquisite gemstones were handpicked by Delfina Delettrez Fendi herself, along with the brand's in-house gemologist, affirming the collection's authenticity and exclusivity.
Fendi Triptych Collection Ring // Fendi
Fendi Triptych Collection Necklace // Fendi
Here are some additional highlights of the jewelry from Paris Haute Couture Week 2023/2024:
Buccellati Mosacio Necklace // Buccellati
The Italian jewelry brand presented its Mosaico collection of statement pieces. Buccellati's new collection draws its radiant charm from the splendid beauty of ancient Byzantine mosaics, putting on display the brand's unique skill of turning robust metal into a material as pliant as silk. It highlights Buccellati's prowess in securing precious gemstones within ultra-thin gold lacework configurations. The celestial vista adorning the ceiling of Galla Placidia's mausoleum in Ravenna serves as the muse for a flat necklace. This piece, bedecked with blue sapphires and yellow diamonds in textured gold settings, is enhanced by halos of diamond pavé. It flawlessly aligns with the neck's contour and the collarbone's angles, adding an effortless charm.
Buccellati Mosaico Necklace // Buccellati
Prabal Gurung draws inspiration from the ceaseless motion of nature for his latest high jewelry collection for Tasaki. The Japanese expert in pearls and diamonds introduces a dynamic interplay between Akoya pearls and delicately hued pastel sapphires in chandelier earrings. These earrings sway gracefully in tandem with the wearer's movements, symbolising the flight of birds. Additionally, they cast a flattering luminescence on the face. The power and beauty of a waterfall is mirrored in a swirling collar of Paraiba tourmalines, from which tumble cascades of pearls in a beautiful gradient, further enhancing the collection's allure.
Hermes // Paul Kooiker
As the fervour for Hermès bags reaches new pinnacles, the fashion house surpasses expectations by introducing a bag made entirely of diamonds and gold, taking luxury to unprecedented levels. Celebrating an extended range for its Chaîne d’Ancre collection, originally conceptualised by Robert Dumas, the centrepiece is a petite bag, or minaudière, exquisitely festooned with diamond pavé chain. This gem of a bag is just large enough to house an Hermès lipstick, combining practicality with decadence. Expanding on the theme, Pierre Hardy, the creative director for jewelry, has reimagined the house’s hallmark sea-bound chain in various metals and thicknesses. This results in a diverse range of accessories – from tiny mesh chains that form supple bracelets to layers of contrasting chains intersecting each other with delightful disarray, with options to add pavé diamonds and coloured gemstones for an extra touch of glamour.
Pomellato's latest collection pays tribute to its birthplace, Milan, the hub of Italian fashion and design, and a ceaseless muse since the jeweler's establishment in 1967. The austere brickwork of the Castello Sforzesco, an awe-inspiring medieval fortress in the city's heart, is reimagined into a daring setting for reverse-set rubellites. Stefano Boeri's 2014 Bosco Verticale, also known as the Vertical Forest, two skyscrapers teeming with greenery, inspire stunning earrings made from green tourmaline, set in colour-synchronized titanium and interspersed with violet-blue tanzanites. Pomellato's well-known day-to-night philosophy of jewelry design is exemplified through their iconic gourmette links, which have been amplified into cuffs and adorned with diamonds.
Overall, Paris Haute Couture Week 2023/2024 was a showcase of the best in jewelry design. The exquisite pieces that were presented were a testament to the creativity and skill of the world's leading jewelry designers.
Paris Haute Couture Week is always a feast for the eyes, and this year was no exception. The jewelry that was presented was truly stunning, and it is sure to inspire jewelry lovers for years to come.