jewellery

Single or stack?



Cartier Trinity bracelet by Chitose Abe Sacai

Cartier has been in the news a lot in the last 12 months. Mostly for its watches (this was the latest release and this guy seems to be its most high profile collector), but this month for a new jewellery drop (above).

The Cartier x Chitose Abé (of Sacai fame) collab is perfectly in sync for the two design leaders. The Cartier Trinity ring was initially created in 1924 by Louis Cartier and was a favourite of Jean Cocteau. Its three intertwining bands of yellow gold, rose gold and white gold have been deconstructed by Abé into new distorted shapes in a collection of two rings, a bracelet, a necklace and a hybrid earring-ring.

For me, the bracelet is the hero item. I like the suggestion of a single minimalist piece but designed to look like a stack. It’s also perfect for the single-bangle-over-a-sleeve look, as popularised by Diana Vreeland (below).

Diana Vreeland by Horst P Horst
Sophie Tajan - Hermes bracelet - How To Spend It.jpg

A demi stack or Elsa Peretti-esque sculptural cuff* make an undeniably strong statement. But a single thin bangle can be equally impactful, like the Hermès Clou de Forge bracelet example (above). Go for something structured rather than anything too droopy and make sure your sleeve is fitted too (a la Audrey Hepburn, below).

I like the Alighieri Medusa bangle*, All Blues vermeil bangle* and Saint Laurent hammered metal bangle*. The Chitose Abé x Cartier collection is now available at Selfridges and Cartier New Bond Street.

Audrey Hepburn wearing single bangle

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IMAGES: Chitose Abe x Cartier; Diana Vreeland; HTSI/Sophie Tajan; Audrey Hepburn
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Perfect pairing: watch and bangle



Jennifer Alfano watch

A single chunky chain bracelet or slim bangle with a steel sports watch make a perfect pairing.

Rather than a stack of Love/Juste un Clou bracelets, or Van Cleef Alhambras, I prefer a less identifiable bangle from Le Gramme or a chain from Sophie Buhai* or Jennifer Alfano. It’s a good fall-back look for adding a suggestion of glam to plain sweaters or shirts, as demonstrated in this Jennifer Alfano profile, (above).

Alternatively, how about a watch with a chain strap? (more…)



The culture of fashion: Gold by Yves Saint Laurent exhibition



Loulou de la Falaise - Gold by Yves Saint Laurent exhibition

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in avenue Marceau is fast becoming an essential part of the Paris Fashion Week itinerary. To coincide with this season’s shows, October 10th sees the opening of “Gold by Yves Saint Laurent“, a celebration of the ‘magical’ colour he used from his very first collection in 1962.

Alongside opulent sequin and lamé couture pieces, gilded accessories and objects, will be more than 300 pieces of jewellery designed by Saint Laurent muse and garconne icon, Loulou de la Falaise (above). Other highlights include rare perfume bottles, signature gold buttons (below) and surrealist finger jewellery by Claude Lalanne (below). (more…)



Sophie Buhai: not just jewellery



Sophie Buhai pendant

Sophie Buhai is such an interesting designer. Not only is her jewellery extremely precious but wearable, she also creates tactile design objects like lighter cases, cigarette boxes*, paperweights and combs. Her AW22 and Resort 23 collections use onyx for rings, pendants and this incredible handcarved pocket mirror, as well as white jade, rock crystal and red jasper (I love the ‘Boule’ collar).

The photography is wonderful too. (more…)