Fantastic Beasts And Flowers: Enter The Kaleidoscopic Universe Of Gucci’s High Jewellery Collection
GARDEN OF JEWELLED DELIGHTS
The beautifully preserved Rococo interiors of the historic Hotel de La Salle were a fitting backdrop to showcase Gucci’s first-ever High Jewellery collection, one that captures the Italian house’s essence of daring and creativity, with a slight nod to the Victorian era.
Launched on July 2, in the midst of Paris couture week, the collection was spread out over four distinct salons, with the jewellery pieces beckoning to be touched and admired in open, circular displays.
Called ‘Hortus Deliciarum’, Latin for Garden of Delights, creative director Alessandro Michele envisioned the collection to be symbolic of Gucci’s house iconography and also reflects the eclectic flamboyance he’s typically known for. Therefore delicate, fragile pieces are out while bold, statement pieces are in, all which revolve around a trio of themes: Heart and Arrow, Animal Kingdom and Solitaires.
Consisting of more than 200 one-of-a-kind pieces, the collection is a kaleidoscope of brilliant coloured gemstones, juxtaposed in a forest of diamond-encrusted flora and fauna, featuring Gucci’s animal emblems of lion, tiger, snake and the little bee.
Alessandro also harkens back to a bygone era with Victorian-style ornate crosses, coming-of-age tiaras that Gucci terms as hair accessories, and oversized cocktail rings that raise a glass to the roaring 20s.
A BOUTIQUE DEDICATED TO GUCCI JEWELLERY
The Hortus Deliciarum collection will be made available at Gucci's new boutique dedicated to fine and high jewellery, located at 16 Place Vendome, the epicentre of haute joillerie in Paris.
The boutique is rather small but elegant, giving a sense of intimacy with its ebonized wood cabinets, verdeacqua satin and antique mirrors, brass detailing, and monochromatic mosaic floor in nero macquina and white thassos marble. There’s even a private area at the back complete with chairs from Gucci’s home decor collection for customers who wish to transact business in privacy. Here’s a little discovery: we find that the shop’s narrow passageway makes for a great OOTD spot, thanks to the mirrored flanks and pretty flooring!
A DINNER TO COMMEMORATE
Of course, a celebration is in order so on July 4, a gala dinner was held at Le Petit Palais which was attended by Alessandro Michele, Gucci president and CEO Marco Bizzarri, and Kering chairman Francois-Henri Pinault. Florence Welch from the band Florence and the Machine, gave a special performance that night. As Gucci’s jewellery ambassador, she wore a high jewellery ring in yellow gold with yellow beryl and yellow sapphires.