Paris high jewellery shows January 2012
To coincide with the Couture shows this January in Paris,
Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Van Cleef & Arpels showed their
latest high jewellery collections. So while evening dresses and day
suits were sashaying down the catwalks of the Grand Palais, in
hushed show rooms around the Place Vendome some very special jewels
were being shown to clients and the press.
Chanel celebrate 80 years since Gabrielle Chanel opened the
doors on her Bijoux de Diamants selling exhibition in 1932. Shown
on wax mannequins her daring designs and opulent use of diamonds in
the recession-struck era caused a stir. Today the motifs of comets
and stars come alive in a new collection that is set to tour the
Louis Vuitton who will be moving to Place Vendome later this
year showed a collection celebrating Paris after two years of globe
trotting for inspiration. A stroll around the city of Paris
at night is the focus of Escale a Paris just in time for the
opening of the grand Place Vendome jewellery and watch boutique
with a high jewellery workshop perched on top.
Van Cleef & Arpels turn to their archives and take the theme
of birds from the 1920's, 30's and 40's as the taking off point for
a colourful collection of jewels aptly named 'Couleurs de Paradis'.
Both figurative and literal interpretations of these feathered
creatures make up an exotically coloured aviary of jewels.