To celebrate the 21 years of partership with Cannes Festival, Chopard has proposed a new Red Carpet Collection. Since 2007, a kind of appointment with the haute joaillerie, that this yeas, the maison’s Co-President and Creative Director Caroline Scheufele has been imagining a number of jewellery models equivalent to the edition number of the Festival. Stemming from her boundless imagination and from the peerless mastery of diverse skills within the Chopard workshops, a complete collection of 71 creations will be produced this year, dedicated to the world’s greatest actresses for their red carpet appearances. Caroline has been invited into the secret world of her reveries and personal intuitions, offering a delightful, generous and mysterious revelation. Her inspiration is stemmed by anything and everything: architecture, art, literature and cinema, and over the top, nature, always a powerful source of fascination. The first piece dressed on the Red Carpet, by Cate Blanchette, the President of 2018 the edition, is a cluster of orchids, a very realistic floral creation, distinguished by both technical and aesthetic perfection. The gold stem and green buds showcase stunning gem setting virtuosity, with more than 4,800 tsavorites patiently set on this slender stalk just a few millimetres thick. The lip (labellum) of these incredible orchids is adorned with white opals, creating spectacular rosy shimmering light effects. On the first white and pink version of these magnificent creations, the petals are set with pink sapphires surrounded by tinted titanium sepals coated with a fine layer of white ceramic. The second pair of these exceptional adornments is graced with blooming purple titanium flowers entirely set with yellow sapphires and garnets.
One of the masterpieces proposed from the 8th to the 19th of May, is an astonishing necklace of real feathers, inspired by the costumes and traditional skills of the peoples on the Mongolian Plateau. In a major first for the Maison, this airy creation combines a magnificent central piece. Composed of a sculpted gold cameo adorned with volutes of blue apatites, violet garnets and red jasper – with a necklace graced with rooster, grey heron, ostrich and black pheasant feathers. The resulting shimmering work of art, created in cooperation with feather artist Nelly Saunier, draws upon the mastery cultivated within the Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie ateliers, the largest in Switzerland and home to more than 45 specialised artisans.
On the red carpet of the opening ceremony of the Festival, a true evergreen of haute joaillerie for Maison Chanel, with L'Esprit du Lion brooch, dressed by Kristen Stewart. The lion was an emblem that adorned many of Gabrielle Chanel creations, for its strongness and symbolism of character. She was born on the August 19th, under the sign of Leo, and it is omnipresent in Venice, a city that held a special place for Madame Coco.
Messika has been chosen by Camila Coelho for the dress code of the opening party, with the "Love Knot" parure, a collier with 79 carats, and a double bague Magic Spell, from the "Once Upon A Time" collection.
"Paris est une Fête" is the other Messika's collection selected by the Spanish actress Ursula Cornero, with the cascade earrings of pure diamonds.
Only one jewellery subject, the multi-finger Ouroboros by Gucci, for two different guest stars, Salma Hayek Pinault and Chris Lee. The entire collection if composed by siw rings, necklaces and pendants draws inspiration from the Egyptian Ouroboros symbol, a snake its own tail as part of a repetitive cycle, like the creation arising out of destruction.