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Highlights from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Benchpeg have put together an edit of all the best looks from Paris Haute Couture Fashion week to inspire you for the forthcoming seasons. Within each collection, the designer's own vision is apparent, though some more conspicuously than others. Amongst these though, a few common trends were apparent. Monochrome looks in a variety of colours, sheer materials, spangled embellishments and black tailoring, to name a few.  Alin Le'Kal                      Katrine K                    La Metamorphose                   

BAROQCO shine at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Husband and wife duo, Eduardo and Imelda, created the brand when searching for a tiara for their wedding ceremony; eventually resorting to create their own. Despite travelling the globe, the pair credit Paris as the place where their love for exquisite jewellery was born. From their studio in La Maison BaroQco, the couture couple aim to create timeless jewellery, inspired by its name-sake Baroque style. The Spring/Summer '19 collection held true to the baroque tradition in its ornate, audacious style, substantial yet intricate; but is uplifted by way of unexpected pops of colour in the various stones and crystals used.

The most spectacular pieces from Paris Haute Couture week

The most important week in fine jewellery is Paris Haute Couture week, where - at the beginning of July - all of the biggest jewellery maisons showcase their latest collections. In this article, we’ll show you some of the most spectacular designs from Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Chaumet and Louis Vuitton writes Jodie Smith.   Cartier’s ‘Magnitude’ collection is full of briolettes, angular motifs, amd appendages emulating rays of light and explosions of colour.   In this line, the brand has chosen to play with the contrast between a host of different types of materials; gems, minerals and precious stones.  

Designer Spotlight: Anna Hu haute joaillerie

Anna Hu is an international jewelry designer, born in Taiwan and educated in the U.S., who approaches her art with a distinctly East meets West philosophy and aesthetic that is heavily influenced by both cultures. She has studied at the Gemological Institute of America, F.I.T., Parsons School of Design (Masters, 19th century French Jewelry) and Columbia University (Masters, Arts Administration). After working for Christie’s, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston, she founded her namesake brand, Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie, at the age of 30 and opened her first boutique one year later in New York’s famed Plaza Hotel. A

Natalie Perry secures La Maison Couture as new stockist

Ethical jewellery designer, Natalie Perry has partnered with La Maison Couture, which will see the designer enter the luxury online retail sector. The e-commerce boutique will stock 12 pieces from the contemporary Fairtrade Gold Floral Fragments collection, which includes Natalie’s signature filigree ear jackets, earrings, layering necklaces, bracelets and rings. Founder and curator of La Maison Couture, Tania McNab said of their partnership: “We are thrilled to launch a selection of exquisite fine jewellery pieces from award winning designer Natalie Perry, in our responsible jewellery edit at La Maison Couture. Hand made in the UK using ethically sourced 18ct Fairtrade

News Edit: 7 July 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Most Exquisite Jewellery To See At Masterpiece London 2019 Is jewellery an ornament or an art form? www.vogue.co.uk The most spectacular High Jewellery from Paris Haute Couture Week www.telegraph.co.uk Gucci's Next Target: Place Vendôme BoF: Major fashion brands see growing opportunity in the high-stakes business of haute joaillerie. www.businessoffashion.com High jewellery is being embraced as an art form worthy of public adoration - and it's about time The Telegraph: It’s not just me; jewellery is making headlines more and more these days. www.telegraph.co.uk Dior celebrates 20 years of fine

News Edit: 26 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The best high jewellery from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Tatler: Paris's Couture Fashion Week isn't all about the decadent gowns, it's also the time prestigious jewellery designers present their dazzling high jewellery collections. Here is Tatler's Watch and Jewellery editor's selection of the finest pieces. tatler.com Cartier Unveils [Sur]naturel High Jewellery Collection Tatler: Cartier's new haute joaillerie collection taps into the limitless inspirational reserve of mother nature. The pieces, whilst embodying the spirit of nature, are highly stylised and exquisitely crafted

News Edit: 26 January 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The dreamiest dresses of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week 2020 The Evening Standard: The invitation-only week-long extravaganza is one bursting with the frothiest tulle, the daintiest embroidery and the most meticulous detail, all presented to the eyes of the most revered fashion editors and the wealthiest clients. standard.co.uk They’ve Got Their Gems to Keep Them Warm NY Times: At the high jewelry presentations in chilly Paris, Chanel went for tweed, Dior went for pairs, and Boucheron celebrated the Question Mark. nytimes.com The diamond deal that rocked Angola The Guardian: For

Celestial Inspired Jewellery

Jewellers turn to celestial bodies for design inspiration time and time again, with some of the biggest names in fine jewellery returning to star, sun and planet motifs for 2019. These forms are both familiar and yet magical to us, becoming part of the pantheon of jewellery history for many collectors and admirers writes Jodie Smith. Cartier Released during Paris haute couture week, Cartier introduced an entire galaxy of 14 limited edition pieces of jewellery in ‘Les Galaxies de Cartier.’ This is the first in the series of Cartier’s collections based on the mission statement: ‘Explore New, Create Amazing’, and

News Edit: 14 July 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Why Chaumet's bejewelled tribute to all things celestial was an astonishing masterstroke of high jewellery The Telegraph: Chaumet got just one thing wrong with its new high jewellery collection: displaying the pieces under alarmed spotlights so that whenever anyone tried to get a close-up photo, a siren went off and the perpetrator was left red-faced. www.telegraph.co.uk Haute Couture Jewelry Report: A New Generation Alights Vogue: In the wake of big anniversary celebrations at heritage houses like Boucheron, De Beers, and Cartier, this year marks yet more milestones in the world

News Edit: 22 July 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... All that glitters: dazzling high jewellery looks SCMP: Big is better and bold is beautiful when it comes to jewels www.scmp.com Gemstone-studded lace exposes the sensual side of high jewellery at Dior The Telegraph: For all the comings and goings of creative directors at the fashion houses that dominate the Paris Haute Couture schedule, those who helm the city’s jewellery maisons tend to have a more stable tenure. www.telegraph.co.uk Big in Japan: Les Mondes de Chaumet The Week: Les Mondes de Chaumet (The Worlds of Chaumet), an ambitious exhibition detailing the

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

"Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose condusctor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives." - Christian Dior This May, the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. It will be the first of its kind to look at his unique approach to making and will showcase pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San

Wrapped Up With A Bow

The bow. A simplistic yet elegantly chic nod to femininity that is stealing the scenes in the jewellery trends spotlight. A long time classic motif within Jewellery and fashion this understated design has continuously served as a symbolic emblem to stylish finesse, beauty and haute couture style. Looping back onto the style scene, the bow has been treated to a contemporary twist by multiple layers of precious metals fashioned into sculpted domes and rounded curves; playing with the reflections and refrains of light beams. The graceful craftsmanship of bow inspired adornments unfurl a graceful fluidity oozing with charming artistry. A

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion 2017

"Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose condusctor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives." - Christian Dior In May the V&A will open the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. It will be the first of its kind to look at his unique approach to making and will showcase pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and

News Edit: 19 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Richemont quarterly sales halve as luxury sector absorbs body blow Cartier owner offers no financial guidance but says China offers bright spot www.ft.com Meet the clickbait craftmakers How to Spend It: Millennials are now more likely to buy handmade wares than any other generation, says the Crafts Council. Here’s why howtospendit.ft.com Chaumet’s New Perspective On 240 Years Of Jewellery History Vogue: Usually at this time of year, we’d be in Paris marvelling over haute couture and high jewellery in person, but Covid-19

Chaumet and Dior Joaillerie present new high jewellery collections

Chaumet and Dior Joaillerie took advantage of this month’s haute couture shows in Paris to unveil their new high jewellery collections. Chaumet drew inspiration from far-off lands for its  Promenades Impériales  collection, while Dior’s  Pièces Secrètes  collection is an homage to French art de vivre and the Château de Versailles. Chaumet has since its founding nurtured close bonds with the creativity of far-off lands and their culture, inspiring some of the Maison’s most stunning jewellery pieces.  Entitled Les Mondes de Chaumet, new high jewellery collection revolves around three precious moments – January, June and July.  The first chapter in the

Aesthetically Artistic: Lily Gabriella

Brazilian born fine jewellery designer Lily Gabriella Ells has announced new partnerships with online luxury jewellery retailer La Maison Couture and Harvey Nichols.com Founded by Tania McNab in 2006, the La Maison Couture site features high end jewellery from fashion forward and leading brands such as Shaun Leane, Imogen Belfield and now Lily Gabriella. La Maison Couture will stock select pieces from two of Lily Gabriella’s core collections  Infinitas  and  Spira.  With 18ct white gold set with brilliant white diamonds and 18ct rose gold embedded with deep blue sapphires  Infinitas  marries fluid and sculptural design, taking inspiration from ripples on

Wild Things to be let loose on London

A new exhibition of luxury avant-garde fine jewellery, tantalisingly known as Wild Things, is coming to London later this month following a launch at the exclusive 2018 COUTURE Las Vegas in the first stop of what is expected to be a summer tour of Europe. Created by founder of the House of Luxury Elio D’Anna, in collaboration with COUTURE, Wild Things is a 'wild and beautiful' collection of six luxury but progressive jewellery brands, all resonating with cosmopolitan younger buyers keen to be associated with contemporary jet set labels conveying attitude and identity. They include the Indian Lebanese Mukhi Sisters,

Beau Han Xu launches with a SPLASH!

Beau Han Xu, London is a new, innovative and luxurious lifestyle collection created by the award-winning jewellery designer and artist Beau Han Xu. His works include SPLASH! - The Beau Han Xu Diamond Couture Jewellery Collection. Inspired by Nature and the Ethereal, Beau is driven by the desire to freeze frame inspirational moments in time in his creations: a raindrop’s splash and the subtleties of light playing on light. Beau Han Xu is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, where he specialised in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery (GSM&J). In 2015 Beau showcased his SPLASH! Diamond Couture Jewellery

Chaumet launch ‘Chaumet In The Sky’ app

To celebrate the launch of the Haute Joaillerie collection ‘Les Ciels de Chaumet’, the high jewellery house has unveiled ‘Chaumet In The Sky’, a mobile application available on iTunes. The app acts as a playful immersion of the celestial sphere, and helps the browser to discover constellations, planets and the jewelery creations of ‘Ciels de Chaumet’, stars among the stars. “Opal comets appear among the stars, diamond stars illuminate the blue of the night...” Developed in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Michel, world-renowned astrophysicist and CNRS researcher, the application ‘Chaumet In The Sky’ makes it possible, by orienting your phone towards

Harrods to extensively redevelop Fine Watch Room

Over the coming months, Harrods had announced that it will be undertaking a complete redevelopment and expansion of it's Fine Watch Room, starting this month and due to be completed in Spring 2018. Harrods have worked closely with architects, Rundell Associates, to create an entirely new environment that celebrates the art of watchmaking, and brand partners in large new boutiques which will ultimately offer an haute horology destination in Knightsbridge. The new Fine Watch Room will expand across two floors, featuring a central sweeping, marble-lined staircase beneath a vaulted ceiling, with leather lined walls created by leather-expert Bill Amberg, a

Artist Jeweller John Moore named IJL Jeweller of the Fair 2019

International Jewellery London Celebrates the Best of British with Jeweller of the Fair International Jewellery London have announced a new, exciting trade accolade with the introduction of The Jeweller of the Fair. This year’s honour, which was created to shine a light on the UK’s best and brightest talent, will go to Artist Jeweller John Moore. John Moore, winner of two IJL-supported Goldsmith Company Gold Awards (2016 and 2019), was selected because the complexity and engineering dexterity of his creative jewellery couture. John is universally acknowledged as a highly skilled artisan and visitors to IJL will get the opportunity to 

News Edit: 23rd February 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Grown-Up Way To Wear Punk-Inspired Jewellery The Tines: The hint of anarchy you need right now. www.thetimes.co.uk Eight Emerging Jewellery Designers to Know This Fashion Month Another: As London Fashion Week commences, eight jewellery designers whose work you can expect to see among the Autumn/Winter 2020 collections. www.anothermag.com How Banksy has transformed the fortunes of the Jewellery Quarter Birmingham Mail: Thousands of fans flocked from across the globe to see the Banksy mural. www.birminghammail.co.uk Under the loupe: Patcharavipa embrace texture with Clues Couture Wallpaper: The Wallpaper* ‘Under the loupe’

Sara Peymanpour makes Wolf & Badger debut

Newly launched luxury jewellery designer brand Sara Peymanpour London, whose collections are inspired by Sara’s Persian heritage, will be stocked by concept store Wolf & Badger in London, New York City and online from August 2018. The eponymous, responsibly sourced Sara Peymanpour London brand launched in June at Couture London, a showcase invitation-only event for designer brands on Old Bond Street. “Wolf & Badger are very selective and only stock designers with a distinctive style, so this is a great start for my brand,” Sara said. “I am particularly pleased because it is very unusual for Wolf & Badger to

News Edit: 15th November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   5 Black UK-Based Designers Reshaping The World Of Haute Jewellery Vogue: The fine jewellery industry can seem an intimidating one to those looking up at its exquisitely gem-set ivory tower from beyond its walls. vogue.co.uk Meet The Ingenious Jewellery Designers Using NASA-Approved Materials & Ancient Bamboo-Weaving Techniques To Create Desirability Vogue: Motley jewellery fans, get ready. The e-tailer, which specialises in exceptional jewellery design at an accessible price, has just unveiled its latest collection with designer Alice Cicolini. vogue.co.uk Why Andrew Grima, the jeweller beloved of Bond girls

News Edit:19 August 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   [youtube url=http://youtu.be/vtExACnYmKs] Van Cleef & Arpels weaves fairytales through high-jewelry Luxury Daily:  French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels is  immersing consumers in a storybook world to debut its latest haute creations to a digital audience. www.luxurydaily.com Inside Tiffany & Co’s New London Store Living Etc: Meet the chicest vending machine you've ever seen...Tiffany & Co. have launched an interactive concept store in Covent Garden. www.livingetc.com   Maria Tash Isn't Finished Mapping Out Our Ear Estate Vogue: When Liberty London invited

Sarabande: Sølve Sundsbø, Michaela Stark & Perfect magazine

Sarabande: Sølve Sundsbø, Michaela Stark & Perfect Magazine Monday 6th September Sarabande Foundation, 22 Hertford Rd, London N1 5SH Doors open at 7:00 PM An inspirational talk with Sølve Sundsbø & Michaela Stark, in conversation with Jeanne Annan- Lewin . Internationally renowned fashion photographer and filmmaker Sølve Sundsbø has shot for innumerable luxury couture houses and publications – Chanel, Hérmes, Louis Vuitton, Italian VOGUE, LOVE and i-D to name a few. Sarabande artist-in-residence Michaela Stark creates intricate and unconventional lingerie that subverts and contests society’s unrealistic beauty standards. Having recently collaborated for the upcoming issue of Perfect, the pair will

News Edit:11 July 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Piaget’s 2021 high jewellery collection lights up Paris Couture Week Wallpaper: Piaget unveils its new high jewellery collection, Extraordinary Lights. The vivid, fluid pieces are inspired by lights against the night sky. www.wallpaper.com Argento owners’ profits top £1.6m as jewellery chain looks to be ‘fully operational’ again Belfast Telegraph: The Northern Ireland company behind jewellery retail chain Argento has reported sales of £19m for the year to the end of June 2020, down 14% from £22m. www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk Cartier’s 2021 high jewellery collection launches Wallpaper: The new Cartier collection

News Edit: 15 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The man who gambled his firm on a £50,000 sword BBC The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to London-based silversmith Grant Macdonald. bbc.co.uk   London fashion designer turns abandoned festival tents into couture collection Evening Standard: ‘In Tents: The After Party’ shows what happens once the fun is over. standard.co.uk How artisan skills can empower Syrian refugee women FT: An agency is training aspiring jewellers in Jordan to start their own businesses. ft.com The New high jewellery collections