It wouldn’t be Paris fashion week without a few sparklers thrown into the mix.
First up: Delfina Delettrez. This jewellery designer is a fourth generation Fendi (yes, that Fendi) woman. She’s the daughter of Silvia Venturini Fendi—the accessories director at this famous luxury house—and Bernard Delettrez, the French jeweler. (Clearly, this French darling has quite the sparkling lineage.) Family jewels aside, Delettrez has her own eponymous line of couture-worthy baubles (many are one-of-a-kind) that blends goth with modern. From sinister-looking skulls to whimsical creatures (a few seasons back there was a pig ring that caused a few snorts), these fantastical creations are a feast for the eyes. Her current collection was showcased on wigs that rival Marge Simpson’s signature towering ‘do. Paging, Nicki Minaj!
My second stop on the accessories train was Swarovski. This spring their theme is swing, sing, and shine. (I should have guessed from the invite I received: a record—remember those?) Led down a Candy Land–inspired hallway filled with balloons and dotted with small circular rugs the colour of Smarties, it’s clear I’ve entered the crystal palace. The collection combines modernity and vintage styling with a feminine flair: corsage-inspired crystal cuffs, pastel-hued satin ribbon accents, resin bangles covered in kisses, a graphic black and white “mod” collection and more. The Daniel Swarovski Atelier pieces get the award for most awe-inspiring. From the decadent single glittering sleeve (this has Beyonce written all over it) to the Barbarella-esque crystal mesh minidress with removable jewel-encrusted neckpiece, these one-of-a-kind works of art definitely require a woman who can command a room. Walking back down the party-strewn hallway out onto the streets of Paris, I begin to believe that we all have that woman inside.
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