Delfina Delettrez is quite the sorceress. Defying all notions of time, gravity and the traditional uses and purposes of such practical items as watches, the Italian jewellery designer conjured up a fascinating presentation in Paris this week...
The divine Delfina in her S/S'14 collection
Held at the Almine Rech gallery in the city’s stylish Marais district, a stellar line up of attendees - Mario Testino, Natalia Vodianova, Andre Leon Talley, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Kenzo (for whom Delfina creates their jewellery) and many more - arrived to find plates magically spinning above tables. Was this a pre-presentation dinner? If devouring a feast of fashion qualifies, then yes. A delicious array of sparky and often sparkly jewels, set on white porcelain hands was catch of the day at Chez Delettrez.
The 'Never Too Light' collection was presented on spinning plates
And of course, this was no average bling; instead you’d find watches with no watch faces, rings that almost levitated from underneath fingers and giant mixed-metal cuffs spinning round and round and round. Mesmerising stuff.
Macro versus micro jewels at Delfina Delettrez
Delfina’s collection entitled ‘Never Too Light’ played on, as you may have guessed from those bracelets with the watchstraps, the idea of not needing or wanting to tell the time. We have mobile phones for that anyway, right? She also played on macro and micro proportions, with some gems reaching gargantuan proportions while others could weightlessly dance around the hands. Delfina’s rule-breaking, thought-provoking and thoroughly modern jewellery has found her many fans within the fashion industry and beyond, but the way she layers her own wares never ceases to fascinate us. Scroll through the gallery below to see Delfina’s guests in their fashion week finery…