11th September 2015
Location LOCATION: Venice

1. Dion Lee Line II Silk Cami Top and Apron SkirtChopard Imperial White Gold and Amethyst Earrings and Cocktail Sautoir Necklace
2. Michael Lo Sordo Black Silk Gown / Chopard Imperial Rose Gold, Amethyst and Diamond Drop Earrings and Imperial Ring
3. Michael Lo Sordo Red Silk GownChopard Imperial Rose Gold, Amethyst and Diamond Sautoir Necklace
4. Michael Lo Sordo White Pleated Top / Chopard Imperial White Gold and Amethyst Earrings and Imperial Lace Pendant Necklace

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you would have noticed I’ve spent the past few days in Venice with Chopard for the launch of their new Imperiale Collection and the Venice Film Festival.

I visited Venice for the first time a few years ago during my first trip to Europe. The experience then to what I experienced now are worlds apart, and I feel it’s been invaluable to be able to see both sides to the city to know what I’d like to show my friends when we are to return one day. During our first visit, we spent our days on foot and didn’t use a map. Since my return, I’ve been accustomed to water taxis and dining at some of the most idyllic places in Venice – Cipriani’s romantic Italian decor was nearly as good as their food.

During this trip, I wanted to showcase some of Chopard’s new pieces from their Imperiale Collection set against the beauty of Venice as a backdrop that can only be described as a real life oil painting. The collection itself tells a story of the iconic and inspired woman – the modern day empress with style, passion, confidence, and a magnetic aura.

I’ve been slowly collecting my Michael Lo Sordo wardrobe and this seemed like the perfect chance to style them with jewellery that reflected their feminine, elegant and show stopping qualities. The red silk gown shot like liquid gold, set amongst an empty Piazzo San Marco just after sunrise.

It’s rare to feel like you have the whole city all to yourselves, but as I said, this trip has been such a contrast to any other trips and it was quite far from ordinary.

Photographer: Justin Wu