12th December 2017
Location LOCATION: Paris

Look 1: Brandon Maxwell Dress
Look 2: Zac Posen Gown
Look 3: Alessandra Rich Dress / Roger Vivier Heels
Look 4: Zac Posen Gown
Look 5: Zac Posen Gown

Following on from my Panthere de Cartier story earlier this year, Cartier and I have continued our partnership to bring you this new editorial for their high jewellery collection, Resonances de Cartier.

Celebrating its 100-year anniversary, the newly renovated Cartier mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York showcased over 500 exquisite pieces for “The Cartier Haute Joaillerie Exhibition” and 65 pieces for “The Resonances de Cartier” high jewellery collection. Luxuriously spread across three floors, the exhibition even had pieces from the brand’s private collection of historic jewels once owned by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and the Vanderbilts. This was the icing on what was already a one of a kind experience, given this moment marked the largest high jewellery exhibition to be showcased in North America.

It felt surreal to see such incredible craftsmanship and heritage all in one place. You can’t really grasp just how dazzling these pieces are until you see them in real life, closely observing them through pristine glass cabinets, or one better, wearing them for a photo shoot. But what I found the most impressive about this new high jewellery collection was the new direction and focus on fluidity and flexibility, using new 3D technology to transform classic stones to cater for the modern day woman and how she wears her pieces.

I wanted to play on this theme, focusing on the timeless heritage of the brand mixed with its take on fluidity and self expression. Women are mysterious creatures; both powerful yet delicate, honest yet complex, and loving yet fiercely protective. I wanted the high jewellery to be seen through both a traditional and modern lens – a contrast of two worlds meeting to empower women all over the world to express who they are and feel beautiful in their own skin. We are still a mystery, and that is something worth celebrating.

Photographer: Luke Shadbolt
Photographer Assistant: Ben Everdon
Stylist: Yael Quint
Make Up: Stoj @ Streeters
Hair: Helen Reavey
Creative Direction: Nicole Warne