Paris, July 2018 – As a “jeweller” member of the Fédération Française de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, the Maison Chopard regularly presents its Haute Joaillerie creations at the Paris Couture Week. The latter provides an opportunity to highlight the synergies between these two artistic crafts. Haute Couture and Haute Joaillerie share inspired creativity, exceptional materials, unique artisanal expertise and a ceaseless quest for perfection. For the first time, Chopard jewellery models adorned Giambattista Valli’s models during his Haute Couture runway show.
A fruitful encounter
Since their first meeting, Caroline Scheufele and Giambattista Valli have shared a passion for creative adventures. Impressed by the latest models to emerge from the Chopard Haute Joaillerie ateliers, the famous Italian fashion designer asked Caroline Scheufele to enhance the latest creations he was to present at his Haute Couture runway show on July 2nd by pairing them with these precious treasures. An invitation that the Chopard co-president and artistic director, a keen admirer of Giambattista Valli’s talent, immediately accepted. Giving women a special glow, sculpting their elegance: jewellery and apparel share a world of inspiration in which talents meet and mingle in giving birth to extraordinary achievements. An artistic approach magnificently showcased in the Giambattista Valli Haute Couture fashion show held at the Pavillon Gabriel in Paris.
An anthem to femininity
The Haute Joaillerie models selected by Giambattista Valli include several exceptional creations. Having fallen under the spell of a set of incredibly rare 17 non-oil Colombian emeralds, ardent gem-lover Caroline Scheufele designed a stunning necklace alternating these emeralds with equally pure D-flawless diamonds – the largest of which is an over 20-carat pear-shaped gem. This collection piece testifies to Chopard’s and its artistic director’s devotion to rare stones.
In the same majestic vein, one notes 18-carat white gold rings topped by splendid white and yellow diamonds, with light bouncing endless of their facets, like an enchanted kaleidoscope. Finally, emerald and diamond necklaces pay tribute to traditional gemsetting techniques, combining a dainty diamond lacework with exceptional emeralds.
This extraordinary collection epitomises the elegance and the goldsmithing expertise cultivated by Chopard. More than ever, it embodies peerless creativity and testifies to the Maison’s highly selective attitude towards choosing its precious stones.
Chopard and Giambattista Valli
Chopard is a “jeweller” member of the Fédération française de la Haute Couture et de la Mode and as such is invited to exhibit its creations as part of the official calendar of shows presentations during the Paris Couture Week. At each new edition, the Maison unveils its latest treasures, brilliantly combining mastery of jewellery-making skills with the latest technical innovations.
Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli worked for Roberto Capucci, Fendi and Emmanuel Ungari before creating his own ready-to-wear House in 2004. In January 2011, he made a remarkable entry into the exclusive circle of Parisian Haute Couture by being invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to hold a runway show as a “guest member”. Buoyed by his success, he joined the official Haute Couture calendar as of 2012.