Guests arriving at the magnificent historic Pavillon Étoile on the rue de Presbourg on October 20 might have been tempted to linger over its commanding view of the Arc de Triomphe. They may have been further tempted to gaze in admiration at the original detail of its grand interior. Not so on that particular night, the unveiling of the World Jewelry Facets 2016 exhibition.
This year, the lavish, floral garden-inspired décor, showcasing the finest contemporary fashion jewelry from all over the world, stole the show in spectacular style. Mirrored columns emerged from luxurious cascades of flowers. Unique crystal-embellished showpieces by iconic couturiers and emerging designers, together with commercial jewelry for SS17, had been variously positioned on top—some floated above, others were suspended below. The dazzling light and color refracted around the room in myriad kaleidoscopic patterns created an extraordinary effect. And gazing out over the exhibition was Swarovski’s brand ambassador, Karlie Kloss, in the form of a striking Tim Walker portrait. The modern masterpieces on display showed off the superb skills of the world’s finest craftsmen and women, including Jean Paul Gaultier for Swarovski, Philippe Ferrandis, Caleidoscópio, Charlotte Parmentier, Gas Bijoux, Hélène Zubeldia Paris, and Atelier Swarovski. If this debut was designed to cause a sensation, then mission accomplished!
Exhibiting designers: From Mexico come Mauricio Serrano, Edith Brabata and Alejandra Aceves; From the USA come Heidi Daus and Marquette Home. Southeast Asian designers include JUDYHUA and O.YANG (China); Complex Biz, DRESS UP EVERYDAY, and VENDOME BOUTIQUE (Japan); Minetani and VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD (Korea). From France come Ambrosia Paris, Aris Geldis, Azzaro, Bijoux de Famille, Boks & Baum, Crezus, Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, Gas Bijoux, Hélène Zubeldia Paris, Jean Paul Gaultier for Swarovski, Les Georgettes™, LI by Richard Orlinski, Marie Laure Chamorel, on aura tout vu, Philippe Ferrandis, Reminiscence, Shourouk, Une Ligne, and Valérie Valentine. Other European countries are represented by: Marie Boltenstern (Austria); Coeur de Lion, Krikor and Stilomio (Germany); Boccadamo, may mOma, Max & Co, and Roberto Giannotti (Italy); JOOMAY (Romania); Artwear Dimitriadis and Ekaterini (Greece); Iskra (Bulgaria); Maximo Betro and Uno de 50 (Spain). From South America come Caleidoscópio and T.Arrigoni (Brazil), and Turmalina & Durando (Colombia).