This last month has been pretty hectic. My journey began with Paris Fashion Week. My partner in crime for the day was the super talented Lebanese jewellery designer Joanna Dahdah.
As we dashed from shows to exhibitions, Paris was awash with the weird and wonderful, freaky and geeky fashion jet set. We visited the mandatory Premier Classe, the Box and the London Show Rooms; it was great to see the Brits delivering a mix of eclectic cool! I especially loved Mary Katrantzou’s lampshade inspired dresses with mouth-watering prints and an injection of dazzling multicolour. The only jewellery designer exhibiting was fashionistas’ favourite Dominic Jones, with his cutting edge, fashion forward collections.
In between appointments I meet with some girlfriends and had lunch at the uber trendy Café de Flore in Saint-Germain. We basked in the spring Parisian sunshine sipping cold rose whilst watching the fashion royalty sashaying up and down the pavement, as if it were their own private runway. I noticed the jewellery and accessories tended to be dainty and en masse; layerings of teeny tiny bracelets, stacking rings and multiple necklaces, mixing fashion and fine, cultivating a unique style that was at the cutting edge of cool.
After Paris I was back to London for a week or so, before heading to Milan for a factory visit, and then onto Basel for the show. Once again I ended up pulling a one-day-wonder, my late planning resulting in a glut of accommodation (apart from the boats, which I have vowed never to stay in again).
As I dashed from one appointment to another it was a glorious spring day in Switzerland. The highlights have to be Boucheron’s Crazy Shéhérazade watch, with its intricate movements and lashing of gemstones, utilising the colours of Arabian Nights!
I also happened to be with Boucheron when the £10 million diamond heist happened. Scary to know that’s happening only a few meters away from you!! After the chaos had calmed down I dashed off to see Swarovski, Marco Bicego and my good friend Marisa at Missoma. I managed to speed walk the show, particularly noticing strong collections by Carla Amour, Rodney Rayner and my favourite Turkish designer Sevan Bikacci; his creations profound and unique, like mini sculptures of Turkish history and famous monuments, handcrafted from 24k gold, sterling silver with uniquely cut gemstones and antique cut diamonds, mesmerising!!
As I write this blog I am on my way back from a hectic few days in Marrakech. I am always so inspired by the people, colours and craftsmanship that make this country so unique and exciting. Each time I visit I discover a new artisan and opportunity.
Now I am back on home turf and turning my attention to London Jewellery Week. This June is our opportunity to show the jewellery world how creative we really are and shout about what makes the “Best of British” design. So for those of you that are thinking about getting involved, or have watched the last few years unfold and develop, stop thinking and do it. It will only grow and develop if everyone takes action to make it happen.
Director of Auric - Jewellery specialist consultancy