07 September 2022

TFJP x Christie’s Paris: how to wear vintage jewelry /1

Wearing a 19th-century brooch, an antique bracelet or a piece by Boivin from the 80’s is no problem if you’re still in your 20s or 30s. For the Christie’s Paris Jewelry Department , TFJP asked the creative duo of photographers and stylists Laura Bonnefoux and Stéphanie Brissay, to come up with some ideas for contemporary wear. Here’s what they told us…

By Sandrine Merle



Christie’s jewel, René Boivin’s panther pendant from the 80’s

9 cm high and covered in yellow, cognac and white diamonds, this panther pendant created by Juliette Moutard for René Boivin in the 1980s is dazzling. For Laura and Stéphanie, it’s a standalone item that needs no other accessories. They explore the cartoon look of this endearing fawn with legs and tail fully articulated, leaning on the chain and observing what’s going on! Their chosen angle here is to offset the totemic and rather precious effect with the outfit.


Unconventional chic

If you want to rejuvenate this forty-year-old pendant, there are much bolder choices than just plain, black or white! The jewel becomes the center of the outfit, a kind of textile painting, while around it a colorful and joyful universe unfolds, made up of clothes with strong colors and graphic patterns. Red with khaki, electric blue, burgundy. Stripes with stripes, with flowers or polka dots. It’s all about having fun –  you can even tie a scarf on your head and then add a hat. The jewel is so powerful that no amount of fashion display can drown it – quite the contrary! It merely stands out all the more.


Inventive pragmatism

The contemporary look of this panther is not only based on colors and patterns: the material is also important. Instead of the rather conventional silk and cashmere, it’s better to use rustic textures. In the photo by Laura and Stéphanie, the wool of the sweater immediately gives the very shiny gems a more youthful and relaxed allure – a perfect contrast with their preciousness and sophistication. Don’t be afraid to be radical by wearing waxed cotton, fleece or pastel parachute fabric with Y2K influences (2000s).


“It reminds me of a piece of jewelry I made as a child, a chain with a plastic Bambi on it,” says Stéphanie Brissay. The panther by René Boivin, which was sold for €190,000, at Christie’s Paris, is like a toy – an easy choice for everyday wear.


Pull: Studio La Fétiche / Hat: Maison Michel / Silk scarf: Épice


Photograph: Laura Bonnefous
Model: Suzanne Meyer (Tribe Management)
Stylist: Stéphanie Brissay
Assisted by Matthias Debras
Hair: Nina Olivet
Make up: Laura Merle
Assistant: Loup Catusse
Retouching: Granon Digital


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