For the jewelry department of Christie’s Paris, TFJP has been asking the creative duo Laura Bonnefous / Stéphanie Brissay to imagine how to wear vintage jewelry. Here’s the 9th proposal featuring two key ideas to remember: the brooch in the hair and the bracelets threaded onto the garment’s sleeve.
Moving your brooch to hair jewelry
Attached to a lapel of a jacket, this gold-crafted bow brooch with a central diamond and sapphires might seem a bit too traditional. So, it’s now moved to the hair, becoming a hairpin holding back strands of a charming Louise Brooks-esque bob. It’s essential to place it correctly: avoid the back of a bun or the top of a ponytail. For a trendier, bolder look, position it close to the face to highlight your features. Suddenly, the brooch appears slightly larger than it actually is – it’s incredibly stylish. The ultimate plus point of this style: it imparts a slightly naive, very playful aspect to the wearer Make sure the jewel is securely fastened – whatever you do, don’t lose it!
Creating sleeve effects
Bracelets are often half-hidden, or even completely concealed, by the garment’s sleeves. Especially this winter when sleeves are long, very long; they can even, in some designer’s cases, extend down to the ankles. It’s a shame when you’re wearing exquisite vintage pieces like this 1940s “Groseilliers” bracelet designed by Suzanne Belperron for René Boivin. Made of pearls and diamonds, it belonged to June Newton, the wife of the famous German photographer. As for how to wear it, don’t hesitate to go for glory. Take inspiration from a recent men’s catwalk by Christian Dior: the model wore a bracelet by Victoire de Castellane over his dress shirt sleeve, but higher up on the arm. Don’t hold back!
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
Shirt: Pierre-Louis Mascia