07 November 2022

TFJP x Christie’s, how to wear vintage jewelry /3

How to wear vintage jewelry. Here’s the third in the series put together by TFJP and the jewelry department of Christie’s Paris. This time creative duo Laura Bonnefous and Stéphanie Brissay have come up with a wearable item inspired by the nineties.

By Sandrine Merle.



All yellow gold

The mixing of these jewels shows that it’s perfectly possible to blend designers and jewelers, whether from the 50s and 60s, the 70s or the 80s. But you still have to find a common thread, a story … In this case, it’s yellow gold, volume and power that emerge as key themes. Around the neck, you can contrast a sublime choker chain by Tubogas Bulgari, a Zodiac pendant by Van Cleef & Arpels (recently reissued by the company) and a heavy chain worn in a double loop. Meanwhile, wear cuffs on the wrists – two on the left, one on the right. The one by French designer Suzanne Belperron works wonderfully with the other by American David Webb. The one on the right strikes a false “false note”: without this white gold, the agreement would not be quite right.



Nineties inspiration

“With this profusion of solid yellow gold jewelry, I wanted to reconnect with the 90s,” says fashion editor Stéphanie Brissay. “This image is a reference to Linda Evangelista’s first appearance in a Chanel ad campaign.” In the same vein, take a look at Versace’s super- inspiring campaigns with the great supermodels of the day: Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Christie Turlington, etc. Copy them: add, mix and match belts, necklaces and cuffs. Add big ear clips. Have fun: it’s the 90s  – nothing is too over-the-top!



Another idea to explore to modernize vintage jewelry, going for an offbeat effec. In their previous lives, they were probably worn in a couture spirit with pantsuits, evening gowns and white silk blouses: don’t be afraid to shake things up a bit! Pair them with everyday clothes like this long Fusalp down jacket. There’s nothing more contemporary than sportswear, with its comfort, functionality and technicality. “Worn next to the skin, open on the shoulders like an evening gown, this down jacket echoes the first fashion show of the designer Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga,” says Stéphanie Brissay. It’s the ideal way to accentuate the head held high, unclutter the neck and of course, highlight the jewelry itself.


And for the ultimate, finishing touch: accentuate the waist of this big, warm down jacket with a very chic, textured gold link belt from the 70s, by Cartier.


Warm jacket: Fusalp


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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