“Each piece is very sculpted—the work is minutely detailed,” French designer Aurélie Bidermann tells Style.com. She’s referring to her Fall ’12 jewelry collection debuting in Paris on Saturday, but she could easily be referring to the sleek cars that compete in Le Mans—one of the world’s toughest endurance auto races. Using Steve McQueen’s 1971 film Le Mans as a starting point, Bidermann combined the worlds of auto racing and jewelry in this short (below), debuting exclusively on Style.com, starring the daughter of the late photographer Jeanloup Sieff, Sonia Sieff.
While Sieff keeps her eyes on the winding road like a Grand Prix pro, we have ours fixated on her long gold drop earrings and her wristful of bracelets and bangles—both pieces from Bidermann’s new collection and a few of her signature classics. The Fall ’12 bijoux, she tells us, were inspired by the land of the Maya, Inca, and Aztec civilizations as well as Latin America in the pre-Columbian era. “The centerpiece of the collection is the earrings,” she says. And fittingly (since gold flowed more freely in the pre-Columbian era), gold was the main material used in the collection: “This season we are using solid 18-karat gold as well as 18-karat gold vermeil with a patina to give the pieces a lived-in quality.” In Bidermann fashion, she’s also worked emeralds, enamel, jade, and hand-dyed feathers into the mix in the same unusual but chic way she’s been doing since we fell in love with her work years ago. Check out the video to get an exclusive sneak preview of her latest jewels.