8 posts tagged "Aurelie Bidermann"
Jeweler Aurélie Bidermann’s Gallic chic has a new, American counterpart: Bidermann, her new collection exclusively for Barneys. At a dinner in her honor at New York’s Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria last night, she looked every bit the Parisienne, surrounded by a cadre of Frenchwomen, including hostess Garance Doré and the Webster’s Laure Heriard Dubreuil, and decked head to toe in Alaïa—which, she revealed to an envious group of U.S. editors—is her usual. (An aunt in the fashion industry has been supplying it to her since she was a teenager.) She was also wearing, of course, a few key pieces from her new collection, which traipses between girlish clovers and pansies (pictured) to gladiatorial cuffs and collars, in brass and enamel. So were several of her dinner guests, like Rachel Chandler Guinness. Between platters of beets and ricotta, roast chicken, and gelato, Bidermann proclaimed herself “very, very excited” about her first-ever capsule collection. So are her new partners at Barneys. The store’s creative ambassador at large, Simon Doonan, gave dinner’s kickoff toast, proclaiming his great affection for the woman and her wares. Then he situated a Frenchy evening firmly on American soil: “Welcome to Arby’s,” he joked.
Bidermann is now available at barneys.com.
“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.
What: A collection of aww-inspiring baby bijoux. Our favorite: the tiny, colorfully enameled mother-of-pearl charms dangling off delicate string necklaces. Every piece comes in its own little Liberty pouch.
Why: Last year we fell in love with Aurélie Bidermann’s unusually chic way with jewelry, like her penchant for dipping lace, feathers, and leaves into gold. Her dreamy touch is a perfect fit for the toddling set.
Where: $131, at Bonpoint stores worldwide.