Couture Week in Paris during July has become as much about jewelry as it is about spectacular clothes. While most of the big-time baubles are new collections from grand names and creative super talents, presented at events away from the fashion shows, Giambattista Valli included bold vintage jewels from Eleuteri on the runway for his Fall 2017 Couture show.
The collaboration ignited sometime last year when celebrated stylist Giovanna Battaglia introduced Wagner Eleuteri to the fashion designer. “Giambattista is originally from Rome and knew our shop on the via Condotti,” remembers Wagner. “He proposed the idea of using our jewelry on the runway.”
Giambattista traveled to the Eternal City to review the bold twentieth century jewelry at the Eleuteri boutique that has been a landmark destination for decades. (Eleuteri also has boutiques in Venice and New York City.) The fashion designer worked with Wanger’s sisters Etrusca and Vesta to make a selection of around 20 pieces. The vast majority of designs he chose were magnificent bracelets from the mid-twentieth century. Many feature colorful stones and enamel. There were also a few vintage gold tubogas watch/bracelets from Bulgari.
“Giambattista gave importance to the jewelry in the show,” says Wagner. “It is highlighted and even stacked and it caught the eye of the audience. We were all delighted he made it part of his dreamy presentation.”
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