Hermès Voltige Necklace

Hermès Voltige Necklace Courtesy of Hermès

“I think jewellery adjusts to the body, and when you show the jewellery collection, the body is not there,” says Hardy. “It’s just objects on a box or in a window. I thought it was nice to place the pieces of jewellery and the body together and see how they can react together.”

Hermès Adage Necklace

Hermès Adage Necklace Courtesy of Hermès

It’s a setting with which Hardy is very familiar. In a previous life, the designer was a professional dancer. The show, and the jewellery proved he’s also an intellectual. The choreography by Rizzo was meant to evoke how human beings are linked, with the dancers intertwining like the jewellery itself. It’s a nice metaphor given that jewellery is almost always inevitably linked either with emotional bonding or feats of accomplishment. But here, pure lust will suffice: Hardy’s interpretation of the chain is enough to make one ponder dipping into a savings account.

Hermès Fusion Necklace

Hermès Fusion Necklace Courtesy of Hermès

The pieces that will send tongues wagging are not for wallflowers, despite Hermès’ reputation for discreet luxury, but they aren’t ostentatious either. Chain necklaces are worn like breastplates on the chest, like the Fusion (seen above), while another version, the Voltige, seems to melt softly against the skin. Both are highlights along with the  Adage choker made from oversize links covered in diamonds. The latter is Hardy’s personal favourite and once you see it in person, it’s not hard to understand why.
Hermès Adage Bracelet

Hermès Adage Bracelet Courtesy of Hermès

To mount and mix the diamonds with the gold was challenging, said Hardy of the collection, and the heavy looking fusion necklace was actually made with Titanium sourced from a top Italian manufacture to add a certain levity to the piece, although it’s not immediately visible. Rest assured, however, the diamond setting is done in Paris.
While some of the old houses still tout high-jewellery that looks fit for a princess (and who doesn’t want that too?), Hermès’ out-of-the-box pieces feel fit for a modern queen—the kind that might be lunching and pounding the pavement. And while they feel absolutely of-the-moment, you can imagine the wow-factor being as tangible today as it will be when these are worn decades and even centuries from now.
Hermès High-Jewelry Presentation

Hermès High-Jewelry Presentation BFA.com/Samantha Nandez