The Art Deco style — a geometric update of late 19th century Art Nouveau flourishes, recast through the machine-made polish of European Futurism — emerged soon after the end of World War I. But it wasn’t until a few years later, in 1925, that the seminal movement coalesced with the legendary Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. Giorgio Armani, the endlessly entrepreneurial 85-year-old fashion designer whose Asian-tinged minimalism has made its own mark on the culture over nearly five decades, references the period often, especially in his Privé collection of couture-level evening clothes. Thus, it makes elegant sense that his first haute joaillerie collection would nod to the spare yet bold simplicity and primary colours of Art Deco. These cascading earrings are made of white gold (common in the 1920s as an alternative to platinum), coral, diamonds, sapphires and rubies — a glamorous yet unfussy fusion of the then and now.
Retouching: Anonymous Retouch
Photo assistant: Russell Underwood
Prop stylist's assistant: Camille Coutherut.
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