This fall, legendary jeweler Bulgari has invited British footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood to revisit a line of accessories. The two Maisons have unveiled an exclusive collaboration, melding their savoir-faire for a distinctive reinterpretation of the Serpenti Forever bag.
A symbol of wisdom, renewal and vitality, the snake is an iconic Bulgari motif. Both talisman and accessory, the serpent is revisited this season by British footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood, known for his bold creativity. The capsule collection is resolutely contemporary, with backpacks, clutches and shoulder bags, including the Serpenti Forever bag first designed by Bulgari in 2012.
The bags come in a richly textured chevron pattern defined by varnished studs, with a mix of flat, round and matte pyramidal buttons. Nicholas Kirkwood also adds a new twist to the enameled snake head clasp that adorns the backpacks and shoulder bags. The innovative collection boasts graphic forms and a color palette inspired by gemstones such as pink spinel and royal sapphire, melding the design codes shared by both houses. Nicholas Kirkwood drew inspiration from the distinctively sophisticated Bulgari universe. “I created the chevron patterns using rubberized studs which have faceted ends that reminded me of diamond settings and some of the spectacular gemstones I had seen in the Bulgari High Jewelry atelier in Rome,” says the designer. The limited edition collection inaugurates a series of Bulgari collaborations dubbed “Serpenti Through The Eyes of”.
Bulgari muse Bella Hadid exquisitely shows off the range in the capsule collection campaign, photographed by Terry Richardson. The bags are available exclusively at the Printemps Haussmann Paris department store in France until October 14, as well as on the Net-A-Porter website.