Watch & Jewellery
BECAUSE WE NEED ALL THE LUCK WE CAN GET: Gucci's Hortus Deliciarum Collection
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Gucci
06.10.2021
This is Gucci's second 'Hortus Deliciarum' high jewellery collection by Alessandro Michele
This is Gucci's second 'Hortus Deliciarum' high jewellery collection by Alessandro Michele
This is Gucci's second 'Hortus Deliciarum' high jewellery collection by Alessandro Michele
This is Gucci's second 'Hortus Deliciarum' high jewellery collection by Alessandro Michele
This is Gucci's second 'Hortus Deliciarum' high jewellery collection by Alessandro Michele
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If Gucci’s high jewellery is still not on your radar, it might be because you’ve not been paying attention. Its creative leader Alessandro Michele, one of the busiest designers in fashion, decided a few years ago that the GG universe he is building needed further expansion. The billions he has helped make for the fashion house each year is the only evidence one needs to show that he is making the right moves. And although Gucci admittedly has a long way to go in the high jewellery game compared to specialists in the field, the birth of its portfolio titled Hortus Deliciarum (which means Garden of Delights in Latin) is an important first step in disrupting the bling empire of others. What’s been refreshing is that Michele’s designs don’t come from an approach of a traditional jeweller, which means what you see is fundamentally the workings of a true designer sketching from personal experience and heartfelt emotions. His themes draw on flora and fauna, the real and the mythical, and eternal love and spiritual freedom. Each one is modelled after a totem of sorts, a new age protective symbol for its wearer. This second 130-piece collection is a follow-up to a massive debut in 2019 that proposed over 200 unique examples. Although a majority are an extension of the motifs that Michele hold dear and true (i.e. lion heads, bees, Dionysus), he has added a few more fantastical chapters in 2021 to wrap your heart and mind around. First on the list is a Rose Garden series that taps on the gorgeous repetition of blooms like a bejewelled bouquet, one that represents love of the best kind. Next is Waterfall Stars, which as the name suggests is an abstract take on nature’s water feature made up of motifs repping the constellation. Lastly, Nightfall teases the mystery and marvel of the night sky with star motifs of varying sizes symbolising the vividness of that vast real estate above us. Some of the inspirations even feature Rococo bows to level-up on the femininity and class.     

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