It’s definitely not who you’re imagining.
There was plenty of showmanship at Paris Fashion Week, but jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez may win for Most Unique. At her showing Monday night, necklaces, rings and bracelets were modeled on porcelain hands coming out of spinning plates. And that’s not the half of it: The evening’s refreshments were served out of beauty containers: a perfume bottle spritzed a gin cocktail, while a small jar held crème Chantilly.
Delettrez, who was wearing a white collarless Céline shirt and electric blue shadow on the inner corners of her eyes, has that sort of innate sense of style that cannot be learned, and it’s reflected in her surrealist work. I briefly chatted with her in the midst of the buzzing presentation.
Fashionista: Before we get to the jewelry, I’d love to hear a little about the cocktail bar.
Delfina Delettrez: It’s the Vanity Room!
How did you dream that up?
Each room has it’s own name, so you have the Gravity Room, the Rarity Room—because everything is made out of precious stones—and the Vanity Room. It was a way to offer drinks that was also related to the concept of the jewelry. They kind of look like jewelry themselves.
What was your concept this season?
It was about gravity, and the idea of subtraction. I wanted to make jewelry with phantom settings. Everything is floating. The collection’s title is “Never Too Light,” which is a play on “Never Too Late.” I created watches without faces—I took away their function.
Is there one piece that defines the collection for you?
Well, we have the watches, and also the pearl earrings. When they’re worn, they look suspended on your ears.
You’ve had a great deal of success in what feels like a very short amount of time.
I don’t know, it’s actually been six years!
Okay, so it’s been a little while. Would you ever consider going into another category?
I’m ready for every kind of challenge. So yes, why not? But I will never leave jewelry until I do a piece with no setting. I need to collaborate with a scientist.
Click thorough the slideshow to see pieces from Delettrez’s Spring 2014 collection and shots of the Vanity Room.