Last week in Paris we took a break from the shows to see Delfina Delettrez's jewelry presentation at the refreshingly open, light-filled (and cool!) Espace Rabih Kayrouz. And we were so glad we did.
Delettrez is known for her fantastical imaginative creations so we already knew we were going to see great inventive jewelry. What we didn't expect to see were wigs. Crazy, Marie Antoinette-on-acid, hands-growing-out-of-hair wigs--all of them covered with Delettrez's jewelry. And lest you think those wigs were just some crazy presentation gimmick, it's all part of the collection. Delettrez designed the wigs as well. The collection, is fittingly titled "Love is in the Hair."
"I've always been obsessed with hair," Delettrez told us. "It's so powerful. In ancient times, when men had long hair it was a sign of virility and strength." After trying one on, she said she felt "different, royal."
Delettrez worked with a wig shop in Rome that supplies wigs for the opera there. "They opened the world to me and I opened the world to them," she said. "They were so excited about this project and they keep calling me to tell me, 'You ruined everything for us because now we can't go back to doing normal projects!'"
Hair was also a theme throughout Delettrez's jewelry. Inspired by Victorian mourning jewelry that often incorporated locks of deceased loved ones' hair into rings and lockets, Delettrez trapped locks of hair in heart shaped pendants made of resin. One such pendant, she pointed out, included hair from her daughter's first haircut. A small detail, but one that speaks volumes about Delettrez's work, which seems genuinely inspired and filled with love.
Take a look.