BY NADINE KAM / firstname.lastname@example.org
Louis Vuitton welcomed a caravan of archival and new fine jewelry and timepieces to its storefront at Ala Moana Center this week.
The 71-piece collection includes jeweled timepieces for men and women, and necklaces inspired by new creative designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s Petite-Malle handbag, which harkens back to LV’s roots and fabled monogram trunks, or malles.
PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / email@example.com
Tambour Monogram Tourbillon in white gold, featuring a discreet monogram pattern on a mother-of-pearl dial with diamonds.
I fell in love at first sight with the purse itself, a structured mini trunk that can be worn as a crossbody or clutch.
During a preview of the collection on Wednesday, models were draped in diamonds, precious stones and timepieces, and for those trying on the pieces, there was many a wow moment.
Kelsey Campbell is adorned in a Louis Vuitton Haute Joaillerie diamond headband, monogram flower earrings and timepiece.
Eri Aihara wears Louis Vuitton’s padlock pendant in 18K white gold with diamonds, $23,900. The white gold chain is chain is $3,650.
There were also yellow gold necklaces inspired by LV’s new creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s Petite-Malle handbag. I LOVE this! The mini trunk design can be used with strap or as a clutch, and in turn was inspired by French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn, who, in 1909—the dawn of the photographic era—launched an ambitious project, “The Archives of the Planet,” dispatching photographers to 50 countries to document human tribes around the globe. The work continued until he was ruined by the Great Depression. The work speaks to LV’s history and aesthetic, and association with travel and the arts.
I also loved, loved, loved the strong geometry of Louis Vuitton’s Haute Joaillerie amethyst Emprise pieces on Courtney Coleman, including long tassel necklace ($14,600), earrings and ring. Nine amethysts form the pendant design. A better look, from LV, below:
Honolulu is the only American city to receive the exclusive collection, which will be on view through Aug. 17 at the store.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.