Who else was obsessed with those five finger rings in Nicolas Ghesquiere’s final collection for Balenciaga? We recently discovered that they were designed by talented French jeweller Charlotte Chesnais, who has finally launched her own collection this season.
Chesnais may only be 30 years old but her CV is impressive – after studying at Paris’ Studio Bercot she started working in the business at the age of 19, spending a decade at Balenciaga before freelancing for other brands including Maiyet, Kenzo, Kitsune and Paco Rabanne, where she currently works. This year she also scooped the French Andam Prize for Accessories.
Her first collection ticks all the right boxes – it’s modern, sculptural and minimalist. The look is bold and graphic while materials are kept simple and are limited to gold and silver. Many of the shapes look like art pieces at first glance, but once they spiral around the ears, wrist and neck they really come to life.
Highlights from the collection include the Initial cuff, a double-band bracelet with an open side which slips on easily. Another favourite is the Saturn earrings, a new take on the classic hoop, which features a small gold circle orbited by a larger sterling-silver circle that hovers in front of the ear. For a more edgy look try the Ivy and Punk ear cuffs which look as though they’ve been bent and twisted around the ear haphazardly.