EVENT   Bulgari High Jewellery Collection Unveiling Gala
WHERE  Villa di Maiano, Florence

HAPPENINGS: Where better to host a gala for a high-jewellery collection than at the roots of its inspiration? Bulgari's latest high jewellery series, entitled Giardini Italiani (Italian Garden), consists of more than 100 unique pieces of jewellery and timepieces. VIP guests were flown in from across the globe to attend the stellar event. We spotted brand CEO Jean-Christophe Babin and creative director Lucia Silvestri greeting guests including the brand's long-time celebrity patrons Carla Bruni, Luke Evans and Sonam Kapoor.

Models wearing important pieces from the collection sashayed across the heritage garden, which offered a panoramic view of Florence. Guests savoured traditional Italian dishes in an elegant tent set up especially for the night, while being entertained by a local four-piece band performing everything from traditional folk tunes to the hip song Happy. The soiree concluded with a splendid music and fireworks show. 

 

 OVERHEARD I don't know which one is more glamorous -the magnificent jewellery or the beautiful fireworks.

 

CHIC CHAT with Jean-Christophe Babin

What's the importance of bringing this high-jewellery show to Florence?

Italy has many hubs of cultural significance. Florence is where the Renaissance began.

Tell us how Italian gardens have evolved.

During the medieval period, castles were surrounded by waterways for protection. Artists later transformed castles into palaces and built gardens around the premises to glorify them.

How do these gardens translate into art?

Artists turned these gardens into art and design. The gardens in Florence and Rome, mixed with water fountains and statues, are beyond just green spaces.

How does Bulgari tap the natural beauty of gardens for inspiration?

We feel that the gardens are so Italian and so Bulgari because of their geometric structure and beautiful colours.