The boldly modern, even futuristic spirit that underlies the collection is most clearly expressed in geometric lines, visionary kaleidoscope prints, maxi jeweled details and intensely powerful colors that lend a 'tropical urban' essence to the line.
The search for linear and symmetrical forms, motifs and details inspired by art and architecture, stunning combinations of colors and materials — unmistakable features of all Bulgari creations - gave the stylist the original idea: transpose the esthetic language of the Italian brand to the materials and lines of this handbags collection. The color palette chosen by Williamson, predominantly green, blue and pink, reflects the tonalities of the most prized stones and metals, which in turn ignite the more daring and intense colors of the bespoke kaleidoscope prints that pay homage to the exotic atmospheres and plays of color for which the British designer is renowned.
The collection offers an emotional journey of the senses, the result of an insightful cross-contamination of the signature features and core strengths of Matthew Williamson and the Bulgari brand. It manifests itself in the creative flair of this special line of accessories that reflects an 'urban landscape' suspended between precious inspirations, exotic influences and contemporary architectures.
"For this capsule collection I wanted to create a particular kaleidoscope drawn from the rich Bulgari heritage in fine jewellery whilst also attaining a modern, contemporary feel", explains Matthew Williamson. "I am thrilled to have worked with Bulgari on this collection, having long admired the house for its fascinating history, the formal elegance and style of its creations."
The Capsule Collection
The collection features a line of calfskin hobo bags with braided leather handles and a line of calfskin clutches for day to evening, each available in two different sizes, matching with a small range of coordinated wallets.
The hexagonal motif embossed onto the leather gives all four models a look of contemporary vitality, echoing the dynamic heartbeat and architectural geometry of the modern metropolis. The oversize jeweled closure, finished in light gold, palladium or ruthenium and set against the nuanced surface of the leather, reproduces the form of a diamond, radiating a soft luminosity from every bag. The palette is composed of richly saturated colors like blue sapphire, rubellite pink, emerald green and bronze, while a fine, sinuous chain, inspired by the serpentine forms that often recur throughout Bulgari's collections, becomes the distinguishing feature of the shoulder strap clutch.