Louis Vuitton, the world-renowned international fashion house, has chosen the stunning backdrop of Greece to unveil its latest High Jewellery collection, "Deep Time." This exquisite collection, the fifth in the series, was revealed amidst a captivating event that combined Greek flavours, a mesmerising performance by internationally acclaimed Greek choreographer and director Dimitris Papaionou at the historic Herodeion, and the presence of esteemed guests who travelled to Greece exclusively for the extraordinary presentation.
The decision to unveil the collection in Greece was a deliberate one by Louis Vuitton, as the country perfectly embodies the essence of the collection's inspiration. Designed by Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director for Watches and Jewellery, "Deep Time" draws inspiration from the concept of geological time—the vast expanse of time from the Earth's creation to the emergence of life. The collection elegantly showcases the intricate relationship between Louis Vuitton's exceptional craftsmanship in high jewellery and the hidden gemstones found within the Earth, symbolising the evolution of our planet.
It comes as no surprise, then, that the iconic French house chose the Herodeion, one of the oldest open-air theatres in the world, to create an air of mystique for this enchanting event. The performance directed by the acclaimed Greek choreographer and director, Dimitris Papaionou, paid homage to the birth of Aphrodite, while the accompanying music was composed and performed live by the internationally renowned violinist Renaud Capuçon.
"Deep Time" takes its audience on a captivating journey into the depths of time itself. This remarkable collection is the most diverse range of precious jewels that Louis Vuitton has ever introduced, comprising over 170 unique pieces, with the first chapter alone featuring 95 stunning creations. It boasts an unprecedented array of precious stones meticulously crafted into wearable works of art.
"At Louis Vuitton, we consistently embrace adventure and explore extraordinary, unexpected realms," expresses Francesca Amfitheatrof, who looked to tectonic movements and the apparition of life as her inspiration behind the runway presentation. "Deep Time will transport you to the deepest recesses of the past—a time and place so remote and perhaps challenging to comprehend. Yet, these timeless gems will transport you precisely to the beginning of our planet, to the genesis of our world's history and its mystical geological heritage."
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Prior to the unveiling, an exclusive dinner was hosted for a select group of Louis Vuitton's esteemed guests from around the globe at the Four Seasons Astir Palace hotel in Vouliagmeni. Inspired by Greek cuisine, the menu featured delightful flavours and was paired with wines from the renowned island of Santorini. The table settings and décor carried the unmistakable Louis Vuitton signature, exuding elegance and refinement.
As the evening progressed, Louis Vuitton and Francesca Amfitheatrof warmly welcomed their distinguished guests, who enjoyed the dinner while gazing upon the deep blue sea and witnessing the breathtaking sunset. The pinnacle of the event was the presentation at the Herodeion, where various art forms, including dance, music, visual arts, and the creation of luxury jewellery, seamlessly intertwined under the enchanting shadow of the Acropolis.
Among the elegant attendees was Ana de Armas, who had previously attended a dinner at Amanzoe in Porto Heli as a guest of the house. She showcased pieces from her own Louis Vuitton jewellery collection, although she had departed Greece by the time of the "Deep Time" unveiling. However, another muse of the house, Léa Seydoux, graced the occasion, exuding elegance in a cream midi skirt, white shirt, black heels, and high jewellery pieces from Louis Vuitton's collections.
Other notable guests included the Greek actress Klelia Andriolatou, who looked radiant in a 3D jacquard box crop top and Louis Vuitton pants, complemented by black heels and a multicolour Patite Malle bag. The event also saw the presence of Japanese actress Aya Ōmasa, Hong Kong actress Chrissie Chau, Thai actress Urassaya Sperbund, and Chinese singer and dancer Victoria Song, all donning exquisite creations from Louis Vuitton's High Jewellery collections. Their elegant attire and the magnificent pieces of jewellery further enhanced the glamour and sophistication of the evening.
The unveiling of "Deep Time" in Greece not only showcased Louis Vuitton's exceptional craftsmanship but also celebrated the rich cultural heritage of the country. By choosing the iconic Herodeion as the venue, Louis Vuitton paid tribute to Greece's historical significance and its deep connections to art and beauty. The combination of Dimitris Papaionou's awe-inspiring performance, the live music by Renaud Capuçon, and the masterful choreography that mirrored the birth of Aphrodite created an ethereal atmosphere, captivating the audience and immersing them in the mystique of "Deep Time."
This extraordinary event marks yet another milestone for Louis Vuitton, a brand that continually pushes boundaries and creates unforgettable experiences. The "Deep Time" collection not only showcases the exquisite artistry of high jewellery but also invites us to reflect on the timeless beauty of our planet and its fascinating geological history. With its diverse range of precious stones and meticulous craftsmanship, this collection undoubtedly epitomises luxury and sophistication.
As the evening drew to a close, guests left with memories of a truly enchanting experience, carrying with them the allure and elegance of Louis Vuitton's "Deep Time" collection. This remarkable unveiling in Greece will undoubtedly be remembered as a milestone in the realm of high jewellery, where art, culture, and luxury intertwined to create an unforgettable celebration of beauty and creativity.
Photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton and Instagram.