Recently, I was invited to the launch of Tiffany's new 'T' collection, designed by their new creative director, Francesca Amfitheatrof. I love Tiffany, always have. But I thought my colleague Julia Cumines might get a thrill out of the evening, so invited her to take my place. Here's what she has to say...
"I was so excited when Nick asked me to attend the Tiffany T launch on his behalf. What girl doesn’t love Tiffany & Co? Held on the first floor of a four-storey Victorian building in Sydney’s CBD, it was a space I had never been to before– a hidden gem on Castlereagh Street. Located directly above signature greek restaurant, Alpha, the minimal space is layered with textures. The ceilings soared high and the room was stripped back to its bones, exposing original brick aches, concrete columns, beams and raw brick walls – a beautiful space respectful to its history. I walked in all smiles to a foyer filled with cocktails, champagne and chatter. Through the crowd the new pieces were elegantly arrayed on a series of simple white boxes placed in a long enfilade, ending up in front of the DJ’s booth. There were about five designs that were expressed as rings, bracelets, cuffs and necklaces. They came in gold, silver and of course a girl’s best friend – diamonds.
Camera flashes went off when Francesca Amfitheatrof entered. Francesca is the first female design director for Tiffany & Co, since it was established in 1837. Not only is Francesca a pretty face, and oozing with style, she is a trained silversmith and jeweller and is absolutely lovely. She has quietly designed for Chanel, Fendi and Marni – but I think now she is at Tiffany & Co you will definitely be seeing her talent shine through, big time!
Her launch ‘T’ collection is bold and sculptural, yet feminine and subtle. The letter ‘T’ was strongly reflected in all the pieces. The new line ticked all the boxes of what architects love: clean lines, beautiful detailing and forms that are modern that will remain classic. The highlight piece for me was the Tiffany ‘T’ chain necklace which could also double up as a wrapped bracelet and the ‘T’ wire rings – I could wear the sterling silver, gold and rose gold versions every day.
This event was a perfect way to kick off the warmth of spring – Thanks Nick and Tiffany & Co."