Paris-based jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann is in L.A. this week showing her fall 2013 collection. I stopped by her room at the Sunset Tower hotel to take a look.
While her spring collection was all about Southern California, her fall collection nods to some of her other favorite places to travel, including Marrakesh and the South of France.
In Marrakesh, the Majorelle Garden has inspired everyone from Matisse to Yves Saint Laurent, and now Bidermann, who created a gold collar and ring with twisted vines and flowers evoking a secret garden. In the South of France, she not only took inspiration from the rocky beaches of Cap Ferrat, she took some of the beautifully tumbled rocks themselves, casting them in gold and creating an organic-looking pendant.
Bidermann also worked with other new materials, including Bakelite, which she carved and aged to look like an ivory tusk. “Ethically, I didn’t want to use bone or horn, and no one is doing Bakelite anymore, so I thought I would try it,” she said.
She also worked with pearls, which is something she’s always wanted to do, “but in a modern way,” creating a weightless effect by suspending freshwater pearls on gold wire on a choker, a collar and a cuff bracelet.