The limited-edition “Bejewelled” Serpenti Forever bag in python skin is the crown jewel of the Spring Summer 2016 accessories collection. An intricate and intriguing mix of time, tradition and textures interpreted to rippling and innovative effect.
Like a detailed and awe-inspiring painting, the bag is covered by a rich and lavish floral design, a cascade of intensely-colored flowers inspired by a necklace dated 1968 belonging to Bulgari’s High Jewelry collection. A profusion of cabochon-cut emeralds, rubies and sapphires, peppered by brilliant-cut diamonds, the necklace was worn by Keira Knightly to the Oscars in 2006 when she was nominated for the best actress for the film “Pride and Prejudice”.
Just like the bag, the necklace underscores Bulgari’s longstanding penchant to explore new grounds while staying true to its centuries old savoire-faire and roots.
With its explosive chromatic combinations and cabochon cuts applied to precious stones, the necklace’s floral pattern swirls liberally and gracefully, further revealing Bulgari’s desire to break away from the asymmetrical and graphic floral designs favored by its French counterparts at the time. It marks Bulgari’s desire to innovate by focusing on more structured, compact and symmetric designs characterized by softer-edged frames.
The latter-day reinterpretations of this rich composition is screen-printed onto the bag in a precious python skin. The patterned panel is cut to fit the shape of the bag like a glove and later hand-polished to preserve the natural hand of the skin. The result is a strong contrast between the scales’ rough texture and the flourishing bejeweled pattern. Adding a signature touch is the enamel snake-head clasp in black and white whose eyes twinkle with lapislazuli. Needless to say the new “Bejewelled” Serpenti Forever bag is the fruit of a labor-intensive process for which each of the 68 limited-edition bags requires three months to craft.