Where Past Meets Present: Introducing the 23FW Signature. D Collection
by DIDIER DUBOT . on Nov 14, 2023
Creating the perfect blend of past and present is no small feat.
How can one honor the classic beauty and timelessness that comes with tradition, while staying ahead of the curve when it comes to current trends?
We recently undertook this challenge during the creation of the 23FW Signature. D collection, giving some of our distinctive design elements a refreshing, architecturally-driven twist.
Looking at the recent transformation of a beloved Parisian heritage building by one of the world’s most talented architects, we were able to create a collection that beautifully intertwines history and modernity. Learn more about the inspirations and standout pieces of our new Signature. D collection below.
The Inspiration Behind the Collection
In 2017, esteemed Japanese architect Tadao Ando was hired by French businessman and art collector Francois Pinault to restore the historic Bourse de Commerce building in Paris. Once the heart of Parisian grain trade, the building has undergone many transformations over the centuries.
Beneath the iconic arched dome lie the layers of the Bourse’s rich history. It was the primary residence of Catherine de Medicis, a trading hall, and an exhibition venue before becoming the chic contemporary art gallery we know today.
Tadao Ando’s Bourse de Commerce-Pinault Collection Building
Ando’s work offers a seamless fusion of past and present. It introduces the sleek, minimalist aesthetic of a contemporary art venue within a prestigious heritage building.
The Bourse’s breathtaking circular rotunda and its accompanying ornate columns and frescoes from centuries past were preserved, and continue to serve as the focal point of the building. An impressive 30-foot tall concrete cylinder is Ando’s most pronounced addition, offering a perfect backdrop for the Pinault Collection’s 10,000 pieces of contemporary art.
The 23FW Signature. D collection was inspired by the museum’s current beauty, its robust history, and the subtle nuances that tie both facets together.
Layers of Beauty
Signature. D is defined by meticulously layered pieces that recreate the breathtaking interplay of natural shadows and the building’s stunning arches. Gleaming precious metals are adorned by scintillating crystals that mirror the sun’s brilliance when its rays trickle through the Bourse’s iconic glass dome.
The collection’s silhouettes pay homage to Ando’s harmonious blend of past and present, adding intricate layers to DIDIER DUBOT’s signature initial ‘D’. Each interpretation of the letter is created as if it was disassembled and stacked in numerous layers, resulting in captivating pieces that command attention.
Rich in depth and texture, the 23FW Signature. D collection is perfect for enhancing both everyday and special occasion outfits.
How To Style Signature. D
Style It Solo
With their fascinating details and unique silhouettes, Signature. D pieces are guaranteed to stand out. Let their one-of-a-kind features steal the spotlight by styling the jewelry on its own.
Whether it’s a hoop/drop earring hybrid, a dazzling multi-strand lariat necklace, or a layered ring, Signature. D jewelry makes a strong statement when worn solo.
Stay true to Signature. D’s inspirations by mixing and matching different pieces from the collection. From earring stacks featuring an eye-catching array of delicate studs and ear cuffs to diverse assortments of bracelets, the pieces from this collection all form perfect partnerships together.
Signature. D honors and encourages transformation. The pieces are designed with versatility in mind, allowing you to wear them in multiple ways. Just like the building that inspired the collection, the pieces offer you a canvas for creativity.
Writer: Maria Polansky