Nicholas Kirkwood takes Bulgari's Serpenti Forever bags to the next level

One for the collection

Nicholas Kirkwood takes Bulgari's Serpenti Forever bags to the next level
Not for the faint-hearted

Just as we thought the classical jeweller couldn't get any edgier given their latest rock 'n' roll release, the Divas' Dream, Bulgari's update on the iconic Serpenti is a lesson to never say never. Enlisting British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood (to which the unconventional is synonymous with his label), the collaborative rendition is one that distills age-old know how, heritage and nature, yet birthing an ultra-modern accessory. 

Empowered by his visits to Bulgari's atelier and the 'Serpenti Form' exhibition in Rome, where he witnessed the house's unparalled craft, Kirkwood found inspiration for his own interpretation of the reptile. First up, the radicalisation of the icon's elegance with studs. His dynamic fusion of pyramid, flat, matte and polished embellishments laid out in zigzag sequence transform the bag's originally pristine body; the striking update intended to evoke the calculated, powerful movements of its core ingenuity — the serpent.

Each stud was chosen for specific reasons. "I created the chevron patterns using rubberised studs which have faceted ends that reminded me of diamond settings and some of the spectacular gemstones I had seen in the Bulgari High Jewellery atelier in Rome," Kirkwood said of the design process. One that's as intricate as it is calculated, and the results, an undisputed stunning collector's item that speaks for itself. 

Available from September 2017 at the Bulgari boutique located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B1-36 and #B2-35, 2 Bayfront Avenue, 018972.

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