The ever so anticipated Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so what to do this time around? Standards are high, we all know flowers are not enough to satisfy our lavish craving. For this years big day, I got to experiment what the ultimate Valentine’s Day would be like - a trip to Paris with Cartier.
I woke up in the beautiful Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme hotel and got dressed for the big day. That meant opting for a festive LBD, we are after all illustrating the ultimate 24h Valentine’s Day. I got adorned in Cartier’s most iconic pieces, in everything from the jewellery box red bag that sets the Valentine’s Day mood, to everyones favourite, the Love bracelet. The beauty is in the simplicity and the dainty industrial details (sold with a matching mini screw driver!) Although I could talk about the Love for days, I suspect you have come across this one already, stacked or as a simple single piece. Designed to represent two lovers unique link, I don’t think there is a more distinctive bangle on the market than Cartier’s Love. The Trinity ring is another symbol of a forever lasting love and is in its timeless design a prefect piece for someone who does not want to commit to just one precious metal. The subtly tricoloured ring is enough on its own, but I realised later on the day how stunning it looks layered with a second Trinity band, I think this truly represents how addictive it can be to get introduced to the world of Cartier. As a necklace I wore the Amulette de Cartier - Yellow gold, lapis lazuli diamond - which portrays a dream catcher, an unlocked wish. Truly what this day turned out to be.
We visited the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, to see the much anticipated photo exhibition of Daido Moriyama and Fernell Franco. The airy space, designed by Jean Nouvel hosts annually changing exhibitions, of which the current one is on until June 5th. Portraying the changes that took place in Japan in the decades following World War II. I was especially intrigued by the colourful work of Daido Moriyama, so a few posters and books, from the shop upstairs, made its way back to London with me.
After this we headed to Cartier’s first ever boutique on Rue de la Paix. We got to visit the Jeanne Toussaint salon, hidden in the back of the boutique. Toussaint, known as Cartier’s creative director of jewellery from 1933 until 1970, was also Louis Cartier’s lover. The suite now holds a unique selection of Cartier's vintage pieces, of which some are restored and sold as part of the Tradition collection. However, I wanted to create my dream stack, and got a little carried away matching two golden Love bracelets and one diamond Love, two stacked trinity rings and the yellow gold diamond Clé de Cartier watch.
So that’s it, modern art and the ultimate jewellery wishes in the form of a little day dream in the name of
Love Cartier, I could not have asked for a more perfect day. So now boys, start booking those train tickets and thank me later for the itinerary.
In collaboration with Cartier
Photos by Mikko Puttonen