Messika Paris by Kate Moss
Kate Moss, Valérie Messika: At the heart of a unique high jewelry collection with two strong, spirited women. Using one simple word – freedom – the fashion icon and the diamond jewelry designer have collaborated with spontaneity and sincerity. By each harnessing the other’s art, they have been able to express the different facets of their singular personalities through unbridled creativity. Together, they have created a collection of high fashion jewelry that is expressively eclectic and defiantly diverse, which pays homage to a woman who has transcended generations and styles.
“It had to happen.” This was Valérie Messika’s response when we asked her how the collaboration with the iconic top model came about. While Kate has been placing her libertarian imprint firmly on the world, the designer has been busy designing jewelry. Guided by her own rules but most of all her instinct, she creates high jewelry which is light, assured, and uninhibited, which affirms her own style and joyously proclaims the various facets of her personality. Valérie Messika’s aim when designing her jewelry is “To bring women a touch of sparkle and self-confidence.”
It should be noted that Kate Moss, and the fashion world in general, have particularlyinspiredtheMaison’sdesigner. The woman who made skinny jeans, a leopard print jacket and little black boots famous, who stalks the runways of the most prestigious fashion shows with a cavalier nonchalance; the woman who is consistently in demand at the most highly-regarded fashion houses, and who most of all, imbues whatever label she is wearing with her own inimitable style, can now add the title of Messika jewelry designer to her portfolio.
Everything began with a jewelry box. Kate’s. The colour, the oversized designs, inspiration from all over the world, and an art deco feel. A world that was at first glance quite removed from Messika jewelry, but ultimately extremely exciting for the designer. Two heads rather than one meant that more than one hundred unique pieces of jewelry were imagined. Valérie was unwavering in her belief that the co-designed jewelry should embody both the Maison’s values and Kate’s style. The movement of the stones, the fluidity of the lines, the suppleness of the jewelry, the boldness of the wearer… Together, they found a common language within the mixture of types of gold, various diamond cuts and even the way the precious materials were used. The collection is lively, eclectic and brightly coloured; and most certainly not boring. A daring decision? Probably. But an assured one nonetheless. Inspired and inspiring, closer than ever, the two women visualised this collection almost instinctively. They have created jewelry in their own image; with no restraints holding them back. As both designers and stylists, they have developed a type of relaxed luxury.