When De Beers asked me to choose my favourite pieces from their new season collection as part of their Moments in Light campaign, I initially had diamonds and bright sparkles on my mind (who wouldn´t?). But when I entered their beautiful store located in the heart of London´s fine jewellery quarter on Old Bond Street – I instantly gravitated towards their more unique and rustic Talisman collection – which is pure perfection, in my opinion. With gold accents, and the use of more rough diamonds, intertwined with graphic and modern lines – I instantly found some amazing pieces, which not surprisingly, with its more edgy textures and gold accents, slotted straight in with my relatively laidback outfit. I styled the jewellery together with some more modern and classic gold pieces from De Beer´s main collection, and I loved the combination of the two together, focusing on the contemporary stacking of the detachable earrings and variety of rings.
This shoot took place a few weeks after I was fortunate enough to attend a very special evening hosted by De Beers, at the opening night of London Fashion Week. The cocktail party and seated dinner was to celebrate their 2015 Moments in Light series, in aid of the wonderful charity, Women for Women International – to highlight the work of talented and inspiring women through a collection of portraits – this year featuring Zaha Hadid, Liya Kebede, Karen Mok and Diana Krall (of which we were lucky enough to witness a private solo from – definitely a pinch-me-moment!). The aim of the Moments in Lights portraits, shot by the iconic Mary McCartney, was to capture their spirit in light, providing a platform to share their stories and natural beauty, with women all over the world. The charity, Women for Women International – is such an incredible initiative, providing assistance to women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid – granting funds for classrooms around the worlds, where women have the opportunity to learn new skills, gain confidence and knowledge – allowing them to rebuild their lives, communities and inspire other women. De Beers are currently sponsoring 125 women on behalf of the Moments In Light ambassadors.
MY INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN
Last, but not least – De Beers have created a really great social initiative with their recently launched Facebook app ´My Inspirational Women` – enabling us all to take part of the campaign empowering females around us. Click here and choose four important women in your life that has inspired you, add inspiring words that sum up just how amazing each of these women are, and the app will create unique portraits just for you.
Filippa K Coat
Russell & Bromley Loafers
Saint Laurent Bag
Gold Classic Hoop Earring
Yellow Gold Band 1 diamond
Yellow Gold Band 6 diamonds
Diamond Eternity Ring
Created in collaboration with De Beers. All words, styling and creative direction my own.
Photography: Shot on Olympus PEN EPL7 by Jay McLaughlin
Styling & Art Direction: Anneli Bush