GOLD STAR: A Magazine Curated By has turned to jeweler Delfina Delettrez to oversee its 14th edition, for spring 2015. The Belgian fashion title has been working with Delettrez on the issue for the past six months, with the designer taking the idea of gold as her concept for the issue. But Delettrez — known for her playful jewelry collections that work with motifs such as eyes, insects and floating pearls — has taken an abstract, rather than literal, approach to the idea.
“I read about the theory that all the gold in the earth was formed from these cosmic crushes, between dead stars,” Delettrez, who is part of the Fendi family, told WWD. “To me this material that was so organic and primitive, immediately became unknown and super mysterious and futuristic.”
Dan Thawley, editor-in-chief of A Magazine, noted that while Delettrez is a jeweler, the issue is “not so jewelry oriented.”
“We’ve taken gold as an idea that sort of runs everywhere, from the golden age of Hollywood….to the idea of…medieval, ancient and modern alchemy running all the way through,” he said.
Among the stories is a fashion editorial shot by Luca Guadagnino, the director of “I Am Love,” with model Lily McMenamy playing Delettrez’s character in her apartment, with her jewelry. For another piece, Delettrez asked members of her family to contribute an object that represents their idea of gold, with her mother, Silvia Venturini Fendi, picking a Fendi Baguette bag that she designed, while Delettrez also opened up the Fendi fur archive for a shoot with photographer Daniel Sannwald and stylist Katie Shillingford, shooting the furs in what Thawley called a “cosmic environment.”
Delettrez has commissioned a limited edition run of covers for the issue that feature model Nadja Auermann shot by Matthew Stone, wearing Eighties designs by Delettrez’s family friend, designer Roberto Capucci. Those 1,000 limited copies will also feature a high-end gold scratch card page, which will give readers a chance to win a piece of Delettrez’s jewelry. The magazine is set to launch in February during London Fashion Week, with a party to coincide with the opening of Delettrez’s boutique on London’s Mount Street, which will also bow that week. Delettrez described the store as “like a modern cabinet de curiositiés,” with design details such as glass shelves that appear to float, and brass and polished silver fixtures, along with one leather wall, painted to look like malachite.
Delettrez said the store will showcase her newest designs, with her collection “having a sort of rebirth.”
“I’m going toward higher jewelry…and really going deeper in the experimentation of gold and platinum,” she said.