Simply Beeautiful

Some of the most emblematic fashion and jewelry designers have drawn inspiration by the bumble bee, probably enchanted by this natural symbol of cooperation, productivity. According to a feature in Wallpaper Magazine (Buzz feed: the bee motif is jewellery’s latest sweet spot / 27 Jul 2016 / By Alice Edwards) the motif has been revived both in the collections of classic fine jewellers, as well as a younger crop of creatives.

A remark that is quite sound but not just for the recent years, as the trend goes back several years.

Wallpaper features the “Abeille” collection of the French maison Chaumet, that in its newest iterations presents the bee’s body parts pronounced with double sets of skeleton wings in different shades of gold and fragile, pave-set legs.

From Chaumet's Abeille collection: Left: Abeille mandarin garnet and peridot brooch Right: Yellow sapphire and peridot earrings
From Chaumet’s Abeille collection: Left: Abeille mandarin garnet and peridot brooch Right: Yellow sapphire and peridot earrings

Meanwhile, Alice Edwards also mentions Delfina Delettrez, whose use of the bee “is distinctly more literal than the rest of her often surrealist work, with its classical form portrayed in gold and enamel. She explains that the motif is, ‘much more than just decorative, it is a symbol of my work philosophy, with all the bees in the colony, coming together and collaborating’.

However, for an avid lover of bee-inspired design such as FoodsCross, we could not but notice a certain similarity between Delettrez’ creation and the stunning bracelet designed years ago by the iconic Alexander McQueen who was totally enchanted by bees and constantly drew inspiration from their charm.

Alexander McQueen Honeycomb Bracelet
Alexander McQueen’s Honeycomb bracelet.
To Bee or Not to Bee' bracelet, by Delfina Delettrez
‘To Bee or Not to Bee’ bracelet, by Delfina Delettrez

 

At Dior, bees have played a supporting role in many previous collections, however this year in the newly launched ‘La Rose Dior’ the emblem takes centre stage. In highly polished gold set with diamonds, Victoire de Castellane‘s bee is said to come from a garden in full bloom.

 

In Dior, bee emblem takes centre stage within the newly launched ‘La Rose Dior’ collection, Victoire de Castellane‘s bee is said to come from a garden in full bloom.
Dior Pre Catalan jewlery collection

Moving into the fashion realm, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele has also introduced the insect, this time as a new theme for the Italian brand. Michele’s often gothic aesthetic can be seen in the ‘Le Marche de Merveilles’ collection, which mixes yellow gold hardware with bees depicted in grey diamonds set with sterling silver; a pale insect against a golden backdrop.

In Gucci's latest "Le Marche de Merveilles" collection, Alessandro Michele mixes yellow gold with bees in grey diamonds set with sterling silver
In Gucci’s latest “Le Marche de Merveilles” collection, Alessandro Michele mixes yellow gold with bees in grey diamonds set with sterling silver

 

There are major designers missing from this report, though, such as Paul Smith, who seems to adore bees and frequently uses them in his creations.

Paum Smith ansa-cuff-bee-1 paul smith

How can we ignore designers such as Chanel or Dolce & Gabbana and of course the iconic Tiffany’s.

Chanel Couture 2016
Chanel Couture 2016
Chanel Haute Couture 2016 bees
Chanel Haute Couture 2016 bees
Dolce & Gabbana black crow bee embroidered patch trackpants
Dolce & Gabbana black crow bee embroidered patch trackpants
Tiffany and Co yellow golden bee
Tiffany and Co yellow golden bee

 

So, fashionable ladies and gentlemen, may the bees be with you!

Alexander McQueen, honeycomb dress, with necklace and harness in plexi
Alexander McQueen, honeycomb dress, with necklace and harness in plexi
Embroidery with beading on the Dior show
Embroidery with beading on the Dior show
Gucci bee embroidered cashmere wool scarf
Gucci bee embroidered cashmere wool scarf
Gucci window display bee holding Dionysus handbag
Gucci window display bee holding Dionysus handbag