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Full Circle

The fashion industry is capricious; it looks towards the future but is grounded in nostalgia.

Rushmika Banerjee

The result is a revival of iconic designs that stay true to a brand’s heritage while emanating ultra-modern vibes that engage a new generation. This season, Bvlgari has reissued the original five-band ring from the house’s B.Zero1 jewellery collection, which also marks the line’s twentieth anniversary since its debut in 1999.

Lucia Silvestri, Creative Director of Bvlgari, says, “For me, with every B.Zero1, the brand aims to create a new design which breaks the rules of classic jewellery-making. The main inspiration for this spiral ring shape comes from the renowned amphitheatre of the world, the Roman Colosseum. Over the years it has been incarnated in various forms, right from its debut with the first five-band rings in yellow and white gold to the current iteration in rose gold.”

The house’s affinity for the avant-garde drove them to look beyond the primary inspiration. Two bold collaborations with British sculptor Anish Kapoor (in 2010) and Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid (launched posthumously in 2017) made sure that the B.Zero1 design didn’t find itself lost in oblivion. Silvestri explains, “The success of this line has inspired Bvlgari to innovate more with colours and materials. For instance, in 2010, we paid homage to the house’s 1994 collection, Chandra, with white and black ceramic rings. There was another creation in marble in 2012 that was launched in three hues — green, lapis a

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