Yes We Cannes!

Atelier Swarovski shines a spotlight on conscious luxury

Whisked up a grand drive flanked by emerald-green palm trees that leads to a 19th-century mansion built in the classical style, we enter one of the most luxurious and exclusive retreats in the world: Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, on France’s famously glamorous Côte d’Azur. With its sumptuous interiors, lush gardens, and a heated infinity pool that seems to drift into a turquoise sea, this is the preferred watering hole for movie stars attending the Cannes Film Festival.

Swarovski has enjoyed 18 years of partnership with the legendary festival, blitzing the red carpet with glamour and continuing a tradition of collaboration with film and Hollywood’s finest costume and set designers that goes back nearly 90 years. Think of some of the silver screen’s iconic moments—Judy Garland clicking the heels of her ruby red slippers, or Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn flashing their jewels in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Breakfast at Tiffany’s—and you’ll catch the sparkle of Swarovski crystals. Think of more recent hits, from Moulin Rouge! and Chicago to The Great Gatsby and Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and you’ll see how their unique brilliance has become indispensable when it comes to illuminating the big screen.

So what better place to celebrate Atelier Swarovski’s 10th anniversary than the utterly fabulous Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Hosted by Nadja Swarovski, with Skyfall and Moonlight star Naomie Harris, plus Korean actress Park Shin Hye, as her special guests, the lavish luncheon saw the launch of the crystal maison’s first responsible jewelry collection. Swarovski Created Diamonds are a girl’s new best friend—stunning lab-grown jewels that boast the same composition, hardness, and brilliance as mined diamonds, and shine a spotlight on conscious luxury. Handcrafted in a Paris atelier exclusively for the red carpet, the Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry Collection features three themes: Mosaic, Concentric, and Art Deco, which include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. Even better, we can all go to the ball, because retail versions of the red carpet designs will be available next year.

Park Shin Hye, Nadja Swarovski, Naomie Harris
Park Shin Hye, Nadja Swarovski, Naomie Harris

Harris and Park glittered under the Riviera sun in their own Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry pieces. Other guests fortunate to bag a luncheon invitation were Vogue’s Carol Woolton and Frédérique Verley, Sheikha Aisha Al Thani and Carol Sabbagha from Place Vendôme Qatar, WWD’s Katya Foreman, CNN’s Derek Blasberg, and Jill Samuel from Films Without Borders.

John Nollet was at the party, too. The A-list hairstylist came for the unveiling of his new hair ornaments designed in collaboration with Atelier Swarovski. Again, there will be retail versions of his exclusive pieces on sale next year. Raising the glamour stakes even higher, there were new iterations of the Christopher Kane Bolster collection, plus jewelry collaborations with Jason Wu, Paul Andrew and the inimitable Iris Apfel on display, too.

Got a can’t-refuse party invitation? Be sure to wear your new best friends.


Photography: Olivier Borde