The variety in Philippe Ferrandis's work is amazing: his new 'Polynesia' range is completely different in style and and feel to all his other collections. There's no hint of sparkle in this line, and no faceted glass: instead, the jewellery is entirely made up of smooth, entirely opaque beads with a gently polished finish. The 20th century influences are immediately recognisable: the rounded, simple daisy shapes are very reminiscent of the 1960s flower-child movement, while the strings of uniform, outsized beads are pure '50s. The corals and salmon shades featured, meanwhile, are very 1940s - It's impossible to associate this brilliantly designed jewellery with just one era.
The smooth glass beads in this piece's central flower pendant are fixed into a metal setting, meaning the necklace sits flat and keeps its shape. These pieces are clearly inspired by the pop-it beads of the 1950s (below).
Continental style by way of the Pacific Islands: my latest shipment from Philippe Ferrandis's Paris workshop draws its inspiration all the way from the shores of Hawaii. Philippe's celebrated skill with colourways sees the collection's soft blues, teals and sea greens contrasted and complemented with flashes of warm coral, pale lilacs and vivid limes to create a hazy, Hawaiian-postcard colour scheme.
The earrings in the collection, though simple and unfussy, are expertly designed: a milky, opaque glass stone sits atop a glistening, intricately cut swarovski and an extra-long iridescent resin teardrop with a textured surface completes the piece.
This gorgeous, glowing jewellery deserves to shimmer in strong summer sunlight, whether at home in the city or on holiday at the beach. It's wonderfully light to wear, so the hook fittings will not weigh heavily on pierced ears, and the clip-on earrings feature rubber pads to ensure hours of comfortable wear.
This statement necklace, with its tessellating ovals, triangles and oblongs, is a perfect piece of colourful summer jewellery, with softened neons sitting alongside perennially-fashionable pastel shades. My personal favourite, though, is this bold collar, which Philippe has given a sharp, modern edge with the addition of a chunky silver chain.
For the first time in as long as we can remember, we're having a FABULOUS summer! It's hot, the sun is shining (most of the time) and we can enjoy wonderful spur-of-the-moment picnics in the park, days by the sea, even just simple time in the garden. And doesn't it make life seem, well, just so much better? It's amazing what a bit of warmth and sunshine can do.
Here at Alexandra May, we're celebrating with Philippe Ferrandis' stunning 'Flower Power' collection, which couldn't be more summery if it tried. Hot shades of orange, tangerine, pink, red, turquoise, lime green and blue, burst with flowers, Swarovski crystals, and glass and perspex stones.
So let's make the most of this glorious summer while it lasts!