Poodle perms, blue eyeshadow and ginormous shoulder pads — the ’80s, for those of us who were old enough to experience these trends then, was an era that was quite impossible to forget. But besides the unapologetically OTT fashion and makeup, there’s actually plenty of great stuff that the decade made iconic — Madonna and Calvin Klein jeans are just some of them.
Whether or not you are a fan of the in-your-face style of the ’80s, there’s one thing you cannot deny — nobody can ignore it. And that’s one of many other characteristics Bvlgari shares with it. Which is why the Italian jeweller has based its new Wild Pop high jewellery on the era, while paying homage to its special bond with Andy Warhol, another rule-breaker who also was big back in the day and happens to be a fan and collector of its jewellery.
The idea for Wild Pop was sparked when Bvlgari’s creative director, Lucia Silvestri, visited the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York City and saw all the Bvlgari ephemera — catalogues and correspondence — in the artist’s archive. “I wanted to do something about this fantastic dialogue between Bvlgari and Andy Warhol,” Silvestri explains.
And that was how this brilliantly flamboyant jewellery collection came to be, inspired by trends of the ’80s and presented with a vibrant pop art sensibility and the Italian jeweller’s signature opulent aesthetic.
“When in doubt, add some ruffles to your dress,” said Alexis Carrington, played by Joan Collins, in the hit ’80s soap, Dynasty. It’s not a fashion tip we’d recommend you to follow today but Bulgari’s creative director Lucia Silvestri has managed to make a fine example of it by incorporating bejewelled flounces into this magnificent necklace.
Do the foliage on this necklace remind you of a certain leaf? A cheeky nod to how weed was prevalent in the ’80s, the Happy Leaves necklace captures the distinctively shaped cannabis leaf with 14.63 carats of diamonds and over 5.60 carats of emeralds pavé-set in white gold.
Spell It Out
Bvlgari was a pioneer of logomania, having created an iconic watch with its brand name emblazoned twice around the bezel — it became a bestseller in the ’80s and one of the first examples of logo jewellery.
Ode To The Bolt
The ’80s produced plenty of larger-than-life pop personalities — among them, David Bowie, who made it big in mainstream pop in the decade. Borrowing the symbol that became his icon, Bulgari created bejewelled pieces that are quite literally electrifying.