What A Gem: Matthew Williamson Creates a Jewel of a Capsule Collection for Bulgari Handbags

For their first collaboration with a fashion designer, Bulgari tapped the talent of Britain’s Matthew Williamson, employing his expertise to develop a capsule collection of handbags that would deliver the Bulgari message through a whole new language.

While the marriage was less than surprising, Williamson shares a penchant for color and high-design that’s instep with the Bulgari mentality, it marks an addition to the roster of stellar collaborations for Bulgari that has included the likes of Isabella Rossellini in the past. Based on some of the nearly neon shades of jewels that Williamson found while scouring Bulgari’s vintage jewelry archives, the collection plays off of a palette of sapphire blue, rubellite pink and emerald green.

And, in true Bulgari style, there was a party to unveil Matthew’s collection to a small group of celebrities and VIP’s such as Rachel Bilson, Nicola Bulgari, Fabien Baron, Diane von Furstenberg, Cindi Lievi, Carine Roitfeld, and Milan Vukmirovic. The bags, which have been dubbed such names as Sapphire Galaxy, Crystal Butterfly and Emerald Palm were projected high in the sky of the Simon Costin-designed event.

Costin transformed the Bulgari Hotel’s garden into what could best be described as a jungle fantasy; if said jungle was set within the confines of a glittering kaleidoscope. And until the collection hits stores in January, we leave you with this glimpse of the collection as seen at what was, without a doubt, one of Milan Fashion Week’s most decadent events.