Partridge Solange (1961). English creative director at Boucheron after its acquisition by Gucci. Of Moroccan origin, she was born and lives in London. She opened a shop in Notting Hill, beginning with jewellery inspired by the 1920s and costume jewellery. Today, she divides herself between London and Paris, where she works in the historical Boucheron premises in Place VendÂme. Studying the house’s rich archives, Solange revives the old models in order to present them in a new spirit, though keeping their traditional prestige. So she reinterprets, but doesn’t distort, the unmistakeable style of this jeweller to tsarinas and queens, actresses and heiresses. One example of this would be the famous “white” jewels, created with diamonds in a platinum setting, although, at the same time, she also plans a more accessible line for all women. She follows her own instinct for creativity, not the latest trends. She used some two thousand diamonds to make a sort of snake skin, a real temptation for the lapel of a jacket. She has a particular love for sapphires, which she sets in a very personal way, softening their characteristic blue with black gold. In this way they became less showy and could be worn, irreverently, with jeans. She prefers colors that are more mature, such as plum, brown and violet, and forms that are the most wrapped and rounded.