Back in January 2015, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his Spring collection with Swarovski and also the new Kaputt crystal cut, designed by him. Here’s what the website says: “(…)the designer, struck by the perfection of Swarovski’s crystal assortment, felt that the only way to make something completely new was to introduce an element of imperfection.”
Kaputt is “a crystal cut consisting of six variants that riff on irregular forms of pendants, square shapes and round stones (…) — a striking technological innovation that is at the same time perfect and imperfect“
It is a grey crystal, clear on one side and opaque in the other, with various cuts and forms. To me there is no doubt this is a piece of art and completely different than what Swarosvki usually has to offer. I can understand the imperfect cuts, even though in my eye they’re perfectly made – it’s a revolutionary line for Swarovski, perfect for their 120th birthday.
I also think it is a piece that can be work anytime, with any outfit – which is exactly why I have been wearing it non-stop. Every time I wear it, I feel like I’m carrying a piece of art around with me and that’s exactly what jewelry should be, in my opinion!
We also got told that Jean Paul Gaultier chose the name Kaputt, because he loved the way the word sounds and thought it would go perfectly with his new imperfect cut. And it does.
Have you checked the Jean Paul Gaultier line with Swarovski? What do you think of this new approach?