Bulgari has unveiled Parisian label Casablanca as the next designer to reinterpret the luxury House's ever-iconic Serpenti motif. As part of the ongoing collaborative series 'Serpenti Through the Eyes Of' that was first established in 2017, Casablanca has delivered two distinct collections that centre the Bulgari snake.
Comprising of seven pieces, the first collection interlaces the après-sport DNA of Casablanca with mediterranean luxury. Drawing inspiration from the world of tennis, a colour palette of white and green dominates the handbag offering. The Serpenti Forever silhouette is swathed in perforated leather and layered to imitate the boundary lines of the tennis court. Wood handles and gold hardware call on the equipment and aesthetic sensibility found in the 'gentlemen's game', while the enamelled snakehead clasp tethers Bulgari to the collection.
To cap off the first collection, Casablanca refashions the utilitarian Bulgari Tote Bag, and also introduces a new shape, namely the Mini Serpenti Crossbody Bag.
As for the second capsule, Casablanca looked to Bulgari's homeplace of the Eternal City for design cues, ultimately using Rome's spellbinding mosaics as a creative launching pad. The result? Intricate patterns, jewel tones and pastels weaved together to bring a neoclassic feel to Bulgari's signature Serpenti Forever style, along with its Tote Bag and new Crossbody shape. Just as is the case with the Après Tennis Story, Casablanca crafted the handles from wood for a sense of old world luxury and timelessness.
“With Bulgari we share the same love and respect for timeless codes and the ambition to interpret them in new ways: this is the prism we have played with on this collaboration," said Casablanca creative director Charaf Tajer. "The collection is both modern and classic at the same time. Serpenti has a thousand-year old iconography behind it and we wanted to bring it back once more but in a modern way, playing with its aesthetic features," Tajer continued.
The collection will be launched in two separate instalments throughout selected Bulgari boutiques worldwide. Explore the Après Tennis capsule from April 20, 2022 and the Mosaic story from May 20, 2022.