MARION COTILLARD is turning her hand to jewellery design, creating a collection for fine jewellers Chopard.The French actress will create the first "green" offering for the house, using ethically sourced coloured gemstones.
Cotillard's relationship with ethical fashion began two years ago, when she supported Livia Firth's Green Carpet Challenge on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival.The event will be the venue where she will debut her Chopard pieces - a bracelet and a necklace - next month, which incorporate opal stones sourced from a family-owned mine in Australia.
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"You design while thinking of the people who work on extracting the stones, so it's a totally different energy," she told WWD."Why should the creation of dreams and luxury turn into a nightmare for the people who are providing the raw material?"
Firth, who has worked with Chopard in collaboration with the Green Carpet Challenge since 2013 and who attended Cotillard's launch yesterday, said that the collection was "the first step in the new direction of the journey, which will take us into coloured gemstones, and the opals are the first baby step."Chopard has been an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival since 1988.
It's not the first time that Cotillard has dipped her toe in design waters.She created a Lady Dior bag for Dior, for which she is a long-time face, in 2012.
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