Gucci is leaning deeper into decadent maximalism–and Mother Nature motifs—with the second entry in the brand’s High Jewelry collection, named Hortus Deliciarum, or “Garden of Delights.” And the Eve draped in such Biblical imagery is none other than actress Jodie Turner-Smith, whose turn in the 2019 film Queen & Slim propelled her into a starring (yet frustratingly controversial) role in the 2021 British period drama Anne Boleyn. As the new face of the Hortus Deliciarum collection (and an ELLE cover), she evokes a natural Hollywood romance that takes cues from mythology and proverb alike.
In video and imagery for the High Jewelry release, Turner-Smith is showcased draped in jewels as she takes a midnight dip accompanied by a snake and bird; Diana Ross’s “Love Hangover” pumps through the speakers. Shot by Glen Luchford with beauty by makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver and hair stylist Paul Hanlon, Turner-Smith is a vision in millennial pink, submerged in turquoise waters and accented by the silver shock of Gucci fine jewelry pieces—including a butterfly-inspired bracelet and tiara-reminiscent neckpiece.
Designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, the Hortus Deliciarum collection includes more than 130 pieces, many of which are one of a kind. Using what Gucci calls its “kaleidoscopic palette” and a gleeful obsession with the natural world’s excess, the jewelry includes rings, bracelets, necklaces, solitaries, and even a selection of bedazzled timepieces. With this newest campaign, Gucci seems bent on a whole-hearted embrace of summery indulgence—and, as Ross sings in the video, if there’s a cure for this, we don’t want it.
Watch the full campaign video below.
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