Carrera y Carrera has announced its Retiro collection, inspired by the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid and its garden.
Garden folklore talks of a head gardener, Cecilio Rodríguez, who was in love with the youngest daughter of Duke Fernán Núñez. To win her favour, he created the garden with the intent that it would flower every season thanks to its variety of plants, to show that his love would be cyclical and eternal. The Duke, however, disapproved, and Rodríguez was fired, and banished from the garden. The Duke commissioned a statue of Lucifer, at the Fountain of the Falling Angel (1922), to symbolize the failed romance. It is the only known public monument of the devil.
The new collection has designs for each of the four seasons. Spring designs are inspired by daisies and almond flowers, with transparent pastel shades; summer has more exotic, tropical hues; autumn is marked with reds, ochres and purples; while winter features white gold and diamonds, inspired by the season’s frost and angular icebergs.