Chopard recently hosted a private screening of French director Lisa Azuelos’s Dalida in Theatre by Rhodes at Mall of the Emirates. The film is a posthumous biopic of the eponymous Egypt-born singing sensation, whose glamorous persona endures the memory of her tragic death. Now showing in cinemas across the Middle East, the film is the latest in the Swiss luxury brand’s cinematic collaborations, preceded by Diana, Midnight in Paris, Nine and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Dalida “represents the classiness and elegance of a Chopard woman,” reads Chopard’s statement. Italian actress Sveva Alviti, who plays the French-Italian diva, sports Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie creations in the movie. Among the pieces worn by Alviti during one of the musical performances is a necklace from the brand’s High Jewellery collection.
Perhaps the most striking piece Alviti dons is an exclusive engagement ring from the brand’s High Jewellery Collection. She also sports an 18-carat white gold wedding band set with 7.8-carat diamonds from the Ice Cube collection, which is available in the Middle East.
Wedding band from Chopard's Ice Cube Collection is available in the Middle East
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Amid a series of failed love affairs, these rings seem to signify Dalida’s most sustained friendship, if not relationship, with Lucien Morisse (played by French actor Jean-Paul Rouve) – the only man she takes in marriage. Although their marital relationship is short-lived due to Dalida’s own indiscretions, they go on to look out for each other until the distraught and besotted Morisse commits suicide in 1970, shaking her to the core.
“Life has become unbearable for me… forgive me” are the last words of the everlasting icon, which also set the stage for Dalida. The film speaks of Dalida’s unspeakable sadness, with her sensitivity to light at birth leading up to phobia of sleeping in the dark as she reaches adulthood. Azuelos astutely depicts this symbolic change, reflecting on Dalida’s yearning for what she was once susceptible to as a way of filling the void in her personal life.
Sveva Alviti wears Chopard to the 'Dalida' Paris premiere
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Glamour and gloom consume Dalida and just when the quest for love seems insatiable, as evident in her stunned, blank silence in the scene that leads up to her death, she goes on to take her life. Dalida leaves behind a suicide note and innumerable memories for her fans.