LONDON - “The past is of infinite resource,” said Alessandro Michele of his Spring-Summer 2016 collection for Gucci. It hardly needs stating the extent to which many designers, and artists for that matter, look to the past for inspiration. It is this that makes their multi-faceted collections so fascinating, especially once you are aware of the extent and diversity of their inspiration. What better to explore the comparison then than to compare some of the season’s ready-to-wear collections with jewellery from Sotheby’s forthcoming Fine Jewels sale in London. These comparisons also emphasise how relevant antique jewellery is today – for instance a beautiful vintage brooch can bring to life a new-season dress when worn at the collar – reflecting of-the-moment trends through timeless aesthetic appeal.