It will soon be that time of the year again, when the streets of London fill with uber stylish fashionistas. It can only mean one thing – London Fashion Week will soon be upon us. Taking place from 14th – 18th February at Somerset House, the British Fashion Council will be supporting and showcasing Britain’s most innovative, fine jewellery talent in The Rock Vault.
Developed by BFC, The Rock Vault was developed to nurture the creative fine jewellery talent based in London. It gives designers the opportunity to further develop their businesses, as well as some great exposure amongst both UK and international media and retailers.
Curated by Stephen Webster, selected designers are awarded cash support to create their own unique installation within the dedicated Rock Vault space. They also receive business support mentoring. This initiative is in its third year having been such a success in 2012/2013. The 8 designers in the RockVault line up are:
Inspired by the sacred architecture and patterns of the silk route, Alice Cicolini’s jewellery is handmade in a studio in India. She is best known for her hand-engraved rings set with richly coloured gems and enamel (pictured above).
Influenced by his native country Brazil, Fernando’s pieces ooze elegance and a natural feeling of movement. Many of the pieces use coloured gemstones from Brazil including his long fluid earrings (pictured above), which he is best known for.
Previously an IJL Bright Young Gem in 2011, she creates handmade rockesque sculptures in her London studio. Over the past few years she has gone from strength to strength, winning a number of awards and grabbing the attention of celebrities such as Uma Thurman and Georgia May Jagger with her Ferero knuckle ring (pictured above).
Jacqueline uses the rare prehistoric black fossil Whitby jet in her pieces and is influenced by breaking up the bold fluid form. The overlapping black diamond bracelet (pictured above) is one of her trademark pieces.
Jo Hayes Ward
Using small building block elements as the basis for her pieces, Jo Hayes Ward creates sculptural pieces with an architectural aesthetic. She is best known for her ellipsoid ring constructed from thousands of tiny cubes (pictured above).
His work brings together literature, architecture and surrealism to create edgy pieces for people who like to make a bold statement. His designs aim to challenge preconceptions of self-adornment. He is known for many pieces, but in particular the Chesterfield Bangle (pictured above).
Yunus & Eliza
Their pieces are instantly recognisable, having both studied art they create rebellious sculptures that push the boundaries between art, fashion and jewellery. They are well known for their Skyscraper rings (pictured above).
Inspired by the earth shifting forces of nature, French jeweller Ornella creates some unusual pieces which definitely grab attention. She is best known for her rings (abyss ring pictured above).
All of these designers will be displaying their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections at London Fashion Week.