12 posts tagged "Gaia Repossi"
Gaia Repossi showed off her latest jewelry collection in Paris last night, at a swank sushi-and-saké event at the Jeu de Paume. “It’s very light, free, and playful,” noted the designer of the covetable line of rings, cuffs, ear cuffs, and necklaces in sinuous squiggles rendered in various colors of gold, either plain or flashing with tiny diamonds. “They brighten the skin like touches of paint,” she observed. Repossi said that the line was informed by architecture and various artistic movements, notably the work of Alexander Calder. “They are a reflection of light that creates white noise,” she said.
One onlooker was Repossi’s proud father, Alberto, who recounted that convincing his daughter to actually join the company her great-grandfather founded took quite a bit of time. “She wanted to be an artist, just as I did when I was young. But she’s a rule-breaker, like my father was in his day. In the fifties he was looking at architecture and bringing volume to high jewelry—truth is, the society ladies in Monaco loved it because it helped to hide wrinkles!” The turning point came, he recalled, when Repossi said she wanted to do snakes. “I replied that jewelers had been doing snakes for at least 3,500 years. But what she did surprised me. That’s when I knew she would be a great designer. She’s got that touch of folie. It runs in the family.”
Thanks to the tastemaking powers of Nicolas Ghesquière and Gaia Repossi, five-fingered rings and tough ear cuffs have been all the rage for the past year or so. But judging from the recent Resort collections, the new jewelry must-have is a chunky chain. We spied statement-making metal necklaces that were equal parts punk and hip-hop bling at Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, and Lanvin, among others. Jenni Kayne, for her part, piled on the gold strands for an extra dose of swag (let’s just say that Jay-Z himself would be jealous), while Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, Bouchra Jarrar, and Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent incorporated gleaming links as accents on their clothes. In addition to Rihanna, whose Céline ID choker has been in heavy rotation for some time now, cool girls such as Caroline de Maigret have taken a new liking to heavy-duty chokers. We’re betting they’ll be street-style status symbols at the Spring ’14 shows.
Ever wonder where Sofia Coppola goes to relax, who cuts Natalie Portman’s hair, or where Lady Gaga gets her vintage treasures? How about Isabel Marant’s favorite spot for scrambled eggs? French Vogue contributor Carole Sabas divulges all this and more in two new books: Fashion Insiders’ Guide to Paris and Fashion Insiders’ Guide to New York, both of which hit stores on May 7. A Parisian living in New York, Sabas has previously published tomes detailing hotspots in Miami, Paris, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, but the 2013 editions offer updated, personal picks from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf, Gaia Repossi, Alexander Wang, and Yaz Bukey. Needless to say, fashion’s best-kept secrets—like under-the-radar eateries, flea markets, and late-night spots—are no more. Sabas’ useful, privileged info is accompanied by the illustrations of Caroline Andrieu (above, left) and Bernadette Pascua (above, right). However, in her Paris intro, the author warns that the books are not meant to be authoritative. “Sometimes the crowd in a restaurant will look more appealing than your food. And you may wonder why the tastemakers still come here season after season. Ask them and they’ll shrug: ‘The owner is crazy.’” But, she adds, when you follow the fashion set, “expect to be surprised, bewitched, puzzled, maybe disappointed at times, but always dazzled.”
Carole Sabas’ Fashion Insiders guides are available for pre-order now at Abramsbooks.com.
Gaia Repossi is setting new rules for fine jewelry. While she works at her family’s nearly 100-year-old Place Vendôme house, her approach to precious metal and stones is anything but traditional. For instance, her ear cuffs, as well as her multi Berbère rings, are must-haves for fashionable cool girls like Diane Kruger and Kate Bosworth. And although her forward-thinking, often diamond-sprinkled wares indeed have an haute edge, she has never worked with large stones. Until now, that is. At an appointment yesterday, Repossi unveiled “Serti sur Vide” (which translates to “Set on Empty”), a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces that feature wide set, hand set stones. Our favorite ring is made with two diamonds: a twenty-four carat stone sparkles at the base of the hand and, in an innovative twist, the setting arcs under the finger and a six carat diamond sits on top. “My idea was to surprise people and show them that a large stone can still look modern and not age the [wearer],” Repossi told Style.com. Because of the hidden setting, the diamonds look as though they’re floating on your finger. It’s delicate, futuristic, and perfect for a twenty-first-century princess.