13 posts tagged "Gaia Repossi"
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.
Who says two is better than one? At least in earrings, girls are bucking that conventional wisdom—symmetry be damned. Our market director Marina Larroude has been a fan of the trend since Gaia Repossi launched her multipierced earrings, which she frequently wears in only one ear, and nurtured her obsession with innovative pieces by Ca & Lou and Noir. Her latest find is this white gold and sapphire cone earring by Parisian brand Pristine (available at Colette), featured in today’s In the Mood For. Two would be too many—go one and done.
Gaia Repossi (pictured) has a signature style worth coveting—her closet full of Celine, Alexander Wang, and Balenciaga doesn’t hurt either. But when our resident street-style photographer Tommy Ton snapped a picture of the Parisian looking particularly chic in New York City, we couldn’t help but give her a shout-out. From her skin-baring crop top to her downtown-cool Ray-Bans, this is an outfit worth repeating. We’ve rounded up the essentials, now you make it happen.
From top left to right: Acne Blake linen blazer, $580, available at www.lagarconne.com; Ray-Ban Wayfarer, $150, available at www.piperlime.com; McQ Alexander McQueen high waisted tuxedo pants, $200, available at www.stylebop.com; Repossi Berbere rhodium-plated sterling silver link ring, $1,075, available at www.netaporter.com; Miu Miu cropped cotton top, $550, available at www.net-a-porter.com; Celine box bag, similar styles available at www.celine.com.
In recent years, the jewelry house of Repossi—founded in 1925 and nearing its 90th birthday—has won over a whole new generation of fans. Credit goes to Gaia Repossi, the 26-year-old artistic director, who took over her father’s post in 2007 and quickly introduced her own style as well as collaborations with friends like Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang. (Her pieces made Style.com’s Top 10 Jewels list for Spring and Fall 2012.) All this despite protests that she’d never enter the family trade. “I was very intellectual, in my little own world,” Repossi said on a recent visit to New York to toast her ongoing partnership with Barneys. “I rejected completely the jewelry world.” But after studying painting, anthropology, and archaeology, Repossi edged into the business by the side door, as it were—she initially wanted to focus on its image and marketing—and wound up giving it a timely overhaul. “I wanted to bring it closer to what jewelry is nowadays to me,” she says, “and maybe also what jewelry was missing.” She spoke to Style.com about her work, her studies, and her art. For the record, she still paints.
Tell me a little bit about your background, and how you came to work for the family business.
It’s a little bit unexpected, even if it seems expected. When you grow up you can have two reactions: You can be very keen on what your parents are doing, or you want to look for something else. I was absolutely not willing to continue to work as my dad did [at Repossi]; I strictly wanted to do something different. I was painting as a teenager and I was aiming to really focus on that as my career. I started studying painting and I finished doing archeology, because I wanted to go more in the past, in the civilizations and the history of art. In the meantime, while I was in Paris studying, I saw a few things I didn’t like in my dad’s image of the company that I wanted to touch. Slowly it came out, the idea to launch a collection. And it worked, without even thinking about it. Unconsciously all my studies and my own imaginary world started applying to jewelry.
It’s like, you go to India and see the nomads with garlands of silver things that they consider cheap, but they are extremely elegant. Nowadays, women don’t know how to wear the jewelry anymore, but when you go in India, there’s people barefoot but they are extremely elegant with all their jewelry. There are some codes, there’s an aesthetic that inspires me and has me working, a lot more than this [European] lady with her beautiful diamonds, even if she is elegant. It’s more that those silhouettes are striking. In Africa too—in Congo with their combs, and in Amazonia with their feathers in their nose.
Your anthropology courses proved to be good training.
Exactly. I was studying anthropology—ethnic similarities in between the civilizations. Even in those classes, jewelry became very important. Sculpture, too. When I go to shows, they have patterns, it’s the same. [But you also need] the family and the background that knows how it do it in a very refined way, because there’s no point to making a sculpture [for jewelry]—it has to be wearable and refined, not a heavy object you don’t know what to do with. Continue Reading “Her Family Is Famous For Diamonds, But Gaia Repossi Is More Inspired By A Feather Through The Nose” »
I haven’t been wearing earrings in the past few years, but lately all I want is a new pair. Correction: Although my lovely daughter has been reminding me, “Mommy, you need two earrings, not just one,” a single statement earring is exactly what I am after. After lusting over Gaia Repossi’s Berbère earrings, I finally got my hands on one (yes, they are sold individually), and I’ve been wearing it in one ear and with an H.Stern stud in the other. It’s an easy update for my winter wardrobe. Now, I can’t get enough of it and I’m already looking for other options. During my market research, I recently found this great crystal piece from Ca & Lou by designers Berengere Lux and Carolina Neri. I’m planning on wearing it paired with a diamond stud in the other ear; It’s a perfect alternative for when I want to switch things up and wear my silver pieces.
Ca & Lou crystal earring, price on request, www.caandlou.com.