Saturday, January 28, 2012

The British Fashion Council Creates The Jewelry Initiative: The BFC Rock Vault

Yesterday the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the brand new jewellery (FYI - I'm using the British spelling of jewellery within the post since this is from the BFC) initiative ‘BFC Rock Vault’ to support, showcase and promote Britain’s most innovative fine jewellery talent, curated by Stephen Webster and sponsored by the International Palladium Board (IPB). The'Rock Vault' will launch during London Fashion Week, February 17th-21st, at Somerset House.

The ten successful jewellers who have been selected to showcase their AW12 collections within the Rock Vault are Alexandra Jefford, Fernando Jorge, Hannah Martin, Hillier, Husam El Odeh, Jo Hayes Ward, Jordan Askill, Melanie Georgacopoulos, Sophie Bille Brahe and Tomasz Donocik. The designers will feature alongside five concepts created in Palladium by Central Saint Martins students.

The participants are invited by a panel led by Stephen Webster comprising Anna Orsini, British Fashion Council; Brad Mills, Chairman of IPB; Caroline Broadhead, Central Saint Martins’ Programme Director; Catherine Nieto, Grazia Fashion and Accessories Editor; Francoise Tessier, Browns Fine Jewellery Buyer; Jos Skeates, EC One; Katie Bain, British Fashion Council; Lara Bohinc, Designer and Cartier Consultant; Liane Wiggins, Matches Head Buyer; Maria Lemos, Rainbowwave; Olivia Richardson, Liberty Head of Buying; Sarah Mower, MBE BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and contributing editor for US; Valery Demure, marketing and sales, jewellery and accessories agent.

Below are pictures of the participants' work.

Alexandra Jefford

Tomasz Donocik

Sophie Bille Brahe

Melanie Georgacopoulos

Jordan Askill

Jo Hayes Ward

Fernando Jorge

Hannah Martin

Husam El Odeh