One of the highlights of London Fashion Week (September 12-16) was the exhibit by up-and-coming jewelry designers who belong to the British Rock Vault. Curated by superstar designer Stephen Webster, and now in its fifth season, Rock Vault is an initiative by the British Fashion Council to nurture and showcase Great Britain’s developing fine jewelry talent. This season, 10 Rock Vault designers each contributed 10 pieces to London Fashion Week. Here are some of the best:
Returning for the second year, Alice Cicolini brought her Afghan Temple Collection, a fresh take on the craftsmanship of the Silk Route, in collaboration with miniature painting star Sughra Husseini. Cicolini combines the fine art of miniature with carved wood, 18k gold, chalcedony, lemon quartz, sapphire, carnelian, amethyst, and tourmaline.
Shimell and Madden
Emma Madden and Luke Shimell opened their London design studio in 2010, and their architecture-inspired jewels won Best New Design at London’s Goldsmiths’ Fair last year. New to Rock Vault, Shimell and Madden create three-dimensional minimalist jewelry “where craft, art and fashion intercept.” For them, creating a piece of jewelry is a collaborative process, drawing on Madden’s design skills and Shimell’s goldsmith experience.
A graduate of the esteemed Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, London-based designer Beth Gilmour works from a studio in Bloomsbury. Her bold and contemporary Dichroma Collection features color-changing gemstones. Gilmore has exhibited at the Goldsmiths’ Fair as well as the New York Gift Fair; this is her debut at Rock Vault.
Look for Beth Gilmour, Shimell and Madden, Alice Cicolini — and their seven fellow Rock Vault designers — to be invited to the U.S. for the Couture Jewelry Show in Las Vegas this spring.
Congratulations to all 10 rock stars of the British Rock Vault!