Alice Cicolini, Fernando Jorge and Imogen Belfield among designers.
The British Fashion Council has announced its third season of Rock Vault designers, who will showcase their jewellery at the Exhibition during London Fashion Week (LFW) next month.
The BFC Rock Vault is an initiative curated by Stephen Webster and sponsored by the International Palladium Board, giving a select number of designers a chance to showcase their AW13 collections side-by-side.
The nine designer brands selected to take part are Alice Cicolini, Fernando Jorge, Hannah Martin, Husam El Odeh, Imogen Belfield, Jo Hayes Ward, Melanie Georgacopoulos, Sophie Bille Brahe, Tomasz Donocik and Yunus & Eliza.
As part of each Rock Vault showcase, the chosen designers are asked to create a unique piece of jewellery in palladium. This year the line up will turn their hand to creating a one-off pair of red carpet earrings.
The designers will work to a brief to create earrings that “celebrate the metal’s key attributes of lightness and strength”, with the final designs showcased within the dedicated Rock Vault area in the Exhibition at Somerset House during LFW.
The BFC Rock Vault aims to nurture creative, fine jewellery talent based in London, while giving the designers the opportunity to further develop their businesses and increase exposure amongst UK and International media and retailers.
Stephen Webster said: “Rock Vault is the only platform for British based progressive jewellery design and product. As the previous seasons have shown, there is as much diversity of talent and excitement within jewellery as any other sector represented at LFW.
“Jewellery buyers from the world over are now aware of Rock Vault, making London a key destination. Once again Rock Vault has been made possible by the generous support of International Palladium Board. This season’s designers have each been commissioned to create a pair of red carpet earrings demonstrating the unique qualities of the metal. On behalf of the panel and myself, we hope you find this season’s Rock Vault designers the most exciting to date.”
A select panel of judges, chaired by Stephen Webster, helped to choose this year’s line up. The judges included Liberty’s head of jewellery and accessories buying Alexandra Stylianidis, Carol Woolton, jewellery editor of Vogue, Lara Bohinc, EC One’s Jos Skeates and Maia Adams of Adorn London.
Brad Mills, chairman of the IPB, said: “Rock Vault’s success to date has come down to the unique talent selected by the panel and the combination of so many wonderful jewellery designers with such varying styles. We are thrilled to be a part of this showcase and a supporter of the new palladium earring initiative.
“Each season we continue to be amazed by the beautiful jewellery created in palladium, a contemporary precious metal of the future. We hope this exhibition will inspire more designers to work with palladium and for retail consumers to consider the possibility of this wonderful new metal when buying jewellery. We look forward to another exciting year with BFC Rock Vault in 2013.”