Jacqueline Cullen and Ornella Iannuzzi join jewellers at Fashion Week.
The British Fashion Council (BFC) has revealed the SS14 Rock Vault designer line-up, with jewellers Jacqueline Cullen and Ornella Iannuzzi taking part for the first time.
The 10 design talents will showcase their Rock Vault jewellery collections at London Fashion Week, held between September 13 and 17 at Somerset House in London.
The designer brands selected to take part include previous Rock Vaulters Alice Cicolini, Fernando Jorge, Hannah Martin, Imogen Belfield, Jo Hayes Ward, Melanie Georgacopoulos, Tomasz Donocik and Yunus & Eliza. Jewellers Jacqueline Cullen, known for her Whitby jet jewellery, and Ornella Iannuzzi, whose art jewellery is famed for its dramatic use of stones and colour, will also take part.
Seven of the Rock Vault designers that showcased collections at LFW in February were given the opportunity to showcase their collections at Couture in Las Vegas this summer alongside Stephen Webster, who shared with them his ballroom show space during the five-day trade show.
Webster said: “Now entering the fourth season of Rock Vault at London Fashion Week and following a hugely successful first international showing at Couture, Las Vegas, Rock Vault is well and truly established as the number one venue for buyers of fine jewellery.
"This season the Rock Vault panel is pleased to welcome two new designers to show alongside the current existing members. The work of Jacqueline Cullen and Ornella Iannuzzi demonstrate the incredible depth of real talent to be found within the British jewellery industry."
The jewellers are selected to be part of the Rock Vault by a panel chaired by Stephen Webster, comprising, among others, consultant Alexandra Stylianidis, the BFC’s Anna Orsini, Central Saint Martins course leader Caroline Broadhead, Vogue UK jewellery editor Carol Woolton, Grazia’s Hannah Almassi, EC One founder and goldsmith Jos Skeates, designer Lara Bohinc, Matches’ Liane Wiggins, Adorn Insight’s Maia Adams and Ruby Chadwick of Liberty.
The BFC’s director Caroline Rush said: “Since Rock Vault’s inception in February 2012 the initiative with the energy and enthusiasm of Stephen has gone from strength to strength. September welcomes the best of British fine jewellery talent and has quickly become a must see at London Fashion Week.”
The BFC Rock Vault, now in its fourth season, is designed to both showcase and nurture creative fine jewellery talent based in London and to give designers the opportunity to further develop their businesses and increase exposure amongst UK and international media and retailers.