Designers to create rings from palladium to be exhibited at LFW.

By Deepa Narwani

The British Fashion Council (BFC) and International Palladium Board (IPB) have announced the 12 Rock Vault designers due to showcase their work at London Fashion Week in September, with each designer set to create a ring from an ounce of palladium.


The rings will be showcased in an exhibit as part of BFC’s Rock Vault, sponsored by the IPB and curated by Stephen Webster. The Rock Vault will be located behind Somerset House, the home of London Fashion Week.

The designers selected to take part in the showcase is an extention of those who showcased thier work at the Rock Vault during February’s London Fashion Week – Alexandra Jefford, Fernando Jorge, Hannah Martin, Hillier, Husam El Odeh, Imogen Belfield, Jo Hayes Ward, Jordan Askill, Melanie Georgacopoulos, Sophie Bille Brahe, Tomasz Donocik and Yunus and Eliza.

This time, however, designers Jordan Askill, Fernando Jorge and Hannah Martin will make capsule collections in palladium due for lauch in SS13. The project will be overseen by the IPB.

Webster, who is a curator of the project, said: “The Rock Vault Dozen is the first incentive illustrating how this platform for emerging, British-based jewellery talent can embrace and collaborate with the ever changing economics of the industry.

"Palladium, an ancient metal with newly acquired precious status, therefore new to many, is introduced to the consumer through the creative genius of the designers within Rock Vault.”

IPB chairman Brad Mills described the partnership with BFC and the designers as the perfect platform to introduce palladium as the contemporary precious metal of the future.