the new alchemist at Louis Vuitton
Francesca Amfitheatrof, a jewellery designer with the face of a movie star and a voice like good coffee, is in the surprisingly officey office that is her current base in the Louis Vuitton building close to where the Pont Neuf crosses the Seine. She aaa replica designer handbags is the new artistic replica designer handbags director of watches and jewellery at the French luxury house, but given her background as a bench jeweller who gets her hands dirty raising silver with hefty hammers dolabuy.su , making replica louis vuitton handbags her own gold alloys one might imagine her in something of a more alchemical working environment.
The only clue that this neutral box in the middle of a long beige corridor is where she summons up objects of beauty rather than calculates budgets, are the two walls covered with craft paper to hide the inspiration for a collection in progress. Then the eye is drawn to the magpie trove on the desk, the glinting work itself, a tray of rather edible looking chevalier or signet rings stamped with globes of malachite and black onyx or glittering with diamond pav sturdy gold bangles studded with the same precious stones, and slithering chunky chains and charms marked with Louis Vuitton signature flower or blossom in little gold frames.
Amfitheatrof, 50, is the mistress of making jewellery you want to ooh over, 1:1 replica handbags touch and, frankly, conceal in your hand and make off with down the nearest long, beige corridor. been about making it much more sculptural, more impactful and closer to the Vuitton woman. She not a shy wallflower. She a strong adventurous woman with a free spirit. could be describing herself. Amfitheatrof is a fitting appointment for Vuitton, a house with its roots in luggage and travel. A true citizen of the world, she was born in Tokyo to a Russian father, who was bureau chief of Time magazine, and an Italian mother who worked replica louis vuitton bags for Valentino. Her grandfather was the composer Daniele Amfitheatrof. She grew up on the banks of the Hudson outside New York and later in Rome. When her parents went replica louis vuitton back to Moscow in the 1980s, she went to boarding school at Cobham Hall in Kent.
makes you extremely open minded, she says of having called so many different countries replica louis vuitton bags from china home. lot of people make sweeping statements. Ah, in America everyone like this, in China they like that and I tend to not do that. I rather hold out and see for myself. a metalsmith. I always been a three dimensional person but I really love gold. I love the malleability of it, the possibility. She started making her own alloys and learnt to make elastic gold and blue gold. default is 18k gold because it a little bit like wine you go to a restaurant and you got your typical French and Italian wines because they the marketed and acceptable ones, but there are so many other possibilities. It like that with gold. She followed this with a stint with a master silversmith in Padua. means I know how to make everything and I super happy about that. I can go into any atelier, any factory and sit with jewellers and know what they doing. Having a depth to anything you do is a value. lived and worked in Europe for most of her rather dumbfounding career she has seamlessly moved between design and curation, working for Asprey Garrard, consulting and summoning up the odd cult piece for Alessi and Wedgwood, curating shows for Damien Hirst and the Chapman brothers and launching the Gucci Museo in Florence she moved to New York for six years with the Tiffany job. She now splits her time between New York, the rural home in Connecticut she shares with her husband and two children, and Paris. sense of adventure of the house is super important to me, she says of Louis Vuitton leitmotif. how I grew up and how I live my life so that really resonates. certainly looks like an ambassador for a luxury fashion house. Today she wears knee length black shorts over outsized fishnet tights, an Animalia printed silk blouse in black and white and an ivory blazer with a stern shoulder. are designers who are like family to me. I go to their shows. They support me, I support them. I been a huge fan of Nicolas Ghesqui from always, she says of Vuitton artistic director of womenswear since 2013. have pieces of his from Callaghan when he was just starting out. I love the silhouette, I love the fact that he drums to his own beat and this notion of the Louis Vuitton woman having her own in a way, her own music is something I attracted to. I always think of her stomping around with the big boots and a suitcase and I felt like the jewellery collection could have that. Ghesqui helming womenswear and fake designer bags Virgil Abloh menswear, Amfitheatrof provides a female point of view alongside two prominent male designers. She feels it important for the jewellery to be designed by a woman. find that you can when it designed by men, she says, clearly searching for diplomacy. have a different sensibility. I don think it all about value louis vuitton copy bags uk , carat, size. I Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags also think how it feels on the body is treated differently. You can be a bit more daring as a woman. Sometimes men are a little more traditional. My love of fashion translated into jewellery is important as I tend to look at how you wear it and style it together. I like seeing where fashion going and how jewellery sits with it, what the conversation is. what is the conversation? we gone through a phase where it been super decorative, replica louis vuitton bags from china right? she says. lot of accessories designers became fashion designers and they took those sensibilities into clothing. But when you have a designer like Nicolas you have a lot of attitude and I think it really interesting to have jewellery that has that attitude. So I creating pieces that not only stand the test of time but even in one little piece hold a lot of attitude. the ear may have been the fashionable zone for some time it not Amfitheatrof particular focus (though she is wearing a gold drop earring, left lobe, today). design a lot of bracelets and rings because we looking at our hands all the time. That area gives you pleasure. Earrings and necklaces are more for other people, right? But I want to see it, I want to touch it, so I think I tend to design more for the person wearing it. she started her label in the minimalist 1990s, no one in fashion was really wearing jewellery. But her Tag bracelet a plastic chain with a sterling silver clasp that she recently relaunched with her new brand, Thief Heist became a cult item. She worked for Rifat Ozbek, Marni, Balenciaga and both Fendi and Chanel with the late Karl Lagerfeld who was big fan brought me to Fendi and then Chanel and I remember him asking cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk , are you sure you can do both? Are you sure? And I was like, I sure! And I did, she laughs.
Lagerfeld, along with Giorgio Armani, bought up most of the silver vases Amfitheatrof made for her first jewellery show at Jay Jopling White Cube gallery. funny thing is they still in his house now, she tells me. went through phases in his d where he be all about Swedish Gustavian and then change to something completely different, but he always kept the vases. circle back then was a rowdy mash up of the YBAs, musicians like Blur the late designer Alexander (Lee) McQueen, milliner Philip Treacy. had any money. Back then I was making a ring [in exchange] for a painting or a piece of clothing, she remembers. She must marvel at how influential and successful her old gang has been. know! Look at Tracey Emin now. And if you think what Jay did met him when he was selling art from his basement in Brixton and Damien [Hirst] was living downstairs, sleeping on the floor. a cross media group of creatives they encouraged each other. was a help to me because you felt that everything was possible, she says. other big thing was that you could badly behave and it was OK. I always remember Lee going. push it, darling. Go further. high quality designer replica handbags wholesale So I would come to Paris to do shows and everyone came with their stands and was very polished and I turn up with a bag of nails and a hammer and bang away. The point was that you wanted to be different. You didn want to make what was already out there. bag of nails may have gone but the attitude lives on. It will make Amfitheatrof time at Louis Vuitton an exciting thing to watch.
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