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Fashion Find: Fannie Schiavoni

To make a statement or not, that is that question.

Written by . Published on August 12th 2011.


Fashion Find: Fannie Schiavoni

BELOVED and legendary fashion icon Coco Chanel once said, “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” In other words, accessories should rather be underdone, than overdone. In terms of fashion, it’s never wise to take Coco’s word for granted, but this season the accessories have taken over the spotlight.

Before setting up her own label, Schiavoni interned with Giles Deacon and Hussein Chalayan, who are both renowned for their artistic approach to fashion.

During the noughties, we’ve lived through the gladiator shoe, the heavily studded biker jacket and the shiny, metallic bodycon dress. Now the minimalist look that Coco Chanel was so fond of makes a comeback – only this time combined with killer statement jewellery.

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On the frontline of the newest fashion movement, we find Fannie Schiavoni. Although a recent addition to the London talent pool – she graduated in 2009 – Schiavoni has been raving through the fashion scene, with stockists in Milan, Hong Kong and New York to add on her rapidly increasing portfolio. In the same year that she graduated, Schiavoni was awarded the prestigious New Gen funding scheme from the British Fashion Council.

Originally from Sweden, she moved to London at the tender age of eighteen to study fashion design at London College of Fashion. As part of her final year collection, she designed a collection of chainmail accessories, ranging from fine chain gloves and subtle harnesses to multi-wrapped thick chain necklaces. Browns Focus, always on the lookout for the next, big thing, bought the collection and from there the Fannie Schiavoni franchise kept growing.

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For inspiration, she depends on a wide range of different sources, but mainly on the look and feel of the rough and rustic Swedish countryside. Other sources of inspiration include sculptor, Giacometti, and the film Blade Runner; it’s the androgynous, strong lines and geometric forms that she is attracted to. Before setting up her own label, Schiavoni interned with Giles Deacon and Hussein Chalayan, who are both renowned for their artistic approach to fashion. 

Deacon too has been known for his controversial approach to womenswear. His designs are diverse and dark, yet surprisingly wearable; they too suit women that dare to make an entrance and take the centre-stage. Schiavoni is influenced by her mentors, and her raw, industrial designs also bear likeness to Balmain, Comme Des Garçons, Ann Demeulemeester and Balenciaga. Her own trademark piece is the chain body harness, an enticing accessory. The Fannie Schiavoni woman is clearly someone creative enough to make a statement.

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Schiavoni pays a lot of attention to detail, from the material to the colouring – the muted colours keep the focus on the shape and design of her pieces. The versatility of the pieces allows them to be worn in endless ways and with different outfits and they are fitting with the minimalistic, colour block and metallic trends of S/S11.

Her collection has grown over the past four seasons, going from a simple and subtle body harness in 2009 to the Autumn/Winter collection of 2010, which was characterised by fine, chain breast-lined bras, heavy necklaces, artful back jewellery and feather-shaped shoulder pads, chained together around the back.

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Now, in 2011, the collection is enhanced – it’s a bit shinier, more out there. An intriguing triangle of colourful Swarovski gemstones is added to the subtle back harness and the simple, loosely chained glove is now a shiny, iron fist. There are scale-like necklaces, covering the top of the neck to halfway down the upper body, harnesses with black gemstones shoulder – or arm – patches and simple thick chain necklaces with massive bling.

Unsurprisingly, celebrities that like to make a statement adore her designs. Rhianna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have been seen with an original, but Emma Watson and Dakota Fanning are also counted among Fannie Schiavoni’s ever-growing fan base, underlining once again that Schiavoni jewellery fits all.

 

More Information

Fannie Schiavoni

2nd Floor
1A Little Titchfield Street
W1W 7BX

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