Last week I met with young London-based jewellery designer Fannie Schiavoni, ahead of the presentation of her new SS13 collection at London Fashion Week and the launch of her online shop. As of tomorrow, you’ll be able to buy Fannie’s trademark body jewellery directly from her, with a selection of archive pieces to choose from, as well as the option of having bespoke options. I’ve always loved Fannie’s pieces from afar, but seeing up close how intricate they are really impressed me – I got a little demonstration at how the chains and panels are made completely by hand and I can assure you, it’s complicated and delicate and downright confusing.
Fannie Schiavone’s online shop will be live from September 1st, and meanwhile I grabbed Fannie in the midst of her hectic LFW preparations for a 5 minute interview…
Fannie Evelina Elisabeth Åkerblom Schiavoni
What inspires you?
Very early mornings/very late nights
Who is the Fannie Schiavone woman?
One of my favourite quotes can describe this:
“For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favour, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence.” ― Yohji Yamamoto
How did you get into fashion/design?
When I moved to London at 18, I couldnt figure out your school system, GCSE, A-levels etc. The Swedish system is very different, even though in Sweden I studied 4 maths courses, 2 physics course and even some engineering I didn’t have the equivalent qualifications to study architecture here in London- luckily I found that I could apply for the LCF Diploma in Tailoring.
Where would you like to see Fannie Schiavone in 5 years’ time?
With the help of internet, technology and further globalisation, I will be running my business from a tropical beach. Would be nice to have my own brick’n'mortar store as well.
How does London influence your work?
The notion that anything is possible.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Is there a celebrity would you like to see wearing your pieces?
If there was a soundtrack to your life, what would be playing right now?
Well this particular month I think it’ll have to be; The Smiths – Bigmouth strikes again