The Extension

Delfina Delettrez Fendi

Posted in Design, Fashion, Good Work, Jewelry by ologundudu on March 22, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve seen someones work and was so completely inspired, to work on my own shit more, developing a design aesthetic. Delettrez is a Fendi by birth. Her mother Silvia Venturini Fendi, is the accessories director at the luxury fashion house and her father, Bernard Delettrez is a french jeweler.

Its no mystery then that a sense of fashion, style and design are innate for this young lady. She is currently 24, and at the time that Delettrez showcased her jewelry for the first time in the U.S. at Opening Ceremony she was only 20. Delfina has sited her father as a huge inspiration, learning how to work with metals and stones and putting the two together. You can see when looking at her work and his side by side how much he has influenced her work. The pieces are very similar, but Delfina definitely has a style all her own.

As a given we have the large jewelry houses; Tiffany’s, Bulgari, Cartier, H. Stern and David Yurman. Then you have other brands that fall somewhere in the middle tier between fine jewelry and bijou; Giles and Brother, Ten Thousand Things, Tom Binns, and Eddie Borgo. Delfina’s work in my opinion would fall in this middle category, although elements of fine jewelry are seen throughout her collections. Her price points fall in the range of $175 to $11,000 roughly, depending on the piece and/or style. She has worked with silver and gold, and marble and enamel, along with other materials. I think its important also to note that being born into a family of fashion royalty, its no wonder that a life of privilege and influence have helped her along the way. But on her own, this young lady has a great sense of style, and an interesting way of putting different materials together in a cohesive manner.

Below are a few photos of her fathers work. Bernard Delettrez.

Bernard’s pieces all are hand-crafted in Rome. He has been dubbed “Mr. Skull” and loves the title. Saying his name will always be associated with skulls. “The dark romance of crosses, skulls, and keys – this is my passion.” – Bernard Delettrez

Below are a few photos of Delfina’s work.

For her FW2011 presentation during Paris Fashion Week, Delfina showed her pieces in a factory setting, inspired by a shoe factory in Florence. The collection entitled ‘Roll-in-Stones’ was inspired by The Wasp Factory, a novel written by the Scottish writer, Lain Banks. Each piece has an element of movement, whether rotating stones, or chains that dangle and sway.

Below are images from the collection.