Monday, February 3, 2014

MARIA FRANCESCA PEPE | MFP Jewellery

Fuchsia Varnish Tubular Bracelet
On a clear night one can see every star in the sky at the dazzling Cinque Terre located along the Italian
Riviera.

Its rugged landscape of cliffs and steep, winding paths is touted as “a different world.”  Italy is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Maria Francesca Pepe.


Not every woman wants to express her wild side in an obvious way.  Sometimes a woman wants a piece of jewelry that is a combination of eye-catching subtlety.   Pepe’s six-year-old handmade jewelry brand, MFP Jewellery, provides the best of both style worlds. 

Her designs of sterling silver, 23-karat gold plating, enamel and Swarovski Crystals is grace and grit; flower child bohemian; and biker girl. 

Elegant body harnesses; strong geometric lines coiling around upper arms; chain fringe cascading along torsos; and articulated rings are just a few creations from Pepe’s stylish, high-end fashion jewelry label.

The Central St. Martins alumna, who is also based in London, loves mingling bold accents with archetypal outlines.


In fact the edgy meets minimalism aesthetic is the brand’s signature.  Pepe’s work is highly influenced by strong iconic symbols.  Crosses, hearts, and serpentine imagery are focal points of necklaces, bracelets and rings.

“I’ve always worn loads of jewelry and have always preferred buying a ring rather than a dress,” says the former fashion designer.  “Design is not only a skill but a point of view.  Jewelry brings attitude to the simplest outfit in an effortless way.”

MFP’s characteristic imagery portrays tough and sweet.  Pop symbols are reinterpreted in their forms and meanings to be conceived as amulets that convey inner strength and beauty.  I love the symbolic nature of jewelry.  It makes a very personal statement.”

Not only are Pepe’s classic statement pieces in demand by such high-profile celebs as Lady Gaga and Rihanna, the jewelry maker has collaborated with popular fashion retailers including Urban Outfitters and Top Shop.

“I have always felt an urge to create.  Once my pieces are worn the jewelry becomes energized and intimate.  They are treasures that keep in themselves the promise of beauty.”
Body Harness from Amor Los Une Collection

2014 Jewelry Trend AlertPepe’s abundance of talismans, punk overtones of hexagonal spikes, ear cuffs, and chains are on trend for the New Year.
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