Designer Dossier: Gaia Repossi

As famed for her street style as she is for her surname, Maison Repossi's artistic director reinvents her family's business for the cool crowd.

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As famed for her street style as she is for her surname, Maison Repossi's artistic director reinvents her family's business for the cool crowd.
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Garance Doré
Gaia Glam

It doesn't suck to be a fashion scion. Since Gaia Repossi's great-grandfather founded his eponymous jewelry line in Turin, Italy, in the '20s, the Repossi name has been interchangeable with luxury. Under her father Alberto's direction, the house became the official jeweler of Monaco's royal family. (Charlene Wittstock's engagement ring is a Repossi original, and it was rumored that Dodi Fayed was to propose to Princess Diana with a Repossi ring.) But Gaia, just 25, takes a fresh approach to designing bijoux — burning precious metals and fully covering fingers and ears in modern works of art. The pieces, often spotted on Repossi's front-row-fixture friends, marry the Old World with the New — their glamorous history written in the filigree.

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Gaia Glam
Earrings, price upon request, Repossi at Opening Ceremony; (212) 219-2688.
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Gaia Glam

"The most difficult part of creating the pieces and the part I care about the most is adapting them to the body in the most refined and elegant way. The motifs aren't always enough. It's about bringing jewelry closer to sculpture."

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Gaia Glam
Cuff, price upon request, Repossi at Opening Ceremony; (212) 219-2688.
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Greg Kessler
Gaia Glam

"I have so many favorite time periods in art history. I'm attracted to old patterns and shapes, but sometimes my mind's eye needs clean graphic references."

Repossi with Julia Restoin Roitfeld.

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Gaia Glam
Ring, price upon request, Repossi at Opening Ceremony; (212) 219-2688.
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Garance Doré
Gaia Glam

"It's confidential!" Repossi, who has worked with Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra, says of her upcoming collaborations. Her dream collab: "Working with Yves Saint Laurent is a challenge I would have loved."

Repossi with Alexander Wang.

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Courtesy of Designer
Gaia Glam
Earrings, price upon request, Repossi at Opening Ceremony; (212) 219-2688.
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