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.
"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."
"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.
"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.