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VicenzaOro has taken centre stage again in the international jewellery industry and FOPE celebrated the occasion by exhibiting its beautiful 2021 novelties and presenting some collateral projects as well. The Vicenza Show, which took place from the 10th to the 14th September, has been the first one to be held in person, with brands and visitors flooding the Halls - all safely wearing face masks and keeping their green passes at hand.
On Friday 10th FOPE’s booth in the Icon District hosted an intimate ceremony dedicated to the winners of “Legàmi” (“bonds” in Italian), a project that involved seventeen students of IED, the European Institute of Design based in Turin. The partnership between FOPE and IED resulted in a series of individual thesis inspired by the brand signature gold mesh chain and the concept of proximity. All entries were developed digitally and conceived during the 2020/2021 academic year, a time when topics like distance, connection and bonds became more and more relevant due to the pandemic outbreak.
All the submitted thesis, which were reviewed by an examining committee hosting FOPE’s product development manager as well, revolved around re-interpretations of the Novecento mesh chain design. The students’ task was dual: to propose a prêt-à-porter collection and to give (virtual) shape to exclusive pieces for red carpet outfits. In the cross-pollination imagined by the young creatives from IED, the brand’s jewellery meets the world of high-end accessories offering intriguing creations catering for both the brand’s aficionados and young global consumers who approach the brand for the first time. The author of the most promising thesis is called Jacopo Melis: his work received a scholarship offered by FOPE, which was rewarded during the small celebratory toast at VicenzaOro. The collection he presented for his dissertation spans from jewellery to luxury leather goods to glasses and it is inspired by the mutual influence of time and society.
Another IED student, Chiara Fabbri, has won an internship at FOPE’s HQ in Vicenza thanks to a thesis revolving around the role of memory in connecting people and distant times. A simple detail such as a recurrent graphic element (an arrow) becomes a symbol that links two seemingly antithetical styles: the Italian elegance embodied by FOPE and the transgressive spirit of Punk.