Delfina Delettrez creates jewelry that is not for the shy of heart. Her dramatic baubles take the form of eyes, arachnids, skeletons, and frogs, mixing the surreal with the luxurious.
These aren't basic jewels for trophy wives: these are amazing artistic creations meant for the bold. It makes sense that Delfina designs for strong women, as her life is filled with them. (Her mother, Silvia Venturini, is the creative director for accessories at Fendi).
We love Delettrez's designs so much, we included them in our fantasy holiday wish list . So we were thrilled to have the opportunity to interview the young designer about her line.
Fashionista: You grew up in a creative household (Mom is a designer for Fendi, Dad is a jeweler). How did this shape your career choice? Delfina Delettrez: All of the women in my family are very creative. My grandmother was the most creative of the five Fendi sisters. My mother is the creative director for accessories at Fendi, so my path was a natural one into design. Twenty days after graduating, I started an internship at Chanel and from that moment I knew that I wanted to work in fashion. I never stopped thinking about creating my own line to express my own personal vision.
What made you choose jewelry design as opposed to clothing, handbag, or shoe design? I love the slow process, the manual work, and the idea of waiting at least one week before seeing a prototype. I'm always amazed by the evolution of the design; to see how a piece of raw material can become can become a perfect piece of refined jewelry is fascinating.
Your pieces are truly extraordinary and you take inspiration from a lot of "high art" sources (Woolf, de Chirico, Domenico Gnoli, etc.). Is there one artist or movement you are particularly fond of? I am very much inspired by surrealism in all of its forms and by the sense of an Oniric reality. I'm fascinated by esotericism and by the "arte sacra." I have always loved Salvador Dali, Man Ray ,Jean Cocteau and of course Elsa Schiaparelli. These are the big masters in art and fashion to me!
What are your favorite materials to use? I look at all materials with interest. Anything can become a fantastic piece mixed with a beautiful stone. I'm interested in finding unconventional materials that are not necessarily common in jewelry and mixing them with classic materials such as silver and gold.
Who are the five famous women (or men!) living or dead that you would want to model your designs? Marchesa Luisa Casati would have been my favorite model! Ian Curtis of the Joy Division and Virginia Woolf would have been amazing too. I would love to see my jewels worn by Bjork.
On a daily basis how much jewelry do you wear? What are your favorite pieces to wear everyday? On special occasions? I usually wear necklaces, I'm obsessed with them! There are some days that I don’t wear any jewelry at all. For a while, I couldn't live without a certain ruby ring, until one day I forgot it at home when I went on vacation. I realized that things were going in a more positive way without the ring, so I decided to not wear this ring ever again! Maybe it wasn't the right stone for me. When I feel tired or a little sad, I wear an emerald. I find that emeralds give me good energy and power.
On special occasions I love to wear my own unique pieces, the ones that I make for myself.
Business-wise, where would you like your brand to be in five years? I currently have a small boutique in Rome. I’d love to open more stores and have my jewels find their way into more women’s lives.