London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week FW19 is over for another season, and what an incredible event it’s been for all the designers, industry players and public - who were allowed to buy tickets this year for the first time ever in a welcomed shift towards consumer inclusivity by the British Fashion Council.
For AW19 the BFC continues to sharpen its focus on the industry and sustainability, championing their ‘Positive Fashion’ initiative with a substantial exhibition takeover of renowned 180 The Strand location. Stephen Webster was honoured to curate “Celebrating Craftsmanship and Community; Stephen Webster’s story of London’s Jewellery Hub”, curating an interactive installation featuring talented designers and craftsmen from the industry. LFW visitors were invited to follow Stephen’s personal journey as an apprentice and explored the history and services of London's Jewellery District, Hatton Garden. Stephen showcased, his timeline through jewellery, with one-of-a-kind daring pieces he handcrafted 40years ago to his newest global jewellery launches; with pieces from the innovative Vertigo, glamorous Dynamite and playful Jitterbug collections.
Stephen Webster’s own, master craftsmanship, Mike Oddy, did a live engraving workshop. Freeman, Adam Philips from The Goldsmith’s Company Assay Office, shared his 21 years experience about the hallmarking process with demonstrations of hallmarking. LFW visitors and Stephen himself gave it a go. Jewellery apprentices under The Goldsmith’s Centre showcased their talents on the workbench and displayed their expressive silversmithing work. Alan Hart from Gem-A, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, talked about gemstones and let visitors explore the stones underneath the microscope, whilst Holts Academy was demonstrating lapidary. It was an buzzing installation full of craftmanship, creativity and specialist skills.
Also on display was fearless designs from our Rock Vault designers, Dalia Daou, Imogen Belfield, Frances Wadsworth Jones and CompletedWorks. Rock Vault was a jewellery initiative curated by Stephen Webster, and supported by the BFC to nurture the creative fine jewellery talent based in London.
Thank you to all the talented designers, BFC and everyone who took part in Positive Fashion and visited our installation space.