This season we saw a new collaboration emerge between Designer Anne Sofie Madsen and jewellery designer Vibe Harsløf as they joined forces collaborating for Sofie’s AW17 collection.
The idea occurred a long time ago, but it was not until Vibe and Sofie found each other sipping drinks at the same bar during Copenhagen Fashion Week that the joint venture took actual shape. From that point, it all went really fast. The two designers only had a couple of weeks to design and craft the pieces until they were to be presented on the runway in Paris.
Vibe describes the process as insanely intense, but luckily she and Sofie had similar views of the direction they wanted the collection to take, which made it very easy and fun at the same time. “Even though we had to work fast and it was a lot of work i really enjoyed it, it felt Like a fun break in my daily routine” Vibe explains to The Jewellery Room.
The collaboration collection reflects the juxtaposition seen in Madsen’s clothes. It incorporates the raw and unfinished versus the refined and delicate; nature versus a mechanical aesthetic is seen through the combination of natural stones and wood with polished silver and Swarovski stones. With a reference point in the Talisman and its many significations –from tribal religions to tokens from computer games, they have created a series of jewellery for protection in 2017.
Anne Sofie Madsen graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and trained under John Galliano in Paris, before moving to London to work for Alexander McQueen as a Junior Designer. In 2012 she started her own label and presented her first collection at London Fashion Week. She won Danish Fashion Award and GenArt’s Fresh Faces in New York in 2012 and Vogue Talents the same year. In 2013 she won the prestigious DANSK Design Talent prize and in 2015 DHL Exported in Tokyo. In 2014, the brand presented its first fashion show at Paris Ready-to-Wear Fashion Week and has been showing there since. For the seasons of 2017 the brand is part of the Swarovski collective.
Jewellery designer Vibe Harsløf`s design philosophy is simple; her intent is to create contemporary and original jewellery and accessories of lasting quality. The look is clean and pure, with all excess parts removed during the design process, leaving pieces that rather accentuate the body than embellish it. In every collection, she challenges and pushes the boundaries of how and where a piece of jewellery should be worn, but without compromising the wearability. With more than 15 years of experience as a jewellery designer, she has collaborated with among other Hien Le, Kinraden, Wood Wood and Bijules. Her pieces are sold at Colette, 10 Corso Como and United Arrows to name just a few.