The Temporium: this beaded and embellished jewellery collection from London-based designer Fiona Paxton is the festive treat hidden behind day 18 of our Advent calendar.
Her work includes hand-beaded chain mail necklaces, beaten brass rings and leather cuffs.
Here's some more information about Fiona:
Fiona Paxton has within a year of setting up her own line of accessories created a distinctive and global profile her peers can only dream of. The trained textiles designer launched her eponymous label in 2008, creating striking hand-beaded necklaces and bracelets in geometric patterns.
As a globetrotter Fiona has fused her love for Indian artisanship with the iconography of the British punk era she grew up in, conceptual Japanese fashion of the 80s and the German Bauhaus movement.
The London-based designer has found the right mix of eye-catching newness whilst retaining the individuality of each hand- crafted piece, creating a winning alternative to the ubiquitous British high-street.
Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1992 with a distinction in Textiles Design, Fiona became a driving force behind the fashion scenes. Having worked in New York, London and Bangkok, she consulted for various fashion companies such as Armani, Chloe, Moschino and Michiko Koshino.
As the Creative Director for Brewster Textile Design Studio she was not only in charge of the art direction for colour palettes, embroidery concepts and garment shapes, Fiona also applied her eye to trend forecasting. From vintage to popular culture, the arts to the weekend habits of the final consumer, Fiona’s job was to be ahead of the fashion designer in order to present the right textile designs at the start of a new season.
Her fail-safe intuition for both beautiful patterns and the customers’ wishes has resulted in a collection of vibrant beaded necklaces that elegantly snake around the neck and bracelets to make every hand gesture a joy.
With prestigious stockists around the world such as Lane Crawford, Le Bon Marché, Henri Bendel and Saks, her customers are coming back for more soon after having been showered in compliments for their first purchase. Fiona’s pieces have also been featured far and wide in the press, including The New York Times, VOGUE, Harpers Bazaar, ELLE, The Daily Telegraph, Grazia, Marie Claire, JC Report and many more.
New for AW11 Fiona has embarked on designing a men’s jewelry collection, which incorporates her signature hand beaded designs, with chains and hand casted metal shapes for a more edgy look.