Coco Chanel, Muriel Grateau, Louisa Guinness, Elisabetta Cipriani, Deborah Nicodemus and Ippolita Rostagno. These are just some of the authoritative voices we will be hosting in this issue of VO+ Usa.

Why have we had them 'speak' among these pages? Because of their undeniable intuition and vision from which the mood that links the stories we have reported takes its cue and develops: Visionary. When jewelry meets art and design.

The intuition of Ippolita Rostagno with her digital platform, Artemest, in which she promotes and makes room for Made in Italy craftsmanship; the strategic vision of Deborah Nicodemus, who also applies the Moda Operandi model of ‘pre-order runway fashion’ to jewelry; the concept of ‘wearable art’, a way to make the artist's jewelry more democratic thanks to the patronage of the two London-based art gallery owners, Louisa Guinness and Elisabetta Cipriani.

And lastly, the stylistic intuition handed on from France under the name of Coco Chanel and designer Muriel Grateau, modern and visionary for having 'dressed' lacquer, onyx and rock crystal in preciousness in response to her need to always have with her an easy-to-wear sculptured jewelry item. Celebratory pages in which jewelry comes somewhere between art and design, between modernity and authoritativeness - with a special tribute to the collection by Ettore Sottsass for Cleto Munari - giving value to a concept of jewelry that, while freeing itself from being a mere ornamental decorativism, feeds on exclusiveness and character.

Federica Frosini



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