This week I am taking my designer spotlight to the jewelry section….since I’m feeling in the holiday spirit and it just seems to be my poison of choice for the moment.
I was introduced to this brand a number of seasons ago, during my first trip to London Fashion Week. From the moment I laid eyes on the brand, it t’was love. Crafting hard metals into shapes reflecting the age of Art Deco, while simultaneously predicting futuristic machinery, Century Xie the founder and creator, has managed to distinguish herself as a unique buy in the jewelry market. She utilized pearls to soften the hard, and utilizes her childhood and life experiences to shape each collection.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
“Century XIE was born in Shanghai and have been living ever since between Europe and Asia.
Studying fashion design in Studio Bercot and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris specializing in accessories.
She started her career working for prestigious Houses like Dior, Lanvin.
In 2013, Century won the Prix Edgard Hamon in Paris. Her style made by a combination of Art deco, futuristic influences and architecture construction blended into her first personal collection, named “True to Life”.
Receiving much attention from the Western media like Madame Figaro, Elle, Vogue, Style.com, Century’s first collection was exhibited in Le Bon Marché famous Parisian department store during the Fashion Week 2014.
The story of her brand finally started…”
“A l’époque came up to me as the name of my brand as I wanted to stress on the point that my creations are a story, my story, the one of the people and places which inspire me, and the one as well of the women that will wear them.
Each collection is a tale, not starting by “Il était une fois” but by “A l’époque”.
A l’époque is like a spell which has got the power to encapsulate my story, your story in a jewelery piece and embody an emotion of the past.
These 3 little words with their old-fashioned charm are my way to say that not everything is about fashion and trends but that true luxury stems from meaningful feelings, shared moments, warm memories and a very personal way to shine in this world. “
(Taken from the Al’epoque website)