Designers to Watch: Gabriele Frantzen

The thing about Gabriele Frantzen’s jewelry is that it evokes a multitude of emotions. Warmth, excitement, intrigue. The seemingly chunky necklaces, often linked togeter by delicate silver, the bold diamond-encrusted flowers acting as medallions, the range of hues from pink to orange; it all just works.

Gabriele began her career in Munich, running Frantzen&Frantzen, a multi-brand store. It wasn’t long until she spread her wings, and founded distribution agency Best of 19. Unbelievably, she still holds that position, personal success and many collections later. After working as a brand ambassador for big names such as Phillip Lim, Gabriele decided to take the leap. In 2009, a self-taught designer, she launched her own, eponymous line of costume jewelry. A year later, her showroom set up shop in New York.

Instant success is an understatement. Fashion forward retailers across the world (think Saks, Harvey Nichols, Luisa Via Roma) snapped Gabirele’s line up, and it was applauded by the likes of Elle and Vogue. We understand why. Within all of her pieces, it’s evident that she’s taken note of the trends but ultimately allowed her unique sense of style to lead the way. Her touch is bold but feminine, whimsical but sleek. Think big, bright yellow gems, and beaded rays of sunshine on her Sense and Sensibility necklace (paired with a dress that appeared at the Oscars, as part of the Oscars Designer Challenge competition), or elastic wrap bracelets in a multitude of colours, all with brooch-style eye pendants, perfect for the everyday arm stack. Her visions don’t end there. Often found using an array of materials including gunmetal, pearls, crystals, wood, feathers; Gabriele isn’t shy about deviating from norms or comfort zones. It’s not just wearable, daytime statement pieces she pulls off. As evident in the taupe-feathered, pearly nude choker, she knows party seasons and talking pieces. We love her Puccini choker – pearls intertwined with thick gold chains – reminiscent of her favourite fashion icons, Hepburn and Chanel. Her necklaces in particular are present and eye-catching, commanding attention and working effortlessly with the wearer.

Essentially, Gabriele’s creations do what any piece of costume jewelry should. They say something.

Shop some of our favorites in the slideshow above!

About the Author

Sarah is a Freelance Journalist and is based in London. She has worked for Cosmopolitan UK magazine, The Times Magazine, Glamour, Fabulous and Cosmopolitan.co.uk, among others. She also blogs on the Huffington Post and has an interiors website (www.homelyhub.com).