“Luxury nowadays is to have pieces that are handmade.” These powerful words just came out of Magdalena Frackowiak’s mouth, who has recently officially launched her debut jewelry line during a sophisticated cocktail party at the Paris Fashion Week.
Magdalena, known for being one of Victoria’s Secret’s Angels, made her debut on the most renowned international runways in 2006, when she was just 21 years old. Having walked dozens of shows and after constant appearances in different ad campaigns of famous fashion houses, the Polish supermodel is venturing into the design world trying her hand at jewelry design.
Magdalena Frackowiak’s jewelry collection, which consists of 26 pieces ranging from bracelets and earrings to necklaces, has 2 distinctive signs in common. The first one, which is probably the most remarkable, is that they have all been handcrafted in Poland, Magdalena’s homeland. She in fact decided to look for skillful Polish artisans, who were willing to take the century-old process of lost wax casting to create every single piece of the collection. It consisted of finding the specific shade of gold needed, hand carving the gold and then polishing the final product. All the pieces are made from 18-carat gold, and as Magdalena states, that’s what she was actually looking for while designing her creations – consistency.
The second common feature of the jewelry designs, which makes them unique, is their actual design. Frackowiak, who calls herself an architecture enthusiast, got inspired by some famous architects like Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect known for his innovative work with paper, and Richard Serra, an American sculptor and architect renowned for his large-scale abstract steel sculptures. Such inspiration made it possible to create minimalistic and geometrically perfect pieces, which look elegantly simple. Texture, gold and shapes are therefore the sole protagonists of her collection, which leave no space for gemstones or other type of embellishments.
“It has a lot of geometry inside. It’s all about spikes, circles and it connects to the things that I love the most in architecture. I’ve always been inspired by architects like Shigeru Ban or even sculptors like Richard Serra. It’s all about line — a very elegant line. […] I felt that gold itself is very powerful. I always feel like when we have so many stones in jewelry, we don’t see the beauty of the gold because it’s so fogged by so many diamonds and stones, so I wanted to keep it very simple, very sleek, very minimalistic — it’s all about the textures.”
Magdalena’s jewelry line uses textures that are painstakingly designed, and seem to have unconsciously inspired by Mother Earth: dots drilled into the surface and irregular surfaces remind of watery surfaces, while hammered pieces resemble rocky mountains.
No one knows what the future holds for Magdalena but, as far as she keeps on designing such incredible pieces, being a jewelry designer might be her future golden career. Magdalena’s collection is exclusively available at magdalenafrackowiak.com.
Photos courtesy of Magdalena Frackowiak