© by Natalia Brilli
Born in Belgium, Natalia Brilli is initially interested in scenography following studies at the prestigious school of La Cambre in Brussels. Active in both the theatre and fashion worlds she is busy designing sets and costumes as well as collaborating with many established fashion designers. Only in 2003 when joining Paris’ IFM can she start devoting all of her energies to her field of predilection: fashion accessories. Launching her brand in 2004 was fairly low key with a first series of sautoirs and leather cameos which then met immediate success with shops such as Maria Luisa, Browns or Barneys. The same year, she joined Rochas as head accessories designer under the direction of Oliver Theyskens. Her collection won her the A.N.D.A.M. award in 2006.
Ever since her first collection back in 2004, Natalia Brilli established her brand’s instantly recognizable features: oversized pearl sautoir necklaces, simple or multi-tier, adorned with exaggerated bows and vintage cameos that are painstakingly encased with the finest leather and suede similar to those used by glove makers.
Appropriating the emblematic codes of classic jewellery, her pieces have an ethereal presence, monochromatic yet weightless, their essence freed from unnecessary additions. Her unique technique effortlessly extends to various other elements: bracelets, pendants, handbags, her inspiration following the natural rhythm of the seasons. The colour range, limited in the beginning to black, green and purple, now includes pastel tones and come in either natural or metallic finish. Natalia’s dark side is revealed when she quotes in her inspiration sources XVIIth century Vanity paintings, Victorian era aesthetics as well as Dario Argento’s horror flicks although the cultivated elegance that permeates her work, wouldn’t look out of place displayed in a baudelairian cabinet of curiosities.
NATALIA BRILLI Website / at Farfetch / at The Corner