Isla Fontaine

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Università degli Studi di Padova
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Collection – Handbag collection SS17

The theme of the Spring | Summer 2017 collection was inspired by a trip in Brazil. The handbag line brings with it the bright colours and a handle that reminds the one of its typical straw baskets. As well as for jewelry, the bags have been entirely made by the skilled hands of Italian craftsmen. For this first collection, the designer chose fine vegetable-tanned leather in order to give the bags a more natural character and then be more in line with the theme of the season.
This first collection is declined in 7 different models ranging from the comfortable Tote bag in three sizes, the trendy Bucket bag, through the ultra-feminine Lady bag and the roomy Shoulder bag up to the versatile Envelope perfect for both day and evening.
As for colours, it ranges from the classic black, tan and red, to the vernal powder, taupe and clay up to more summer mint, cobalt, fuchsia and yellow.
The handles are wrapped, thanks to an elaborate technique, by soft calfskin lanyards with contrasting colors that allow multiple combinations with the body of the bag and form its iconic element.
Another distinctive and not less glamorous detail which adds a further note of colour to the bag is the key-charm scooby-doo made with laminated fluorescent goatskin.
The handbags present a very special detail also inside: a Gabriele D'Annunzio’s quote, printed in gold letters, "Memento Audere Semper" (remember to always dare), a motto that the designer embraced and that seems coined just for fashionistas of all times.
Isla Fontaine is a young Italian jewellery designer. She lives and works in Venice. Her passion for art and a natural curiosity drove her to travel the world since she was very young and to live abroad for long periods in Paris, Madrid, London and Buenos Aires. Through the pseudonym, she wants to pay tribute to the places she loves the most. Isla, in fact, evokes not only the Spanish and Latino culture that she feels so bint to, but also her home town, Venice, island par excellence. Fontaine, instead, recalls France that the designer considers her second home. After a Master Degree in Communication Science, Isla Fontaine specializes in Contemporary Art History working for many years at La Biennale of Venice and, eventually, as a curator and a critic for art galleries and magazines. From 2009 she is curator for one of the main contemporary art spaces in Venice. Thanks to the continuous relationship with artists and their works, Isla Fontaine develops her personal creative vision and in 2012, after having studied Jewellery Business at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, she determines on creating a jewellery line. Her Minimal style, inspired by the visionary designers of the 60’s such as Paco Rabanne and André Courrèges, is marked by pure and essential forms in the belief that geometry represents and resumes the ideal of perfection and harmony that art, in all its forms, has ever since looked for. As an attentive observer, the designer finds inspiration from everything she sees and especially from Contemporary Art, Design, Architecture, Photography but also from Dance, Music and, above all, Fashion. She has inherited her devotion to jewellery from her mother who has gathered by the time a considerable collection and has introduced her, since she was a little girl, to the world of precious metals and stones. Isla chose to work with silver, mainly 23k gold plated, for the suppleness and affordance offered by this material. In all her pieces, entirely hand-made by Venetian goldsmiths, Isla Fontaine combines the international fashion trends to her artistic background and the Made in Italy high quality in order to make jewels which are at the same time classic and trendy, contemporary and timeless.