London Based Designer Maria Francesca Pepe is finally making a name for herself in the States. Celebrities from Rihanna to Sienna Miller have been seen in her pieces that have graced the pages of Vogue, Marie Claire, Style, Elle, Dazed & Confused and many more. Her pieces are not simply accessories…they make the outfit.
“The concept of Maria Francesca Pepe is based on the possibility to evolve from the accessory to the clothing, from the pure design to the functionality and vice versa. MFP creations merge the link between the ornament and the wearability. The Italian handcraft tradition is fused to a contemporary, ‘Londonish’ avant-garde sense of Fashion.
MFP is discovering and creating at the same time.”
The 23 year old Twilight star gets a bit gothic for the August issue of Elle. Here are the photos, let us know what you think.
If you haven’t picked up the July Elle, please give yourself the pleasure. Rihanna looks great and she’s talking about everything from music to romance. And if you’ve ever wanted to know where little Miss Ri Ri started it all, they cover everything.
On Fashion: “It’s clear there are definitely fewer black women in the high-fashion industry. One of the things I respected most about Gucci was that they did a print campaign with me. I’m a black girl on a fashion spread for Gucci—that was a big deal. I respect designers who aren’t afraid to go outside the box. I went to a Jean Paul Gaultier show, and I saw girls who are thicker than me, beautiful and voluptuous and different ethnicities. That made me so excited. I thought, Okay, I can work that, for sure.”
Here’s the vid…