Q: What are the rules in the way you dress?
I try and stay wearing just black, nude, and white with pops of red or pink — unless I find a really spectacular dress that knocks my socks off, I stick with that pretty consistently. I am all about high-waisted bottoms, and the tallest shoes I can find; if I am not the tallest person in the room, I have failed. I also feel pretty incomplete without a leather jacket.
She is obsessed with art, furs, and the human body. Her distinctive, handmade jewellery is a fusion of luxury and surrealism, sold in places like Colette and Saks Fifth Avenue, and her pieces are worn by the likes of Madonna, Catherine Deneuve, and Beyoncé.
A fourth generation Fendi, Delfina Delettrez is considered one of the most stylish women in Italy, but with fashion in her DNA, that hardly comes as a surprise. Raised between Italy, Brazil, and France, the daughter of Silvia Venturini Fendi studied costume design, only to realise that jewellery was her true passion. She created her eponymous label in 2007, and since then she has managed to build a unique brand that speaks to the heart of bold women seeking original, statement pieces. We had the pleasure of talking to her about her childhood years, her fascination with insects, and her love of precious stones.
Q: You recently did a capsule collection for Yoox, called Frozen Garden. Can you tell us about the project? What kind of woman lives in such a garden?
“Frozen Garden” is a small universe where insects and flowers seem to be “frozen” in space and time. Floral forms and insects encased in ice-like crystalline resin allow us to approach the pieces from an entomologist’s point of view: It captures them but at the same time it works as a magnifying glass, as if we were looking at fossils from the future. “Frozen Garden” women are intelligent, love irony, and they are not afraid of reinventing themselves and playing with the parameters of beauty and elegance. They know how to become girls again, wearing flowers as jewels.
Q: The three essential things a man should know about style are…
Always better to be overdressed than underdressed. When in doubt, wear a suit. Tighter is better. Be on a first name basis with your tailor. The first thing a woman looks at is your shoes so shop at Tom Ford for your next pair of Oxfords.