Rihanna’s hit We Found Love featured Calvin Harris on the soundtrack, newcomer Dudley O’Shaughnessy in the video, and Maria Francesca Pepe in the wardrobe department. A die-hard fan of MFP, Rihanna was first spotted in the designer’s jewellery in 2009. Three years later, she is still regularly seen rocking the infamous Ear Cuff, and more recently her namesake – the Rihanna necklace, which she wore during her Brit Awards performance. The star is known for her edgy style and bold choices, so it’s a testament to the MFP designs that have stood the test of time in such a fashion-forward industry.

Rihanna necklace, Ear Cuff and Ade ring (photos courtesy of hausofrihanna.com)

Above: Rihanna in Sleeper with Cross Charm Earrings in ‘We Found Love’ video

Bottom: Rihanna in Safety Pin Earring in ‘We Found Love’ video

Lady Gaga, queen of modern design and out-there fashion, has long been a fan of Maria Francesca Pepe. Last year she was seen accessorising with the Cleopatra belt slung over a sixties-style playsuit, and wearing the Fauno headpiece out inLondon. Another day in the life of Gaga saw her strolling out of her hotel in MFP’s chain trousers. While Gaga may be an international icon, it is admirable that she still holds the torch for up-and-coming, avant-garde designers.

Fauno headpiece, Cleopatra Belt and Chain trousers (photos courtesy of gagafashionland.com)


Maria Francesca Pepe, MFP, opens the doors of her London studio to talk inspiration, love and literature.


What are you inspired by?

I am a femme fatale in my inner essence and therefore I get inspired by the beauty of silent movies and burlesque actresses, as well as by the more contemporary version of it: punk, pop and kitsch. My main inspiration is the idea of transforming what is considered ugly and dangerous into emotion and beauty. I actually think beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in the sensation that comes from it.

What are your design signatures?

MFP Jewellery-Wear. It’s body-jewellery in the form of bold statement pieces that have an interchangeable value with clothing itself. The MFP ‘tubular’ has become an iconic piece as well as the Ade cross ring and the teeth necklace, studs mixed with pearls and gothic-pop inspired chains. Each MFP piece is full of meanings and analogies and is conceived as an amulet: something that you can carry and wear against time.

How would you describe the MFP woman?

The MFP woman is strong but feminine, enjoys her sensuality but is still elegant and magnetic. She is contemporary, fashion aware and avant-garde, but at the same time she can be effortlessly chic and bewitching.


What’s your secret tip or recipe for the Christmas season?

MFP: A fireplace, grilled chestnuts, thick wollen jumper and a big smile.

I’m most looking forward to giving my other half/mum/best friend… this Christmas.

MFP: I’ll give a kiss under the laurel to my boyfriend, lots of jewellery to my mum and cheap ugly funny presents to my friends!

For a Christmas eve extravaganza, I would want my fairy godmother to bring me the following outfit...

MFP: A Celine bag, Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony high platform shoes, Anne Demeulemeester leather trousers, a Comme des Garcons jacket and chunky MFP jewellery!

I would like to find this vintage piece… under the tree (from any time or place – LUX FIX time machine at your service). 

MFP: A 90s Yamamoto’s black knotted dress.

Finally Christmas just isn’t Christmas until I hear…

MFP: I have tickets to get on a flight and go back home!


Our event this week is infamous tubular bracelet from from Lady Gaga favourite, avant-garde designer Maria Francesca Pepe. It’s been rocked all over the world and our resident stylist has also cooked up some home-grown London looks to get you inspired by this modern classic. So without further ado…


Sienna Miller likes to make hers stand out with subtle greys and blacks.


LUX FIX resident stylist  works it with electric blue for a glamorous day look.


Leighton Meester uses hers as statement jewellery with a subtle pop of neon.


Turquoise nails look fabulous with MFP gold, not to mention the leopardskin…


A double up on S/S trends – statement jewellery on statement print!


Agyness Deyn triples up on trends with neon, statement print And her MFP Tubular.


And to finish she  keeps it simple for a night out, highlighting the gorgeous varnished gold.