Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rashida Jones' New Jewelry Line Iconery

My hair inspiration Rashida Jones just launched her own jewelry collection, Iconery, in time for the upcoming Holiday season. See Her line here.

The color palette is high contrasting yellow gold and black stones with the core design concepts of protection and life.

Historically gems and jewelry were viewed as talismans with mythical powers, so it’s fun seeing Iconery playing with those ancient roots even being clever with the name itself.  The brand uses two prevalent portrayals from ancient religious iconography.

One motif used in the line is the Ankh, an Egyptian symbol meaning life. In Latin it is referred to as crux ansata “cross with a handle”. Ancient Egyptians believed we were to spend this life preparing for the next eternal life.  A concept that other cultures adopted and transformed into newer religions. Egyptian gods were often pictured holding the Ankh by its handle or holding it whilst crossing their arms across their chest.  

The other icon used is a Hamsa. Arabic/Hebrew in roots, it is a depiction of an open right palm. The Arabic work Khamsah translates to “five”, but could also mean “the five fingers of the hand”.  The Hamsa is believed to be a symbol of protection, often worn in jewelry or used as decor in the home. It is heavily associated with the evil eye, the curse of a malevolent glare.

The line is easy to stylishly layer as it has basic pieces to go along with the more symbolic pieces. The gold tone invokes the ancient roots of the iconography used. The price range is incredibly reasonable to give as a gift or to treat yourself. Overall I can see it doing well and hope to see her elaborate more on this empowering idea.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Scene McQueen, Embellished Sneakers

The predominant trend seen from this years Spring 17 fashion is that embellishment is the key to style one's wardrobe.

The runways were cluttered with patches, studs, chains, the busier the look, the better.

It's about making a statement, catching the viewer's eye and retaining it.  The embellished look on clothing allows a person to really explore a look and create a theme throughout their outfit.

Typically we rely on jewelry to pull in a color, a shape, a mood to polish a look, with this embellishment trend, the accessory is part of the clothing itself.

I took a look at Alexander McQueen's Autumn/Winter collection and have fallen in love with the embellished leather sneakers.

The bold red suede backing of the shoe scrawled with the designers name invokes a sporty feel that we often associate with sneakers setting the tone of athleticism.

However, the view from the front of the shoe is an impossible to miss jewel encrusted  hands that wrap around the front of the shoe, as if it’s being held.  The hand beaded feature is secured by a velcro strap, which once again is reminiscent to the idea of an athletic shoe even though the closure is clearly adorned.

The red on the back of the shoe matching the nails of the bejeweled fingers emphatically sets the palette for the wearer. It lays out the groundwork to creatively build a look allowing one to accessorize with the season’s popular military green to compliment the bright red hue of the sneaks.

Some people hate the athleisure trend, but here we have a glamorously comfortable look that can dress up or down.

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