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New York Fashion Week fall 2011 Time to put on the charm. Tory & KO delves into the world of pretty and playful

All that glitters

Sopheak Seng chooses what should next go into his jewellery box from his favourite New Zealand designers

 

BEING A CHILD WHO IS a product of the ’80s, I have always been under the notion that more is definitely better! (I blame the excess of that era.) And there is nothing that is more true to this when it comes to jewellery and accessories as anyone that knows me and my wardrobe can attest to. I am the magpie of all things shiny, glittering, chunky, gold, silver, feathered, or any other form that jewellery takes. My jewellery box is a treasure trove and testament to my love of collecting unusual, quirky and statement making pieces. So in honour of my love of all things jewellery I wanted to share some of the labels that I am lusting after at the moment, pieces that will be treasures to wear and keep in your very own jewellery box.

 

So Fly
Fashion designer and now fully fledged jewellery designer Tymone Winters is proving that she is ‘So Fly’ when it comes to fashion. So Fly is a collection of sophisticated yet playful jewellery that is made from the humble zip. Born out of a desire to solve the issue of waste from within the fashion industry, Winters stumbled upon the good old zip. They are looped, plaited, knotted, melted and moulded into earring, necklaces and bracelets. It is only upon close inspection that one notices that they are zips, which is the beauty of these pieces. They are chic and timelessly glamorous.

 


Stolen Girlfriends

The boys of Stolen Girlfrends have long been a favourite of mine. Having launched their Heavy Metal collection a while ago with a range of necklaces, rings and bracelets that featured rock-and-roll style charms of skulls, bows, guitar picks and the like, they have continued to grown the collection still by adding more pieces to the already extensive range. The new additions see a more refined design eye while still giving a nod to the anti-establishment feel of the label. Sapphire and black onyx are featured in the refined smokers' club rings while the studded knuckle dusters will add a mean punch. Pirate charm daggers also add an edge to the collection. Each piece designed to be worn with attitude, the Stolen Girlfriends way.

 

 

Nga Waiata Jewels
The renowned painter and artist by nature, Nga Waiata (below), has also turned her hand to jewellery-making, after suffering from a creative block, as all good artists usually go through, and with retail giant Barney’s as a stockist of her creations. It won’t be long before this label will not be a secret anymore. Each ring is lovingly crafted from recycled hard native woods and matched with beautifully cut crystals, creating beautiful natural pieces to treasure. This unique combination of materials is what separates her from usual jewellery contemporaries, and is a reason to fall in love with this label. Smoky quartz, fluorite, lapis, pounamu, citrine and amethyst are some of the gems that will be part of your collection soon.

 

 


Sopheak Seng is fashion editor of Lucire.

 

 

Tory & KO
Tory & KO is a Wellington label that is the partnership between well known jeweller, designer and gemologist Victoria Taylor and business partner Kirstin O’Brien, who create a jewellery label that specializes in all thing beautiful and pretty. Their charms featuring uniquely kiwiana inspired icons such as the chocolate fish, fantail and pohutukawa flower, exquisitely crafted in silver or gold, are to die for. Their Pretty collection is also of note; semi-precious gemstones and pearls are off set with delicate bows-simply divine. Along with their ready-to-wear range of jewellery they also offer a custom design service where they can create a designer piece of your heart’s desires.

 


Dmonic Intent

New to the jewellery game, Dmonic Intent is a company that focuses on the edgy and the cool—a little bit rock and roll and most definitely fun. Zips are recycled and turned into cuffs and necklaces, while the zip stoppers are also used to turn into chain link-like necklaces. Its latest collection, Love Hurts, features custom hand-made pieces of oxidized sterling silver. A personal favourite is the broken heart necklace; it is reticulated which gives it its textured appearance. Beautiful, dark, edgy and very wearable, this is jewellery that will definitely get you noticed.

 

 


Culet
The collaborative partnership between music and jewellery is nowhere stronger than in the label Culet (pronounced que-lay). Jewellery designer and musician Scot Nicols, and graphic artist and renowned musician Dane Rumble, form the design team behind the label. Formed in 2008, they shared a vision of bringing unique and high quality sterling silver collections to the forefront of fashion. Originating from an idea and a sketchbook, each piece is designed and crafted in their Auckland workshop. Three collections on and it is already proving to be a hit with a wide fan following wearing their pieces. Their latest collection, entitled Black Water, is inspired by the tales of the sea with nautical symbols abound, from ships bells and anchors, to navigation symbols and pistol necklaces. Each piece is a bounty to treasure. •

 

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