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Jewellery designer for US First Lady set to appear on Boston Fashion Week’s runway


August 31, 2011/23.57

Ileana Maria Rojas-Bennett, designer and CEO of Maleku Jewelry, is probably best known for her connection to Michelle Obama. Rojas-Bennett, whose childhood greatly influenced her work today, states, ‘I was fortunate enough to grow up in the home of an outstanding artist. In fact my most basic childhood memory is one of my mother’s portraits and sculptures.’ It was this influence that spurred her to create Maleku Jewelry Designs, and the line aims to provide fashion and glamour to the wardrobe of the modern woman.
   Rojas-Bennett designed a necklace for style icon, US First Lady Michelle Obama. The designer will be attending the inauguration of the Martin Luther King Jr statue in Washington, DC and will also be on the runway at Boston’s Fashion Week as part of the Synergy Events’ annual Emerging Trends Runway Show on September 24.
   The event will take place at the Cyclorama in Boston, and Maleku Jewelry is excited to showcase its upcoming line of Raw Earth gemstone jewellery. The collection will be comprised of award-winning designs, the bold and chunky jewellery including raw and unpolished stones.
   Maleku Jewelry hand-sets the highest quality metals with lavish gemstone settings to make custom necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings and more with detail, function, multi-use, and embellishments in mind. The latest creations are made for the ‘Boudoir Gypsy’—the woman who takes her entire trousseau and wears it to go off jet-setting. The pieces hint at a past, an emotion, maybe even a hidden secret, and yet bear the sophistication of the new socialite.
   The line has been featured in numerous articles, and has also been worn by several celebrities, most recently R&B artist MYA. Frenchie Davis, finalist for NBC’s The Voice, also chose Maleku Jewelry for her latest pictures, and the label’s holiday collection, featured in In Touch last month, will also be featured in Redbook and Good Housekeeping later this year.—Sabine Ernest

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