A few weeks ago, amidst all the chaos of fashion week and the British Fashion Council, I received an invitation to preview one of my favourite jewelry lines of all time – Iosselliani. Alongside Iosselliani were two 'new to me' labels Michael Spirito and Emm Kuo. All three labels are housed at the W29 Showroom in New York.
The three lines complimented each other beautifully. Iosselliani showed their classic multi strand/cluster pieces, updated with organic materials, colourful rocks and miniature skulls. I adore the eclectic styling of the Iosselliani collections and the bohemian update combined with sheer vibrancy of the collection serves it well.
There isn't a piece I wouldn't dream of owning, nay, wearing, and it was so fun to get to play with the collections up close and personal as opposed to gazing at the longingly through the glass case at Barneys.
The work of Michael Spirito strikes this wonderful balance between delicate and ferocious. Delicate metal work, and pavé diamonds are juxtaposed with skulls, snakes and bones. It's a beautiful collection.
The balance is particularly striking with the ribcage necklace, it's really quite breathtaking, and I enjoy the symbolism of a ribcage, something designed to protect the organs that keep us alive, being treated so preciously.
I adore these little bags from Emm Kuo – perfectly sized mini satchels in the softest leathers and prettiest colours. Whilst the vegetarian in me forgives leather goods as a transgression (however hypocritical that may be), I find exotic leathers a little harder to swallow. That said, no one can deny the pure beauty of the green purse, made from Stingray – beautiful colours and textures.