August 31 2014

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Arianne Phillips’ Favorite Bird-Watching Designer


Other than the fact that both are pop sensations, we doubt there’s too much that Madonna has in common with the Jonas Brothers. Being fans of Joseph Brooks is one rare case. On Saturday, stylist Arianne Phillips and party planner Bryan Rabin hosted a day-long trunk show for the music industry veteran-
turned-jewelry designer at Venice Beach boutique A+R, along with co-owner Rose Apodaca. “He’s been making his jewelry quietly for years,” said Apodaca. “But this is his first public outing.” Brooks’ chunky semiprecious stone necklaces, some dangling with carved skulls, have easy rock ‘n’ roll appeal, but ornithology also fuels the designer’s creative drive. “I love the story behind his pieces,” explained Phillips, who brought along Russian Vogue fashion director Simon Robins. “He goes to places like Sumatra and Madagascar to bird-watch, and on his travels he finds stones and inspiration. I feel like I get a little part of his travels in every piece.” Resurrection’s Katy Rodriguez, with boyfriend Tony Alva in tow, shared in Brooks’ avian-obsession, buying an enormous onyx eagle pendant. For those who couldn’t make it, the jewelry, including the quartz bracelet pictured here, is currently available at

Photo: Courtesy of A+R

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