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August 21 2014

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The Love-ly Bones?

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The last time jewelry designer Pamela Love presented a collection MAC & Milk, two seasons ago, she set up a static installation. Last night, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist went for something way more dynamic. A psychedelic live performance by Hisham Bharoocha accompanied new jewelry: more of her habitually dark and gothicized pieces, including a pentagram-looking starburst bracelet that radiated around the wrist like a giant ring of Saturn. The looks were shown on live models, and just as compelling as the baubles were the dresses designed by Love especially for her event. Though new, the dresses looked like they’d had more life experience than some of Love’s interns—and that, Love explained, is a credit to her collaborator, local vegetable dyer extraordinaire Audrey Reynolds. Reynolds, who has also worked with Bodkin and Wendy Nichol, hand-dyed Love’s dresses, took them to North Carolina and buried them in the local clay ground, then burned them. Call it fashion by exhumation. “They’ve been through it,” Love acknowledged at her after-party in the MAC & Milk penthouse last night, where pals Devendra Banhart and Will Lemon were deejaying. Asked if the dressmaking had whet her appetite for designing clothes, Love played it coy. “Clothes?” she said, shrugging evasively. “We’ll see…”

Courtesy of Pamela Love

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