The beasts went marching two by two for Spring ’11. All throughout Europe, animals were on display: monkeys at Prada, swans at Miu Miu, pandas and zebras and giraffes at Louis Vuitton, and a stable’s worth of equestriennes for Jean Paul Gaultier’s last show for Hermès.
The Australian jeweler Jordan Askill has been feeling the menagerie vibe, too. Now in his second season, Askill is building on the animal-inspired pieces of his first collection with There’s No Place Like Home, which he calls the “second chapter to my story of personal mythology.” Drawing on objets d’art and fourteenth-century armor, Askill’s pieces are inspired, he explains, by “the idea that animals can protect.” The Horse Wave sculpture he debuted in his first collection reappears here as a jewelry box (and does double duty as the star of an animated film that accompanied his London presentation, created by his brother Daniel and scored by These New Puritans’ George Barnett, a sometime runway model). But we like it best as a galloping cuff in silver, above.