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August 29 2014

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The Queen Of The Nile

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“Erin has an incredible body and face, and she understands better than anyone the idea behind her designs. The clothes were not necessary!” So says photographer Paola Kudacki of her collaboration with Erin Wasson on the new lookbook for Wasson’s Low Luv jewelry line.

For her Spring/Holiday collection, exclusively seen here first, Wasson drew on symbolism from various cultures, from Native American (in a thunderbird pendant and necklace) to Middle Eastern (Evil Eye stacked rings and bangles, which, according to Erin, “mean many different things according to how and which culture you look at”). “I usually design what I find interesting and powerful,” she said simply. “I want pieces that look intense and have meaning.” Music played a part in her process, too, especially the late Egyptian-born singer Oum Kalthoum, the so-called Star of the East. “Once the music references start popping up, I wanted to portrait her like a goddess, like Nefertiti,” Kudacki added. Wasson’s hammered rings, chandelier earrings, and crosses studded with rough crystals and black agates are flashy enough for the ruler of an empire—or, paired with Wasson’s usual outfit of cutoffs and vintage tees, for a catwalker off duty.

Photos: Paola Kudacki

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