Arielle De Pinto Debuts Deco
For jewelry designer Arielle de Pinto, beauty lies in the imperfections. Since launching her line of crocheted metal accessories in 2007, the 26-year-old Montreal native has refined her chain-mail knitting technique to produce webbed gloves, necklaces, and earrings that exude a rough organic elegance. “I never try to make anything too perfect,” the designer says. “I never try to control the chain because, as soon as I do, something goes wrong.”
This Fall, however, de Pinto is making her way into high-gloss geometry with structured brass pendants, rings, and earrings. “This is the first time I’ve done anything polished or geometric. Before this collection, everything has always looked a bit like it came out of the ground,” she laughs. There’s nothing earthy about de Pinto’s new necklaces, which combine dripping silver chain with architectural, Art Deco-inspired brass blocks. Nor does her debut range of hair accessories, which includes a flapper-style chain-embellished comb (“it’s the easiest way to make your hair look luxe”), a pronged triangular hairpin, and, most notably, a sturdy brass bun cover that could easily become the pillbox hat of the Gaga Era, feel the least bit rustic. But while the new collection may be a step into more controlled yet uncharted territory, it retains that unrestrained de Pinto DNA. For instance, the designer revealed that she referenced flat chains worn by Tupac Shakur in his “I Get Around” video when creating her strong, feminine necklaces. Unexpected? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just that, creatively speaking, she gets around, too.