Lynn Ban’s Lovely Weapons
As jewelry designer Lynn Ban laid out her silver pieces on a table at the Bowery Hotel’s Gemma restaurant last week, the stark contrast between the antique-chic setting and the industrial-inspired jewelry was marked. But that’s the dichotomy that’s categorized much of the Singaporean designer’s career so far. Ban first made her mark curating a collection of vintage designer clothes for Barneys New York, but her new jewelry endeavor has taken her in a new direction that’s razor-sharp—even a little dangerous.
Ban’s line, which includes silver “finger armor” rings (above), twisted cuffs, and a bold, plated necklace inspired by the protective shield of “bulletproof vests,” made its official debut in Barneys stores last month. But even before that, it turned up in covetable editorials: some of Steven Meisel’s shoots for Vogue Italia, for example, and a Mario Testino spread in V.”I love exploring the idea of something that is beautiful that can either harm or protect you,” the designer explained, waving an arm stacked with hinged handcuff bangles set with diamonds. “It can be in nature or something manmade.” Her twisted propeller cuffs, for example, were inspired by “a large stainless steel ship propeller,” she went on. “I did a variation of this cuff where the edges were inspired by the jagged edge of a chop saw blade—I liked the sculptural form of the propeller in contrast with the sharp blades.”
Sharp, indeed. Has anyone actually been injured by a piece of her jewelry? “Maybe my husband,” she joked. “But they did stop me at airport security on my way to Paris last week because they saw my collection on the monitors and had to ask what it was.” Luckily, you can’t ban a thing of beauty just because it looks dangerous.
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