Leave it to a Lebanese, Paris-born designer to create a jewelry line that combines Middle Eastern mysticism with Left Bank chic. (No, it’s not another collection of blinged-out evil eyes.) Tomorrow, Noor Fares debuts her latest collection of enchanted bijoux under her eponymous label in Paris.
For inspiration, Fares trawls the globe seeking out spiritual talismans for good-energy rock-quartz rings, sculpted ebony cuffs (a nod to the French superstition touche du bois, translation: touch wood for luck), and tiny, sapphire-encrusted evil eyes, which she craftily hides within clasps. “I have loads of funny little superstitions,” she tells Style.com. “If I decide something is lucky, I keep it with me all the time.”
N.oor, which launched in 2009, has attracted Fares’ stylish pals, including Tatiana Santo Domingo, Eugenie Niarchos, and Margherita Missoni. This summer Giovanna Battaglia was spotted in a pair of Fares’ jet bangles while fêting the Cannes Film Festival. But these baubles are not limited to Fares’ steady following of globe-trotting It girls (even if her latest Sub-Saharan-inspired collection came about after a trip to Namibia for Dasha Zhukova’s 30th birthday). “My jewelry could work on an elegant 40-year-old or a 25-year-old,” Fares says. “Like any symbol, it can be whatever you make it.”
N.oor is available at Michel Klein (33-1-42-81-31-10), October 15 through January 15.