The Next Big Thing: Anndra Neen, Spring ’14-------
Anndra Neen, by Annette and Phoebe Stephens
Need to Know:
For Spring ’14, the New York-based siblings looked to Ron Fricke’s early-nineties documentary Baraka for inspiration. The film—which charts human activity across the world in twenty-four countries without narration—is a sweeping, nonverbal tour de force. It’s a fitting point of reference for two designers who first decided to go into business while on vacation together in Japan in 2009—and who have looked to locales as far-flung in time and space as medieval France (they were into early modern armor, to be exact), ancient Egypt, and their own hometown of Mexico City for inspiration in past collections. The pieces this season pull from a cornucopia of cross-cultural textiles, jewels, and designs: There are nickel-silver tube chokers evocative of traditional African necklaces, easy to layer or bold on their own; chain-link bracelets inspired by the patterns of Mexican rugs; and thin, armorlike breastplates that are light on the body but look ready for the battlefield. The label’s signature cage clutches make an appearance, this time made in two parts for a deconstructed finish. A minimalist, clean look (and the use of solely brass, copper, and silver) ties the handcrafted wares together. That they were presented in the Stephen sisters’ charming Gramercy brownstone-cum-atelier, alongside their collection of Diego Rivera works (he was a friend of the family’s, along with Anaïs Nin, José Clemente Orozco, and Frida Kahlo) and family photographs, brings it back home.
“In the film, you have these beautiful, strong images of a whole community praying,” reflected Phoebe. “Or you have…airplanes,” added Annette. “So it’s sort of the polar opposites. We’re inspired by all the different motifs.”
Where to Find It:
Fivestory, Opening Ceremony, Colette, Browns, Net-a-Porter, Moda Operandi, and more.