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21 posts tagged "Anndra Neen"

Show Girl


The schedule is set (well, almost) and invitations are trickling in. Fashion week is on its way, which means it is time to take on the daunting task of planning seven days of fashion show-worthy outfits. It wouldn’t hurt to take a cue from Esther Quek, the group fashion director of The Rake magazine, who turned up at the Paris Couture shows in a handful of effortlessly cool looks. The bold floral top paired with tailored trousers and strappy patent leather Bottega Veneta heels (pictured) is one getup we may have to replicate for Day One at the tents. We’ve rounded up the five essentials to get the look, below.

From top left to right: Kenzo floral sweater, $420, available at; Joseph cropped trousers, $309, available at; ASOS collar necklace, $59.61, available at; Bottega Veneta cage sandal, $342, available at; Anndra Neen shark cuff, $485, available at

Photos: Vanessa Jackman; Courtesy Photos

On Our Radar: Dalila Barkache


You might have already caught jewelry designer Dalila Barkache (and her exquisite taste in clothes) in’s Summer Shopping Guide this week, along with the likes of Inez van Lamsweerde, Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen, and music producer Caroline de Maigret. Since launching her line during Paris fashion week in October 2011, when she didn’t even have a showroom yet, the Paris and Tunis-based designer has been making a name for herself with her eponymous line and its best sellers, like her gold and diamond engagement ring sets.

“I always wanted to do something distinctive—my first thought was being a perfumer but the school was too expensive,” she tells “One day a friend asked me if I would consider passing the admission test to get in the jewelry school, and that was when I first thought going into it.”

Good choice—after studying at the highly acclaimed Ecole de la rue du Louvre, she landed her collection ($460 to $8,000) in Dover Street Market. And at the moment, she’s in L.A. hard at work on a collaboration with the graffiti artist Neck Face, then off to Tunis, and then Tangiers. Dalila Barkache is one to watch. One of her new rings is pictured, above.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Mexican Flare


The rebozo, a traditional shawl immortalized by Frida Kahlo, is a staple in any Mexican woman’s wardrobe. Thus, it was a likely starting point for designer Francesca Bonato’s accessories line, Hacienda Montaecristo (Bonato owns the trendy Mexican getaway spot the Coqui Coqui Hotel in Tulum, with her husband, model Nicolas Malleville). Since not everyone can escape to Coqui Coqui, where her pieces are on display at the in-hotel shop, Bonato is in New York tonight—her first time ever showing here—to present some of her latest wares as part of the L-Atitude Mexico City Collection launch (which also includes designs from Anndra Neen and Dezso by Sara Beltrán), of which the centerpiece is the rebozo. has the exclusive first look at some of the Hacienda Montaecristo items, which are handmade in the Mayan Rivera, included in the L’Atitude Mexico City offerings. The full collection officially launches tomorrow on the site and new Hacienda Montaecristo rebozos will be added throughout the week.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Natural Evolution


As sisters and design partners, Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen enjoy an especially symbiotic relationship based on their shared history growing up in Mexico City among an artistic family, a background which informed their decision to launch the brand in 2009. Since the beginning, the duo has focused on shapes “inspired by the imperfect geometry of nature” and a handcrafted aesthetic. The results are dramatic yet approachable pieces forged from mixed metals, with solid cuff bracelets encrusted with abstract renderings of sea creatures and cascading breastplates etched with wave formations.

During their latest presentation at Milk Studios, Phoebe explained this season’s evolution. “We’re still using a lot of texture, but we also have cleaner silhouettes with the geometric breastplates and the quilted clutch.” The pieces, displayed on sculpted formations evoking driftwood, achieved a careful balance of natural authenticity and a bold statement, much like how Annette describes the women of their rapidly expanding fan base. “She’s fashion-forward and has a strong personality, but is also open-minded. She truly dares to wear.”

Photo: Courtesy of Anndra Neen

Meet The Muses: Annette And Phoebe Stephens


Girl-about-town Natalie Joos spends her days casting for shows like Zac Posen and Karen Walker and editorials for the likes of Mario Sorrenti and Mariano Vivanco, but her passion is vintage clothing. Joos’ blog, Tales of Endearment spotlights her “Muses,” impeccably styled girls and guys who share her secondhand obsession. In a new partnership with, Tales of Endearment’s subjects discuss their shoots right here on Style File.

“Our grandmother had an incredible collection of clothing and jewelry that we loved going through,” Annette Stephens, one part of the design duo behind jewelry line Anndra Neen, tells “She had her own handmade jewelry creations, amazing dresses, embroidered blouses, and crazy hats,” adds her sister and design partner, Phoebe. And their grandma Annette Nancarrow certainly knew a thing or two about art and fashion—she counted both Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo as friends. It was there, digging through their grandma’s treasure chest, where their love of vintage clothing was born. “It is interesting to us to find how elements of design evolve during the years—an amazing coat that is timeless will have slightly altered details if it is made in one era versus another, all based on what was happening in the time it was made,” says Phoebe. “We attempt to design jewelry with the same concept—pieces that will always be relevant to the moment.” Here, the sister act behind those chic clutches tells about their vintage inspirations and what’s next for the girls, who recently won this year’s Dorchester Collection Prize.

What eras are you particularly interested in terms of getting inspiration for your design work?
Costume jewelry from the seventies, Japanese textiles from the twenties, antique Anatolian rugs, 20th-century furniture, and architecture by Santiago Calatrava, Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn, to name a few.

Do you collect specific types of vintage pieces?
We have been collecting vintage embroidered Mexican blouses and rebozos, filigree jewelry from the thirties and forties, vintage Bakelite jewelry, and Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana, Issey Miyake, and Yves Saint Laurent from the seventies and eighties. We collect items that capture our attention and that tend to be modern and classic at the same time. Continue Reading “Meet The Muses: Annette And Phoebe Stephens” »