20 posts tagged "Anndra Neen"
You might have already caught jewelry designer Dalila Barkache (and her exquisite taste in clothes) in Style.com’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 Style.com. “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.
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. Style.com 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.
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.”
Using hand-sewn Mexican fabrics supplied by Museo Textil De Oaxaca, the designers behind 12 different lines, including Eddie Borgo, Wes Gordon, Thakoon, and Michael Bastian, have each created limited-edition pieces for tonight’s Project Paz gala and silent auction in New York, which will raise money to promote peace in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. “It was important to me to get involved because the level of violence that occurs in Cuidad Juárez is truly inhuman,” Peter Som tells Style.com. Of the design assignment, Som says, “There weren’t any guidelines —the fabric was a beautiful canvas for me to create with.” What he made was a dress using fabric from the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, with touches of his spring rose print.
Of his design, Phillip Lim says, “I think all too often society is very dismissive of technique and artisanal history —they take what they want and discard things very quickly —so I wanted this piece to respect tradition. I tried to do this by having the biker jacket embrace the Rebozo —it almost has it in its arms.” Here, Style.com has the exclusive first look at the designs, photographed by Ruven Afanador. The pieces are available during and after the event on L-Atitude.