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Sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, the design duo behind jewelry line Anndra Neen, have an artistic streak that spans generations. Their grandmother, Annette Nancarrow, was an artist who ran with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s inner circle; their father, Luis Stephens, is a Mexico City-based painter. Given that lineage, it’s no surprise they’ve taken to the family “business.”
Inspired by the concepts of new beginnings and celebrating spring, they worked with silver, brass, and copper to create organic shapes that could easily be considered wearable art. Geometric breastplates, mini cage clutches (an Anndra Neen signature), and light, thin chokers with oversized agate and onyx stones were on display in the hollows of a custom-built Trojan horse where Greek soldiers would have hid.
“We wanted to create a space that was unique for the jewelry to live in, so we decided to encase it in this sculpture,” Phoebe told Style.com. “After all, the Trojan horse ended a period of instability and began an era of prosperity,” Phoebe told Style.com.
The sisters have had their own odyssey of sorts. Born in Mexico and educated in the States, they took a trip to Japan in 2009. They were so inspired, they joined forces to create Anndra Neen. Now based in New York, they travel back to Mexico every few weeks to oversee the production of their collection, which now counts Michelle Obama, Drew Barrymore, and Anna Paquin as part of the fan base.
Fashion and film have long made for fine bedfellows. (Just take Marc Jacobs’ Taxi Driver-inspired Spring collection or Karl Lagerfeld’s myriad Last Year at Marienbad references throughout Chanel’s.) But to celebrate its new, decidedly modern digs just off a particularly glitzy strip of Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, L.A. boutique Ten Over Six is taking film-inspired fashion to a new level. Owners Brady Cunningham and Kristen Lee commissioned friend Lun*na Menoh (an artist, singer, and fashion designer whose husband does all of Ten Over Six’s book buying) to create one-of-a-kind garments inspired by ten iconic films, from The Deer Hunter to 8 ½. “They’re all handmade; each one is a little different and the label will tell you the movie, the year it was made, and the director. They’re fascinating pieces because they’re like a collage in a way,” Cunningham said, pointing to a collared shirt with tie and cardigan that references Reservoir Dogs. For verification, you only needed to look at the wall—at the opening party on Saturday night, clips from the ten films screened on a loop.
Of course, it’s not only film fashion at the new space. Dresses from Vena Cava, capes from Ten Over Six’s in-house line, and embellished footwear made in collaboration with NYC jewelry line du jour Anndra Neen are all on offer, too. And, tucked away behind a semi-transparent partition is Cunningham and Lee’s work/design space. As they say in Hollywood, it’s where the magic happens.
Ten Over Six is located at 8425 Melrose Ave., L.A., (323) 330-9355, www.tenover6.com.
Designer Matthew Ames embarked on his first-ever brand collaboration this season, designing jewelry with the sui generis metalsmiths at Anndra Neen. The pieces that will be seen on the Ames runway tomorrow likewise represent a collaboration first for the Anndra Neen designers, sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, who say that they were drawn both to the sculptural simplicity of Ames’ line, and his idea of making anklets. And according to Ames, what appealed to him about Anndra Neen was the fact that its jewelry “has such a strong, individual identity, and isn’t really identifiable with any place or time.” To describe the Ames and Anndra Neen jewelry as “statement pieces” hardly does it justice—it’s really more like wearable sculpture. They offered Style.com a sneak preview.
When Anndra Neen designers, sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, were invited to join the group of Mexican artists, filmmakers, musicians, and fashion designers taking part in Tokyo’s MexcoFest this week, they decided to think big. Literally. The Stephenses took five pieces from their debut jewelry collection and blew them up to five times their original size. “We see our jewelry as sculpture in itself,” explains Annette, the younger Stephens. “Basically, we decided to take that idea and run with it.” Adds Phoebe, “It’s interesting to see how your perception of the object changes when you blow it up and take it out of the context of jewelry.”
The Stephens sisters will be presenting their normal-size pieces in Tokyo as well, though it ought to be noted that a few of those pieces, like a breastplatelike statement necklace or a belt buckle-sized pendant in mixed copper, bronze, and nickel silver, don’t exactly qualify as petite. (Nothing is quite as big as the magnified version of their gladiator cuff, however. That stands about two feet tall.) All of the jewelry, large and small, is handmade in Mexico by traditional artisans. The sisters themselves split their time between New York and Mexico City. The Tokyo event is organized by hip Mexico City arts venue Pasaguero and ends this Sunday.