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Conceptual jewelry designer Arielle de Pinto has put herself on display. In the window of The New Museum gift shop, no less. Known for her hand-crocheted jewelry and art-meets-fashion approach to accessories, de Pinto has joined the downtown art hub’s She’s Crafty project—an ongoing event that invites female artists, designers, and creatives to put on veritable tableaux vivants to showcase their skills in the storefront. De Pinto has recreated her studio in the space and will be on hand until January 11 to customize anything and everything museum-goers fancy. For instance, she’ll embellish a pair of her crocheted Arielle de Pinto x LVMM shoes (ranging from $290 to $350) with one of her brutalist bronze charms (an approachable $5 each). Or, if you’re in the mood for a real statement piece, her chain tapestries, which have been showcased in galleries around the globe, are also up for sale (they cost around $10,000). However, the designer stresses, “I want people to bring things of their own for me to customize, too. I want to give people a chance to work with me.” No job is too big, or too small. In fact, today, she put a few special touches on someone’s key chain.
Arielle de Pinto will be at the New Museum—located at 235 Bowery—through January 11. The She’s Crafty project runs through January 20.
In the past few seasons, jewelry designer Arielle de Pinto has been refining the look of her crocheted metal accessories, reining in her experimental side to create pieces that are both avant-garde and easily wearable. For Fall, the designer took another step in that direction, churning out structural chain and brass necklaces, earrings, and cuffs, all with a newfound elegant sophistication.
“I spent a lot of time in Toronto in the suburbs when I was making this collection,” says the designer, who splits her time between Montreal and New York. “I think that definitely influenced the collection,” she added, citing the building materials and the lichen-colored carpet in her parents’ condo as reference points. And while de Pinto jokes that suburban life isn’t for her, she translated her surroundings into cool, conceptual elements, like riveted brass tubing and brick motifs that bring shape to her organic steel threads. Crisscross scaffolding-inspired necklaces and bracelets are also an eye-pleasing interpretation of her unlikely influences.
In addition to her Fall offerings, de Pinto has created a palladium-plated capsule collection, which features her favorite pieces from past seasons in charcoal. Coming up next from de Pinto: a shoe collaboration with designer Simona Vanth, which features chunky sandals, boots, and platforms garnished with de Pinto’s delicate chain webs.
For jewelry designer Arielle de Pinto, beauty lies in the imperfections. Since launching her line of crocheted metal accessories in 2007, the 26-year-old Montreal native has refined her chain-mail knitting technique to produce webbed gloves, necklaces, and earrings that exude a rough organic elegance. “I never try to make anything too perfect,” the designer says. “I never try to control the chain because, as soon as I do, something goes wrong.”
This Fall, however, de Pinto is making her way into high-gloss geometry with structured brass pendants, rings, and earrings. “This is the first time I’ve done anything polished or geometric. Before this collection, everything has always looked a bit like it came out of the ground,” she laughs. There’s nothing earthy about de Pinto’s new necklaces, which combine dripping silver chain with architectural, Art Deco-inspired brass blocks. Nor does her debut range of hair accessories, which includes a flapper-style chain-embellished comb (“it’s the easiest way to make your hair look luxe”), a pronged triangular hairpin, and, most notably, a sturdy brass bun cover that could easily become the pillbox hat of the Gaga Era, feel the least bit rustic. But while the new collection may be a step into more controlled yet uncharted territory, it retains that unrestrained de Pinto DNA. For instance, the designer revealed that she referenced flat chains worn by Tupac Shakur in his “I Get Around” video when creating her strong, feminine necklaces. Unexpected? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just that, creatively speaking, she gets around, too.
The era of the It bag is over. The reign of the outfit-dominating shoe is, I suspect, on the wane. So, prepare yourself, fashion fiends, for the jewelry moment: There’s no better evidence that bijoux is the new king—queen?—of all accessories than the fact that two jewelry designers, Pamela Love and Arielle de Pinto, are planning stand-alone presentations at New York fashion week in September. (And meanwhile, designers such as Bliss Lau, Philip Crangi, and Eddie Borgo are prepping jewelry collaborations as eagerly anticipated as the ready-to-wear collections with which they’ll be shown.) Love is readying an installation at Milk Studios; de Pinto is planning a presentation/party downtown with Assembly owner Greg Armas. Both designers cop to the challenge of giving jewelry its due in a fashion week-friendly format. “It’s tough, because jewelry is so small,” notes Pinto. “It wants to be seen up close. Even my showpieces are hard to display well in a big space, where you figure there’s going to be a crowd. I’d like to do something like put my pieces on dancers and have them do a choreographed routine, but I’m still brainstorming.” Love, for her part, is seizing the opportunity given her by Milk and venue sponsor MAC Cosmetics to create an environment specific to her new collection. “I love working with other designers,” notes Love, “but it’s refreshing to be able to show the pieces that I’ve created for myself. And plus, my background is painting and set design,” she adds, “so anytime someone gives me the chance to build something, I’m like, yeah.” Two almost makes a trend—but we’re guessing it won’t be long before other jewelry designers decide to step off the runway and into the limelight.