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July 28 2014

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3 posts tagged "Coco Sumner"

Maria Black Masters Minimal

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Maria Black Denmark-born, East London-based jewelry designer Maria Black is a self-proclaimed minimalist. “It’s very hard to grow up in Scandinavia and not be a minimalist,” said the 36-year-old talent, laughing. Indeed, Black, who opened her first boutique in Copenhagen this year, is drawn to clean, geometric shapes and crisp lines. But don’t mistake minimal for simple. Having served as the apprentice to master jewelers for four years before winning a prestigious design grant (which came with a personal congratulations from the Queen of Denmark) and launching her line in 2010, Black’s precision borders on obsessive. She crafts the prototypes for each of her gold or gunmetal pieces—like tribal-inspired full-fingered rings, textural ear cuffs, and, her favorite, the delicate Monocle necklace (above)—herself before sending them off to be handmade in Thailand. “Every piece has to be touched by a human hand,” she offered.

Having garnered a following that includes Rihanna, Helena Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, and Coco Sumner, Black has steadily grown her label over the past three years. The designer launched with her unfussy Roll On range and has since expanded to offer three additional divisions—Cascade, Electric Avenue, and her latest, Diamond Cut, which, as its name would suggest, is sprinkled with lots of the sparkly stuff. Each collection offers its own unique aesthetic, but maintains the sharp geometry and versatility that Black has made her own. With her designs available on Net-a-Porter as of this month (Black says the site has already had a significant impact on her sales), the jeweler is poised to become a cult favorite. Keep an eye out for a men’s line and a selection of elaborate runway pieces, which will hit the catwalk during a yet-to-be-revealed Scandinavian label’s Spring ’14 show.

Maria Black’s jewelry is available on Net-a-Porter.com, on the designer’s Web site, and at other select retailers. Prices range from $100 to about $1,566.

Maria Black Jewelry

Photos: Courtesy of Maria Black; Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Sauvage Love

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Adrien Sauvage is an unusual multi-talent—a former basketball player turned London’s coolest new suitmaker. Never mind that the photo essay/ad campaign he shot for the line, starring Mark Ronson (above), Coco Sumner (top), Bill Nighy, Terry Gilliam, and an 82-year-old former Harlem Globetrotter is called “This Is Not A Suit.” And there’s another talent still, for photography—”This Is Not A Suit” attracted enough attention from the British media that he’s now fending off offers as a lensman. “For now, I will stick to the design thing,” Sauvage said last night at the line’s debut at Matches. “It’s going so well.”

Sumner was on hand for the event, as were Lily Allen and rocker-sartorialists like Louis Simonon (son of Clash guitarist Paul Simonon, and occasional Prada model) and These New Puritans’ George Barnett, the rock drummer who’s a favorite of Hedi Slimane (and has done turns on the Dior Homme runway). And so, of course, were plenty of sharp A.Sauvage suits as well. There are dashes of public schoolboy style—Prince of Wales check and fine cashmere, but also purple and orange trousers and sizing for the full-grown gent (a nod, perhaps, to Sauvage’s own basketball-player’s proportions). Coco, for her part, was holding out for a custom piece. She didn’t get to keep the suit she modeled, but, she said, “I think he’s making a waistcoat for me. At least I hope.”

Photos: Adrien Sauvage

Whatever Lula Wants

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You know you’re doing something right when Clémence Poésy, Erdem Moralioglu, Ellen von Unwerth, Liberty Ross, and Caroline Sieber all attend your fifth birthday party. So, yes, let the record show: Lula, the London-based mag helmed by stylist Leith Clark (pictured, left, with Moralioglu), is doing something right.

The crowd, and many others, joined Clark for a multi-course dinner at Harvey Nichols last night, where Coco Sumner (below), Sting’s indie-rocking daughter, provided the evening’s entertainment. As for the venue, it’s no coincidence. Clark has just curated a pop-up shop at the store, with one-off pieces created by her designer friends—Erdem, Rodarte, Moschino, Rykiel, and Miu Miu among them. Add in books and music by pals Daisy de Villeneuve, Liz Goldwyn, and Melissa Auf der Mar, and you’ve got a serious destination (not to mention a good reason to overcome any ill will toward an umpteenth pop-up shop). And each purchase comes with a little custom gift from Chanel, devised in conjunction with Clark. Custom Chanel? Sounds near-impossible, but whatever Lula wants, Lula gets.

“I am getting a bit choked up looking at all the people who have been with me and stuck with me for the past five years,” Clark said at dinner. “You guys add a new meaning to loyalty.” Well, what are friends for?

Photos: Courtesy of Lula