21 posts tagged "Dannijo"
“Dannijo has always been a brand about this dynamic relationship between Jodie and I, our different personalities and aesthetics,” said Danielle Snyder, who designs the jewelry range with her sister, Jodie. “So every season, we try to take two seemingly opposing forces and showcase the relationship between them.”
The sisters’ unlikely Fall ’14 bedfellows were boxing and ballet. “We wanted to find the balance between hard and soft, beautiful and rough, and to allude to this combination of fluidity and movement seen in boxing and ballet,” Jodie said of their presentation, which, dubbed “Boxerina,” was held at New York’s Eyebeam gallery. The designers decked a troupe of professional dancers in Dannijo’s latest wares before sending them out to perform a routine choreographed by the American Ballet Theatre’s Nicola Curry.
Dannijo’s Fall offering—approximately fifty pieces of bold, metalworked jewelry in oxidized silver and antique gold with colored stone embellishments, Swarovski crystals, spikes, pearls, and chains—was inspired by the duo’s obsession with boxing (“Our trainer is the bomb!” Danielle exclaims) and sports photography. “For us, the jewelry’s really meant to be layered. We’re big into neck parties and arm parties and making a statement,” Jodie said.
The pair have also designed handbags for the second season running, but they were noticeably absent from the Fall outing. “We’ll be showing them during market week. They pick up a lot of elements in the jewelry, and they’re all handmade in Italy,” Jodie said. But why oh why weren’t they included in the presentation? “It’s hard for the ballerinas to dance with the bags,” Jodie explained. “We tried!”
Spring may not be right around the corner, but we’re hoping our shopping habits will send out some warm weather vibes. Color blocking was all over the Spring ’14 runways, seen on whisper-thin layers at Theyskens’ Theory to splashy neoprene at Tommy Hilfiger, and we can’t wait to wear it this season. Clashing, ultra-bright hues feel sculptural on simple shapes, and there’s no denying the effortless, throw-on-and-go possibilities of a color block sweatshirt or skirt. Even if you opt for a subtler approach–say, blingy earrings or a pair of standout shoes–the result is undoubtedly fun. Shop our favorite color block pieces from Nicholas Kirkwood, Stella McCartney, Kenzo, and more, below.
1. Stella McCartney color-block cashmere sweater, $1,040, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Kenzo “Kalifornia” color-block leather clutch, $250, available at modaoperandi.com
3. Nicholas Kirkwood snakeskin, suede, and patent leather platform sandals, $955, available at modaoperandi.com
4. Dannijo “Cruz” earrings, $260, available at shopbop.com
5. Ostwald Helgason green and mint double-face skirt, $735, available at ssense.com
Fashion currently boasts several talented sister acts (The Row, Rodarte, and Dannijo, for example), and Toronto-based Chloé and Parris Gordon are the latest sibling design duo making waves. After going by Chloé comme Parris for several seasons, the Gordons decided to relaunch their jewelry and ready-to-wear label as Beaufille, which means “handsome girl” in English. “We found ourselves in business pretty quickly after our graduate collection from design school (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in Halifax) was immediately picked up. Over the past few years, we’ve grown and changed—we got an outside investor and are looking at our business more internationally—so we wanted to take our names out of the brand and operate under an alias,” they told Style.com. “We’ve always designed for the effortlessly chic tomboy, and Beaufille combines the contrasting masculine/feminine, hard/soft elements that define our aesthetic.” The twosome divides the creative work evenly, with Chloé concentrating on clothing and Parris overseeing jewelry and accessories, and their standout items often combine both disciplines. The Spring ’14 lineup, which was reportedly inspired by the Renaissance and mob wives (specifically, Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in Scarface), featured silky tanks, skinny trousers, and inky brocade looks decorated with delicate chains, metal clasps, and other hardware details that tie in with the new range of semiprecious bijoux. Artist-slash-model Langley Fox (who turned up on the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton runways this season) posed for the accompanying look book, which debuts here on Style.com. The Gordons said they “have admired Langley for a long time, mostly for her art, and loved collaborating with someone who shares an artistic point of view.”
Beaufille’s Spring collection ($165 to $1,200) will be sold online and in select boutiques, including Kin, in Los Angeles, and Belle & Sue, in Israel.
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Label: Dannijo, by Jodie Snyder Morel and Danielle Snyder
Need to Know: Hot off the celebration of Dannijo’s fifth anniversary, the designing sister duo took Spring ’14 to the dark side with their aptly titled collection Noir, which they presented at Industria Studios in the West Village last night. The range, which models wore while lounging around a midcentury-style movie set, is a departure from the label’s consistently cheerful, colorful baubles. And as the name reflects, it’s an homage to the women of black-and-white film noir. Railroad-track chokers, pendants, and signature Dannijo cuffs featured contrasting shades of black and white muted stones, with pops of teal and pink. On hand to fete the line were such Dannijo supporters as Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Rashida Jones, Samantha Ronson, and a bevy of models straight off the runway, including Hilary Rhoda and Coco Rocha.
She Says: “We’ve always worked off this concept of duality,” said Danielle Snyder. “This woman is elegant yet bold, romantic yet dangerous. It’s black contrasting with a pop of spring.”