15 posts tagged "Delfina Delettrez"
With the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy still being felt all up and down the East Coast, Halloween may not be top of mind for every reveler. If you ask us, an evening devoted to candy consumption can only help. Even if you’re not feeling costume-ready, there are plenty of chic ways to give a subtle (or slightly less subtle) nod to the holiday. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from Mulberry, McQ, and more. They won’t get here same-day, of course, but it’s never too early to start planning for All Hallow’s Eve 2013.
1. McQ Alexander McQueen sweater dress, $635, available at www.otteny.com
2. Preen pants, $1,040, available at www.netaporter.com
3. Mulberry sweater, $310, available at www.netaporter.com
4. Essie “Orange, It’s Obvious” nail polish, $8, available at www.zappos.com
5. Delfina Delettrez skull ring, $480, available at www.farfetch.com
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Infinity refers to something without any limit. It’s an idea jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez started toying with last season with her Metalphysics collection, where she explored her obsession with mirrors, and she’s delved into it a bit deeper for Spring. “For this collection, I wanted to play with optical illusions and create a sharper feeling of surrealism, with pearls and rubies that seem to float within the transparency of the resin and reflect themselves in the metallic surfaces,” she tells Style.com of her collection. “It was taking the idea of mirrors to the next level, creating reflections that give the impression of infinity.”
She achieves that with highly polished metals inset with pearls and precious stones. And for the first time ever, she’s worked rubber into her bracelets, necklaces, and chokers. “I wanted to play with colors, which has been one of the codes throughout all of my collections, but in a different and more minimal way,” she says. “I wanted to elevate an everyday material like rubber into a luxury item, and paired it with drops of colored enamel and stones set in colored silicone to create an unexpected mix of materials.” Those single-earring statement pieces that have come to be a Delettrez signature are also getting a new level of sophistication—she’s switched out the bee and lip embellishments for precious stones, including diamonds. “I wanted to add a classical touch to it, like the diamond spheres, to juxtapose that classic look with the very unconventional mechanism of the piece,” she explains. Here, a look at some of her newest wares for Spring.
The Olympic Games don’t start until next week, but Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are already in London town finishing up the final touches on their first U.K. shop, a Covent Garden pop-up that will coincide with the Games. As previously reported, this is a temporary location to be followed by the permanent store opening down the street this fall, but it’s by no means a small undertaking. Brit designer Faye Toogood created “mechanical-looking” constructions for the windows, along with several art pieces on display throughout the store. And in OC fashion, Lim and Leon have enlisted a top crop of its frequent collaborators to create exclusive Olympic pieces for the 3,000-square-foot space, including Chloë Sevigny, Proenza Schouler, Band of Outsiders, Delfina Delettrez, and Adidas. Here, Style.com has a first look at some of the winning goods, including Delettrez’s finger ring ($302), Prism’s sunglasses ($409), Band of Outsiders’ tank ($87), and House of Holland’s dress ($322), before the store opens Thursday. And if that’s not already enough, the duo is debuting OC Annual, its new “collectible fashion and culture magazine,” in August, followed by its 300-page, tenth anniversary Rizzoli tome, due out in September.
Opening Ceremony opens July 19 at 31-32 King St., London, www.openingceremony.us.
In just a handful of collections—ten, to be precise—jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez has built a little world unto herself, using elements both ancient and modern, plus lashings of surrealist or Baroque influences. For this season’s collection, she needed to look no further than where she lives and works. Her new atelier is on Rome’s Via Panico, a street traditionally favored by craftsmen; turns out that one neighbor is a mosaic artist, and together they created scaled-down motifs to surround a Doric column for the Cassandra necklace, or to set into a gold cuff.
Elsewhere, bracelets and necklaces set with tiles of howlite, agate, opal, and pearls reference the many colored marbles of Rome. And then there are the bees. “I love a talisman, and I do believe in symbols and the power of stones and metal. I’m a metal-physic person,” she says, referring to her collection’s name. “And I am totally obsessed with bees. They are what keep us alive.” Delettrez also lives with quite a few of them, as her home was once the palazzo of Princess Barberini, a seventeenth-century noblewoman whose family insignia was bees. Here, she captures them in gold honeycomb on a ring or magnifies them in a resin bubble necklace, a colorful notion she’s about to spin out in a new way for her first collaboration with a ready-to-wear label, with Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, for their Fall ’12 show on Sunday.
Delfina Delettrez seems to have the most fun of any designer out there. To wit, she based her entire Fall jewelry collection on a table-sized shoe-sorting contraption from the fifties found in an old factory in Florence. It was also the physical star of her presentation yesterday, with all her new pieces displayed on its constantly rotating trays. Painted grass green, it was like something out of a old cartoon. “I want to have a dinner party on it,” Delettrez joked. “A sushi bar.”
That movement was key, and it extended to the pieces, too. Cuffs and earrings were made of concentric enameled circles that swung open like gyroscopes. Sleek cuffs were dotted with fat natural pearls and little charms, which spun around in their settings.
There was more visual wit in a braided necklace in gold, white, and rose gold that Delettrez suggested wearing down your back like hair, and a ring with a magnifying glass. “The idea is to wear it with another jewel so that the stone looks bigger,” she said. That should make it a perfect gift for that dissatisfied married friend who thinks that size matters.
To the side, a series of white lab coats showed off long chains with insect and lip charms. The coats were a nod to her month-old laboratory in Rome where four artisans will be crafting all her wares on-site. The fun continues.