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September 1 2014

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We’ll Take Fries With That

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Ligia Dias

Paris-based designer Ligia Dias has a talent for taking unusual found objects—nuts and bolts, say, or, for Spring, mussels and fries—and turning them into jewelry people really want to wear. Dias’s surrealist moules frites Spring ’14 stems from her long-standing fascination with Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers. “He never worked with Schiaparelli, but he could have,” the designer noted. “For me, just the shell represents surrealism in a simplified way.” Worked into a chunky necklace, statement earrings, or charm bracelets, they bring a certain quirky chic to the table.

Photo: Ligia Dias

Dias in the Rough

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If the press releases in our inboxes are any indication, there’s no shortage of holiday pop-ups this season. The latest noteworthy temp-shop is that of Ligia Dias, the Paris-based jewelry designer who, having worked with Alber Elbaz at Lanvin before launching her own line seven years ago, is best known for her rough-meets-feminine approach to accessories (think spiky, punk necklaces garnished with pearls and heavy chain links threaded with grosgrain). Naturally, her store—stationed on the Marais district’s Rue Vieille du Temple (right below her studio)—embraces that same aesthetic. “I wanted to create chic with raw,” explains Dias. The pop-up, she says, is a collage of design and industrial materials, equipped with furniture by the likes of Stéphane Barbier Bouvet and Clémence Seilles, concrete floors, and warm lighting. Open tomorrow through February 15 (i.e., through Valentine’s Day), the boutique will offer the designer’s FW13 and Standard collections and, come January, be stocked with her new spring looks. So, is there a permanent shop in Dias’ future? “I’m working on it,” she says, noting her ideal locations would be Madison Avenue in NYC and Avenue Montaigne in Pairs. “This,” she adds, “is the first stone.”

Ligia Dias is located at 60 Rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, 75003 and will be open from December 8 through Feburary 15 by appointment only. E-mail contact@ligidias.com before stopping by.

Match Set

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Bijoux pros Scott Wilson and Ligia Dias—who designed accessories under Karl Lagerfeld and Alber Elbaz, respectively—along with Florian Jewelry collaborated with ballerina (and chicster) outfitter Repetto on a shoes-meet-jewels project hitting a few cool stores. The jewelers gussied up Repetto’s classic flats and created complementary necklaces to go with. The pieces are sold separately, so feel free to mix and match; if you happen to be in Paris this weekend, you can snatch up the set at Colette starting Sunday.

Repetto, Ligia Dias ballerinas, $633, necklace, $278. Available at www.colette.fr.

Photo: Courtesy of Repetto