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July 26 2014

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Snack Attack! Lucy Folk’s Tropicalismo

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Food jewelry—candy necklaces, macaroni bracelets, and the like—is just for kids, right? Wrong, actually, thanks to Lucy Folk. Since 2008, the Melbourne-based designer has been reimaging her favorite snacks in the form of covetable sterling-silver, gold-plated, resin, and crocheted accessories. It all began with Nibbles—a collection of real popcorn and pretzels coated in precious metals. Since, the designer has evolved her eponymous range to include everything from crab-claw necklaces to rigatoni earrings to tortilla-chip rings. So what’s the fascination with food? “Well, basically, it’s delicious,” laughs the designer. In truth, her father had cafés and worked in the hospitality biz (apparently, he was “famous for his chicken sandwiches”) and cooking was a big part of her childhood. “It started off as kind of a joke,” said Folk. “I was referencing the fact that we were a big foodie family.”

For spring, the designer pulled inspiration from her honeymoon trip to Brazil to create a particularly lip-smacking collection. Titled Tropicalismo, the line features a selection of fruity baubles, like gold crocheted pineapple earrings, juicy-hued resin orange-slice pendants, a knit watermelon collar, and a host of zesty sterling- and gold-plated wares. Each piece is handmade in Australia, and the metal accoutrements are cast right from fruit that Folk dried in her studio. “I’m very selective about the food we use [for the molds],” says Folk. “I always have to choose the perfect cracker or corn chip. It’s so funny.” As for her approach to gourmet fashion, Folk says, ” It’s good to have fun with the subject matter, and I think that’s why people respond to the jewelry—it’s playful but precious at the same time.”

Lucy Folk is available at Dagny + Barstow, Steven Alan, and online at lucyfolk.com

Photo: Courtesy of Lucy Folk

Dragon Takes On Bento Box, Conquers Paris

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Chances are, the last time you wore jewelry that looked like food, it was back in preschool, and the jewelry in question was a necklace made out of Froot Loops. But Australian designer Lucy Folk, for one, continues to endorse the decorative potential of edibles. Folk’s collections, which are sold at her flagship boutique in Melbourne, as well as shops such as Colette in Paris and Matches in the U.K., feature earrings that look like tortilla chips, farfalle- and penne-shaped pendants, and, for the man who is carb-averse, crab-claw cufflinks. For her latest outing, Folk teamed up with Yukimi Nagano, the Swedish/Japanese lead singer of electro-pop band Little Dragon, on a collection inspired by bento box meals. Motifs include pumpkin seeds and grains of rice, while the palette of the more colorful pieces incorporates pickled ginger pink and wasabi green.

According to Folk, she and Nagano met through a mutual friend, and quickly discovered their mutual affection for each other’s work. Collaboration seemed a natural next step. “Because Yukimi grew up with a Japanese father who loved to cook, it seemed fitting that we create our bento collection using a smattering of the much-loved cuisine of her childhood,” Folk explains. Now that the collection is arriving in stores, Folk and Nagano are celebrating in two ways: On Wednesday, they’re throwing a launch party at Colette, featuring actual, comestible bento boxes, as well as a Little Dragon DJ set, and today, they’re debuting their video for the collection exclusively on Style.com. Keep an eye out for a familiar face or two.


Photo: Courtesy of Lucy Folk