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Halloween will come and go, but well-executed macabre knows no expiration date. It’s in that spirit that Aussie jewelry label ManiaMania has launched its holiday capsule, Curiosities. The brand’s first foray into home goods (which debuts exclusively above) bears many of the familiar motifs of its beloved baubles, like zodiac signs and undulating serpents. Considering the brand’s co-founders, Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis, have cited both Theda Bara and Anita Pallenberg as muses for their jewelry, it’s no surprise that ManiaMania’s approach to lifestyle would be equally bewitching. There’s a candle in rich black wax (and perfumed with black dahlia), weighty key chains engraved with moon phases, one-of-a-kind geode bookends, and a washed-out black canvas tote. The goods all smack of the brand’s penchant for what Kamsler calls “morbid exotica.” From the candle’s darkly Nouveau exterior to ethereal soaps cast from real quartz, “the collection embodies the magical and the occult elements in all of our pieces,” Kamsler told Style.com. “It’s a bit of all our favorite things in one.”
Curiosities by ManiaMania is available from today at www.themaniamania.com. Prices range from $29 to $140.
Australia fashion week wrapped in Sydney today, and Style.com’s special projects editor, Maya Singer, has been reporting back on the most exciting shows. To view our complete Australia fashion week coverage, click here.
Fashion week in Sydney concluded this afternoon with a show by Zambesi (left), one of the major brands from New Zealand. Even if you hadn’t known that Zambesi was based in Auckland, the clothes on the runway made it altogether clear that a non-Australian sensibility was at work. To put it plainly, Zambesi designers Elisabeth Findlay and Dayne Johnston have an affection for the eccentric and borderline frumpy that the local Sydney designers do not share at all. The men’s looks, designed by Johnston, were relatively straightforward—vaguely thuggish tailoring, plus the odd flourish like a pair of tailored wool shortalls. The womenswear, from Findlay, had a bit more range, with crispy and rather clinical white looks ebbing into more challenging pieces, such as long narrow dresses covered with fringe tassels. For both sexes, the sharpest looks were the ones in a tartan organza; very on-trend, that.
Zambesi aren’t the only carpetbaggers on the Australian fashion scene. Jewelry designer Estelle Dévé hails from the South of France, originally, but her brand is based in Melbourne, and in the five years since she launched, it has emerged as something of a cult phenomenon. Dévé’s signature pieces are plated rings with a rough-hewn look; this season, she’s elevated her aesthetic quite a bit, drawing on her French heritage for a bit of soigné, and sourcing influence from the surrealists. Standout pieces in the new collection include statement necklaces with egg-shaped crystal pendants half-covered in a dissolving layer of silver.
Dévé adapted several pieces from the new collection for a capsule range of bracelets and necklaces made in collaboration with Camilla and Marc (left). Those pieces were on the Camilla and Marc catwalk at the very start of Australian Fashion Week; so too was the jewelry work of Ryan Storer, whose dangerous-looking ear pieces adorned all the models at the show. Storey’s brand is ultra-new”—his very small debut collection is shipping to stores now, with a selection of the ear pieces due to arrive at Browns in London at any moment.