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August 23 2014

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2 posts tagged "Phoebe and Annette Stephens"

Anndra Neen’s NYFW Diary

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In the leadup to New York fashion week, designers go through hundreds of behind-the-scenes preparations to arrive at the completed show. This NYFW, we’ve sweet-talked a few of them into giving us an exclusive peek behind the curtain as they cast, score, style, and ready their presentations. Up next: Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen.

“Taking a short (and well-deserved) break at the end of the day on Thursday to head up to Ferragamo’s Fashion’s Night Out event.”

“Our collection this season fuses the clean, sleek geometry of the 1930s with organic forms. The interplay of these elements with the minimalist volume of this jumpsuit works so well together.”

“Repetto shoes arrived! So excited to be using them.”
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Natural Evolution

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As sisters and design partners, Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen enjoy an especially symbiotic relationship based on their shared history growing up in Mexico City among an artistic family, a background which informed their decision to launch the brand in 2009. Since the beginning, the duo has focused on shapes “inspired by the imperfect geometry of nature” and a handcrafted aesthetic. The results are dramatic yet approachable pieces forged from mixed metals, with solid cuff bracelets encrusted with abstract renderings of sea creatures and cascading breastplates etched with wave formations.

During their latest presentation at Milk Studios, Phoebe explained this season’s evolution. “We’re still using a lot of texture, but we also have cleaner silhouettes with the geometric breastplates and the quilted clutch.” The pieces, displayed on sculpted formations evoking driftwood, achieved a careful balance of natural authenticity and a bold statement, much like how Annette describes the women of their rapidly expanding fan base. “She’s fashion-forward and has a strong personality, but is also open-minded. She truly dares to wear.”

Photo: Courtesy of Anndra Neen