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April 19 2014

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Abbey Lee Gets Manic(Manic)

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The boho love-child look is having a moment—again. You can thank the Australian duo of Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis in part for that. Their jewelry line, the ManiaMania, goes heavy on the silver, bronze, and hippie-friendly crystals, drawing inspiration from free spirits like the Australian artist Vali Myers, the muse of their latest collection, Reve. “She was a gypsy who roamed around the world as a free-spirited dancer in the underworld of a post-war Paris, later becoming an artist and muse to many icons of our time, such as a young Patti Smith and Marianne Faithfull,” Purvis explains. “She drifted the world from Positano to New York’s Chelsea Hotel.”

To celebrate the new range, Kamsler and Purvis (an art director and stylist who met while working at the Aussie magazine Russh) commissioned fashion photographer and filmmaker Barnaby Roper to shoot the new pieces on an ecstatic Abbey Lee Kershaw (“our dream girl for the project,” according to the designers). “We wanted to take our aesthetic to a new place that was a little stronger and not as ethereal,” Purvis says. That strength makes the free spirit flinty. Crushed velvet can raise an eyebrow or two, but leave it to Abbey Lee to make it work.