Thursday, January 13, 2011


I just came across an amazing designer, Walid Al Damirji, whose pieces interpret vintage fashions while using embroidery, fur, beaded fringe, and lace appliques.

Lately, I've been interested in incorporating fur components into my jewelry, and have been using old fur coats and stoles as my source material. I literally chop up vintage pieces of fur in order to have material for the jewelry that I'm making. Walid does the opposite. He doesn't source the fur into his jewelry, but actually bejewels the fur. The resulting adornments are conglomerations of materials invoking concepts of nostalgia, opulence, and romanticism.

Be sure to check out his designs for CotureLab, which is very much in the same antique revival vein as the images below.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tonight I went to the RISD Jewelry & Metalsmithing exhibit at the Sol koffer Gallery. It's a great show featuring graduate student work, i'll be going back tomorrow to take better pictures of the installation. Until then, consider this image as an appetizer and get you ass downtown to check it out!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

And this little piggy...

...ran all the way home.
No, actually he didn't.
This little piggy put on some eye-liner, donned some seriously jaw dropping Chopard earrings, and went to town. Now, that's my kind of fairy tale!

The latest issue of Russian Vogue Magazine featured a story depicting a saucy little pig (think Babe meets a more refined version of Miss Piggy) flaunting Chopard jewelry. The lucky little pig got to wear a beautiful pair of diamond earrings as well as an exquisite silver parure.

Ignoring the questionable nature of piercing a pigs ears for the sake of fashion, this is an adorable set of pictures. Clearly, the message is that opulence is back and even the swine is worthy of pearls.