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Making a Statement with Artisan Jewelry

My visiting cousin introduced me to an amazing artisan jewelry designer that I’ve become completely obsessed with. You guys are well aware of our love of statement jewelry pieces and that we love highlighting handcrafted accessory designers, like our recent piece on The Artisan Group. And like the pieces from this distinct grouping of artisan jewelry designers, the following Designs by Nadia jewelry pieces are amazingly affordable, even with the beautiful workmanship. This very special collection of handcrafted jewelry boasts the most natural materials, with pieces made from coconut shells, wood, seeds, stones, scrap metals, sea glass, and sea stones. Since each piece is handmade, they are truly one of a kind.
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Our absolute favorite piece is the above Leather and Feathers Neckpiece (as you can see, we tried it with a few tops) – we loved how it dressed up a white tee and, of course, had to accentuate the robin egg blue stones. Which pairing do you guys prefer? Another favorite is the Coconut Drops Necklace shown below:

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Why is this necklace called coconut drops? Because the stunning hand-painted leaves are made out of the shells of coconuts. We love the pop of, and the variety of colors in this piece. we also love the dramatic length and the fact that the copper can be manipulated to be worn wide or narrow (as seen above). We’re not done yet, other great pieces include the artistic Cascading Flowers Leather Neckpiece directly below.

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Although these flowers look like wood, they are actually handcrafted out of leather, and painted this rich burgundy hue; and because they are made out of recycled wire, it too can be manipulated by the wearer – wear it to the side or straight forward. Last but certainly not least is the duo-colored Carnival Coconuts Neckpiece, which actually comes with matching earrings (you can select either the red or yellow earrings). This piece is available in many colors, but we love this color combination.

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Like the above Coconut Drops Neckpiece, the Carnival Coconuts Neckpiece and Earrings Set is also made out of the hardened coconut shell. Besides the stunning colors, we love how it sits on the neck, its simple yet extraordinary silhouette. well, these are the pieces we’re currently obsessing over. Any favorites among our choices?

Haute Fashion Alert: Maison Martin Margiela’s 2015 “Artisanal” Collection

Maison Martin Margiela presented a powerful Haute Couture collection today, their 2015 “Artisanal” Collection. The iconic and avant-garde French fashion house’s extraordinary second Artisanal collection is a visual shot of adrenaline, boasting a forceful yet refined mix of fabrics and materials, many of which were stripped down, or juxtaposed in startling and unexpected ways. The stunning and masterful collection takes on a new direction with shapes, which played on proportions and sartorial rules. It featured a new fuller, revealing silhouette, with precise tailoring.
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The collection’s goal is to open one’s eyes to see beauty in things that are often taken for granted, giving each piece a newly enriched life. Described as “Eyes wide open in wonderment to a veritable Cabinet de Curiosités“, there are several standout details and embellishments, including “a jigsaw of lacquered shells reminiscent of Arcimboldo style figures, a miniature battalion charging across a black velvet shoulder and Pearls that bring teardrops of memories to the face;” piece by piece, deconstructing and constructing a new story for Maison Martin Margiela. You can’t help but be wowed by the absolutely beauty and edginess of this collection. It truly shows why people fall in  and stay in love with Margiela year after year.

The illustrious show also featured striking makeup by the ever-so-fabulous Pat McGrath and featured slicked back hair by Eugene Souleiman.

Photos courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela