Fashion Week Q&A: A Jewelry Star On Ruling The Runway
These crowns are so different than your usual tough and edgy jewelry, which typically reads very rock star-chic. What inspired such a dramatic shift in your work?
I never would have thought to make crowns in a million years! Couture dress designer Michelle Hebert convinced me that I would be good at it. She knew I could pull it off for her Phoenix Fashion Week show last year. Nineteen crowns went down the runway, and a few months and a several amazing photo shoots later, Michael Costello was reaching out to us asking to use them for shoots and runway shows.
I’ve seen the pictures. They’re incredible. Some of them are completely over-the-top, while others are totally doable for daytime. Did you intend for them to be more runway couture or ready-to-wear?
I just wanted them to be cool! And fun. I was a tomboy growing up. I didn’t dream about being a princess. But when I put one of those crowns on, my shoulders go back and my chin comes up and I just feel like a million bucks. Who wouldn’t want to feel that way?
Speaking of couture gowns, what is it like to work with Michael Costello, especially for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week?
He’s brilliant. And he has a very specific vision, yet he’s still into the true nature of collaboration. I’m not making art for him, but with him. It has stretched my creative mind more than I could have dreamed. I’m very grateful. It’s an honor.
A lot of prep goes into NYFW What has the past week been like?
The last week was crazy. Michael and I came up with a totally new style of Clutch Crowns that I've been experimenting and creating with non-stop for the last couple of months. Now I'm done with all that hard work and I get to enjoy fashion week!
Didn’t have time to pop over to NYC and see the jewels in person? Well, we did! Minty florals plus glam-tastic crowns, need we say more? Catch the glitz for yourself on NYFW’s replay of Michael Costello’s show.