All jewellery by Lily Kamper
I seem to be on a bit of a jewellery kick recently. I used to be one of those people who didn’t feel fully dressed without at least a necklace, a ring, a bracelet (or two) to accessorize my outfit, then a few months ago I found myself not wanting to wear any at all, it seemed so much cleaner & less fussy.
Now I seem to be falling in love with jewellery all over again, and Lily Kamper‘s hand-turned perspex & metal creations are one of the many reasons why. They are so unique, both quiet & yet statement making, with their unusual shapes & interesting mixture of materials. They seem both modern & ancient all at once, like relics from some long forgotten, advanced civilization.
The first 4 are my favourite pieces, I love the organic speckled stone-like look they have & the ombre effects are really beautiful. I also think the pieces that mix leather with the perspex, like the bracelet, are really eye catching too.
ASOS Revive Faux Fur Shift Dress / Bracher Emden Belt / Topshop Laced Heels / Balenciaga City
On Monday we were invited down to The Ivy Club for the launch of Giles Deacon’s ‘Libertine’ jewellery range in collaboration with QVC. The venue was beautiful, with pieces from the collection arranged around the room draped inside birdcages sprinkled with gold flakes & Swarovski crystals. I loved this way of presenting the pieces, it made it feel as though you were peering into cages containing precious treasures, despite the fact that everything was under £50.
The rose stem hoops & the beetle bracelet were my favourites, I haven’t been able to get the hoops out of my mind since, I’m imagining them worn simply on their own with one of my draped dresses, clean & unfussy. It’s no surprise the simpler pieces stuck out to me though, as I’ve been finding myself suddenly craving more minimalistic jewellery after years of buying big statement pieces & piling it on.
Giles was also the perfect host, walking around chatting to guests about the collection & posing for photos. I wish I had been a bit braver & gone over, but I am always far too shy at these kind of things, I can barely mingle with other guests without feeling anxious, let alone a designer whos work I have long admired.
We didn’t think to take any outfit shots until after it had started to get dark, I always seem to do this when I go to events, I’m just too forgetful & so unorganized! The front of this shift from ASOS is actually the most beautiful bronze/black metallic faux fur & I feel like this shot really doesn’t do it justice at all. I think I’m going to try to re-shoot this as a full outfit post for Monday so you can all get a better look, as it’s one of my favourite recent buys. You all know how much I love a nice texture!
BJØRG 2012 Lookbook – ‘Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost’
“Combining fragile and organic structures with an aesthetic influenced by futurism and geometry, the collection sets to blend ancient tales with modern mythologies of sci-fi and their futuristic imagery; invoking concepts like timetravel, parallel universes and space distortion. Through a pale, at times translucent colour palette, natural materials like feathers and horsehair are juxtaposed with iridescent colours, industrial structures and mutated shapes. All pieces are handmade.”
I love it when I come across a piece of work where the creators vision has been totally uncompromised & executed so meticulously. This 2012 lookbook from BJØRG I came across a little while ago is a perfect example of this, everything is just right, totally faultless & so in keeping with the aesthetic of the whole collection it’s showcasing.
The photography is breathtaking, I love the grungy, post apocalyptic impression it gives & the hazy dawn glow of the sun makes it feel almost otherworldly too. The outcome is a selection of images that I think tell such an absorbing story about the collection, it really kind of sucks you into that world. I can totally imagine that these girls are stranded on some distant alien planet & have cobbled together the glittering bones & plumes of the animals they have scavenged into these tribal adornments, ready to take on whatever this brave new world can throw at them…
I don’t think it will be much of a surprise to say that I’m totally infatuated with the jewellery too, I love the black horsehair choker, the rusty nail necklace & of course the spine cuffs. It’s as though they were made for me, everything I love my jewellery to be all rolled into one collection.
In : Covet Also tagged Bjorn, Bone, Brass, Claw, Cuffs, Ear Cuff, Earring, Gold, Grunge, Horsehair, Nail, Necklace, Rose Gold, Spiked, Spine, Stake, Statement
#1 : Vadim Stein / I’ve spent over an hour devouring this guys portfolio today, absolutely breathtaking work, B&W at it’s best…
#2 : Ken Taylor / One of my all time favourite illustrators, I love his bold graphic style & I’m especially fond of his movie posters!
#3 : Keith139 / Heart Nebula… I’m so longing for some clear summer skies so that I can get my telescope out again…
#4 : Olivia Steele / “See You On The Other Side”
#5 : Zlatimir Arakliev / Another photographer who’s work I can’t get enough of… This whole image is perfection, loving the nails & rings!
#6 : Alex & Chloe / If I ever get married, this is my idea of the perfect engagement ring…
#7 : Barbara I Gongini S/S 12 / Oh, I would love to be draped in this whole collection head to toe…
#8 : Unknown / Blood Moon…
#9 : Night of The Living Dead (1968) / “They’re coming to get you, Barbara!” I’m such a huge zombie movie fan & have been re-watching loads of old favourites this week, this is possibly my favourite one, it never gets old!
10 Favourite / Most Played Tracks This Week…
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#1 : Crime In Stereo / Small Skeletal
#2 : Death From Above 1979 / Blood On Our Hands
#3 : Dinosaur Pile-Up / Barce-Loner
#4 : Kings Of Leon / Charmer
#5 : Beastie Boys / Sabotage
#6 : The Horrors / Count In Fives
#7 : The Strokes / Juicebox
#8 : Young Guns / Bones
#9 : Black Rebel Motorcycle Club / Berlin
#10 : The Long Blondes / Lust In The Movies
In : Inspiration, Playlist Also tagged Barbara I Gongini, Black, Blood, Bones, Diamonds, FAIIINT, Galaxy, Grey, Grunge, Inspiration, Moon, Nebula, Neon, Night of The Living Dead, Red, Rings, Skulls, Stars, Universe, Writing
Moxham Anubis Necklace
I fell in love, hard, with Moxham’s jewellery when I first came across it a good few months ago & have been deciding ever since which piece to get first, I finally settled on the ‘Anubis’ necklace in black. It arrived beautifully packaged from BENGT, who I have to say, have amazing customer service, my email full of questions was answered within a few hours & despite stating delivery was around six days, it arrived in two. I am so impressed with the service & the quality of the necklace that I feel quite a few more purchases coming on, I already have my eye on the ‘Flax’ necklace & ‘Taba’ cuffs in both black & nude!
This is Dorris by the way, you’ll probably see quite a lot of her, she was my first ever mannequin & although she is not of much use now, due to her battered state, I think she’s doing quite well for a 60ish year old lady & makes a great display piece. I brought her from a retiring dressmaker around 8 years ago, she was also her first mannequin & she let me have her for a ridiculously cheap price on the condition that I promised to take good care of her & still call her Dorris! As I’ve said before, I have a habit of naming inanimate objects, so this made a lot of sense to me & she has been Dorris ever since!
In : Buys Also tagged Anubis, Black, Brass, Chunky, Designer, Gold, Hardware, Leather, Mannequin, Moxham, Necklace, Statement