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2017/10/19

Natural, unique and soft to the touch, jewellery made from superbly tactile materials such as woollen or cotton yarn is given a distinctive character through meticulous craftsmanship. Two Europe-based makers show us their unlimited potential.

Loulalalou

Greek designer Loula Klimi expresses her passion for natural materials and handcrafting techniques through the creation of a series of crocheted and knitted jewellery. Founded seven years ago, her label Loulalalou has attracted a global following, especially in Europe and Australia, that appreciates her simple, organic yet contemporary creations.

Woolly bib necklaces, rustic boho bangles and fun knitted brooches in earth tones evoke a warm, relaxed vibe that reflects her understanding of the materials and her urge “to play with yarns, fabrics and textures and create things that could be worn”.

“I prefer to use pure natural materials and try not to use synthetic ones. That’s why my jewellery is made from cotton or woollen yarn, natural linen cords and wooden or glass beads,” she said. Apart from fulfilling her goal of making natural and eco-friendly jewellery, she simply enjoys the feel of the materials while she is creating.

The history of her creative endeavour goes all the way back to her childhood, when her mother taught her how to crochet and knit. “I appreciate their versatility and ability to create the forms I want in my projects,” she added. “I really enjoy the fact that there is no need for any special equipment for my jewellery. I need only two tools, a crochet hook and yarn, and with them I can make so many different things almost everywhere!”

Thin crocheted bracelets in various hues, long necklaces crocheted from linen cord, as well as a grey bracelet adorned with silver glass beads are her customers’ favourites, the last being her best-selling item. On the other hand, the artist-creator is particularly fond of her crocheted tube necklaces. “They give me the opportunity to create organic forms and play with shape and colour combinations.”

Items from Loulalalou are priced from €10 to €50 (US$11.65 to US$58.25). To add a different texture to the mix, Klimi is developing a ceramic and crochet collection using pottery clay.

Amigurumi Jewelry

From romantic bracelet cuffs with a charming folklore character to opulent and sexy monochrome items embellished with gleaming beads, these intricate pieces are painstakingly designed and woven together by Katerina Dimitrova, a crochet jewellery maker based in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Her love and passion for the Japanese crochet technique “amigurumi” – its importance signified in her label – brought her to the world of handcrafted jewellery. A wide variety of materials are used in her pieces, including natural stone beads, crystals, glass beads and microfibre thread, but cotton thread is her favourite: “I like to crochet with cotton thread the most – it is soft and gentle to the touch and does not cause any allergic reactions,” said Dimitrova.

                 

Among her worldwide customers, those from her home country appreciate the crocheted cuffs with Bulgarian embroidered motifs the most, while bracelet cuffs with beads and crystals are best-received in other parts of the world. Prices range from US$40 to US$110 per item, depending on the complexity of the workmanship, such as the techniques involved, and the time required, which ranges from three or four days to one week.

“I use different techniques for my bracelets such as free form crochet, Turkish oya crochet, crochet with beads and embroidery,” she explained. “Because of the free form crochet technique, all my cuffs are unique and even I can’t reproduce them exactly. My idea is to create unique jewellery pieces so that everyone who owns one feels special.”

Apart from her signature crochet bracelet cuffs, Dimitrova also makes rings, earrings, necklaces and anklets using similar materials and techniques, the results being equally enchanting.

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2017/10/04

1. Clear Concepts

Resin, a naturally translucent substance, can easily be tinted with different colors, resulting in multiple design possibilities. However, most jewelers are leaving their resin un-dyed, creating a minimalistic, blank slate perfect for those who like to keep their baubles more low-key.

 

2. Anklets

Love it or hate it, the anklet revival is here. But, instead of puka-shells and braided hemp versions, they come back with the understated and delicate metal chains. Perfect for cropped pants and mules.

 

3. Cool Clay

Polymer clay jewelry is a growing trend. It is versatile and has the ability to "mimic popular metals" or even "pose as porcelain," making it an affordable option for designers and shoppers alike.

 

4. Not Your Grandma's Pearls

Etsy reviews that pearl jewellery will be given a fresh reboot with minimalist, contemporary compositions. Either using real or imitation pearls, cocktail rings and ear cuffs in geometric shapes and small wearable sculptures with a single gleaming pearl as the exquisite centrepiece are a big hit in the upcoming season.

 

5. Grown-Up Friendship Bracelets

BFF jewelry has seen an evolution from two-piece heart charm necklaces. Think: personalized matching leather bracelets, tasseled textile bangles, and metal cuffs. Luckily, these iterations sound a bit more durable than our ratty braided string bracelets of the past.

 

6. Everyday Opal

As the demand for alternative engagement ring designs has risen, so has the appearance of opals. The 'modern' bride is focusing less on traditional gems and more on moonstones and opals as a unique way to distinguish the special occasion jewelry. But, the more opals appear in the marketplace, the more demand there is for them in everyday jewelry; the rainbow-esque color is what millennial dreams are made of, making opals a hit for fall.

 

7. Mix-and-Match Earrings

Etsy's trend expert predicts that our 2018 will be full of mismatched earrings. Dubbed the cool "crossover jewelry trend," mix-and-match pieces are finding their way from high-fashion runways to accessible Etsy shops, and the endless ways to wear the trend means anyone can pull it off.

 

 

Source: Refinery 29

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2017/09/22

The two companies collaborated on a three-piece capsule for the 2017 fall/winter. The 1461 gets the Lazy Oaf treatment with the British brand’s “Don’t Care” slogan lining the heels. A heart pattern is scattered across the leather upper like polka dots, while velvet laces add a sweet touch. There’s a heart-shaped satchel to match too, crafted from Kiev leather with a buckle and removable crossbody strap.

Though the Jungle Boot — a tough silhouette with a double-platform sole — is not covered in hearts, heart-shaped zipper pulls do top it off. Other delicate details include vertical ribbon laces weaved in a frilly panel. Last but not least is the “My Life Is Boring” slogan down the back.

 

Source: Refinery 29

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2017/09/11

Come September, Coach's leather goods are about to get a bit more playful.

Creative Director Stuart Vevers will introduce some nostalgia to the brand's fall 2017 collection with 14 pieces featuring the retro Fisher-Price toy Mr. Doodle. The range of Fisher-Price-branded items has been expanded to include pouches, crossbody bags, embellished denim, and earrings. You're never too old to add a little touch of your childhood to your outfit.

 

 

 

Source: Refinery 29

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2017/08/31

Ever since creative director Alessandro Michele set foot in Gucci, the talented designer has cast his opulent and irreverent spell on everything the brand produces. Take his latest watch collection as example, the transparent rainbow-like Plexiglas case and bracelet give the watch a very 1970s mood and groove, and it also comes with the styles of yellow gold studs with black Plexiglass, and the typical green and red Plexiglass.

 

 

Another popular design is its tiger-, snake-and bee-motif embroidered on the fabric strap. The strap in blue and red nylon features the words “L’aveugle par amour” woven into the material, which is Gucci’s new mantra, meaning “blind for love”.

 

 

 

 

Source: The Jewellery Editor and Popbee

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