Jewelry or weaponry? We are not sure if you will be allowed through airport security, but we can safely say that statement rings are a must-have accessory for the spring. Whether you’re accessorizing an evening outfit or want to add a little flare to your daytime wear, these unconventional ornaments are an easy way to spice up a simple ensemble in a pinch. Our favorite celebrities and designers are dressing up their digits with a wide variety of high voltage statement rings. Check out these affordable adornments for your fingers!
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From rummaging through her mother’s jewelry box to embellishing the models of Althea Harper’s fall 2011 presentation, Amy Delson has come a long way with her original and empowering designs. We caught up with the designer, who dishes on creating her designs by hand, earliest inspirations, and more.
ELLEgirl: How did the apparel of Althea Harper influence your designs for the show?
Amy Delson: I love to mix old and new materials and artifacts in my jewelry designs, so Althea’s clothes portrayed an aesthetic that naturally resonated with me—a co-mingling of the golden and modern era. We spoke about the muses for her fall 2011 collection—the screen heroines of ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s—and how the vulnerability and courage of these actresses helped them transcend their victim roles. Here with these clothes, Althea empowered the screen siren archetype as a modern woman.
EG: What is unique about the jewelry design process in comparison to other aspects of fashion design?
AD: The jewelry design process can be unique in that while you must maintain a sense of proportion, you don’t have to be as concerned with fit and function in the same way as you do with clothes. I think on some level, you can be freer to explore more versatility among body type, age, and occasion.
EG: What type of woman do you imagine to wear your jewelry?
AD: I’ve designed jewelry for everyone from young girl to mature adult, minimalist to maximum glamour. I generally imagine a woman who reflects her changing moods through her accessories and has fun with her jewelry. She chooses a piece to wear on a given day to communicate that she’s feeling playful, sexy, strong, feminine, spiritual.
EG: Is there any one person or idea that inspires your design style in general?
AD: I am inspired by vintage beads and artifacts and period dress, and love to re-purpose elements of antique jewelry, combining them with new materials in a fresh, contemporary way. I remember as a little girl, playing in my mother’s jewelry box with her costume and real jewelry pieces, and the odd foreign coin, button or silver dollar that was thrown in there. I would love to help her choose what combination of beaded bracelets to wear. It made a lasting impression on me how just one or two pieces could unleash a whole new style sensibility. Now, she has given me many of these pieces to take apart and work with in my own designs.
EG: How do you take your designs from the conceptual process to the hard product?
AD: I make everything personally by hand, so I generally lay out the beads and other elements on a spacing board, and I wire, string, knot, and crimp my jewelry pieces together using my tools—different pliers, wire cutters, and an awl. I almost always adapt as I go and the pieces start to take real shape.
EG: What is your favorite part about the design process?
AD: My favorite part about the design process is that I start with an idea, and then experience the reward of creating a tangible end result that brings joy, comfort, excitement, and confidence to someone wearing my piece.
Photo: Amy Delson.
Amy Delson’s work can be found on Facebook and for those looking to take home one of Delson’s original pieces, she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colette’s expected to keep spirits up throughout the long haul of Paris Fashion Week and this season the Rue St. Honore boutique is getting serious help—from Karl Lagerfeld. The Chanel designer’s teaming up with Sarah Lerfel for a pop-up shop in a garage further down the same street from March 1st through 10th. It’ll offer Chanel, of course, as well as Eres and a handful of younger designers, but it will also sell customized bags, dolls and CDs (including a new compilation made with Dazed’s Jefferson Hack). Meanwhile, the most exciting part may be the chance to learn camellia-making from the Lemarié couturiers—the ones who build the white flowers for Chanel’s Haute Couture. Couture, and les petites-mains, won’t be around forever so the chance to see its artisans in action, and ask them questions, may be once in a lifetime.
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Who: Katie Holmes
What: The MaxMara fall 2011 show in Milan
Wear: MaxMara jumpsuit
Katie Holmes sat front row at MaxMara’s fall 2011 show today in Milan. The brand, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, recognized Holmes as the Women in Film MaxMara ‘Face of the Future’ recipient for 2011 (the award has honored Zoe Saldana, Emily Blunt, and Elizabeth Banks in previous years). The style-savvy mom, who forayed into designing with her premium line Holmes & Yang in 2009, sported a brown Max Mara one-shouldered jumpsuit from the pre-fall 2011 collection. The asymmetrical jumpsuit reflected one of the season’s strongest trends: a daytime disco vibe reminiscent of Halston’s influence.
- Who: Kirsten Dunst
What: Mulberry Fall 2011 After Party at Claridge’s, London
Wear: Mulberry metallic dress
After Mulberry’s fall 2011 show of English country classics-turned-trendy, the British brand continued the celebration well into the night with a star-studded after party at Claridge’s in London. Kirsten Dunst, looking fierce in a simple-yet-sparkling Mulberry dress, stepped out yesterday evening to celebrate the new collection with the likes of Gemma Arterton, Rosamund Pike, Clemence Posey, Janice Dickinson, and Yasmin Le Bon. The star toughened up her sparkles with sultry black eye makeup—a perfect to compliment to her dazzling charcoal dress.
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Yigal Azrouël, Imaxtree
Don’t file down those nails just yet. Whether they were delicately dipped or a full-on half moon, tipped manicures emerged as the go-to style of New York Fashion Week.In a fun twist, a number of designers played off of the traditional French manicure: Behnaz Sarafpour complemented her otherwise opulent collection with edgy goth nails, substituting black for the typical creamy white. Similarly, Monique Lhuillier dipped her models’ peachy digits in a subtle sliver of dark aubergine polish. Others seized a golden moment, combining the shiny hue with unexpected results. Jason Wu coated the end of ruby painted fingers with a modern, angular swipe of gold. To create a glam grunge look, Yigal Azrouël topped black with messy glitter tips that brought icicles to mind. But Jen Kao showed a manicure worthy of a true prima donna, pairing a vibrant peacock base with contrasting gold trim.
- As we told you before, Kelly Osbourne is the latest face of Madonna and Lourdes' "Material Girl" clothing collection. She took over from Taylor Momsen. The first pics of the ad campaign have been released and Kelly looks super pretty. But do you like the ads or are they a bit boring....especially for someone like Kelly who could be so edgy?!
- The Burberry show is one of the main highlights of London Fashion Week. The iconic British brand is also a celebrity favorite, so its star-watching hot spot every time too! This year fashionistas like Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung were all invited to sit front row and we spotted them right before the show, outside. Here is a peak at what they were wearing! Who do you think was best dressed?
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Never say never! Justin Bieber cut his famous hair and debuted it on the set of his new music video That Should Be Me on Monday. With Bieber’s 17th birthday drawing near, he told TMZ that he wanted a “kind of mature look.” The only question is, what’s going to happen with Bieber’s cut off locks? Will Selena keep it as a keepsake? Will it go for sale on eBay? Justin tweeted: “we are giving all the hair cut to CHARITY to auction.” Perez Hilton’s got a swatch, and he’s giving it away to the person who donates the most money to charity. The details are currently being worked out, but check back here. RIP to the Bieber Hair. It will be missed. Does Justin’s new ‘do still give you Bieber fever?