The Rio Rush Collection was inspired by my invitation to attend the Louis Vuitton Cruise Fashion Show in Rio de Janeiro at the Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art on May 27th, 2016.
My intense excitement & anticipation of this experience resulted in wave after wave of creativity. Surfing my imagination fearlessly, I fashioned a forward thinking capsule collection. The idea of this iconic city of famous beaches surrounded by jungle led me to this mood of edgy exoticism.
My dynamic design ideas were enlivened by a palate of semiprecious & precious gems, enhanced by the sparkle of tiny natural color diamonds. Textures were created and metal colors were selected to best flatter the gems.
A renewed passion for my signature iconic amulets ignited their reinvention. My creative rush led to an edgy evolution of the Entwined Heart, Rosebud, & Lucky Horn. The Thorn, Claw & Lightening Bolt were added as the newest icons.
My Signature Clasp gained more importance as a design element, not only because it is now used on each side of a circle to secure bracelets and necklaces, but also used to attach and detach amulets.
The actual experience of Rio did not disappoint- I loved it! This collection is Rio, heart, soul & spirit, as seen through my eyes.
THE VILLAGE VOICE
When the new creative director* of the storied Village Voice invited me to have my working hands shot to appear in its first ever Fashion Insert, it seemed a natural link between the present and the past.
I could think of no better place for this shot to appear than the Village Voice, known for its counterculture point of view. In 1994, with rebellious intentions, I opened my first boutique. My 7-year old wholesale business was thriving, but somehow I felt the need to push the boundaries that business can place on an artist/designer. The first incarnation of my experimental little jewel box boutique was aptly named “PUSH”.
Lynn Yeager, a celebrated fashion journalist, (who now contributes to Vogue) at that time was a well-known fixture at the Voice. She discovered PUSH, and shortly after, one of the first articles announcing our opening would soon appear in the Village Voice.
Thank you to *Andrew Horton for your vision and best of luck in your new role.
Photo credit: David Urbanke