Hardening Up

Hardening Up

>> Over 500 photos still to offload from the A/W 10-11 press days (which are far from over…), two dead eyeballs rolling around with relief to come when some new glasses come along (some Prism frames will be mine soon…!) and a pesky cold thingy lolling around this old corpse.  Still, what are Good Fridays for, if NOT to sit around watching Sound of Music, eating chocolate and tapping away in an effort to offload some of the memory card baggage.  I can also console myself with the fact I didn't join the ridiculous scrummage that went down at Brick Lane for the American Apparel sale (I added this in just as my sister who is Facebook savvy has been updating me with the goss…) 

I've been spotting some ways to get hard be it through embellishment, leather-clad hands or clawing jewellery.  Not that I'm in any way a 'hard' nut or a toughed out kinda girl but seeing as I can only forsee another bitterly cold winter, some added bits of hardware here and there, whilst not being physically warming could add mental strength and in my head, I could be thinking that the cold could be withstood.

First up, Roksanda Ilincic's 70s-inflected sassy shapes could well be…err… just that… pure soft sass.  The addition of these bits of metal goodness including blocks of long beads, stacks of metal rings and copper flower clusters contrast with the sumptuous fabrics that Ilincic favours.

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Next up, Nina Peter, whose eensy weensy half glove I wrote about a while ago, has expanded her glove range so that there are some that actually keep the hands warm.  Not that warmth is that much of a consideration when you can feel like a 'cooooooool rider' with these leopard print fingerless gloves (enhanced by my accidental red polish….)

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Finally, there's Dominic Jones animalistic new collection for A/W 10-11… bones of extinct species, insectamology, the sharper edges of dinosaur anatomy… I'm just taking wild stabs at where these pieces could have been derived from.  Without needed to get too exacting with these jewellery species, they are above all, striking to say the least.  No prizes for guessing my favourite pieces are the gloves with the copper beak-like formation cupping the thumbs as well as the lower arm cuff which looks like it might bite my head off.

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  1. miss a.

    2010-04-02 at 6:54 PM

    I’m the proud owner of the Prism eyeglasses in Paris (matte white). You’ll love them.

  2. Secrettagent.wordpress.com

    2010-04-02 at 6:56 PM

    You were totally right not to join the scrum on Brick Lane. Check it out!! But still time for some Secrett Agent trendspotting. Love your work Susie! Signing off, Secrett Agent x
    http://secrettagent.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/american-apparel-sale-to-epic-fail-secrett-agent-investigates/

  3. Leonidas

    2010-04-02 at 8:02 PM

    the gloves are magnificent!
    http://thestyleparticle.blogspot.com

  4. Teacups & Couture

    2010-04-02 at 8:19 PM

    that arm sharky thingy is pretty dope
    http://www.twolia.com/blogs/teacups-and-couture

  5. melina bee

    2010-04-02 at 9:54 PM

    the D Jones jewelry is amazing! I love tough jewelry inspired by zoology.
    melina bee

  6. Clare

    2010-04-02 at 11:44 PM

    Ah I love Dominic Jones and Nina Peter, so talented.
    http://iliketweet.blogspot.com/
    x

  7. charley

    2010-04-03 at 12:38 AM
  8. frances segismundo

    2010-04-03 at 1:00 AM

    omg the rings are love!!!!!!!
    http://bubbbbbbaf.blogspot.com
    x

  9. Brigadeiro

    2010-04-03 at 1:03 AM

    Amazing!!!
    Love the Roksanda Ilincic pieces!
    xx

  10. Sister Wolf

    2010-04-03 at 6:45 AM

    Can I be mad at Dominic Jones for blatantly ripping off some of Hannah Martin’s designs?

  11. Jocy

    2010-04-03 at 7:22 AM

    The rings are rad.

  12. Jocy

    2010-04-03 at 7:23 AM

    P.S. Really rad.

  13. susie_bubble

    2010-04-03 at 9:57 AM

    Sister Wolf: You most certainly can…actually even Hannah notes the similarity I think…. Hannah’s jewellery is superior in terms of materials though (hence the higher price points…)

  14. Green_5b

    2010-04-03 at 1:49 PM

    the rings of insects are so cool and I want one !!

  15. Jess

    2010-04-03 at 2:36 PM

    oh gossshh ! jewelry is amazing !!!
    I linked to you on my blog : )

  16. a la mode

    2010-04-03 at 7:57 PM

    Dominic Jones blows my mind!
    http://girlalamode.blogspot.com/

  17. Laura

    2010-04-04 at 12:55 AM
  18. Dominic Jones

    2010-04-05 at 5:51 PM

    Dear Susie and Sister wolf.
    I would just like to reassure you that whatever similarities there are between my work and Hannah Martins is a genuine coincidence.
    I was not aware of Hannah Martins work untill i joined RelativeMo a good while after i had finished my first collection and meet Hannah Marshall who introduced me to it.
    I do myself see the similarities in a couple of our pieces but i can assure you that similarities is all they are. the claw ring’s in my first collection are design studies of a lion claw my friend gave me 3 years ago. Hannah’s are abstract forms.
    but your welcome to have your own opinions.

  19. King Ink

    2010-04-05 at 6:48 PM

    Suzie, im surprised that you would be so slanderous. You are a journalist and should know better.

  20. susie_bubble

    2010-04-05 at 6:57 PM

    King Ink: Please do clarify what you are referring to.
    Dominic, I’m glad you replied… I thought it was a coincident too… when I said that Hannah noted the similarity, I didn’t mean that she was insinuating anything, just that she is aware that there are coincidental similarities… Dominic or otherwise…I only noted this from speaking to her PR…
    As for my comment about a higher quality of materials… I only guesstimate this from the price point differences (from what I remember…) and the fact that Hannah uses 18ct gold and precious/semi-precious materials in her work…
    There’s room for both (and others!) to co-exist…! Hopefully nobody took offence… I’m a fan of both and to be honest, I see a difference in aesthetic anyway…

  21. susie_bubble

    2010-04-05 at 9:09 PM

    To add a further comment in lieu of my initial response to Sister Wolf, what I meant by ‘You certainly can…’ was that I Sister W is entitled to her own opinion as I wouldn’t want to censor negative/opposing opinions on the blog… and to further clarify, I don’t ACTUALLY agree with Sister Wolf’s initial comment about Dominic Jones’ work… hopefully, this wasn’t mis-construed…see my comment above about the two designers’ work…

  22. Kelleigh Rae

    2010-04-14 at 3:38 AM

    Hey Susie!
    Fingers crossed you read this as its a good week since you posted!
    Do you happen to have contact details for Mr Dominic Jones? I’ve hunted everywhere and am coming up entirely blank.
    If you could email me if you happen to stumble on them? Thankyou so much!

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