Doing away with their bow clad attire, the prim young ladies of seasons past have instead favored a wicked discord of leather studded boots, tousled groupie hair and bleached vintage rocker tees. This darkly intoxicating It Girl, has allowed her modesty to take a back seat, instead transforming last season’s muse into her ultra rebellious younger sister. This thirst for a rougher facade has become increasingly dependant on cultivating a stash of go-to accessories, mandating an assortment of studded cuffs, rocker boots, heavily tangled oxidized chains and harshly buckled platforms be found in every Fall wardrobe.
I was first introduced to jewelry designer and Rock guru Pamela Love while working on the Frank Tell Spring show during New York Fashion Week. For Tell’s collection an assortment of raven’s claws were sparsely styled against a backdrop of space-age sophistication. Copper clawed brooches and bracelets were paired with each look. Some modernized 80s references crept in, such as a barrage of one-shoulder dresses, which were styled with dark, yet deeply sexy bracelets by Love on opposing wrists. Stylist Natasha Royt, pushed the collection away from convention by harnessing the collection’s strong shouldered ensembles and adding a significant edge. Raven’s claws were placed just- so; each talon curling under, barley grazing the surface of the shoulder. These accessories channeled an allure and an ambience only reminiscent of Poe prose.
FRANK TELL SPRING 2010
“I think fashion is definitely going through a very tough phase. The popularity of Alexander Wang and Rodarte really show that there’s a more gothic or rock and roll, more morbid sort of curiosity in fashion right now. I think that translates into jewelry as well.”
Since Love’s recent exposure in both W and Vogue, she has become a commercial success. This downtown designer has quickly become the go-to girl for industry shows, contributing her creations to the shows of Zac Posen, Frank Tell and Yigal Azrouël.