Really why would you wear your heart on your sleeve, when you can say a demure Yes please in precious metal.

For our flash event on LUX FIX this week, we asked resident stylist Quin to style Zoe & Morgan’s classic art deco design in five different classic say YES situations. Now the question is what would You say to the following…

To a Bryan Ferry concert

To a 99 Flake


To Cocktails

To lunch with his mum

Heart and Key at the front, doesn’t she look sweet…

Though who’s that Yes for at the back?!

To A Sleepover (It’s been a long day)

 

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Yunus & Eliza, winners of Designers of the Year at Treasure during London Jewellery Week 2011, talk to LUX FIX about their sumptuous and decadent creations…

Yunus & Eliza? They sound like an enchanting pair.”

“They met in a London Foundry – Yunus casting one of Eliza’s sculptures and captivating Eliza with the process, leading to a collaboration that has produced huge headpieces for rock stars and sculpture worn by supermodels.” 

“I must hear more.”

“Of course you must.  Let’s talk to them about the kind of magic that goes into their sculpture to be worn.”

Yunus and Eliza in their studio

Q. Your Goddess Pendant evokes the myth and mystical – one of the LUX FIX team (well me actually!) who had the chance to wear it said “It feels almost like an amulet” – what was the inspiration behind the piece?

A. We are inspired a lot by classical imagery, and were exploring the idea of the golden ratio, perfection in beauty, and had sculpted a little Aphrodite face. The Goddess emerged pretty organically, it was a process of taking away and revealing negative space – we are often concerned with fragments – and what isn’t there seems to hold a power. The crucifix ambiguity (this was accidental/ subconscious – it makes sense with our upbringings), lends the piece a feeling of protection but also darker undertones. We wanted to juxtapose a soft but hard beauty.

Goddesses.

Q. More sorcery… You’ve just developed a piece for Bryan Singer’s latest filmic fairy tale “Jack the Giant Killer”- tell us about that?

A. We can’t give too much away at this point. We were working closely with Joanna Johnston, (the costume designer behind Back to the Future, The Sixth Sense, Valkyrie to name but a few) and she was great, very inspiring. It involved lots of design meetings, early morning trips out to Shepperton Studios, and fittings with Eleanor Tomlinson, who is playing the princess. The film is out in June 2012; we’re looking forward to seeing our creation on the big screen.

Q. How many pieces did you end up making in the end? A bit like the numerous pairs of Ruby Slippers Dorothy had at her disposal!

A. Yes exactly! It’s pretty significant from a plot point of view, so we had to make 3 real versions, and 2 stunt doubles.

Q. From magic to music – you’ve just made some serious headwear for the Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs “Trouble” music video (see below for the making of) – that looked fun! How did that come about?

A. We’d been planning to get Swarovski Elements sponsorship for a great project, and this seemed like the perfect excuse to go uber bling. Orlando from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is Eliza’s brother, so collaborating is easy and fun. He wore our headpiece ‘Cathedral To The Self’ in his video for “Garden” so was already a big fan, and we love his look and his tunes. The headpiece for Trouble was made with a twisted mythical futuristic creature in mind. We’ve also made him a bespoke electric green Goddess Pendant, which he rocks.

Epic headpiece to transform Orlando into a Modern warrior

Q. Yunus you recently said you would make a patriotic lion earing (eating his face) for David Beckham. Which musician would you most like to make a piece for and what would it be?

A. Hmm, tricky.  We’d love to have made something wild for David Byrne during his Talking Heads days. It would have to be for a real showman, like Prince, something huge, decadent and metamorphic, and possibly inspired by Hussein Chalayan’s Living Dress for Gaga.

Q. Yunus and Eliza is sculpture to be worn – what period or periods of sculpture are you most inspired by?

A. Greek, and Italian Renaissance, big time. Art Nouveau – especially the jewellery and furniture, the way everything twists and morphs into each other becoming surreal hybrid creatures.  The Surrealist and Futurist movements are very inspiring as is Gothic architecture; the roof tops of Oxford and London. Modern installation artists like Ed Kineholz, Christo, Polly Morgan and the wild imaginings of sculptures at Burning Man…Could go on and on..

Q. If you could magically have any work of art in your studio what would it be?

A. Eliza would like Bernini’s Daphne and Apollo, or, controversially, the Parthenon Marbles, er just a loan of course.

Yunus would like the Statue Of Liberty.

Q. Finally if you two love birds had access to any materials and all the time in the world – what would you make for each other?

A. Urgh, love birds!

Eliza – I would design Yunus a huge empty house that he can gradually fill with beautiful things. Also a golden cape to hit the town in.

Yunus – A life-size animatronic metal horse, that flies like Pegasus.

“Disco Horse” from last year’s collection

 

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and fashion icon has been snapped in everything from Alex McQueen to Zara, and as everybody knows, no outfit is complete without the right accessories. We couldn’t help but notice some of our very own designers featuring in her collection…

Kate has been spotted several times in Vinnie Day Gold Plated Logo earrings. She wowed Canadians on her Royal Tour of North America, wearing the Vinnie Day earrings with everything from demure print dresses to cowboy hats and jeans – versatile, pretty and elegant, they epitomise the Duchess’ covetable style and her ability to make her accessories multitask. Vinnie Day’s stamp of approval also comes from Kate’s sister Pippa, often seen in the Gold Plated Twisted Leaf earrings and the Gold Plated Heart Disc earrings. Well, if it’s good enough for the Middletons…

Above: Kate Middleton in Vinnie Day Gold Plated Logo Leaf Earrings 

Above: Pippa Middleton in Vinnie Day Gold Plated Heart Disc Earrings

Above: Pippa Middleton in Vinnie Day Gold Plated Twisted Leaf Earrings

At an Imperial War Museum Reception, Kate looked stunning with a hint of a smoky eye, coiffed hair and striking gold Temple of Heaven Girandole drop earrings by Cassandra Goad. Inspired by Goad’s travels in Japan, the earrings are the perfect accessory to add timeless glamour to any outfit. Kate has made hers work at evening events, weddings and an LA reception – now that’s what we call multi-tasking.

Above: Kate Middleton in Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven Girandole Earrings


Words: Anna Prendergast

Photos courtesy of dianasjewels.net, ibtimes.co.uk, vinnieday.com, bagtrends.com, allaboutkatemiddleton.blogspot.co.uk


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Baby it’s cold and grey outside and summer seems a long time ago. It’s only July though! Let’s try and keep the dream alive, let’s ask the Balearic born jewellery designer BEX ROX for her best Ibiza thoughts and then we can make London seem a bit brighter with the aid of her neon fluoro wearable amazingness on LUX FIX this week. Sunshine in a bottle? Nah, trust us this is better.  

 

Ibiza by Bex’s friend and collaborator Marco Walker

Q. What’s your earliest Ibiza memory?

A. My earliest memory is cycling on a tricycle down the rustic lanes to my neighbours house in fancy dress and ending up upside down in a rose bush! 

               

Be-jewelled Baby Bex in the Balearics 

Q. Where did you stay the last time you were in Ibiza?

A. stayed in a Villa in the North end of the Island – Gorgeous 

Q. What night out comes to mind?!

A. Big dinners outside with all my friends under the palm trees with Soul clap playing then onto various house parties.

BEX in Ibiza by Marco Walker

Q. Which BEX ROX pieces do you rely on to take you through the night?

A. Without a doubt the neon range- the Eivissa box necklace and double flouro cuff.

The Eivissa collection in situ this summer in Peng on the Marina Botafoch


Q. You’re at a beach club the next day. What are you wearing?

A. I am wearing bright coloured espadrilles, and a Suno jumpsuit and my Illesteva sunglasses. 

Q. What advice would you give to a first timer?

A. To remember to drive around and explore the island- it’s truly magical.

Quin keeps the dream alive for us back in London!

 

 

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