I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for interesting and unique accessories. Don’t get me wrong; I’m always game for adding any piece of clothing and shoes to my wardrobe (no matter how packed my closet might be), but what I just can’t walk away from rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. I’ll make any excuse to walk out of the store with that perfect piece to complement clothing I already own.
I was recently introduced to Maiden-Art, an Italian conceptual design brand, whose accessories are truly stunning, and not in the traditional sense. Meaning “Pure Art,” the company’s designers, Maristella Colombo and Gabriele Negri take this moniker seriously and believe in creating fashion that is a fusion between art and experimentation, and based in irony and innovation. In short, these pieces are completely unexpected and beg to be noticed.
Their current collection, “Black Vinyl,” is inspired by the two colors that aren’t really colors: black and white. White expresses the absence of all color, and reflects simplicity and purity, but reflects the sensibility of the observer, who views with an innocent eye. Black, conversely, represents the presence of all colors, as well as darkness, mystery, elegance and luxury.* The collection invokes a rock bondage feeling that is both electric and delicate. Leather is the clear star of the “Black Vinyl” show, as it shows up laser-cut and pleated on reversible collars, folded origami-style on gift-bow brooches and rings, and sculpted into delicate pendant roses. Silver is also used to great effect as an accent and as the main material.
Picking a favorite from this collection is a little difficult, as there isn’t a piece that I wouldn’t wear and can’t wait to own; but, I will tell you the first piece that caught my eye was the origami bow ring. It’s whimsical and bold and will certainly remind someone to get you a present, or remind you that you need to treat yourself from time to time. The leather chain bracelets and the necklaces with keys, wrenches, or safety pins are also standouts because of their unexpected and expertly crafted use of leather.
Maiden-Arts pieces have already been featured in the Italian versions of Vogue and Glamour and the American Teen Vogue, and have plans to open a concept store in Milan, start an experimental record label, a magazine and perhaps a line of interior design products. It’s looks like it’s only a matter of time before this three year old design house makes a major name for itself worldwide.
*With regard to pigment, not light absorption
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