Eastern meets Nordic in “The Now Collection”, a vast selection of new designs, reflecting Eastern spirituality and Nordic Autumnal forest colours.
Original charm bead brand, Trollbeads, uphold their superiority against their competition with their unique earthier and organic look with a baroque feel. Their risky experiment with design and texture, is what separates them from any other charm bead brand, and prevents them from being main stream.
Danish company Trollbeads, was founded in 1976 in Copenhagen, family owned and operated, but with independent artists who are employed to help diversify the brand.
At the International Jewellery show in Olympia, famous artist and self-taught designer Tomas Cenius, could be found with his new Autumn collection, which was launched on the 5th of September 2014.
His collection includes fifteen sterling silver charms, two glass kits(twelve beads), two natural stones, two coloured leather bracelets, a lock, and two fantasy pendants, clean Nordic design combined with figurative forms and mystics of the East.
The two glass kits named Northern forest and Eastern facet, both equally ornate;
Northern forest is a strong mix of hot and cool colours representing the aurora borealis that are visible at high altitudes.
Eastern Facet brings an eclectic mix of colours and patterns featured in faceted cut glass for a brilliant sparkle.
The fifteen silver charms are half focused on the Eastern Spirituality theme and half on the Northern Forest. The Northern Forest beads are a mix of whimsical and traditional motifs.
To complete the collection are two semi-precious gemstones, which are natural so will probably bear a great deal of variation throughout the collection, two fantasy pendants both featuring the spirituality theme, and two new leather bracelets which features colours that contrast strikingly together.
This collection captures the fusion of Nordic and Eastern effortlessly; a beautiful, well put together selection of charms, that only an artist could truly bring to life.
It’s said that the ethos of this new collection is all about living in the present, echoing the sentiment of the famous Buddha quote: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”. Which goes hand in hand with Tomas’ thoughts that “when I work with Trollbeads, I like the fact that I design something that defines human emotions”.
Veronica Moncho Lobo is a London based designer who was born and raised in Salta, Argentina.Salta is a city rich in the arts, with a vast amount of museums, theatres, and art galleries which I feel plays a part in the inspiration of Veronica's unique line. Veronica comes from an artistic family, with her own strong background in Fashion, so with both hand in hand she was always destined to go far.
In February 2008 along with her brother Fernando Moncho Lobo, Veronica launched her very own clothing line, and later went on to open a boutique in 2010. Her label is now stocked around the world, in London, New York, Saudi Arabia, to name a few. Ms Moncho Lobo certainly stands out, as she combines her love for couture, with celebrating the arts in timeless yet classic pieces. Her Spring/Summer 2011 collection certainly caught my eye. I instantly fell in awe of this particular piece 'Juliet'.
This cocktail dress is not your typical one, and what makes it so fashion forward is the mere fact that Ms Moncho Lobo has taken old Hollywood glamour, and the current Spring Summer trend: ditsy floral, and fused the two together to create this masterpiece. Although this piece looks floaty and shapeless the clever thing is the cinched in waist, that hugs you to help define your shape, and give a romantically elegant edge. My favorite part of this piece is the one shoulder style, that has a unique edge by adding anextra strip of material which creates a divided sleeve effect. I love the use of pastel colours, amethyst shades, dark muted undertones, and ombre tints because it shows how well thought out each design is, and how well Veronica is able to combine fashion and art.
This piece is said to recall Monet's famous garden style, and after somecareful research i can safely say this is the perfect interpretation of it. You would own any red carpet, and capture the attention of everyone at any event in this dress. Her Pret-a-Porter line of cocktail dresses are complex-simplicity at its finest, their savvy, elegant and always ready to wear when you are, hence why their part of Veronica's ready to wear line.
Written by Li Thane Kitson