Jewelry to Die For.

We are neck deep in paperwork and projects and were hoping to take a small hiatus from posts until the load alleviated a bit, but when we came across one of our favorite designers new jewelry line extension we couldn’t help ourselves.

Inspiration & Process

Designer Gisele Ganne has had her work plastered all over the pages of Vogue, ELLE, i-D, and Harper’s Bazaar. If you have a hard time remembering her pieces think high fashion meets suicide. At first it sounds a bit morbid, but when you hear Gisele explain her influences and inspiration it all comes together,

“I watched the Rules of Attraction, I have been so fascinated by the suicide scene in this movie! It was so beautiful! From there, I started to research about death and funeral custom and discovered the Victorian mourning jewelry which I fell immediately in love with!”

Divorce Collection

Inspiration aside Gisele puts a beautifully morbid twist on these celebratory pieces to make them her own. In her previous collection Ganne focused on traditional mourning jewelry, but as opposed to fondly remembering a loved one she focused more on burying past relationships.

“In France, we had this old custom which was to give to the bride a glass globe for her wedding, she will put her crown and bouquet inside where there is a lot of decoration and symbols to give luck to the marriage. Those symbols included a dove and some roses. As half of weddings end up in divorce, killing those symbols, I decided to make a divorce ring to celebrate this dead wedding! With a bird skull and dead roses!”

What better way to say goodbye to a doomed relationship than an effigy of your ex encased in gold and bones? Did we forget to mention that some of Gisele’s pieces have real animal skulls inside of them? Through a process called “electroforming”, wherein the skull and roses are recovered and encased in fine metals.

Mag 3 Fingered Ring from the Divorce Jewelry Collection

There is no harm done to any living animals, and most of her pieces include magpies and raven skulls that she finds and recycles. What better way to put a green spin on high fashion jewelry than incorporating mother natures ultimate form of recycling? Gisele’s work has a strong and erie presence, but the viewer can not help but be entranced by the intricate beauty of every piece.

For those who are not lucky enough to be adjacent to stores such as Wolf & Badger, Kabiri, and the more close to home (for us) Opening Ceremony. Gisele’s work has been so highly celebrated that she has influenced and entire generation to see death and departure in a different light, and that beauty can emerge from something macabre.

The new Amazon Collection

For her awe inspiring work and pioneering personality we at Kouturtion are entranced with Gisele Ganne’s work and progression in the industry. If you want to explore her deepest and darkest innovations follow her blog or if you are a little more dedicated purchase her work here. We at team Kouturtion have spent a good amount of time and money rooting through her newest collection titled “The New Amazon”. We might not have money for food, but who knows with any luck perhaps we will make it into her next collection.

 

Rick Owens’ 10 Rules of Style

 

A short, but very to the point list of 10 things one must keep in mind before they step out the door with one of our favorite fashion legends, Rick Owens.

1. I’m not good at subtlety. If you’re not going to be discreet and quiet, then just go all the way and have the balls to shave off your eyebrows, bleach your hair, and put on some big bracelets.

2. Working out is modern couture. No outfit is going to make you look or feel as good as having a fit body. Buy less clothing and go to the gym instead.

3. I’ve lived in Paris for six years, and I’m sorry to say that the Ugly American syndrome still exists. Sometimes you just want to say “Stop destroying the landscape with your outfit.” Still, from a design standpoint, I’m tempted to redo the fanny pack. I look at it as a challenge—it’s something to react against.

4. When a suit gets middle-of-the-road it kind of loses me—it has to be sharp and classic and almost forties.

5. Hair and shoes say it all. Everything in between is forgivable as long as you keep it simple. Trying to talk with your clothes is passive-aggressive.

6. There’s something a little too chatterboxy about color. Right now I want black, for its sharpness and punctuation.

7. Jean-Michel Frank, the thirties interior and furniture designer, supposedly had 40 identical double-breasted gray flannel suits. He knew himself and is a wonderful example of restraint and extravagance.

8. I hate rings and bracelets on men. I’m not a fan of man bags, or girl bags either—or even sunglasses. I don’t like fussy accessories. Isn’t it more chic to be free? Every jacket I make has interior pockets big enough to store a book and a sandwich and a passport.

9. With layering, sometimes the more the better. When you layer a lot of black you’re like a walking Louise Nevelson sculpture, and that’s pretty attractive. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable is also one of the most attractive things you can do.

10. It’s funny—whenever someone talks about rules, I just want to break them. I recoil from the whole idea of rules.

Techno Fabric

The age of self reconstructing fabrics is upon us. We all remember scenes from movies growing up where the antagonist is struck down and regenerates unfazed. If you are anything like us the first thing that popped into your head was, “Why can’t we invent something like that for our embarrassing article mishaps.”

Admit it no one on this earth has escaped the terrifying pants split or torn our favorite over-worn Tshirt at some point. Unfortunately the inventors of this miracle fabric have not worked up to that point just yet, but they have found a way to keep you a little bit dryer in the harshest conditions.

What conditions are those you ask? Try the vicious wear and tear of a professional fisherman. We are not talking about the trips your father took as a child where he returned with less fish than beer in his cooler, but the kind you see on TV where they get swept away from the ocean and are never heard of again.

Unfortunately the fabric does not do much for keeping you from falling overboard, but fisherman all over the world will be grateful for the quick repair and the lack of hypothermia that follows.

Sintef Safe at Sea Rainwear

The Scandinavian scientists who invented the fabric describe the functionality of the material,

“If the coating snags, microcapsules burst to release the sealants that harden in contact with air and water.”

Although the scientists are not entirely sure how the fabric would old up with more drastic tares they are working towards perfecting the next step to getting us some rocket packs and floating cars.

Young and Friendly

We’re psyched for the up and coming “The Young Friends of Acria” event hosted by our favorite entrepreneur and designer Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea! The event will be held at one of our favorite and glamorous Mondrain Soho. A perfect facet to meet and greet young professionals while helping further the understanding the progression of HIV and AIDS.

We hold this and many other organizations close to heart. ACRIA benefits women, LGBT, and ethnic groups afflicted by this horrible disease.

Donna Karan picking an artists print she purchased. Photos by JOE SCHILDHORN

ACRIA has dedicated followers and contributors from all walks of life and if you can not make it to the event there are numerous venues to donate to the cause. ACRIA even houses a gallery where you can purchase original artwork by supporters of the cause, and even has a donation link on their website.

Kelly Klein Untitled, 2007 Digital C-print

The Young Friends will be holding an event on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery from 6 to 9PM.  For more information or to purchase tickets please call (212) 924-3934, ext. 101 or email events@acria.org. For a closer look at what ACRIA stands for and a full events listing please visit ACRIA‘s website.