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Cabinet Studios Jewellery Look Book from London Fashion Week SS12

We’ve recently been giving Cabinet Studios a fair amount of lip service after falling in love with their London Fashion Week SS12 jewellery collection. We thought only fair to share the love; here’s a look at their inspired SS12 Jewellery Look Book (click it for full screen):

Pure love at first sight! I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about Gemma and Zara from Cabinet Studios and their amazing jewellery soon.

Spotted at London Fashion Week SS12 – Zandra Rhodes

London Fashion Week SS12 has shown yet another explosion of style within the jewellery business yet there are few with a style as big and explosive as Zandra Rhodes! Spotted at Somerset House touring London Fashion Week with her assistant, Zandra Rhodes:

Zandra Rhodes at London Fashion Week SS12

Zandra Rhodes at London Fashion Week SS12

We love women with big personalities! Did you ever hear Marianne Williamson‘s beautiful speech of empowerment:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?…

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to manifest the glory of God within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others.”

Having met Zandra, I can tell you she absolutely does and as she said in August at the Pure London Fashion Show launch of her Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Jewellery collaboration,

“If you design something and you don’t wear it, you don’t put your own back behind it so [when we created Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie] it had to be jewellery that I would be seen in.”

True to her word, Zandra Rhodes wore to London Fashion Week one of her new Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Chunky Bead Necklaces! Glorious!

Earring & Jewellery Trends at London Fashion Week SS12

We’ve only just taken off our clip on earrings and let our sore feet out their London Fashion Week SS12 heels but the trends that make it worth putting that extra dessert away are now being made. And what a fashion week it was! Fashion156 Magazine tweeted:

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With lots of our designer friends exhibiting, we just had to make our way once more to the strikingly picturesque Somerset House to see their new collections and to get the full flavour of fashion’s future. Here are three of the biggest trends we picked up from both the London Fashion Week catwalks and exhibition:

Get Feminine:
Bora Aksu, Jena Theo and Emilia Wickstead all put bosoms on show on day one. London Fashion Week SS12 steps away from it’s recent flirtation with androgyny to re-declare a passionate love affair with the female form. This came through in accessories too, with jewellery designers mixing feminine curves with a dash of something cheekily subversive or playfully sinister.


The Jena Theo SS12 Catwalk at London Fashion Week

Geometrics Make a Statement
Powerful Aztec shapes with angular cuts and asymmetrical finishes make the season’s statement wear as Holly Fulton, Jaeger London and Sass and Bide all bounced the house in bold numbers. Brilliant Swarovski crystals, oversized pearls and multi-textural bodywork provide perfect staging and emphasis.

A necklace design by Miquella; one of several jewellers now making clip on earrings

A necklace design by Miquella; one of several jewellers now making clip on earrings at London Fashion Week

Go Wild
Erdem, Christopher Kane and Ashish brough florals to textiles and House of Holland brough cute animal prints onto the catwalk. The jewellery fash pack had these designer’s backs covered with a complete arc of flora and fauna inspired accessories to accent an outfit. Luxury bombshell designer, Mawi, showed not only their stunning main collection by also their new Minnie Mawi collaboration with Disney Couture. Think DeadMau5 gets a P-Diddy bling makeover and you’re halfway to visualising this cute collection. Renaissance continues her Swedish soft spot for deer and Cabinet Studios edgy collection was brought back from the future by antler-esque pendants made by casting real coral. Les Néréides continues to have more characters than a weekend in Narnia with softly seductive flowers keeping the collections fresh as a Spring sunrise.

A floral clip on earring by Les Néréides

A floral clip on earring by Les Néréides

Another jewellery putting in a strong collection was Lola Rose, the 10 years old brand that specialises in exquisite cut natural gemstones in chunky rings, necklaces and earrings. Over the past couple of years they’ve truly bloomed and it’s wonderful to see them going from strength to strength in spite of the economy.

With the price of gold soaring Lola Rose’s emphasis on semi-precious stones rather than precious metals gives them an advantage over the metalworkers. We have one jeweller who can’t give us a fixed price for gold jewellery anymore; it’s looked up on a chart according the price of gold on the day of purchase. Naturally this means a lot more designers are introducing gold plated ranges to compliment their traditional pure gold lines and there’s also an increased interest in other materials. Cabinet Studios lead the pack in innovation, mixing in wood, metal, crystal, mother of pearl and more to create emotionally charged statement pieces invigorated with a young energy.

Whether it’s gold, rock or crystal that sets your inner Magpie chirping, there’s tons of fantastic new ways to accessorise the trends coming off of the London Fashion Week SS12 catwalk. We’ll bring you more updates as new clip on earrings become available to mix and match the trends.

Jewellery Trends Winter 2011 – 2012

It might be in the minus degree temperatures outside, but that does’t mean we should fall out of fashion! There are no signs of this winter ending any time soon, so before London Fashion Week is upon us again, let’s look back and see what are the trends for earrings, bracelets and necklaces of the season…

FEATHER CLIP ON EARRINGS

Following the summer swing, this winter, designers continued their craze on feathers, which were seen all over necklaces, purses, gloves, scarves and of course – clip on earrings. Moving from bright feathers of the warm months, to the deeper toned ones of the winter, this season is all about the Bohemian hippy style. Deep greens, purples, oranges, reds, blacks and browns are all a perfect choice for a dazzling look, with a hippy twist!

Bohemian Long Feather Clip-On Earrings - Grey

Bohemian Long Feather Clip-On Earrings - Grey

Long Feather Clip-On Earrings - Orange

Long Feather Clip-On Earrings - Orange

BOHO CHIC JEWELLERY

The bohemian look doesn’t just end with feathers; it’s an entire appearance, behaviour and attitude. Beads of colours from the whole spectrum are combined together to make a feeling of carelessness, mingled with on-trend style.

Fiorelli Blue and Red Beaded Boho Bracelet

Fiorelli Blue and Red Beaded Boho Bracelet

Fiorelli Multi Coloured Bead and Mother of Pearl Earrings

Fiorelli Multi Coloured Bead and Mother of Pearl Earrings

Oriental Beads Clip On Earrings

Oriental Beads Clip On Earrings

Oriental Double Bead Drop Clip On Earrings - White

Oriental Double Bead Drop Clip On Earrings - White

METALLICS

There is nothing new about designers using a lot of metal finishes in their creations, but this season brings us a new look! We’re not talking about the bright metallics, but about the muted, brushed tones like antique golds or gunmetals. Bronze, deep purple, dark red and hematite are all a part of this winter’s rich, deep colours. Pile them on layers of bracelets, necklaces and dangling clip on chandelier earrings, and you will surely stand out in the wintery crowd.

Rodney Holman Brushed Gunmetal Warped Clip On Earrings

Rodney Holman Brushed Gunmetal Warped Clip On Earrings

Adele Marie Metallic Pearl and Bead Cascade Clip On Earrings

Adele Marie Metallic Pearl and Bead Cascade Clip On Earrings

Fiorelli Bling Geometries Necklace

Fiorelli Bling Geometries Necklace

Fiorelli Black and Gold Leather Bracelet

Fiorelli Black and Gold Leather Bracelet

THE RAW

When we say ‘raw’ we mean all the jewellery, which is purposefully made to look unfinished, or simply – unrefined. You’ve probably see the dull rocks that are split in half, and inside there are gorgeous gems or glitter effects (‘sugar coating’ in jewellery terms). The sparkling effects on the stone are crystals known as drusy, and they come in vivid colours. Drusy stones have been popular for a while, but this winter they are larger, bolder and finer (if that word is appropriate). And nobody knows better about them than Barbara Easton! Expect more in the collection launching soon.

Barbara Easton Sweet Foil Clip On Earrings - Silver

Barbara Easton Sweet Foil Clip On Earrings - Silver

Barbara Easton Lace Pattern Clip On Earrings

Barbara Easton Lace Pattern Clip On Earrings

Barbara Easton Textured Button Clip On Earrings - Gold

Barbara Easton Textured Button Clip On Earrings - Gold

BLACK – SILVER – CRYSTAL – SHAMBALA

It shouldn’t sound like a bad combination at all, so why haven’t silver, crystal and black ever entangled themselves like they have this winter before?! It’s because black is usually a strong colour for the cold seasons, and not many designers prefer to use it in excess – unless it is combined with polished silver and crystal. The gorgeous combination sits with authority and it perfect for the serious, but adventurous woman who works hard, and secretly dreams of being somewhere exciting and even dangerous…

Fiorelli Silver, Black and Crystal Beaded Bracelet

Fiorelli Silver, Black and Crystal Beaded Bracelet

Fiorelli Silver and Black Beaded Charm Bracelet

Fiorelli Silver and Black Beaded Charm Bracelet

Fiorelli Black Beaded Scrunchie Style Bracelet

Fiorelli Black Beaded Scrunchie Style Bracelet

Fiorelli Midnight Blue and Silver Crystal Beaded Bracelet

Fiorelli Midnight Blue and Silver Crystal Beaded Bracelet

Fiorelli Decadent Crystal and Bead Clip On Earrings

Fiorelli Decadent Crystal and Bead Clip On Earrings

 

Spotted: Zandra Rhodes at Neville Johnson

For a 71 year old there’s a decided girl-about-town feel to the one and only Zandra Rhodes! We spotted Zandra recently at London Fashion Week SS12 sporting her wonderful Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Chunky Bead Necklace.

Well the lady gets about! Spotted again, this time at the flagship showroom of fitted furniture specialists, Neville Johnson:

Zandra Rhodes

Once again, Zandra is layering on the Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Jewellery, with bracelets and necklaces. They go really well with her Zandra Rhodes bed linen in the shop window!

Egging on England at Miss World 2011

Apart from when she’s jumping out of aeroplanes, Alize Lily Mounter is remarkably down to earth for someone who’s starred on Britain’s Next Top Model. She’s won dancing and athletic medals and she’s working hard to complete her degree. Somewhere in between she managed to fit in a win at the Miss Everymodel Magazine which qualified her for a place in Miss England. The rollercoaster of success didn’t end there; now she’s up for the ultimate beauty challenge. Alize Lily Mounter – Miss England 2011 – is now representing England in the annual glamfest that attracts over a billion viewers  worldwide, Miss World.

Miss England, Alize Lily Mounter

Miss England, Alize Lily Mounter

Alize and I had shared champagne earlier on in the year when we hung out at the Pure London Fashion Show together. Alize was modelling for my friends at custom couture dressmakers, Zeleb. Even before we’d started the champagne, Alize was bubbly and I was impressed by how much fun she was talk to; such a happy girl with a great sense of humour. Needless to say by the time she’d recounted her remarkable journey from pageant to pageant I’d really seen the sincerity in her. She’s having the time of her life doing what she loves and the world has been picking up on her great vibe which is why she keeps on getting more opportunities!

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When I found out that Alize was standing for England at Miss World I wondered what we could do to get behind her and show our support. This year Miss World is coming to home turf. The finals are being held and televised from Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, London and the girls are going to have 3 whole weeks of activities to work through beforehand. There’s one thing I couldn’t stand for. No way was our home girl going to get out blinged on home ground! To that end, I’ve organised that the best of British jewellery be made available for Alize as Make Me Beautiful become the Official Jewellery Sponsor to Miss England at Miss World 2011. Alize has available the latest range from London’s biggest accessories company, Fiorelli. Joining them are statement pieces from Adele Marie London and Zandra Rhodes, plus sparkle from Barbara Easton (she’s based in Maidenhead) and Elements, a fine silver jeweller from Essex.

Perhaps more important than just our jewellery, Alize carries our hopes and wishes. This year we may have been short on budgets but one thing they can never tax away from us is that Britain’s got beauty! Fingers crossed that world-class brands on a world-class beauty queen will be a world beating combination. Go Alize! Please tweet your support to Alize on @missengland11!

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie

This weekend’s Pure London Fashion Show will see the iconic British Fashion Designer Zandra Rhodes launch her range of vintage inspired jewellery in collaboration with Adele Marie, one of the premium costume jewellery brands we’ve stocked for some time due to it’s quality and style. We’re not ones to keep our faithful fashionistas waiting so while Zandra’s press office told us…

The collection draws inspiration upon Zandra’s iconic internationally renowned creations and bears the hallmarks of this fashion celebrity who is famous for her creative statements, striking prints and passionate views. Zandra’s vision for her new collection of jewels, is to infuse her unique and eclectic style with current fashion trends, to create a stunning modern day collection with sweeping statements from her earlier years. The Collection  incorporates the designer’s original textile work, featuring dramatic and unique prints, the range consists of retro necklaces, brooches and earrings.

The Zandra Rhodes Jewellery Collection transcends fashion and like her famous creations will become collector’s pieces of the future. Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie is unmistakably a Rhodes creation that exudes a timeless quality.

…it wasn’t enough! After a lot of long calls, bending people’s ears and general excitement we finally got some photos to share. This is a sample of a few of the key pieces:

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie bracelet

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie bracelet

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie necklace

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie necklace

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie earrings

Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie clip earrings

Finally we caught a shot of the woman herself.

Zandra Rhodes wearing Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Jewellery

Zandra Rhodes wearing Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie Jewellery to accessorise over Zandra Rhodes Couture

In the next few days we’ll be launching the Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie jewellery collection. Stock will be limited and we are inclined to agree with Zandra’s press officer that the jewels will become collector’s pieces of the future. Whether you’d wear them boldly or keep them as investment pieces, the collection is well made, beautifully packaged (in pink!) and a brilliant addition to Zandra’s legacy of fashion.

Update: You can now browse and buy the Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie collection and watch Zandra Rhodes show her jewels on the catwalk at Pure London

Adele Marie Bling It On!

Storming into the store in a brilliant ray of blinding bling, it’s Adele Marie London‘s A/W11 collection of clip on earrings! Here’s the top 5 things you need to know about Adele Marie jewellery:

  1. Adele Marie London was founded by Adele Vanderkar in the 1970s and Adele is still at the wheel today!
  2. Previous to founding Adele Marie London, Adele Vanderkar was the buyer for luxury department store Harvey Nichols of Knightsbridge where she honed her eye for detail and her taste for quality
  3. Although some lines are now made in the Far East, there are still many Adele Marie clip on earring designs that are made in Europe with Italy being a prime source and the UK another
  4. Adele Marie’s clip on earrings use crystals bought from the Swarovski™ company to give them the best finish
  5. Adele Marie‘s signature mix of quality, edginess and sophistication has made them a hit in many fashion mags including You, Ok, Grazia, Style, Asiana, New, Look, First and the Sunday Express

Within this collection there are three main themes:

  • Italian Bead Clip On Earring Artistry
  • Luxury Button Clip On Earrings
  • Edgy Bling Clip on Earrings

Italian Bead Clip On Earring Artistry

Florence has been known as a centre for the arts and crafts of Italy for hundreds of years. From Da Vinci and Michaelangelo to Donatello and Botticelli, the greats have dwelt there and left their influence on it’s artistic culture. Small wonder then that fine hand made jewellery still comes from this area, often with hand made glass beads too. Our latest collection from Adele Marie captures some of that stirring in soul that the great artists leave with a range of clip on earrings handmade in Florence.

Adele Marie Bead Rosette Clip On Earrings - Sea Tones

Adele Marie Bead Rosette Clip On Earrings - Sea Tones

Due to the handmade nature of the clip on earrings in the Italian Artistry range there’s only limited numbers of each available.

Luxury Button Clip On Earrings

The button clip on earring is back like you’ve never seen it before. Whether in simple geometrics for everyday wear or in swarovski swishing sophistication, there’s a dash of something special to each of these reinventions. For daywear, we’re loving the Italian handpainted button clip on earrings…

Adele Marie Hand Painted White Button Clip On Earrings

Adele Marie Hand Painted White Button Clip On Earrings

…whilst for something suited to the Concours D’Elegance, there are touches of decadent grandeur with richly embellished Swarovski buttons…

 Adele Marie Brilliant Swarovski Flower Clip On Earrings

Adele Marie Brilliant Swarovski Flower Clip On Earrings

Look out also for the Cabouchon Clip On Earring range within the button clip on earring selection. They’re also high quality made-to-last pieces with a timeless style that will have you wearing them day and night.

Edgy Bling Clip on Earrings

If you wanted a premium costume jewellery line that can instantly take you in a nice dress and immediately upgrade you to “girl in the Vogue ad” status, Adele Marie is the queen of the statement piece…

Adele Marie Vogue Clip On Earrings

Adele Marie Vogue Clip On Earrings

Adele Marie’s colloration with Zandra Rhodes launches in a few weeks and whilst the two share similarities – an eye for quality and statement – the Zandra Rhodes clip on earring collection is markedly different in artistic direction to Adele Marie’s. Zandra Rhodes’ is a celebration of her iconic style, especially with inspiration from early works in textiles. Adele Marie’s is a romping, rich and at times sexual explosion of gorgeous materials laid oud with contrasting textures and with a boldness that is infectous. Well worth exploring!

You can see the full Adele Marie London Jewellery range here.

New Clip On Earring Matching Sets

Co-ordination. It’s what makes the difference between sloppy and snappy. In response to requests, we’re now launching a new matching clip on earring sets department where you can get hold of a much wider range of clip on earrings with matching necklaces and sometimes bracelets and rings too. It’s part of our goal to make you beautiful whatever you want to wear and the extra impact you can make just by accessorising with matching co-ordinates is incredible.

First up, we’re putting our Fiorelli Jewellery matching sets together. There will also be some from other designers too including gemstone and sterling silver Angel Rocks, luxury costume jewellers Adele Marie London and eclectic spirited Look East Jewellery. There’s also often a little discount when you buys the items together so it makes better money sense as well as fashion sense too.

Here’s an example. These Fiorelli Blue Cubic Zirconia Clip On Earrings are a classic item, easy to wear throughout the seasons:

Fiorelli Blue Cubic Zirconia Square Clip On Earrings

Fiorelli Blue Cubic Zirconia Square Clip On Earrings

Seperately we have the matcing Fiorelli necklace:

Fiorelli Blue Cubic Zironia Square Necklace

Fiorelli Blue Cubic Zironia Square Necklace

and the matching Fiorelli bracelet:

Fiorelli Blue Cubic Zirconia Multi Square Bracelet

Fiorelli Blue Cubic Zirconia Multi Square Bracelet

It’s stunning colour and quality will bring a polished, finished look to an outfit and you can choose clip earrings and necklace, clip earrings and bracelet or clip earrings, bracelet and necklace, the latter of which gives you almost £11 off of the price!

We’ll be adding a whole load more to the clip on earring matching set department each week so do keep an eye out for bargains that make you beautiful.