Our selection for Fall/Winter 2017/18 jewellery for men continues with pins, earrings and cufflinks. Finding jewellery that has a meaning for you, complement your nice attire and very likely to be conversation starter is about having some poise and being in control. Whether you choose punk, gothic, industry or refined aesthetics, keep in mind that “less is more”. The sartorial elegance of cufflinks to edgy earrings and playful pins, make sure that your choice in jewellery embodies your desires and asserts your esteem and social fancies.
Careful selection of jewellery allows the nondescript style to make a statement. Your wardrobe selection whether is subtle or festooned should allow pieces of jewellery that grace your getup.
Since 25,000 years ago, a simple necklace made of fish bones to present day diamond studded jewellery, they reflect a sentiment. As part of our interactions, jewellery is employed as symbols of luck, protection, respect, commitment, love, fertility or belief. Overtly or covertly they unveil our assertions.
Increasingly the artistic expression with the readily available materials & tools of production allow designers to be more creative and craft predominant trends of season or year from expensive to affordable styles. Our pick for Fall/Winter 2017 Men’s jewellery:
Mid length and slim chains compliments the outfit, whether with biker chic t-shirt or french chic tugged under the collar of the shirt.
Looking to have accessories that tell a story? Well, the friendly and talented Nessa, an Iranian born Canadian accessories designer re-creates fantastic tales and symbolic images that ensure originality. Creating stories to illustrate “My Wonderland”, “What if” and “My fantasies” are at the core of her artistry. She tastefully adorns the thematically focused accessories, capturing the bygone eras by hand painting and print collage. Nessa’s unpretentious wanderings to the art world and the realm of imagination characterizes her timeless accessories.
Tell me about your beginnings, what set you on this path: Well, this all started at the time I was living in Dubai. I had spent quite some time concentrating on paintings with a focus on very feminine themes. Dubai was a haven for anything luxury, but I thought most of the fashion being offered lacked a touch of individuality. That is when I started experimenting with painting designs, more spcifically traditional/nostalgic Persian designs, on women’s shoes and accessories. I received great feedback from family, friends, and a small group of followers I had and the rest is history.
What does Nessa means: It means women/ feminine in Arabic but to my surprise the word also has origins with different meanings in Hebrew, Irish and Greek.
Walk me through the process of your creations: it all starts with anything that inspires me. It could be a poem, a nostalgic image, a character or a story. Then I start playing with ideas on how to incorporate the vision into a design and what to put the design on. Would it work better on bags, shoes or something else, what material would best suit the design, what kind of colors should I use, and things like that. Sometimes it can happen as quickly as the first try, sometimes it would take many many failed attempts after which I might change the idea altogether. I have a whole collection of items I have started work on, but had to abandon the idea one way or another.
Why “by Nessa”: well, since I love arts in any shape or form, and because I love working on different things, I didn’t want a name that would pigeon hole the scope of my work, so I guess “By Nessa” allows me to do anything, or even change direction completely without having to change the name.
What does individuality mean to you: I guess is to see things a little different than most. I mean almost everyone has their individual interpretation on nuances of daily life, events, fashion and etc, but some people are capable of seeing certain things in a different light. I strive for that.
Which is your favourite art movement / period in Iran and why: l am most fascinated by the Safavid period and the Persian miniatures representing stories and ways of life of this era.
How do you choose words / quotes for your calligraphy designs:sometimes its just the matter of using certain words that simply look great on a design, but most of my inspiration comes from Rumi’s and Khayam’s poems.
When you are commissioned, what is your advice for an anniversary gift: anything that represents a memory or personality of the receiver. If one sees the gift and immediately relates it to that individual, then it’s the right gift, and it could be anything.
And your advice to a woman buying her partner a birthday gift:The same applies.
What inspires you: being an artist, I have the privilege to let my mood determine a source of inspiration. Therefore, it really could be anything.
Do you have a muse or fashion icon: I like anything old and classic in fashion from 1920’s to the 1950’s.
How do you overcome fear and doubt: just believe, if in nothing else but at least in yourself. I read somewhere, courage is not being fearless, it is being scared but doing what you have to do regardless.
As an immigrant, a woman and a designer, what are the challenges in your vocation that government/ community should be aware and subdue: I wish there were more venues specially in rural areas that offer a space for artists to work and display their art. Toronto is great at that, however the small towns as part of Greater Toronto, (I live in Newmarket) lack these types of facilities.
What is your idea of social responsibility: that is a tough one. Not sure, I guess to remain true to the message the artwork is trying to represent and refrain from misinterpretations and assumptions.
Favourite book, and why: I generally stay away from fiction. I like philosophy and psychology subjects, things I can actually apply in real life.
Among celebrities, politicians, overall public figures who would you like to create an accessory for: l have created quite a few pieces for some celebrities and public figures still I like to design for “Farah Diba” and “Golshifteh” as well.
Favourite travel destination: I would love to go to Morocco and Spain.
Your life Motto: You can reach anything if you want it bad enough.
Leonardi Emanuele, experimental sculptor and winner of Artistar 2017 is channelling human sentiments into his craft. His art speaks at a deep, emotional level, eliciting sublime feelings and aesthetic chills. His micro sculptures portray characters that are unwavering, supportive or crusading. His philosophical approach to body ornaments is powerful and has a symbiotic relationship between the human emotions and the art of jewellery.
His piece called ‘Valutazione del Rischio’ (Risk Assessment) won him the Artistar award. A jewel-work of art crafted from wood, leather and bronze composed of necklace and brooch. The neckpiece depicts human’s desire and willpower to achieve in spite of everything.
Are you looking for a present for someone you want never to forget you? Do you like to be radiant? Do you like to exaggerate your ensemble? Do you like to treat your beauty to pure luxury? Do you want to possess that effortless “look at me” aura? Then you must stop by Archives Toronto. The one stop destination to explore the whimsical, avant-garde & unique creations in fine jewellery and accessories. Artfully showcasing the fine collections with all white interiors and mouthwatering one of a kind accessories, you are in the glamour land.
We met with talented and capable Jaleh Farhadpour, the owner of Archives Toronto. She studied architecture & fashion from which she has discovered her signature style and nurtured her creativity.
Tell me about your beginnings in art and design: I am an architect by training and worked in the fashion design industry in Dubai & across Europe. In 2005, my fascination with gemstone, their healing power, my inner experiences and emotions propelled me to create my own line of fine jewellery.
What experience or situation compelled you to design jewellery: My childhood memories. Being the eldest, my grandmother gave me permission to ferret around her treasure trove, dress up and adorn myself with her diamond studded and precious stones fine jewellery. That was my fantasy land and those recollections fanned my inspiration.
The first designer piece you owned was from which jewellery designer: Van Cleef & a Rolex watch.
What is your advice to a man buying his partner an anniversary gift: Choosing a piece with authentic design that can be passed down for generations will carve a special place in her/his heart. Fine jewellery made with passion, considering originality and craftsmanship should have greater importance to the monetary value of the stone or the weight of the gold.
And if you were to give one tip to a woman buying their partner a birthday gift: A watch is always a cool piece of jewellery, is stylish, has a functional use and tells the time.
Is jewellery an investment: Definitely fine jewellery is an investment. Designer pieces such as JAR have their own cult and unquestionably increase in value.
How does your showroom make life easier for busy fashionistas : We go through myriad of designers and pick the ones who are basically avant-garde, fashion forward with an edge. From boundless simplicity to divine complex designs, our selections are not only for early adopters who embrace the cutting edge aesthetics but also the romantics, the bohemians or the adventurers. The uncompromising novelty of our collections whether fine jewellery or accessories such as sunglasses, hats & bags have the “wow” factor. We offer what the trendsetters around the world are wearing. We have clients from New York, who used to travel to Europe to learn about the latest trend and add to their jewellery collection or accessories, now they are coming to us .
What is your favourite accessory: Definitely, a pair of earrings, I cannot go out without them.
Graduation season is coming up, any suggestions to parents and grand parents who are looking to buy a gift: A pair earrings by Delfina Delettrez, fourth generation Fendi and celebrated jewellery designer.
What genre of music inspire you: Rock, Stairway to Heaven is one of my favourite songs.
What is your idea for social responsibility: Environment is important to me, I strongly believe that we should buy quality rather than quantity. If we all use less, buy less we are helping mother earth. I love this quote: “I am not rich enough to buy cheap stuff”. Personally I am committed to recycling, cooking local, eating local. It is our responsibility to preserve our planet for future generations, and try to eliminate consumerism as much as we can. How? Well, try a minimalist wardrobe, which helps with “decision fatigue”, and invest in your accessories like sunglasses, hats, handbags & belts and jewellery. You can wear the same outfit over and over, it is about how you pull out looks. High quality accessories is one time investment that add personality & zip to your ensemble.
Are you involved in a charity? and why? Giving back goes hand in hand with my beliefs. It makes me feel good & my life meaningful. Many years ago, I’ve started a shelter for battered women and children in Iran and to this date gratefully is enabling many individuals to re-gain their integrity, self confidence and the ability for re-integration into society. Philanthropy is a connection with your community without it your spiritual self would be broken.
Which movie you would have liked to be the leading actor? Roman Holiday.
What is power? Love is power.
Your favourite place to travel? Well, it changes, up to year ago it was the magical Sri Lanka & recently I had a vacation in Nevis and loved it.
What is your favourite book?” Through the narrow gate”, by Karen Armstrong. I’ve read few of her books and they all had a great impact on my spiritual awakening. Her views gave me a clarity that we are all part of one human family.
Among the politicians who would you like to play card with?Emmanuel Macron.
What is your “life Motto”? Do it with love and passion or don’t do it at all”.
What have you learnt from your kids? I have learnt that my capabilities are limitless because of my kids. I learnt when you love deeply, you are unstoppable. From the very first day they were born, I learnt about my strengths, my resilience and how to deal with my fears.
Photos courtesy of Archives Toronto, 1275 Bay Street Toronto On, Canada, M5R 0B3. Tel: +1 416 922-2229
What would you do, when you are nostalgic or affectionate and as a strong woman you want to reveal your emotions in a subtle & intelligent way? How would you project your inner strength, compassion and beauty to draw the good in your professional and social galaxy similar to the cosmos movement. Your uniqueness is your gravity to rise above the chaos to master safety as the sun allows life on earth to exist.
As a spirited campaigner for individuality, how would you integrate your beautiful mind, your identity and your taste in jewellery? Yes, body ornaments are part of your brand and developing a signature style for a woman with a purpose in life is imperative. Indicating your allegiance to your dearest, a society or an ideology through jewellery is not only delightful but convincing.
Last week, I was invited to meet with Elie Top a brilliant and genial fine jewellery designer at Archives, Toronto and had the pleasure to conduct an interview. His collections, mécaniques célestes, cosmogonie secrète or étoile mysterieuse reassure strong woman that design, craftsmanship and modern rendition of the symbols and celestial mechanics, surely play up on her strength and evoke harmony.
The pieces are about discovery as they unfold through interlocking cages and artistically engraved compartments. The precision is achieved by ambitious design, technology of three dimensional printing and high artisanship. Luckily, with cosmogonie secrètecollection, you are in “control”, you have a “choice” in selecting signs and symbols that represent an idea, a message, a renewal, an advent or a new life.
Elie Top, French born jeweller started his career in design at YSL and continued to be the celebrated accessories Director at Lanvin for 15 years. He has launched his own brand in 2015 with Elie Top, Mécanique Célestes Collection.
Tell me the story of Elie Top, the first project that had set you on this path of designing fine jewelry: “I have been designing costume jewelry for years especially for Lanvin alongside Albert Elbaz. So Fine Jewelry was the natural next step to express myself in the most personal way. I went back to my roots, a mix of baroque and industrial aesthetic, ornamental and mechanic.”
What was the source of inspiration behind the current collection:After “mécaniques célestes” and “étoile mystérieuse” , “cosmogonie secrète” is the third series. A trilogy about the space, but in more narrative, ornamental and esoteric way: based on the four elements: fire, water, air, earth, every single thing is connected from the colours, the animals to the seasons. Nothing is unbound, perpetually significant. I was dreaming of the portrait of Agnes Sorel by Fouquet, the priestress of Dune (the Lynch movie), or Excalibur and the heraldic language and shapes. Bestowing on the object protection and power.
What is the voice of your brand:I would say medieval, futuristic and casual, based on the idea of secret for independent and strong women. It talks about design, structure, and systems.
If you were to describe your team of craftsmen in two words:Enthusiastic and inventive!
What is your advice to a man buying his partner an anniversary gift:not to do it on his own but always with his partner! Women know remarkably well and much better what suits them!
What makes a piece of jewelry an heirloom: Not necessary its value, certainly more the person, may be the first owner, who has been wearing it, the way and the circumstances it was worn creates an aura and symbols that the descendants will enjoy to carry on.
Who is your muse or fashion icon:I admire and love many women, but certainly the most important and influential in my life is Loulou de la Falaise. I met her very young at YSL, and worked with her for many years; her taste of huge, bold, barbaric jewels worn in a total free spirit made a deep and definitive impression on me. I miss her every day.
What do you do to conquer fear or self doubt:I work! Fear and doubt are essentials to move on.
Which side of Elie Top drives the wheel of your life? The creative part is the most important, since ever. I always gave the creativity the priority: looking for beauty.
Which movie you would have liked to be the leading actor:Eh…, Eric von Strohiem in all his movies.
What is your life Motto:Remain faithful to yourself.
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