Jewels and accessories come in all sizes and styles. Small, dainty and romantic. Big, strong and loud. Whatever the style or the size, designs should have the appeal of a conversation piece and say something about the women who wear them.
Personally, I love big, affirmative necklaces; those that make people stop me on the street just to admire them. The best, obviously, are those that are hand made, one of a kind pieces. These pieces have a voice of their own. They speak of the person who selected the sizes and the colors, whose hands worked to bring together the different materials: stones, metals, wood, textiles, and make something extraordinary out of the ordinary.
I find textile necklaces particularly fascinating. As I cruise through www.flechada.com with my wish list, I would love to get María Camila Mesa’s chocolate colored satin ribbon necklace with big resin beads laced in metallic chains that should look really good with this summers crisp white shirts. Also on my wish list are the quirky, playful designs by Pequeñas Indulgencias. These pieces are perfect for anyone who believes in the magical powers of butterflies, oriental coins, and buddahs. Holding them is sure to generate magical thoughts.
However, the pieces that seduce me the most are Daniela Zagnolli’s leather and rattan creations. This Brazilian designer has a way with her conversation pieces; the way I want my accessories to be. She is fearless in her designs, with braided rattan laser-cut leather, using metal and studs for an unexpected and slightly medieval twist. Her cuffs with a punky touch are also a catchy item to glam up all my basics.
In Mexico, the Tixinda brand, created by argentine born Anabel Vanoni and Eric Morales who goes by the name of Dr. Morbito, is a mix of pre-Hispanic and Mexican urban design. Tixinda is basically about art toys that are funny squat figures in pre-Hispanic or typical regional dress; or clothed as luchadores (wrestlers) and other such iconic figures of the Mexican urban tribes. However, the brand also carries T-shirts, scarves, rustic revamped rebozos, hand embroidered bags and wonderful one of a kind textile necklaces that are authentic conversation pieces and deserve a closer look next time you are looking for original conversations piece accessories.
A well known personality in the Mexican fashion world, Anna Fusoni has been closely involved with the Mexican fashion scene and the apparel industry for well over 35 years. She has been instrumental in discovery and promoting rising design talents. Read More...
An acute observer of fashion as a world wide phenomena, was the co-founder of Fashion News, the only apparel trade paper in Mexico, who has also applied her writing skills to free-lance fashion journalism and currently writes for several prestigious magazines as well as a daily news paper. Also an active contributor for www.thehappening.com a luxe lifestyle site and freelancer for Fairchild Publications (WWD, WWDFast and WWDBeauty).
She is much in demand for seminars and conferences, also a frequent guest on radio and television shows, as well as considered the leading networker for fashion industry. The General coordinator of CREARE, the organizer for MODAPREMIO and MEZCLARTE, a contest that awards recognition to new fashion ideas for denim. Also a fashion director of FASHION WEEK MEXICO. She now consults for the most important seasonal fashion runways.
Some of her most outstanding achievements have been to be awarded by the Fashion Group 2007 Star Award, for outstanding service to the Mexican Fashion Industry, Prix de Paris by Vogue Magazine, OMNI award as personality of the year, Excelencia Europea que otorga Enrique Castillo Pesado , Premio Mayahuel, awarded by the Fashion Group and Mairie de Paris medal, awarded by the mayor Jacques Chirac for the excellent organization of the MODAPREMIO.
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