Armor vs. Amour: Pamela Love, Spring/Summer 2011
Inspired by Indian and African symbols of protection, inimitable spirit Pamela Love
delivers a spring collection of tribal, geometric, and well-worked jewelry that stuns. Exaggerated spikes, silver suns, golden stars, and antiqued etching are thematic for the season, offering even more eye-catching and enchanting ways to "Love" ourselves. And there's an added bonus...
Alongside the design of her main collection, Pamela teamed up with New York force Rogan Gregory for a capsule collection of ironic necklaces that salute (and slightly skewer) the idea of amour
. Engraved with original phrases like, "What Have Your Eyes Done To Me?" and subtly studded with champagne diamonds, the Rogan vs. Love
line of necklaces feature antiqued surfaces and delicate cable chains that add classic charm to those sweetly sardonic sayings.
I recently had the chance to ask Pamela a few questions about her Spring collection, a typical day in the studio, and what we can expect come Fall/Winter. Check out her answers and some behind-the-scenes snaps from her presentation!
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Khira Jordan: Many pieces this season are noticeably larger than in collections past. Does size matter? What goes through your mind when you determine how big an accessory will be?
Pamela Love: Sizes and shapes widely very in my new collection, from thick necklaces to massive cuffs. I was very interested in pushing the boundaries of size and proportion this season. I also thought a lot about jewelry as protection, much like the traditional pieces worn in Africa and India. Traditionally in these cultures, women wear strong bold pieces that indicate safety, almost like beautiful armor, and I was very inspired by this.
KJ: Did you discover anything new about your process or aesthetic while designing this Spring 2011 collection?
PL: My SS11 collection was a lot more geometric than my previous collections. It was based more on Indian and African history which gave it a new feel compared to my regular aesthetic, though it still had the look of being tough-yet-feminine
KJ: Is there any material you're eager to incorporate into your jewelry?
PL: I love to experiment and work with new materials and techniques every season. For SS11, I introduced resin into the collection which worked really well with the Tribal Spike Cuffs in bone
and black colors. This collection also includes Howlite which is also a new material for me.
KJ: The Triangle Bead Necklace feels like a new avenue. Is there a story behind the conception of this piece?
PL: The Triangle Bead Necklace is a variation on my Heshi Bead cuff and Heshi Bead Necklace. These beads are traditionally African trading beads, and I think the triangular element gives it a new interesting texture. I also love the way this necklace falls with the leather studded element in the center connecting all of the strands.
KJ: How are you feeling about Fall? What can we expect?
PL: I feel very colorful this fall. You can expect iridescents and colorful metals worked into geometric designs.
KJ: Among many places, your designs have made it onto the chest of Alexander Skarsgård (a highly desirable spot!). What's the next frontier?
PL: I always like working with other designers and artists, so I've been thinking about collaborating on accessories other than jewelry...
KJ: What does a typical day in your studio sound like?
PL: Every day is different. I'm usually focused on sketching and making samples for new designs. Around Fashion Week, it can get a little crazy, but I have a close team that helps out.
KJ: What were some phrases that ended up in the "B Pile," so to speak, when you and Rogan were making your locket necklaces?
PL: There was no B pile. Only A.
KJ: What animal do you think would wear Pamela Love best?
PL: My cats!
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