Tuesday, 1 March 2011
London Fashion Week: Mawi
If Wallis Simpson were alive today I think she would be clamouring to wear the designs of London jewellery designer Mawi. These are stylish contemporary costume jewellery pieces whose design strikes that magical balance that enables them to make your wardrobe work harder for you. They manage to transcend seasonal trends and yet adding them to an outfit somehow brings whatever you are wearing bang up to date.
The designs are split into two collections: Fine Costume and Heirloom. The Fine Costume range is about forward looking, unique and modern pieces drawing on architecture, sculpture, industrial and futuristic forms for inspiration. Expect striking, bold and edgy jewellery that uses chunky shapes, structured lines, spikes, tubes, double claw settings, thick and interesting chain links, supersized pearls and brightly coloured gems for maximum impact.
The designer's own love of collecting vintage and trinkets is reflected in the more romantic, vintage feel of the Heirloom collection (which is my personal favourite). Mawi cites the inspiration for the Heirloom collection as being estate jewels, family heirlooms, royal and historical influences. Here you find panther heads with rubies for eyes and emeralds on their collars adorning opulent necklaces and bracelets. There are coloured crystal and perspex gems, ornate clasps, pearls in vibrant colours or printed with motifs of roses, eclectic collections of trinkets and charms, engraved heart lockets and silver and gold bows. A signature Mawi feature is the unexpected use of silver or gold plated skulls to give a darker edge to what, on a first glance, seem to be more delicate, feminine and classical designs.
The main line jewellery collection doesn't come cheap but there has been a collaboration with ASOS for a good couple of seasons now which offers some great pieces with that signature Mawi look at more wallet friendly prices. I also keep an eye out for pieces on sale on sites like Cocosa, which feature sales of Mawi jewellery from time to time, as well as sales on the designer's own E-shop.