GRIS
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Herkimer Quartz, mined in upstate New York, is formed directly within cavities of the dolomite rock

 
Alicia Hannah Naomi finds beauty into the organic darkness of raw nature. The silent poetry that relies in amorphous objects and complex elements inspires her jewellery pieces, characterised by a sort of brut grace. The designer’s meticulous study of shapes, textures and pigments translates into precious pieces that trap and reflect the light through an intricate design game. Seeking for a clash between nature and nurture, Alicia Hannah Naomi’s creative mind travels through desolate and austere lands, absorbing their bare melancholy and sharp strength to work them in the fine art of gold smithing. The blending of these intense emotions with Alicia’s fine crafting skills is expressed in the rough-hewn surfaces of her jewellery pieces, poignantly underscored by immaculately polished accents. 

In collaboration with SOME/THINGS S/TUDIO, she produced exclusive rings that remind of industrial tools spit out an erupting volcano. According to Alicia’s highly tactile approach, the textures are burnished and blackened as if they were weathered slates, eroded by harsh winds and blazing flames. Breathtaking sublimes landscapes reflects in the rough brutalism of the jewellery’s profiles, shaped by the designer directly in the primary modeling materials of wax without the need of any sketches. Precious stones like Herkimer Diamonds and Black Sapphires enhance the pieces refined essence as well as their conceptual versatility; indeed the jewellery come with leather chains to be worn as a necklaces according to the wearers’ wishes. The unique value of each element is achieved through an entirely handmade working process that makes each piece different from the others.

The first piece in an ongoing collaboration, GRIS features an asymmetrically set Herkimer Diamond, designed to echo the natural formation of the double terminated quartz inside cavities within dolomite rock.

Alicia Hannah Naomi’s jewellery pieces for SOME/THINGS are exclusively available at SOME/THINGS CONCEPT/STORE, Paris.

VIRTUALLY YOURS

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I am pleased to announce that – in conjunction with fine Melbourne-based jewellers Julia DeVille and Redivivo – my work will be presented May 5th-15th at Fallow in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, as part of the VIRTUALLY YOURS exhibition.

For more on the presentation, visit The Weekend Edition.

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Rick Owens Lilies Jacket (buy here) / Et Al Dress (similar here) / Rick Owens Shoes (buy here) / Alicia Hannah Naomi Jewellery (buy here)

Edit Evening snapped some pictures of this outfit for me on my phone whilst walking to lunch on Saturday. We’re trying to do this more often since I’m hardly ever home, figuring phone photos are better than no photos.

It was dry but windy out, the perfect weather for a padded jacket but bare legs under my dress. This dress and my Assin dress pictured a few posts back are on constant rotation in my wardrobe at the moment – my only complaint with this one is that as it is linen it creases easily and then I feel unkempt. Since acquiring a garment steamer ($49 from K-Mart – if you don’t have one seriously run, don’t walk) I can’t imagine a life wearing creased or wrinkled garments. It’s one of the best investments I’ve made for my wardrobe and at such a minor cost.

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Rick Owens Blazer (similar here) / Et Al Skirt (similar here) / Officine Creative Boots (similar here) / Alicia Hannah Naomi Jewellery (buy here)

This blazer is absolutely my pride and joy. It was an extraordinary generous Christmas gift from my love Edit Evening, and now that the weather is cooling in Melbourne I’ve been wearing it constantly.

The cut is extremely flattering on my frame, which is always hard for me as I have a prominent sway back – but this cinches in beautifully. I love the subtle texture in the fabric and the gorgeous silk shawl collar. It’s also the perfect length for pants or dresses. The only thing I’d change is maybe the size, as I do prefer my jackets tight I think I could have gotten away with the size smaller; but at least this way there’s plenty of room for knits and things to be worn underneath as it’s more of a summer-weight blazer and I intend to wear it right through winter, too.

The voluminous full-length skirt gives the overall look a bit of a modern-victorian feel that, while a little different for me, also somehow feels perfectly natural.

Bao Bao

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I don’t remember how long ago it was that I first had the Bao Bao line brought to my attention, but when I spied the pieces in the Issey Miyake boutiques in Tokyo in 2012 it was a given that I’d purchase a piece. I wanted a bag but the only ones available were the flat totes and in my mind, the geometric construction called for something more three dimensional, so I settled for the zipper pouch which I use as a clutch.

Totokaelo has just received a new delivery of Bao Bao and amongst the usual fare of pouches and totes is this incredible Planet Handbag. As my Alexander Wang Kirsten Bag slowly reaches the point of complete disintegration (I’ve had it for three years this month) I’ve been reluctantly keeping out an eye for a replacement. Thus far I’ve not seen anything that’s tugged at my heart-strings; but the Planet Handbag is definitely eliciting some butterflies. I worry about how it would hold up with continued daily use – for the price point I’d expect another three years out of my next bag. A beauty to behold, none-the-less.