Photography and copyright kind courtesy of Phill Taylor.
Ozi necklace by bespoke jewel curator Anita Quansah London | Dress as top and pants by Maryling | vintage faux fur jacket | sunglasses by Oliver Peoples| shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood x Peter Pilotto
Taken by the talented Phill Taylor, this photograph was taken on the fourth day at London Fashion Week spring 2013. I was wearing one of my favorite neckpieces by bespoke jewellery curator Anita Quansah London. Hailing from Nigeria and Ghana, the Chelsea College of Art and Design London graduate (she went on to work at design houses such as DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg and embroidered a jacket which featured in the Christian Lacroix Haute Couture show in 2004) is someone I speak of oft.
Her work is interesting in that it ticks a lot of boxes for me. High on texture and referencing a cross section of cultures, each complex piece is made from many parts with each being reclaimed and recycled. Hardware is juxtaposed with precious stones from old jewellery. Rare cuts of vintage fabric is added to varying mixed metals.
Hers is a melting pot that speaks to me as so is my personal style.
Like Quansah’s work, my style is like a collage with many elements. Somehow all the bits of each look find each other. In the words of Aristotle, the final whole always being greater than the sum of its part.
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