Monday afternoon found WSS wandering around Covent Garden with an hour or so to spare and of course, I popped along to visit the gorgeous Tatty Devine on Monmouth Street. For those of you familiar with Tatty Devine’s jewellery, they take perspex and hand craft it into the most creative, colourful, wonderful designs that are often copied but IMHO never bettered.
Browsing the store and drooling over masses of gorgeousness, I got to thinking about the changing face of modern fashion jewellery. Whether it’s the soaring price of gold and other precious metals or advances in jewellery making technologies, something has created this amazing sense of freedom with jewellery design that I think is unprecedented. Yes, fashions and trends come and go and there has been massive sea changes in the jewellery world before. But I don’t believe they’ve ever been as dramatic and diverse as what we’re seeing today.
Of course, using plastic in jewellery isn’t a new thing. In the 1960s everyone went mad for Pop Art, Andy Warhol was king and bright, bold, plastic jewellery was everywhere. Mary Quant, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo and Lea Stein pioneered the movement, with large, almost childlike jewellery. More recently designers like Yazbukey have taken the medium and given it a more luxury, sophisticated feel. It is the perfect material for creating large, fashion-led jewellery that extols the ethics of Pop Art in the 21st century.
As I’ve already mentioned, Tatty Devine are at the forefront of this movement. Their designs are such works of art, intricate and adventurous, whilst still being fun and slightly mad. Here’s a couple of my favourites.
I spotted this in the store on Monday and it’s definitely on my wishlist. With a nod to the upcoming Jubilee celebrations, it embraces the nostalgic, patriotic feeling that’s been bubbling over during recent years. Bunting Necklace £29.
Tatty Devine Bunting Necklace
One of their most popular designs and one of my all time faves, the Dinosaur Necklace is the pinacle of their design ethos. Let’s face it, it’s just fabulous. £114.
Tatty Devine Gold Dinosaur Necklace.
Were you one of the very lucky people that managed to bag one of these babies? I didn’t and it still smarts. This Holly Fulton for Asos necklace is the perfect spring/summer accessory. Keep your eyes on eBay and if you spot one, grab it (for me?).
Holly Fulton for Asos Necklace
I don’t know why, but I am obssessed with flamingo motifs right now. Anything that has a big, pink flamingo on it must be mine immediately. Not sure how appropraite that is at my age, but I just don’t care. These Pinkie Flamingo Earrings from Chelsea Doll are perfect, at only £10, they’re a total bargain. I may have accindentally already ordered them….. *stares at door waiting for Mr. Postie*
Pinkie Flamingo Earring from Chelsea Doll
Yep, even the designers are loving the plastic fantastic. Rings can be tricky, but this cute yet classy Bow Ring from Marc by Marc Jacobs is lovely. Fab colour combo and a piece of designer lusciousness we can finally afford! £60 from Net-A-Porter.
Bow Ring from Marc by Marc Jacobs
Freshly Picked is a fantastic website full of cool, quirky and affordable goodies. I’d advise taking some time to puruse their website and prepare yourself to want lots of new things. Any regular readers will know I’ve got a thing for elephants, so I couldn’t resist this wonderfully wacky Evan the Elephant Necklace, £25.
Evan the Elephant Necklace
Finally, something a little different. I’ve been trying to get into brooches for a while now. My sticking point is that my points of reference are either my 13 year old self, dressed in a blouson denim jacket covered with badges or my Gran’s cameo. But this beauty will definitely change all that. Love. It. Golden Crow Attack Brooch, £25 on boticca.com.
Golden Crow Attack Brooch by Sarah Home
So, dear readers, what do you think? It’s taken me a while to get into proper plastic appreciation but I think there are some definite must-haves. It’s a matter of combining the right looks, clothes and accessories. I don’t want to end up too ’60s but equally, this is statement jewellery and it’s going to shout for itself.
Send in any piccies of your looks, it’d be great to see how you’re all wearing Plastic Fantastic.
Enjoy the sunshine lovelies.
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