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Tuesday, January 11th 2011

The Ethnic Influence in Pamela Love, House of Harlow, and Low Luv x Erin Wasson

Spring is the more casual season—a little less refined, a little more free-spirited—and this year, the baubles reflect that. From earthy interpretations of far-off cultures to deco-bohemian influences, these three jewelry lines are finding inspiration in some unexpected places.

Pamela Love
Pamela Love jewelry promises to look a little different this season. Straying from her signature macabre style (though the collection is not without a few skulls, for good measure), Love explored “themes of ethnic ornamentation combined with astrological lunar phases and alchemy.” This all translates to a collection of sleek statement jewelry that plays on proportion, form, and contour.

House of Harlow 1960
Where Pamela Love’s designs have earthy overtones, Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow jewelry draws on ’60s deco with a geometric ethnic influence. Expanding on her signature bohemian style, Richie created jewelry with a hippie-all-grown-up feel. Zigzag stripes and angled lines lend structure to the vintage-esque pieces that are meant to be mixed, matched, and layered.

Low Luv x Erin Wasson
For her spring 2011 campaign, Erin Wasson shed her clothes, put on her Low Luv jewelry, and channeled the Queen of the Nile. The goddess-like representation feels appropriate for a collection of covetable pieces that pull from any number of cultural traditions: earthy crystals mingle with Native American influences, crosses dangle irreverently from antiqued hoops. Says Wasson of her inspiration, “I want pieces that look intense and have meaning.”


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