Brooke Kanani is a New-England-based jewelry designer whose work is an artful study in tension: raw, natural elements set against refined, Old World handiwork. The results are, for lack of a better word, thrilling. Organic motifs rendered in a spirit of modernity.
Hardly surprising considering Kanani apprenticed for four years with a Polish master. Her pieces are one of a kind, and made entirely by hand in her studio.
This sterling silver necklace, in particular, has become my raison d’être. The talon-like pieces, the organic, withered elements, the horseshoe-crab toggle? Brilliant, in a word. Perfect with a plain t-shirt, of course, but even better as a complement to an insanely-low cut tuxedo jacket à la Tom Ford’s recent return to womenswear. Or, for the menfolk, over a stiffly-starched, leather-collared dress shirt.
C’est parfait, non?
By now, we all know about the Lady in Red. She’s been around for decades and though her appeal has never waned, frankly, she’s a bit tired. Even her patron saint, Mr. Garavani, has retired. Perhaps it’s time for her to take the hint?
Or, better still, go with a more subtle approach, via this delicious dress from Newport-based demicouture label Isoude. The cut is impeccable: understated, sexy, with touches of contrast in all the right places. If a little mystery is the mother of intrigue, this piece shows just enough skin for a Victorian scandal. The thrill.
A little advice: spritz on your favorite perfume, but leave the handbag at home. Sewn at the hips are two playful pockets just large enough to hold a tube of matching rouge lipstick and the small stack of calling cards you’ll be handing out all night to your coterie of new dance partners. Don’t worry when you run out — they’ll never forget the way you looked that night.
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