StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Mi Asunta

Sara Brancato and Nick Kapros are the team behind the ‘Intertwined’ collections by Mi Asunta – jewelry and body accessories with movement.  The idea behind Intertwined is one of changing shape and fluidity of motion, something that transforms the identity of the wearer in the process.  Mi Asunta was created in 2008, taking its name from Sara’s grandmother Asunta Leone, whose love of costume jewelry and sense of style inspired her grandaughter’s own creativity.  Sara explained to me,  “She worked too hard to use her creative skill the way she wanted.  She never had regrets, but there was something extremely poignant about her aspirations and the inspiration they engendered within me.”

Design team and romantic partners Nick and Sara have collaborated on two collections so far – Intertwined I and II:  “Our designs and relationship revolve around a commitment to beauty and love.  It’s like a kaleidoscope.  The pieces change their shapes, they are playful.  We learn to give each other space and not take each ourselves too seriously.” Sara told me.  She continued,  “Take space away and the kaleidoscope gets jammed.  Just when we think we’ve wrapped our heads around each other there is something new to discover.  So what the designs say about our relationship is that it is still growing, still changing.”

I really enjoy the creativity of movement in this jewelry.  The two piece body armour style I am wearing here can be worn several ways – across the body, as a longer necklace, the centre piece joining the chains can be worn up high or down low…. an intriguing design. What seems to distinguish collection I from II to me is the evolution in the complexity of movement (Sara showed me different ways to wear certain pieces I could never have imagined!)

The pair photographed each other for the Mi Asunta lookbooks, an unintentional move but an idea that was born when the pair were let down by models originally booked for the shoot.  In these images the intimacy of the work process is captured on film perfectly.

In my mission to accessorise in new and unique ways this year, Mi Asunta is quite a find.  You can browse and purchase the collection at Endless.com.

Wearing: T-Shirt from Zara; skinny legging jean from Gap (available in black here); Jewelry, Mi Asunta.

The Art of Navigation: Bliss Lau

Last month I posted the “embrace” collection by Bliss Lau.  I was happy to be invited to the preview of her new collection during New York Fashion Week, held at Amyas Gallery.

Items from the Spring / Summer 2012 collection come together under the title “an explorations of the concept of navigation, viewed through the lens of a kaleidoscope”.  Bliss talked me through two of her ring designs during the evening.  First of all the Fathom Ring, a beautiful ring made from silver with black pave diamonds, encasing and ‘embracing’ another made from rose gold with twin set Vikings compass gemstone.  I did some reading up on the gemstone Iolite, called the Vikings’ compass – it was named this due to its ability to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days:

“When the legendary Viking mariners sailed the wide ocean, they used thin pieces of Iolite as the world’s first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun, and navigate safely”

The ring above was probably my favourite of the collection.  Called the Kaleidoscope Ring, four silver parts are encased within a brass ring, making a combined whole. The word “kaleidoscope” originates from the ancient Greek, meaning “observer of beautiful forms”…

Other designs included a spectacular bustier (photo, top); epaulette (second photo) and body chain (photo, above).  The items have a very different feel to the “Embrace” collection and I admire how inspiration from the science of navigation has been taken and transformed creatively by Bliss into the pieces we see here.

Finally, congratulations to Bliss on her recent engagement – she mentioned at the event she was designing her own ring, well of course!

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