Australia. Synonymous with soft, honey sunlight, golden sandy beaches, surfing and kangaroos; it is also the sweet native soil of model, Abbey Lee, and jewellery label, ManiaMania; whose collaboration, ‘Rêve’, is proving to be hotter than a speedo rocking surfer.
ManiaMania’s inspiration for ‘Rêve’ neglects crude Australian clichés; instead it flows heavily through the inspired archives of vagabond dancer and creative muse, Vali Myers. Carouselling through the underworld of post-war Paris, Myers believed herself to be “born out of time”, melodically following a unique and impassioned path which set fire to Parisian artistry of the 1960s.
“Let it all be animal, my life and death, hard and clean like that, anything but human… a lot I care, me with my red heart in the dark earth and my tattooed feet following the animal ways.” – Vali Myers
In her own free-spirited groove, Abbey Lee casually interprets Vali Myers’ soulful spirit in rhapsodic poses that revive the dancer’s lasting imprints. Her bright white hair and blood red lips complement the euphoric lighting which shadows gypsy inspired crochets and swinging tassels.
The jewellery collection carries a liberated, boho vibe with regards to the bold sizes and informal shaping. With a duotone metal plating effect, the rings, cuffs and oversized pendants are made of bronze, sterling silver and striking crystal stones amazonite and smokey quartz; all brimming with the laid-back Australian cool.
- Lana Richardson
Images credit: ManiaMania
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