Ippolita drops in for a visit

March 30th, 2011

Ippolita photos

Modern rock candy bangles.

Ippolita is one of my favorite jewelry lines, with an arty, sculptural quality in pieces both subtle and bold to suit varying moods and ensembles. Because of their statement quality, I’ve used them often in photo shoots.

Designer Ippolita herself will be in town for a trunk show of her Spring 2011 collection, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 at Neiman Marcus.

Modern Femininity is theme of the collection, with pretty pastel palettes, fun and edgy stone cuts, in settings of 18K gold, 925 sterling silver and Ippolita rosé. Bangles, earrings, statement pendants, rings and link chains are easy to wear in singles and multiples.

Just before boarding a plane from New York to Phoenix, Ariz., before hopping over for her first stay in Hawaii, Ippolita answered the few questions I was able to dash off via email:

Henry Leutwyler photo of Ippolita

Q: What is the inspiration for your latest collection?
A: Modern Femininity is the theme of my spring collection and to me this means feeling comfortable in your own skin no matter what lifestyle you lead. Each of the collections I’ve designed has easy, wearable pieces designed to make you feel more beautiful, more comfortable, more sexy, more you.

Q: Who is the Ippolita woman?
A: She is every woman! The versatility of my collections really give the line a universal, multi-generational appeal. I love fashion and this is evident in the pieces I design, yet the silhouettes are timeless and effortlessly wearable. This is the jewelry you reach for everyday — for every occasion — dress up, dress down — day or night — it really goes with everything.

Q: What was the first piece you designed that inspired you to make jewelry design your focus?
A: An 18K gold squiggle bangle — which is actually still in the line and a popular style.

Q: What are you hoping to be inspired by here?
A: The legendary sand and surf, the gorgeous colors, materials — the beautiful people, the diverse culture — I am sure I will find it all endlessly inspiring.

Ippolita’s Wonderland aqua bangles.

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