Talk about a trend! Everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Nicole Richie to up-and-coming jewelers are seeking inspiration from India.
Sometimes, it’s not about the destination, but rather the journey. “It’s much more inspiring not to go to places than to go,” Lagerfeld told Style.com after his pre-fall presentation, confessing he’s never even been to India despite the “Paris-Bombay” theme.
Nicole Richie, who miraculously alchemized reality stardom into a fashion empire, also draws inspiration from the state—especially the rich culture of Rajasthan. “I’ve always loved the possibility of being able to transform yourself through fashion,” she says of her forthcoming spring collection of jewel-toned silks, some of which feature cultural indicators including the elephant God Ganesh. Perhaps the newfound affinity came from stylist and line consultant Simone Harouche, who recently told The Coveteur, “I go to India a lot for work and for a good escape!”
Yesterday, The New York Times profiled emerging jeweler Alice Cicolini’s collaboration with Indian craftsman, Kamal Meenakar. The Central Saint Martins graduate employs a finishing technique called champlevé. “I’m drawn to enamel because it’s like painting on precious metal,” she says of her gloriously beautiful statement pieces, which were heavily influenced by the region’s religious architecture and the Silk Road.
Imagination, fascination and innovation: sounds like the Far East is just what the West needs.