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Miranda Konstantinidou 'Queen of Colour'

by Alexandra May | June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

 

I'm having a rest from my immersion in the glamorous world of Balenciaga (until I go to the V & A exhibition in London that is) and am recovering by having a summertime celebration of the inspirational and colourful world of Konplott.

It's wonderful looking at a designer who in many ways reflects my customer base of educated, creative, independent and well-travelled women.

Konplott was founded by Miranda Konstantinidou. She is Greek born, and trained in fashion design and illustration in Germany and Italy.

In 1986 whilst still a student she created Konplott, a company based in Luxembourg and Cebu in the Philippines, which has a strong ethos of solidarity amongst its workers, 99% of whom are female!

Nothing created by Konplott is outsourced and Miranda's creative output and focus is phenomenal. She is constantly designing new collections which are hand made in very limited quantities and in 2012 she also launched a fashion line, which unfortunately is not yet available in the UK.

Model wearing pearls from Konplott's 'Moulin Rouge' Collection

Miranda is the first non French person to be awarded the jewellery prize by the French Fashion Press.

Her designs were involved in the 'floating catwalk', a groundbreaking fashion parade on the River Seine organised and created by Jessica Minh Anh. Miranda has also designed costumes for stage productions and operas and many red carpet and high profile events have been graced by celebrities wearing pieces by Konplott. An incredible output by any standards and throw a marriage and child into the mix and you realise that this is an impressive woman with a huge amount of energy as well as creative ability.

 

Miranda Konstantinidou and Jessica Minh Anh                   

I order from the new collections twice a year, six months in advance. I will buy a selection of completely over the top, dramatic large pieces as well as smaller, more accessible work that is perhaps easier to wear on a daily basis.

Model wearing earrings from Konplott's Ethnic Mosaic collection.

Konplott is the first company I have come across that guarantees their work, not that I've ever needed to call in that guarantee, but it shows the calibre of her jewellery and the justified confidence that she has in it.

Looking through the press clippings for Miranda I see a range of all types of women wearing her work, from Shirley Manson and Lady Gaga to Jennifer Beales and Chandra Wilson.

Something for every facet of every woman! You can't get more fabulous than that!

Lady Gaga wearing glasses designed by Miranda Konstantinidou

Necklaces from Konplott's Planet River Collection 

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A Pastel Bouquet from Philippe Ferrandis

by Alexandra May | June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

French favourite Philippe Ferrandis releases eight new ranges per season, each with a highly distinctive vibe. With Philippe having worked as a jewellery designer since 1986, it's incredible that every collection still surprises with its individuality and freshness - he never seems to run out of inspiration. I can never wait until the galleries for his newest designs appear online - it's trimming down my order that's the tricky part! The first from the SS16 collection to feature on alexandramay.com are the beautiful opal blooms of the 'Daisy' collection.
These frosted treats are fitted with a clip-on backing to ensure they don't weigh down piercings. If you're wary of clip-ons, try Philippe's - they're the most comfortable I've discovered so far. As always with Ferrandis earrings, it's the blend of textures and finishes that distinguish them. The iridescent daisy centres (above) are made in polished Mother of Pearl...
While the Swarovski drops in this pair are made in opaline crystal, a ghostly, almost phosphorescent material that reflects light more smoothly than its semi-precious stone counterpart.
Having collaborated with Givenchy, Chanel and Balmain, Philippe is an expert in producing couture costume jewellery. What I love is the stunning simplicity of his designs.
Enjoy Browsing!
Alexandra

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La Maitresse's Forbidden Fruit

by Alexandra May | April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

This month I've been hard at work getting a very exciting new collection online: the exotic, natural 'La Maitresse' range by Konplott. Below are some photographs from the shoot, along with artists' depictions of wild nature that fit with the theme of this jewellery.

This vibrant creeping vine ring is fitted with an adjustable band to fit any size finger. The whole range seems to be modelled on plants that are beautiful but deadly, like the venus flytrap...... only with rows of Swarovski crystals in place of spiked borders.

Designer Miranda Konstaninidou created on-trend ear cuff design for the range. The earring can be gently manipulated to fit any ear and stays in place thanks to two gentle clips. Looks edgy, feels incredibly comfy!

The jewellery is very sturdy, fitted with high-quality Swarovski crystals and glass stones, and is crafted by hand in a Philippines studio that employs only women. Head designer Miranda personally trains each of her employees, passing on her expert knowledge and equipping them with the skills to make a good living from jewellery-making.

Enjoy browsing!

Alexandra

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