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