Thursday, 10 January 2013

Curiosity Shop #12

The Magpie Boutique *pop-up shop*

Last month, The Curiosity Cabinet collaborated with Helen Elizabeth Accessories to create the very first Magpie Boutique pop-up shop. An East London flat was transformed into a 1920s inspired boudoir boutique, showcasing the Rope-Collier collection of jewellery by fashion designer Helen Elizabeth Spencer. The lucky punters who attended also had first dibs at her limited-edition pieces which were strands of raspberry rope and shiny gold chain. The cosy, domestic setting was transformed into an exotic treasure chest for one night only - think feathers, lace, dimmed lights and chaise longues with a contemporary twist in keeping with Helen’s modern collection.

Helen’s jewellery has a strong architectural, edge featuring chains and metal components which are softened by the textural, natural rope that holds the pieces together. They are very tactile by nature, in rich colours of black, raspberry, sea-green and blue. They are striking, modern pieces from chunky necklaces and bracelets to slinky belts which update any outfit from day to night. Both classic and contemporary, they have a certain je ne sais quoi which alludes to bondage. It must be that striking contrast of black and gold with their detachable chains and clasps…The Magpie Boutique certainly is a collaboration to keep you on your toes!

Look out for the next Magpie Boutique coming this year!

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