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House of Waris Jewelry - Amazing, Unusual & Makes a Fashion Expert Drool. Skull Pendants & Diamond-Encrusted Knuckleduster Rings with the Infinity Symbol. Rock n' Roll worthy, but Brainy, Too. FASHIONTRIBES JEWELRY BLOG
You know those people that just sort of fall into amazing careers & opportunities - just by being nice & being in the right place at the right time?
The single-named NYC hipster, designer & AIDS fundraiser just happened to be at Maxfield in Los Angeles doing a little shopping, when one of their buyers spotted his diamond knuckleduster rings which covered three fingers per hand. Asked where they came from, Waris explained that he had designed them - and promptly got a order. The House of Waris was born.
When his buddy Wes Anderson asked him to keep half a year free for a little something he was working on, Waris suddenly found himself in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. While they were shooting in Rome, he began collaborating on his next House of Waris collection with a Roman design studio - a workshop that had been a family business for generations. Collaborating on the line is what House of Waris is all about; his earlier House of Horror pieces - teeth earrings as sharp as razors & a silver skeleton hand choker - were designed jointly with Benjamin Cho. As he told Another Magazine, "I view the collaborations as art pieces. It's fun to work with people who have never made jewellery before, they come without preconceived ideas and restrictions."
The pieces from the Italian atelier are an interesting blend and juxtaposition of Western & Eastern design sensibilities & techniques. "Pieces made in Rome are often cast in sleek white gold and encrusted with diamonds," explains the JC Report. "From the Indian workshops come necklaces of carved smoky topaz, yellow gold and tourmalin pendants, and hand-hammered and drilled earrings - no two pieces are exactly alike. The diamonds here are discreet, not in the bling-y places you would expect to find them, but running down the outer edge of a miniature dagger, for example. Handmade wooden boxes add the final touch of luxury, with the House of Waris burned onto the hinged lid with an iron stamp."
House of Waris is available at Maxfield in LA, Loveless in Tokyo & the hip Parisian emporium Colette.
- Lesley Scott
Photos from Diane Pernet's faaaabulous fashionista blog Diane, A Shaded View on Fashion - Dianepernet.typepad.com.
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Waris is style...Waris creates the future...Waris dares...Waris cares...Waris shares...The jewelry is dope!
Posted by: DK | Oct 12, 2005 6:11:02 PM
Waris' work is gorgeously crafted and succinctly designed. Just fantastic.
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Posted by: Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons | Nov 27, 2006 9:10:28 PM
Skulls and Fleur de Lie - Yuck, been done so many times, nothing original or evocative here. Just curious what in this uncreative collection makes a fashion expert drool?
Posted by: Mary Markstrom | Dec 29, 2007 11:05:57 PM
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