BY EMMA NEWTON @EMM.BELLISH
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but honestly, isn't all jewelry? We here at Victoria Fashion Week certainly think so, which is why we'll be featuring talented local jewelers as well as clothing labels. These collections are meticulously designed and crafted, with concepts that are sure to make them stand out on the runway. So without further ado, we'd like to introduce you to the designers who you'll be giving your next paycheck to.
Covet + Keep is a line of jewelry that's more than just an accessory to your outfit; it will be the focal point of your outfit. Designed by Elea Plastino, each handmade piece features a word or a phrase written in braille, made from sterling silver, brass, steel, or white bronze. The inspiration behind this unique concept came from a situation that is just as unconventional. It all started on an elevator- Elea was having a bad day, and she was looking at the Braille on the buttons and in that moment realized that she could express the message that she desperately wanted to express without having to say a word. It wasn't until years later, after working as a fashion editor overseas and eventually moving back to Victoria, where she lost an unfulfilling job as a bookkeeper, that Elea decided to chase her happiness from that point forth. She revisited that moment in the elevator, and Covet + Keep was born. Elea will be showing her newest collection, The Other “F” Word, Feminism, which is a mix of edgy and softer pieces inspired by girl power, the feminist movement, and the need to reclaim words that are often used against us as women.
Also here to add the finishing touches to your ensemble is Shannon Munro, with delicate jewelry inspired by the natural beauty of the west coast, romance, and mystery. Each piece is unique and handcrafted, with small inconsistencies that add a personal touch and ensure that every item is as unique as the wearer it's meant for. Made and conceptualized in her home studio in Victoria, Shannon's love affair with the city is evident in the floral motifs and delicately curved shapes in her designs, and the laid back but elegant feel that is shared by the jewelry and the city both. Shannon uses high end metals throughout her collection, as well as vibrant gems in some pieces. Whether you need a statement necklace to pair with a cocktail dress, or a subtle ring for daily wear, you're sure to find the right piece in the Shannon Munro line.