When it comes to costume jewelry, nOir is my favorite (KJL is a close second, but the quality doesn’t hold a candle to nOir). The brand debuted their new collection, designed by Leeora Catalan, on the L.A.M.B. Spring 2011 runway and it added the perfect pop of dimension and contrast to Gwen Stefani’s lavishly printed designs. The statement necklace and the stacked bangles pictured above stood out most. They’ve got an Egyptian quality to them and I love how the bangles were piled on in different sizes and textures.
About a year ago I was lucky enough to meet Leeora and she’s such an awesome woman! She totally embodies her designs. She said the most amazing thing to me when I asked her about her design process – “When I think of a design I think first, am I going to wear it? And then I think which of my eclectic mix of friends would wear it. And then I make it bigger.” – and that’s totally obvious from her latest collection!