Last February, stylist and blogger Kara Weymouth pulled a selection of jewelry from SHJ for a photoshoot that brought a bit of Boston to Elle China readers. “Atomic Kitten” introduces Leslie Dewan, an MIT nuclear scientist who proves she can hold her own in a male-dominated field – and looks a heck of a lot better in a dress. (Cue song: “Anything you can do, I can do better!”)
“Atomic Kitten” / Photographer: Carlos Delgado / Stylist: Kara Weymouth / Producer: Ashley Heaton for Cool Hunt
Dress by Reiss, Shoes by Alexander McQueen.
Blouse, Kaleen NYC
Covergirl Miley Cyrus fronted the glossy, which hit stands in July 2013, preceding her provocative VMA performance.
SHJ Brand Manager Renata Certo-Ware caught up with stylist Kara Weymouth to pick her brains about the thought process behind the shoot. Renata Certo-Ware: What kind of look did you want to achieve for this shoot? What were your style guidelines and what kind of jewelry were you looking for? Kara Weymouth: Leslie is probably the most stylish nuclear scientist, so I wanted things to be “clean” with architectural details and then pops of color to compliment the MIT backdrops. It’s also a pretty conservative, male dominated field, so I wanted to find pieces that Leslie could be comfortable and confident wearing. RCW: How did you know SH would be a great fit? KW: I knew Sophie’s jewelry would be perfect because her aesthetic has a lot of clean lines. They are usually a strong shape but they move in unexpected ways and reflect light really well. They are “statement” pieces for elegant, powerful women who don’t need a lot of extraneous details to attract attention. RCW: Any styling tips to build jewelry into an outfit? KW: In my opinion, you have special or trendy jewelry and then your favorite everyday jewelry that goes with everything. I think, for the most part, you have to layer in things from both categories so that on a special day you have things you’re comfortable with and things you’re excited about and then, on the flip side, you can make any day special with a fun piece in addition to the standbys. While admittedly, we haven’t exactly read the article – chiefly because it’s written in Chinese, but it was a thrill to see our name (in Roman letters) in the pages of Elle China! Other snippets in Roman letters? Buzzwords like Waste Annihilating Molten Salt Reactor and TransAtomic. Not always words associated with jewelry, but hey, we’ll take it! We’re proud to contribute to science – by decking out the incredibly intelligent and talented Leslie Dewan!
We’ve always had a soft spot for Rose Byrne (loved her in Bridesmaids! She is the prettiest ugly crier in Hollywood!), and this week we had an excuse to
cyberstalk check out her latest outfit. She hit the red carpet on July 24th (her birthday!) for the LA premiere of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, starring boyfriend Bobby Cannavale and fellow Aussie actress Cate Blanchett.
The birthday girl looked downright posh in a Christopher Kane broderie dress, Casadei pumps, and Edie Parker clutch and of course, Sophie Hughes jewelry. It came as no surprise, then, that she was nominated one of the week’s Best Dressed by Vogue!Stylist Penny Lovell, who was named one of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list, created Byrne’s ladylike look (which has since been dubbed “austere chic” by the Stylite), complete with our handmade Mini Forge Wedge earrings, Ridge Ring, and a stack of Mini Wave Rings. The handforged silver pieces added a hint of industrial edge to the light, summery white dress and soft updo.
Ridge Ring, $196
The Ridge Ring is currently available at Clay Pot (162 7th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215 / 718-788-6564), and will be available at Roseark (1111 N Crescent Heights Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90046 / 323-822-3600) in September along with a curated selection of other Sophie Hughes pieces.
Narrow Wave Band Rings, $120 each
We love this red carpet ensemble — What do you think of Rose’s look?
We met Kate Ellen, a fellow jewelry designer and founder of Crown Nine, through instagram and fell in love with her aesthetic – and the feeling was mutual! We just sent her a handful of our latest pieces, where they have found a happy home in the cases at Crown Nine – but not for long! Kate’s loyal customers, who have come to rely on C9 for handmade jewelry from indie designers, have been snapping up our jewelry like hot cakes.
We’re obsessed with Crown Nine’s beautiful shop , which was recently named Best of San Francisco, and we’re not surprised – she carries her own work plus art, accessories, and fragrances from 20 other indie designers. The space itself is a minimalist mix of cool-girl and earthy – think hanging driftwood and treetrunk coasters that artfully display jewelry – contrasting with the silver and gold elements from the handmade treasures she stocks up on.
Kate’s philosophy on jewelry is simple: “We believe that objects made by hand make the world a better place for everyone. We also believe that jewelry is the most personal storytelling tool we carry with us.”
Here’s what Kate has to say about us:
Welcome our newest artist at CROWN NINE, Boston artist SOPHIE HUGHES. Sophie’s hand-forged jewelry is an effortless marriage of sophisticated minimalism with a hint of urban edge. We love her for using ancient hammering techniques to transform silver into modern, versatile, everyday wearable designs.
Check out Crown Nine for some of our classics, like the Crescent Sickle Necklace and some new pieces, like the Horn Necklace.
So how about it – Anyone up for a road trip?
Our lovely customer Anna D. recently shared a photo of how she styles two necklaces from the Fall/Winter12 collection.
Anna, a super-chic master of layering, is a fiber artist, and loves the way our horizontal bar necklace compliments the shapes and silhouettes in her fiber sculptures (pictured behind her in the photograph). Like us, Anna practically lives in a uniform of black and white clothing, and loves that our jewelry adds a pop of silver.
“I wear them almost every day and they go with everything!!!”
Love Anna’s style? Check out these similar pieces in our webshop:
Deep U Pendant Necklace, $570-$650
We’d love to see how you wear our jewelry, too! Feel free to send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on facebook. You just might see yourself up on our blog soon!
Last month Sophie Hughes Jewelry was selected to participate in a special Mother’s Day Jewelry Trunk Show at the New England Bloomingdale’s. The Bloomies buyers themselves handpicked over 100 pieces from our newest Spring collection to feature, so figuring out what to pack to bring our South End Showroom to life in Bloomingdale’s was a breeze. As luck would have it, The Fashion Gods (and the store curators) gave us the coveted spot next to the handbag department. Jewelry and handbags? A match made in heaven!
When we weren’t busy oogling the purses (Renata and I almost went halfsies on a Celine Doctor’s Bag) we loved talking to shoppers and fielding any and all questions about the jewelry making process, from selecting recycled sterling and 18k gold, to hand-forging it, finishing it off with texture, and even customization options.
The most exciting part? Playing dress up! We love styling customers and friends in layers of jewelry, mixing and matching, and seeing how the different metals – and different finishes and textures – work on ladies with different hair colors and skin tones – Just ask anyone who’s ever visited our SoWa Studio! Here’s our new friend from Club Monaco trying on her new pair of hand-forged silver earrings – a twist on a classic hoop:
Renata wore the silver nugget ring all day on Day 4 – a perfect match for rich purple Illamasqua nail polish!
The hottest necklace was the Rings Extra-Long Necklace which can be worn in a single, long layer or doubled up.
We’ll keep you posted on our next whereabouts. And, stay tuned for some exciting magazine features this summer!
Here’s a hint:
See you soon!
- This was such a phenomenal photoshoot with photog Sandy Poirier of SHAG !! Model Heather is stunning with hair by Patty Martin of SHAG and makeup by Elena Kucerova. Renata Certo-Ware of Scorpion Disco and myself styled the shoot. And did you check out those faux-leather-detail leggings by local designer Daniela Corte?! Fierce. Our whole team had amazing chemistry. It was such a fun shoot at SHAG’s studio, and I personally think we came out with killer images !!
- The jewelry pictured is hand-forged of solid 18k recycled gold. I use oxidized sterling chains for contrast on the necklaces, and the lariat features lemon quartz droplets at the ends. It’s edgy and incredibly elegant, and a whole new look for gold jewelry. All of the jewelry features my trademark matte, textured finish — giving it a lustrous glow rather than the traditional high shine surface…raw but yet perfectly refined.
- This collection is available exclusively at my co-op boutique Artistry through the holidays. Stay tuned for another batch of photos in the next few days before the 24th!
- Much love, Sophie
We’re getting rave reviews over at Artistry!! Press and stylists are loving it, as do all who come in the shop! Check us out at 53 Dartmouth St in Boston’s South End. We’re open daily, but only until December 24, so get on in here!
Just in time for gift-giving and merrymaking, five local jewelry designers (Laura Jaklitsch, Lauren Passenti, Sophie Hughes, Jennifer Chin, Chihiro Makio) and one painter (Beth Dacey) have teamed up to open a small shop in Boston’s South End. The pop-up store Artistry is open through Dec. 24, and offers a selection of the artists’ creations with materials ranging from horse hair to urethane and oxidized silver, all at an upscale price point ($100-$1,000). Put your money toward something special and one-of-a-kind this year—Tiffany’s will manage just fine without you.
Holiday shopping doesn’t have to mean braving the horrors of the mall. Indier options abound. Launched this month is Boston’s latest addition: Artistry, a South End pop-up featuring handcrafted jewelry by five local designers (plus oil paintings by artist Beth Dacey, who draws inspiration from vintage photos). The designers are staffing Artistry themselves daily through December 24 (hear that, procrastinators?), so curious browsers can learn about pieces straight from the source. Each designer has a unique aesthetic; here’s a small sample of their creations.
___Born in Japan and now based in Cambridge, Chihiro Makio of 314 Studio often draws on origami techniques to create her delicate floral designs, using sterling silver in place of paper — no easy feat. Each sphere in this “Continuous Flora” bracelet ($870) began as 12 silver triangles, which Makio folded and soldered to form a rosette. She pulled off that two-tone effect by oxidizing some triangles and coating others with rhodium.
___In her Somerville studio, Laura Jaklitsch makes mini sculptures that would look great atop your coffee table — and even better around your finger, wrist, or neck. Think earrings made of cascading silver cones or a ring that ends in two huge, bright-green polyurethane bulbs. Juxtaposing unusual materials in her ultra-modern designs, she combines rubber and sea-green chrysoprase for a necklace, for instance, and wood, urethane, and sterling silver for this colorful ring ($350).
___”Delicately industrial” is how Jennifer Chin describes her Lush Metals line. From her Fort Point Channel studio, she transforms sterling-silver tubing and wire into geometric designs — like this “Cascade” necklace ($950) — that bring to mind honeycombs and double helixes, molecules and machine components. Feeling crafty yourself? Check out her book Hot Connections Jewelry, a step-by-step guide to soldering techniques.
___”My biggest muses right now are deer antlers and horsehair,” says Lauren Passenti, a designer who revels in the tension between the softness of organic material and the hard edge of metal. Her jewelry looks like it was culled from the closet of a very stylish mystic — shells, stones, and bones intermingle with crystals, pearls, and even cement. This “Under the Forest Floor” necklace ($295) is made of brass and deer antlers, which she gets from “a sculptor/hoarder/antique seller,” one of her neighbors at her Somerville studio.
___In her South End studio, Sophie Hughes creates sculptural jewelry with a hammer and anvil, a process-oriented approach that yields cool, contemporary, totally wearable designs, like these “Iso” earrings ($1221) in 18K recycled gold. Recently seen on fashion-week runways in NYC and Boston, her pieces can interact with the body in unexpected ways — picture a lariat that moves freely through a hollow U pendant and can be worn in multiple configurations.
Earlier this month, we shot the lookbook for our newest 18K Raw Gold collection with Sandy Poirier, owner of Shag — a rockstar-approved salon in South Boston– and who also happens to be an amazing photographer. He brought a ton of energy to the shoot, and our model Heather S. glowed in sophisticated gold pieces and Hard-Day’s-Night-style hair and makeup. The salon was recently expanded to include a big airy loft space that has become the Shag photoshoot studio.
[hair: Patty Martin of Shag // styling: Renata Certo-Ware // makeup: Elena Kucerova // artistic direction: Sophie Hughes]
See more from the shoot on SHAG’s blog
At the Tent at Boston Fashion Week last month Sophie Hughes presented her jewelry designs with Emily Muller’s –Boston Magazine’s 2012 Best Local Designer– SS13 collection “From the Depths”.
The show opened with a special presentation of Sophie Hughes Jewelry. Models slowly strutted and posed showcasing pieces from the new 18k Recycled Gold Collection along with classic pieces from the core collection of silver jewelry. Long lariats on graceful silver chains were worn reversed to complement the backless dresses Sophie chose as a simple, sophisticated canvas for her jewelry.
Muller was inspired by Sophie’s latest gold collection while designing her S/S 2013 line, drawing on the richness of the recycled 18k gold Sophie used to construct her jewelry. The September show married Muller’s signature flowy, ethereal silhouettes and rich color palette with the edgy, industrial structure of Sophie’s pieces for a partnership that both complements and contrasts.
[photos :: above: models backstage in SHJ // below: on the runway in SHJ necklace + earrings]
In August, we swung by Emerson’s studio on Newbury Street in Boston to drop off some jewelry for their SS13 Runway Show at New York Fashion Week.
Masha Orlov, the NYC-based stylist working with Emerson for the new collection, selected over 40 necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings from our recycled silver collection to pair with items on their Spring/Summer 2013 runways.
Backstage, the models prepped for the show and fielded questions from press.
As always, each piece of Sophie’s jewelry on the runway was hand-made using recycled silver, and hand-finished so each is unique and has a distinctive patina finish. The structural, minimalist jewelry offered an unexpected visual contrast to Emerson’s typically flowy, airy dresses and separates, and lent a contemporary edge to Fraser-Swan’s trademark rock-and-roll-meets-romance aesthetic.
Long pipe earrings playfully stood out against the predominantly flowing silhouettes, and boldly swayed as models sauntered down the runway, lending new kinetic energy that played off of the movement of the clothing line’s breezy fabric. Other standouts include the suspended bar necklaces and the cheekily-asymmetrical pipe necklace on silver chains.
Jewelry designer Sophie Hughes poses backstage after the show with Emerson’s Jackie Fraser Swan and Renata Certo-Ware of ScorpionDisco.com