We may just have emerged from the bubble of the AW11 collections at London Fashion Week, but in the real, non-fashion industry world, we will soon be (if it ever gets warm again in the Northern Hemisphere) contemplating our purchases for the coming SS11 season. That’s one of the reasons why I run very little show coverage here on LLG – whilst an insider peek is lovely (see my Tumblr!), most of you are really interested in what you can buy now as opposed to in six months time, (and that’s if the featured pieces even make it to production).
So here I give you the photos we took at September’s London Fashion Week of Jordan Askill’s collection for SS11, and who I think may just be one of the most talented jewellers working out of London at the moment. (He’s also incredibly polite and charming, making visiting his exhibition booth an absolute pleasure.)
There’s a pleasing precision and symmetry to his designs which, whilst referencing antique jewellery (particularly that of the Etruscans) still manage to look wholly modern. This collection has equine imagery at its heart, from the heart-in-your-mouth urgency of his galloping horse sculpture to the satisfying heft of the silver bracelet at top. But most of all, the refined delicacy of his horse rings speaks to his innate craftsmanship.
I also like that his work manages to straddle the divide between male and female jewellery admirably.
For me, it’s a rare treat to see jewellery of such exquisite craftsmanship in an age where people mistake stringing baubles and bit and pieces on a chain for fine jewellery.
Jordan Askill jewellery is sold at Liberty, Matches, Opening Ceremony NY and LA and Tokyo, MidWest.
Liberty stock his beautiful and delicate heart and star rings here, which would make glorious (ahem, self-gifted) presents
Text by LLG. Photographs by LLG’s editorial associate Briony Whitehouse of A Girl, A Style.