Michelle Elie is a street-style fixture at every fashion week—we’ve lost count of how many times Tommy Ton has snapped her in a Comme des Garçons coat or Junya Watanabe jeans this season alone—and has become synonymous with fearless, experimental dressing. In addition to shooting videos for Garage magazine, the mother and former model has been designing her own accessories label, Prim by Michelle Elie, since 2010. Approached with the same art-driven passion she has for clothes, each collection channels a different person: Last year, it was Claude Lévi-Strauss, whose anthropological travels influenced her tribal gorilla bracelets, frog minaudières, and rings with male genitalia. For Fall ’15, Elie wanted to pare things back, citing Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa as her starting point. His mid-century designs combined sharp, geometric lines with rounded forms and teamed opposite materials like wood and metal. Similarly, Elie used gold spheres for the hardware on bags and as studs on square bangles. Other pieces pulled directly from Scarpa’s work, like the Veneto wooden bag, which features carved sides that mimic the facade of Scarpa’s Foundation of Querini Stampalia in Venice. Each piece is handcrafted in Spain, where Elie traveled to personally select artists, wood-carvers, and goldsmiths to work on her collection.
Elie presented the line this week at Jean Cocteau’s former apartment at Le Palais Royal in Paris—an apt setting for her creations that bridge art and fashion. Find more on her work at MichelleElie.com.
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