I have always fantasized about the past. Not about the future. The idea of simpler but more vivid experiences seems something that is fading into oblivion. With this current Kitsch Kouture product launch I seek to revive the nostalgia that I feel is missing today. Objects that bring you back to happy memories, rich with detail and emotion. Wear it in good health and welcome to the past!
Among the stones on the beach, there is always a unique shell...in the fields of endless grass there is always a yellow buttercup, in the mundane there is always a surprise. This new collection was inspired by the notion that there is always sun where there are clouds, and to experience it one must wait. Once again the lessons of nature are the most fortuitous.
The inherent strength is self evident. Look, feel, experience what appears to be heavy is light, what appears to be serious is fun, and what appears to be odd is exceptional. Welcome to the world of Zia Maria!
There is no escape but through creativity. I have absolutely no words for what I see happening in the world right now but I know one thing. The only logic is in creation and the only peace in nature. For this I am eternally grateful. When I concentrate on being in nature and creating art only good comes forth...herein lies the lesson.
A journey into land unknown has profound effect on the creative mind. Cambodia was no exception. If there was ever a time I felt out of my comfort zone but so entirely fascinated it was the month I spent trekking through the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. This collection, named appropriately for the largest temple, Angkor Wat itself, was born from brutally high heat and humidity, an astounding realization that we are polluting the planet at an incomprehensible pace, and a new found appreciation for the Khmer people and their decendants. Enjoy.
Pass me a JOINTed bracelet from ITALY!!!
HOBO or Parisian Chic...this is the piece that makes your white blouse and jeans turn the style corner.. Unique, hand made, stackable this bracelet is just a must have.
Look closely at the fine detail. Each segment is layered with different colored resin and then carved to reveal the striations. Accented with a Swarovski crystal here and there...
These will be available in two weeks, online. Stores can request line sheets for April 15 delivery. Stunning, original, CHRISTINA DEFALCO
NB: inspiration was the flower market in Ho Chi Minh City during the Lunar New Year 2017!
Sometimes I look back at all the wonderful pieces I designed to see if there is anything worth bringing back. These are from my first collection of CHRISTINA DEFALCO...and they are still in high demand. I think because they are nostalgic..remind people of Bakelite. The carving and the colors are just so brilliant that I thought I would do them again....
So here they are. If you love them and want a special color, write a comment! We are taking suggestions!
Cremona, Italy....2015. I took this photo while I was walking through the piazza. Style has no limits here. My point is that personal style is always interesting. No matter how old you are, what your hang ups are, how you think and what kind of life you prefer. I applaud anyone with the balls to take a stand and create their persona. Jewelry is a choice, some might be costume obsessed while others claim they are diamonds only....WHATEVER! just put it on and act up. Life is short.
As I sit on the beach here in Barcelona and watch the surf gradually eat away at the beach I see once again how my surroundings effect my art. If I were only to see chaos, misery and pain I wonder what I would create....Nature is in front of us all. Wake up and enjoy it...it may not be forever.
Sometimes life takes some unexpected turns. At 27, Pete Frates was diagnosed with ALS. For the last four years he has tirelessly dedicated his life to raising awareness for the disease and to finding its cure. He is the founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge which has raised over 250 million dollars for ALS research. The Ice Bucket necklace was originally inspired by the melting glaciers in the Italian Alps, and the seemingly insurmountable problem of global warming. It only seems natural to dedicate the piece and a portion of all its proceeds to the grand efforts of the Pete Frates #3 fund.
This necklace is a symphony of hand carved resin pyramid pieces that are tinted luminous spring colors to catch the light. Wear it in style and know that it represents and supports the dedication to find a cure for ALS.
I want to talk about color. Colorized jewelry is incredibly important to fashion because it can morph into the look. You can go all natural, all blue, etc..be accessorized without altering the lines and flow of your outfit. Or if you are completely nuts you match your jewelry to your shoes, bags and Vespa..! Step out of the box and onto a scooter. Technicolor jewelry!
You ask me where my inspiration originates…please…I never know. All I know is that this morning I walked by the local little vegetable stand/store near my house and had a half hour discussion about the benefits of fennel and the superiority of Sicilian strawberries with Luigi. All of a sudden the shapes and colors of vegetables turned into beads and jewels right before my eyes! You cannot put a price on passion…when it emanates from someone it is contagious….and beauty evolves rapidly.
Note to self: guys like Luigi don't know what Facebook is. That half hour was probably the best half hour of the day. DO IT MORE OFTEN
Sometimes it is important to see how my mind works. It is never pretty. Everyone seems to think the creative process is so glamorous and elegant. Actually it is always an extremely stressful and messy couple of weeks in a factory….before the sun rises and the treasures emerge…at least I hope they are treasures…:))
ICE COFFEE, ICE SKATING……ICE MELTING…GLACIERS…I love all of these things. The shape of ice and its ability to morph into water and back to ice, to change color, and to last for seconds or decades…to offer a surface for grace and movement and a surface to slide and crash…it is everything…beauty and danger. It is what inspired this collection I call Dolomiti.
Listen…..fashion is mostly ridiculous….maybe that is why I love it. What is decorative is rarely reality…but reality is rarely as entertaining…! I am fascinated by embellishment. Jewelry, bags, hair accessories, etc….that accent the form and draw attention. There is always a story behind a statement necklace and I want to hear it. If you would wear this…I want you to tell me why.