Lela Luxe Fashion Week: Margo Morrison New York Jewelry Collection
Margo Morrison lives and is based out of New York City. Her collection, Margo Morrison New York, combines semi-precious stones and pearls with Swarovski crystal, and she finishes each piece with toggles that are cast from grass, twigs and berries. The result is a refined, sophisticated look that has been described as "visual music."
“I became fascinated by the idea of suspending stones, the way music notes are suspended on a staff, says Margo, “There’s the sound of the note and the silence between. Stones need space, too, for a harmonious design.”
The Margo Morrison New York collection is made 100% in the USA and is handmade. The idea behind her collection and design has a sort of whimsical nature…making you feel delicate, but confident. I, probably like many, have come across tons of semi-precious jewelry collections, but none of them seem to call me and actually tend to deflect my attention with it’s poor design and sort of weak appearance of particularly the dangling earrings.
Margo Morrison has done an unbelievable job at combining timeless elegance, the delicate nature of Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones with a strong, solid design.
The celebs wear them by the 10’s! Blake Lively was seen at an event in March wearing eleven of Margo Morrison’s necklaces at once, creating a fashion forward bohemian look. She actually paired with a modern, sleek gold dress. Creating a nice contrast in styles.
Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Brooke Shields, Karen Allen and Gwyneth Paltrow are part of Margo's growing celebrity clientele, wearing her jewelry on camera and off.
Here’s the look Debra Messing, Eva Longoria, and Julia Roberts chose and pieces that made up the look. Click on the images and the look can be yours!
My favorite pick: The faceted Multi color aquamarine short Lariat with Swarovski crystal. Perfect for the summer and for sun-kissed skin.
Margo’s collections are carried in exclusive boutiques and department stores throughout the United States, Canada, England and Japan. Editors of Japan’s top fashion magazine, Madame Figaro, recently voted her "one of the top 15 most exciting jewelry designers in the world." Her pieces have appeared in the pages of Vogue,Elle, Marie Claire, People, Lucky and dozens of other publications.
What inspired you to pursue a career in (jewelry) design?
I was taken by a necklace I saw in a boutique in Miami Beach. The stones had been knotted on silk and looked as though they were suspended. I was intrigued by that. I grew up playing classical piano and I think I loved the feeling of my fingers on the keys. I stopped playing many years ago, and missed that tactile sensation. Making jewelry gave me back that feeling.
How has basing yourself out of NYC helped your label?
I think that living in NYC allows you to have accessibility. There's a huge trade show here three times a year, and stores come before, during and after. They have the option of visiting my showroom or seeing me at the show. It's important to have a presence here. There are some really good stone dealers here and wonderful sources on 47th Street who cast my toggles. It's just easy to get things and get things done here.
Who was your favorite designer or inspirational designer during your learning years?
Believe it or not, the designers who inspired and continue to inspire me are not jewelry designers. I have always loved Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Carolina Herrera. They have epitomized elegance and 'classic with a twist' in their designs. They've managed to continue creating looks that endure over time. I like that idea. I don't design trend. I design pieces that can be worn for many years, and my necklaces work with these great designers' clothing.
What's your favorite NYC neighborhood?
I have so many! That's what is so cool about New York City. There are so many fabulous little areas in which to get lost. I'm really falling in love with the Lower East Side. It's steeped in so much history and I love seeing the storefronts that haven't been changed over the years.
What is your favorite spot to Brunch?
LOL! I'm actually not a morning person. I am the most creative at night so I end up sleeping late in the mornings. If I do manage to get up in time for brunch, I like Barney Greengrass. I love lox, bagels and cream cheese and it just doesn't get any better anywhere else.
Here is just a small sample of the Margo Morrison New York jewelry collection. The complete collection can be found here on the Margo Morrison New York website.
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