Cre­ativ­ity takes flight in It Brit de­signer Shaun Leane’s glit­ter­ing new col­lec­tion.

ELLE (Canada) - - Style - BY CHAR­LOTTE HER­ROLD

Soft,” “light” and “play­ful” are not words that im­me­di­ately come to mind when one con­sid­ers the in­tri­cate, sculp­tural cre­ations from the House of Shaun Leane— but that’s ex­actly how the master jew­eller, who fa­mously col­lab­o­rated with Alexan­der McQueen as well as de­signed cus­tom pieces for Sarah Jessica Parker, de­scribes Aerial, his lat­est col­lec­tion. “I wanted to cre­ate some­thing that was light, of the air, but still had the strong sil­hou­ette I’m known for,” ex­plains Leane. The London-based de­signer reimag­ined his sig­na­ture tusk shape as the del­i­cate frame of a wing—a swish of white gold dec­o­rated with di­a­monds and gem­stones. “I wanted to cap­ture the beauty of wings but in my own hand­writ­ing.”

Leane, who be­gan train­ing at age 15, was im­me­di­ately drawn to clas­sic pieces. “I used to go to mu­se­ums and get in­spi­ra­tion from the mas­ter­pieces of past jew­ellers,” he says, cit­ing the Vic­to­rian and art-deco pe­ri­ods as his favourites. “I hoped that I, too, could one day in­spire gen­er­a­tions that come after me. The longevity of jew­ellery is what I love so much about be­ing in this trade.” Leane’s fascination with his­tory is also why his favourite ma­te­rial to work with will al­ways be di­a­monds. “The youngest di­a­mond in the world is 900 mil­lion years old,” he says. “It’s re­ally an hon­our to wear some­thing that old—some­thing that is so con­nected to the earth.” ■

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