GRADATIONS OF WHIMSY

It takes a cer­tain strik­ing de­sign aes­thetic to com­ple­ment the whim­si­cal and sparkling cre­ations of fash­ion de­signer Michael Halpern, and he cer­tainly seems to have found his match in jeweler Lynn Ban

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Jeweler Lynn Ban on her new col­lec­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion with Halpern

MATCHESFASHION.COM RE­CENTLY HAD A WHIRL­WIND high-pro­file trip to Dubai to cel­e­brate its stylish cu­ra­tion of fash­ion and ac­ces­sories for Spring/sum­mer 2019. Matchesfashion.com’s Fash­ion and Buy­ing Direc­tor, Natalie King­ham, was ac­com­pa­nied by Michael Halpern, who had just de­signed a se­lec­tion of ex­clu­sive styles for the e-tailer, and his friend and jew­elry de­signer, Lynn Ban. For his Spring/ Sum­mer 2019 col­lec­tion, Halpern en­listed Ban to de­sign a range of jew­elry that would com­ple­ment his col­lec­tion.

“The bright hoops, the whole se­ries of geo­met­ric styles and the om­bre stones and the bright col­ors [of the jew­elry] re­ally go well with Michael’s col­lec­tion, and his de­signs have def­i­nitely in­spired me in terms of the col­ors I was us­ing,” says Lynn of the col­lab­o­ra­tion.

For Lynn, style has al­ways been the sum of its parts. The tal­ented de­signer, whose cre­ations have been seen on the likes of Lady Gaga, Be­y­oncé and Ri­hanna, is a renowned col­lec­tor of fash­ion from decades past, and cites fash­ion as be­ing a con­stant source of in­spi­ra­tion for her jew­elry de­signs.

“I’m al­ways think­ing what I would wear with this, this style, this look, this feel­ing… For me, it’s more like a life­style, lov­ing fash­ion, and I hap­pen to make jew­elry, but it goes hand in hand,” she says. “De­sign, fash­ion, jew­elry have al­ways been a pas­sion for me. I would make cus­tom pieces for my­self and I launched my line seven years ago. It hap­pened then very or­gan­i­cally; I just put to­gether a col­lec­tion of 10 pieces – it was stuff I wanted to wear my­self that I couldn’t find out there. And then it be­came a col­lec­tion. I showed it to a cou­ple of friends who hap­pened to be in the in­dus­try as well, and they were like, ‘Start your own line!’ Seven years later...here I am!”

Lynn’s jew­elry is def­i­nitely sym­bolic of her own per­sonal style – bold, ec­cen­tric and very rock ’n’ roll. Her unique ap­proach sees her mix in­flu­ences from the nat­u­ral world and an­cient civ­i­liza­tions with a darkly ro­man­tic sen­si­bil­ity. Ed­u­cated at Cor­nell and New York uni­ver­si­ties, her in­ter­est in his­tory, lit­er­a­ture and art clearly in­forms her cos­mopoli­tan and sur­re­al­ist aes­thetic.

“It has very strong DNA,” says Natalie King­ham of Lynn Ban Jew­elry. “It has a clear vi­sion; that’s re­ally im­por­tant. It’s what Lynn would love, what Lynn wants to wear. I think very pop­u­lar brands right now are devel­oped by peo­ple with very strong vi­sions who don’t sway off of that. So, it’s strong, it’s col­or­ful, it’s fun, but it’s also very el­e­vated and that’s what is key to its beauty.”

Dur­ing the Matchesfashion.com ac­ti­va­tion in Dubai, Natalie clar­i­fied that the web­site iden­ti­fies muse cat­e­gories when strate­giz­ing its buy­ing for each sea­son, which ranges from the au­da­cious “fash­ion for­ward” and “cu­ra­tor”, all the way to “min­i­mal­ist”, and con­firms that the for­mer are def­i­nitely more drawn to Lynn Ban Jew­elry: “Those types of cus­tomers are very un­afraid of color and vol­ume and they like to be early adopters and they have a very strong vi­sion of what they want to wear and it’s pow­er­ful,” she ex­plains.

These traits, in Natalie’s ex­pe­ri­ence, are def­i­nitely true of Matchesfashion.com shop­pers from the Mid­dle East. “It’s such a strong, glam­orous aes­thetic here, so it fits re­ally well for this mar­ket.”

Lynn con­curs: “I think the Mid­dle Eastern clien­tele are the most fash­ion for­ward con­sumers. They love very ‘state­ment’ brands and styles, and I think it is a per­fect match.”

Lynn Ban Jew­elry’s cur­rent col­lec­tion is de­fined by un­apolo­getic ex­cess and color – very ap­pro­pri­ate con­sid­er­ing the pre­vail­ing come­back of the trends of the 1980s. From a gold bar wrist­let bag and snake and skull state­ment rings, to a Bowie cat and dif­fer­ent gradations of col­ored sap­phires on hoop and star ear­rings, the stylish de­signer’s sig­na­tures are sure to res­onate.

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