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
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.