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Coining Fabulous With Fallon Jewelry For W Hotels The Store

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For Fall/Winter 2010, W Hotels The Store is showcasing its Global Glam collection, curated by W Hotels fashion director Amanda Ross. Meant to reflect the new W hotels opening in London, Vieques, and St. Petersburg, the collection incorporates apparel, handbags, sunglasses, jewelry, hats, and scarves that reference the rich cultures, fashion movements, and overall atmosphere of these destinations. And, of course, several designers were asked to create exclusive pieces for the W — among them Dana Lorenz of three-year-old jewelry brand Fallon.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to check out some of the pieces in the Global Glam collection first-hand, such as a tropical but tribal-flavored horn feather necklace by Roberta Freymann featuring elongated,  feather-shaped copper strips with jagged edges paired with undulating, leaf-shaped brass slithers — all danging from a chain link necklace. A dapper bowler hat by Christys London also caught my eye, as did metallic braid necklace by Behnaz Sarafpour. But, time and again, my gaze gravitated to the Fallon jewelry pieces inspired by London's rich rockstar culture.

The place where punk rock, electronica, synth rock, new wave, glam rock, Britpop, and garage rock all flourished— think The Clash, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Joy Division, David Bowie, Oasis, Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, and the Kaiser Chiefs — is the ideal reference for Lorenz's bold, rebellious, music-making jewelry pieces.

For this collection, Lorenz focused on coin shapes that resemble the hi-hats in a drum kit. The worn, slightly tarnished quality of the smooth, gold and silver metal spheres adds toughness and grit, while the Swarovski crystals used to embellish them add a stage-ready glam factor. I love how the crystals are clustered together, with three faceted, marquise shaped, onyx-colored stones fanning out beneath one faceted, round, clear or golden stone — the final effect almost reminds me of an upside-down feather headdress.

Above, you'll find three of the pieces in this exclusive collection — the Triple Coin Ring (my absolute favorite!), which features three metal plates that swivel and turn, giving the ring a life-like sense of movement; the Silver Coin Chandelier Earrings, which feature three strands of clear Swarovski crystals with silver-toned coins embellished with Swarovski crystals at the ends; and the Triple Coin Earrings, which feature disc shapes  that increase in size as you move from the lobe to the neck, creating a sense of depth.

As they'd say in London, these pieces are "a dead cert"!

Fallon Gold Triple Coin Ring, $158; Fallon Silver Coin Chandelier Earrings, $198; and Fallon Gold Triple Coin Earrings, $188. Available at W Hotels The Store and WHotelsTheStore.com

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