Feel Like A Chief In House of Harlow 1960’s Feather-Themed Jewelry
If only tantrum-prone, law-bending, booze-happy Lindsay Lohan could reinvent herself as effectively as socialite-turned-designer Nicole Richie, who abandoned her hard-partying ways and seemingly ate a giant slice of humble pie after some legal run-ins — specifically, two DUI arrests in 2003 and 2006, the latter of which landed Richie in jail (albeit for a laughable 82 minutes). Since becoming a mother in 2008, Richie has pulled a Victoria Beckham, completely re-imagining herself in the eyes of the general public, distancing herself from her past "Spoiled Little Rich Girl" antics alongside Paris Hilton on FOX's The Simple Life, and emerging as a true style icon and fashion powerhouse with the launch of her House of Harlow and Winter Kate lines. From apparel to jewelry, footwear, handbags, and sunglasses, Richie has infused her vintage-loving, globe-trotting Bohemian vibe into all of her designs — to fantastic results.
Her Spring/Summer 2011 House of Harlow 1960 jewelry collection, for example, draws inspiration from Native American tribes with its feather, arrow, and sundial motifs. One of the standout pieces is the 14k gold-plated House of Harlow Arrow Cuff ($175 at Shopbop.com), pictured second from top, a 2.25"-wide, antique-looking, arrow-shaped cuff that wraps around the wrist and features feather-like strips along the bottom and upper ridge of the main center plate, which itself includes a raised rectangular outline. The feather effect is created via elongated rectangular shapes placed at a slant and given pointed tips, then etched and embossed for a sense of movement and a tribal flair. The cuff culminates in an oversize, triangle-shaped arrow tip with etchings along its periphery and concentric staggered "V" shapes" along each of the three inner corners.
Those who prefer simpler designs but are equally enchanted by the free-spirited vibe of feather motifs will swoon over the House of Harlow 1960 Feather Row Cuff ($100 at BoutiqueToYou.com), pictured at top, a 14K gold-plated piece featuring a row of long feather shapes arranged vertically, so that the plumes' rounded tips create the top edge of the bracelet and their pointed quills form the bottom edge of the piece. Each feather-shaped strip features a raised central bar, meant to resemble the rachis, and etchings on either side of this middle strip to emulate the barbs that form vanes.
Even pop star Rihanna, who generally prefers studded and spiked pieces with a dominatrix-meets-Glam-Rock air, couldn't resist the allure of these dreamcatcher-y pieces. Earlier this week, she was spotted rocking these two bracelets while grabbing a bite in Miami.
Seems Richie has quite a bit of star power in her fashion tribe!