We fell in love with Anndra Neen when we initially interviewed the dazzling duo back in 2010 as part of the new MFD publication. Now six years and a dozen collections on, sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens are launching their latest for Spring Summer 2017. The new season range features exquisite pieces, including their famed ‘Cage Purse’, whilst also taking on a more substantial appearance as the designers utilise materials such as brass, wood, horn, aventurine and Murano glass.
The New York designers, who were newly welcomed into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) are originally from Mexico and have been heavily influenced by their grandmother (Annette Nancarrow who was a painter, sculpture and jewellery designer also). They are astutely aware of their audience and believe their clientele are women on-the-go that embrace the sleek design of their jewellery and clutches, including women like actress Sophia Bush, spotted at NYFW sporting the ‘Cage Clutch’.
True standouts from the collection included: the ‘Copa Bag’, made from hammered Alpaca metal and featuring pieces of colourful Murano glass; the ‘Forma H’ & ‘Former R’ chokers, also made from hammered Alpaca metal were a delight – these necklaces are truly having a moment; and the cannot-be-missed statement piece ‘Rio Cuff’ consisting of a light brass band clasping a wood and horn dotted centerpiece.
The Anndra Neen SS17 collection embraces light weight modernism influenced by abstract artists including Picasso and will hit stores in the US between February and April next year.
For more on Anndra Neen, visit: https://anndraneen.com/
Written by Pia Finnigan (Pen To Paper Media’s New York contributor – follow @sweetpetitepea).