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Michele Lamy on Jewellery

I got introduced to Michele Lamy a few months ago and have since been deeply fascinated by her. Watching Lamy is like looking at art, you are inexplicably attracted towards her, and I find her deeply intriguing. Watch her hands in the video, they have a hypnotic quality both visually as well as aurally. I enjoy her style so very much; it is such a celebration of “liberty”.

I must add that I do not necessarily agree with many of her views, for instance her idea that jewellery should not be placed on clothing such as brooches, but rather on the body. I love adorning my clothes as well – with pins as well as brooches and see it an artistic representation of things I find beautiful. Nevertheless, to see a woman so enigmatically herself is magical.

“When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else.”

— Iris Apfel

I enjoy the style of Iris Apfel. I think her idea that jewellry is the most “transformative” of all accessories is closer to my own thoughts on styling. While Lamy is rustic and raw, I find Apfel whimsical and colorful. She has fun: “Life is gray and dull; you might as well have a little fun when you dress”. I think that is so very important in the way we dress. To quote Marie Kondo (and step on that trend boat) – it should spark joy.

“I’m a hopeless romantic. I buy things because I fall in love with them. I never buy anything just because it’s valuable. My husband used to say I took a piece of fabric and listen to the threads. It tells me a story… I have to get a physical reaction when I buy something. A coup de foudre — a bolt of lightning. It’s fun to get knocked out that way!”

– Iris Apfel

With both these women what makes their style and jewellery so mesmerizing is that it is true to who they are. They mix things up combining precious with the common, but they see things with their own eyes. Not with the lens thrust through by institutions and industry. The ability to know who you are – and then be who you are – unapologetically, is undoubtedly inspirational and incredibly attractive.

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