VANN SS21 - What A Strange World We Live In

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ADORNED FOR A NEW NORMAL

The Spring/Summer 2021 collection from VANN, What A Strange World We Live In, explores the truths of our new reality and finds some powerful silver linings.

The world has changed and we are living in a new normal. Exploring the relationship between restriction and balance, the Spring/Summer 2021 collection from VANN, What A Strange World We Live In, serves as a visual journal during this period of pauses amid the lockdown.

Parameters of Perfection VANN continues to uncover new definitions of luxury. Rebelling against jewellery’s feminine constraints, the luxuriously chunky chains and irregular shapes of this collection boldly move from the realm of high fashion into a fresh and daring space.

These designs are art forms—frozen in time—and exist at the intersection of craftsmanship, rarity and creative vision. A hero piece, the Three-Layer Detachable Earrings symbolise imperfect continuity with their circular and interconnected forms that can be separated and worn in three different ways. The unique shapes of these earrings and others in the collection are intentionally crafted to appear unfinished and unpolished, an expression of what it means to exist just as you are. ‘My creative process is informed by a collage of different effects: from form, texture and colour, to function and finish,’ says Vann Kwok, jewellery designer at VANN. ‘I’m embracing imperfection in our current context.’

Contrast is a powerful concept in VANN designs, and even more so in this collection. The Spiky Series, a particular highlight, represents the way in which our lives have been punctuated by restriction, borders and uncertainty. Designs with organic forms and metamorphic shapes echo nature’s surfaces and edges, while the vivid and vibrant hues of Deep Pink, Neon Green, Yellow Gold, Deep Sea Green and ultra-shiny Rhodium capture optimistic and otherworldly energy. VANN’s signature, voluminous asymmetrical heart shape has a welcome cameo in the collection, recurring in drop earrings, bold bracelets and high-end collars. Evoking the presence of a skilled maker, the heart shape’s textured surface suggests growth and the passage of time.

Modelling Innovation With so many constraints placed on where we can go and what we can do, VANN finds an opportunity for creative exploration in new dimensions. Inspired by the global practice of social distancing, VANN has collaborated with a 3D artist to present its collection on an avatar within a virtual reality environment. ‘The alienation that many feel at the moment has been a driving force for us to innovate,’ says Kwok. ‘It’s what sparked the idea to completely digitalise the presentation of our jewellery.’

ADORNED FOR A NEW NORMAL

The Spring/Summer 2021 collection from VANN, What A Strange World We Live In, explores the truths of our new reality and finds some powerful silver linings.

The world has changed and we are living in a new normal. Exploring the relationship between restriction and balance, the Spring/Summer 2021 collection from VANN, What A Strange World We Live In, serves as a visual journal during this period of pauses amid the lockdown.

Parameters of Perfection VANN continues to uncover new definitions of luxury. Rebelling against jewellery’s feminine constraints, the luxuriously chunky chains and irregular shapes of this collection boldly move from the realm of high fashion into a fresh and daring space.

These designs are art forms—frozen in time—and exist at the intersection of craftsmanship, rarity and creative vision. A hero piece, the Three-Layer Detachable Earrings symbolise imperfect continuity with their circular and interconnected forms that can be separated and worn in three different ways. The unique shapes of these earrings and others in the collection are intentionally crafted to appear unfinished and unpolished, an expression of what it means to exist just as you are. ‘My creative process is informed by a collage of different effects: from form, texture and colour, to function and finish,’ says Vann Kwok, jewellery designer at VANN. ‘I’m embracing imperfection in our current context.’

Contrast is a powerful concept in VANN designs, and even more so in this collection. The Spiky Series, a particular highlight, represents the way in which our lives have been punctuated by restriction, borders and uncertainty. Designs with organic forms and metamorphic shapes echo nature’s surfaces and edges, while the vivid and vibrant hues of Deep Pink, Neon Green, Yellow Gold, Deep Sea Green and ultra-shiny Rhodium capture optimistic and otherworldly energy. VANN’s signature, voluminous asymmetrical heart shape has a welcome cameo in the collection, recurring in drop earrings, bold bracelets and high-end collars. Evoking the presence of a skilled maker, the heart shape’s textured surface suggests growth and the passage of time.

Modelling Innovation With so many constraints placed on where we can go and what we can do, VANN finds an opportunity for creative exploration in new dimensions. Inspired by the global practice of social distancing, VANN has collaborated with a 3D artist to present its collection on an avatar within a virtual reality environment. ‘The alienation that many feel at the moment has been a driving force for us to innovate,’ says Kwok. ‘It’s what sparked the idea to completely digitalise the presentation of our jewellery.’

VANN

VANN envisions jewellery as a platform to channel art, fashion, craft and technology. Devoted to using innovative solutions combined with traditional craftsmanship to create jewellery that is not only fashionable and artistic but also comfortable to wear in your day-to-day life, VANN continuously challenges our existing perspective by taking creative risks to ensure her jewellery always stays strong, fresh, fun and relevant.

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