With her F/W 2011 collection, jeweler Pamela Love aimed to make a complete departure from the witchy-tribal feel of her previous line (replete with pentagrams and her signature talons). Her mission was surely accomplished with a colorful (by her standards), almost futuristic collection. “I had been watching a lot of science fiction movies and Star Trek and looking through a lot of retro images of science fiction and the future,” Love says.
The focus of the collection is crazy crystal protrusions in too-vibrant-to-be-true hues (which makes sense, as many of the “crystals” are actually cast bronze that has been coated to create the wild effects). The specific gravitation towards giant, almost menacing crystals came as Love was taking a road trip through Texas and detoured to the Caverns of Sonora. “They are basically these caves of crystals a couple of miles long,” she says. “You can’t even imagine that these things exist. There’s almost no oxygen so you start to feel a bit dizzy almost like you’re having a trip. It felt like another world.”