All Posts By Manal Waqi

A Look at Syd & Pia

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Fernanda Medina, founder and creative director of independent jewelry brand, Syd + Pia NYC started jewelry back in college. Initially, she was studying fashion illustration at FIT and then Parsons School of Design.

While at Parsons, she took a tour of the jewelry department, where she became enamored by the process of creating 3D pieces as opposed to a flat sketch. She got genuine gratification from the possibilities of using her hands and heavy work tools to build pieces that were not only jewelry but also house objects; therefore, she immediately switched departments.

She took off to start a family which is where the name Syd + Pia came from. The name is a combination of her first born, Sydney and Pia is her youngest daughter, Saffia. Saffia was difficult for Sydney to pronounce as a child so she started calling her Pia.

AMer college, Fernanda landed a corporate position in jewelry design, designing flat on paper. She discovered her confidence and value when she noticed that her sketches were never edited by any higher-ups and were selling really well in the companies’ market.

Through it all, Fernanda always found to build with her hands, creating personal handcrafted jewelry pieces on her workdays off. Many of her friends wanted to buy the pieces she wore on any given day. Fernanda realized, between the success in her corporate position and the feedback she received for her own pieces…that this was her calling to launch Syd + Pia. It started as something that Fernanda love as a business prac/ce that she equally adores being a part of.

“I’m designing jewelry that offers bold statements effortlessly” Fernanda stated. The critical part of Syd + Pia is maintaining the craftsmanship at a high level yet keeping an affordable high end price point. In general, the pieces are metal driven and possess a sleek finish. The brand uses affordable materials that feel luxurious and special like brass plated in 1 micron of gold, sterling silver and bronze accented with gold filled chains or sterling silver chains and her favorite component to work with, genuine pearls in all shapes and sizes.

With the designs, Fernanda is always thinking of ways to redefine classic silhouettes by incorpora/ng different elements. For example, the hoop earring is con/nuously getting a new interpretation in Syd + Pia. Fernanda is a traditionalist in her craM and jewelry silhouettes in some sense in her designs, yet she dares to modernize and redefine it. Fernanda thinks that’s what makes a Syd + Pia piece so unique. To con/nually redefine classic silhouettes but daring to make them bold. She thinks that’s what makes the pieces universal for many kinds of consumers.

In the process, Fernanda always starts with, “would I wear it?” It then expands to the people that are following the brand. she feels the people following the brand are in a way like her. “We’re people passionate about standing out, and we invest in ourselves. We do this by investing in luxury and unique items without spending thousands. We care about upping the ante in our wardrobe. We also care about responsible fashion by shopping and supporting local independent brands.”

In a way, it’s a New York story. To dare to be passionate about our hustles and dreams in a luxurious, confident, and stylish way.

Syd + Pia has been featured at Henri Bendel in New York, W Stylelab at the W Hotel Time Square, December Thieves in Boston and Flock GiM, a specialty boutique in Austin, TX. The brand has had the pleasure of being featured in many publications and television, including but not limited to High Maintenance, series on HBO, Vogue IT, Harper’s Bazaar USA, Elle Vietnam, Elle Canada, Elle USA, Nylon, LadyGunn, Instyle USA, L’Officiel, Raine Magazine, El Diario NY newspaper, WOR Radio 710 AM, Joan Hamburg’s Bridal Show, the Dominican newspaper El Caribe and many more online and paper publications.

Read more fashion and jewelry articles at ClichéMag.com
Images provided by Syd & Pia.

The Dichotomy of Myth & Modernity

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Michael Fausto, a luxury evening and ready to wear brand, centers on the dichotomy of myth and modernity.

Trained in the ateliers of Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, and Badgley Mischka, designer Michael Fausto Oliu was able to hone his design skills under the tutelage of master artisans. Just after graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology and working for prominent fashion houses of New York, his gowns were donned by Robin Roberts at the Oscars, Allison Janney at the Emmys, and Carrie Underwood at the CMA Awards. With designs featured in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, and WWD, he decided to embark on creating a collection of his own vision.

Launched in October 2019, the debut presentation was hosted at the illustrious Baccarat Hotel in New York. Over the following months, his fantastical silhouettes and crafted textures garnered admiration from industry and media alike. In addition to features in WWD and a partnership with luxury silversmith, Christofle, his designs are consistently pulled by stylists for editorials and red- carpet dressing. Celebrities such as the iconic Carmen Dell’Orefice, Emmy-winner Laverne Cox, Oscar-winner Julia Kennelly, and starlet Bailee Madison have been dressed in his designs.

The brand’s latest collection plays on a similar idea of modern-age couture; combining structured silhouettes with vibrant colours and intricate detailing. From unparalleled, flattering silhouettes to swing dresses that act like modern-day ball gowns, Michael’s undeterring ability to combine his learned skill set and expertise with a thorough understanding of the market creates pieces like no other.

Michael Fausto aims to serve the modern heroine. Delivering a refined sensibility coupled with a flare for drama, this clothing is made to exalt women. Since the world began, women have worn the title of creator, mother, lover and countless more; and it is our goal to celebrate every incarnation.

Read more fashion articles at ClichéMag.com 
Images provided by Michael Fausto

The Imperia Collection

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Prominent, Dubai-based jewellery house La Marquise’s new collection draws inspiration from the culturally rich heritage and artistic flair of the Italian town of Imperia. Amalgamating the new and contemporary design ways with traditional Arabesque motifs, the collection mirrors the town’s strong design nuances.

Demonstrating the high caliber of La Marquise’s stone craftsmanship and selection, each piece in the collection uses gemstones that went through a highly stringent selection process, were hand-picked and caliber-cut to match each design.

Playing with strung tassels, comprising the finest of pearls, rubies, emeralds and sapphires, each one of the Imperia collection pieces mirrors an unparalleled elegance. Using three key design concepts, layering, double-coloured motifs and single motifs, each piece in the collection is easy-to-wear, versatile and a perfect fit for any abayas and kaftans. This coupled with each piece’s unique availability makes it a true jewel find.

 

Introducing D.R.A.M.A: The Summer Dance Anthem

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When two prominent artists come together, magic is bound to happen. With the soon-to-be-launched single, D.R.A.M.A, Stonebridge and K-Syran collaborate on creating a power-packed single which brings to the forefront a flair of vibrant energy and vigour. 
 
Launching this summer and bringing a much needed dose of joy and zesty spirit in darker times, this is the track to have on your radar for the upcoming season.
 
Since tapping into the musical mainstream with his remixes for Robin S, Sia, Usher, Missy Elliott, Taio Cruz & Ne-Yo, GRAMMY Award nominated Artist, Producer & DJ StoneBridge has not slowed down. With his music regularly playlists on BBC Radio 1 & Kiss FM StoneBridge’s presence on the airwaves is as familiar as ever. It’s this ability to stay current that has led to StoneBridge hosting his weekly StoneBridge #bpmMix radio show on Sirius XM/BPM  as well as his weekly StoneBridge HKJ show.
 
Meanwhile having started her career on an exciting note by opening the UK Tour for the prominent Blue, K- Syran has since been receiving the love and praise of music connoisseurs across the globe. Releasing two albums (Smoke In My Veins and Dizzy), topping several billboard charts and even having one of her singles being nominated as the anthem of International Women’s Day 2016, K- Syran’s journey continues to demonstrate an exciting path.