Wednesday, March 23, 2011


A few pieces of MANIAMANIA's newest collection, 'Reve' has arrived, including the much anticipated IMMORTAL RINGS in three different stones.
I love how Tamila and Melanie of MANIAMANIA are so particular about siting their inspirations by giving comprehensive, specific explanations to illustrate their entire thought process. It makes each piece that much more special. This collection was inspired by Vali Myers, which I found particularly interesting.. it's definitely worth reading below.
It is the season of the witch at MANIAMANIA, with ‘Rêve’, their latest collection of wearable whims, derives inspiration from the enigmatic vagabond artist, Vali Myers, who ceaselessly roamed the world rousing those she met with her authenticity and fire.
Dancing, painting, writing poetry and playing muse to luminary artists and musicians Patti Smith, Marianne Faithful, Donovan (for whom Myers danced as he performed ‘Season of the Witch’ at Albert Hall in London), Andy Warhol and Salvidor Dali among many others, the free-spirited and ‘phantom-like’ Vali traversed cities from Sydney and Melbourne to Paris, New York and Positano, dauntlessly living in the moment and leaving the future to chance.

It is the mood and spirit of this fearless woman, for whom art and life were inexorably linked, that informs MANIAMANIA’s striking and savage jewels for the season ahead. Vali’s ‘war-paint’ – intricate facial tattoos of her own creation – that inspired a young Patti Smith to have the artist imprint a small lightning bolt on her knee in New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel, now takes concrete form in the ‘Patti’ ring; while the ‘Il Porto’ rings allude to Vali’s dreamlike residence in Positano, Italy, where she set up a wildlife sanctuary. The powerful ‘Vagabond’ necklace and cuff draw on Vali’s gypsy-like nature, and the ‘Love on the Left Bank’ rings, pendant and bangle reference Ed van der Elsken’s cult photo-book of 1956, filled with romantic images of a young Vali while she lived, in all her penniless bohemian grandeur, on the streets of post-war Paris.
MANIAMANIA’s rock’n’roll aesthetic combines with the wild, winsome spirit of Vali Myers in an earthy and electric new collection, Rêve. Vali’s love of nature and wildlife (particularly foxes with which she felt an affinity), nomadic temperament and uninhibited lust
for life inspire a collection conceived in Bronze, Sterling Silver and striking crystal stones, Amazonite and Smoky Quartz. A duo tone metal plating effect has been artfully applied to the pieces, each which are encased and presented in a soft earthy grey suede pouch.
More pieces of the Reve collection will arrive in August.


Miss M said...

fascinating inspiration for this collection, now i want to find out more about this gypsy woman. love the immortal ring.

+Miss M+

Brittany Powers said...

diggin the rings


Joanne said...

Love the inspiration and materials