SISTER BLISS: Statement JEWELRY with Anndra Neen

Annette and Phoebe Stephens – the sisters behind nascent costume jewelry line Anndra Neen – make pretty good business partners, which is fortunate since their geometric statement pieces are cult hits at shops like Opening Ceremony and Colette in Paris. We grabbed one half of the Sisters Stephens at their Spring 2013 presentation and got the scoop on the new collection.

How would you describe the Spring 2013 collection?

Our inspiration this season was the choreography in Busby Berkeley films from the 1930’s and 1940’s with coordinated movement. This is the first time we used models and what we did with our presentation is we divided the girls between brunettes, red heads, and blondes with one girl in middle with an impact piece. It’s the idea of sameness and yet strength of different colors, a visual way of display jewelry.

What’s the process like of turning choreography into something physical?

It’s a sense you get visually, when you see all the women very far away, they don’t look like people, but forms and shapes. So we took some of those and applied them to what we do with handmade techniques with metal.

What’s it like working with your sister?

Funnily enough, we both do everything together, so its really even. We’re both very creative, we both have a business mind – of course we fight, but it really is a great team.

What’s your favorite piece in the line?

My favorite piece this season is the melted handbag and the brass triangle. It’s more subtle but has an impact.

What can we expect from Anndra Need down the line?

Our five year plan is expanding into home and fine jewelry. In the next year or so, we’ll be making more statement pieces and jewelry that enhances the outfit.

Photography by Amanda Hakan and Sabrina Banta

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