GRIMA inspires couturier Nicholas Oakwell's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection by Francesca Grima

"The Spring/Summer 2012 Nicholas Oakwell Couture Collection takes inspiration from the exquisite archives of the iconic jewellery house, GRIMA.  The Collection takes a modernist interpretation of GRIMA's pioneering pieces from the 60s and 70s along with more recent designs also inspired by the modernist movement. Like GRIMA, Nicholas Oakwell finds unconventional ways to use conventional materials and recreates metals and jewels in the finest fabrics.  The result is a surprising and innovative collection in this second season from Nicholas Oakwell Couture.

A vision of timeless glamour inspires the collection, resplendent in gold and silver.  Paillettes, beads, feathers, and prints are presented alongside opulent white ostrich and vivid gold alligator skins.  Diamond-set Agate and Nests of Gold translate from original pieces of jewellery into magnificently intricate embellishments.  The metallics are contrasted with accents of Tourmaline Green, Pink Opal, Aquamarine and Citrine - all inspired by the precious stones from GRIMA's rich archive.  Accessories are unexpected and exquisite and make a strong statement.  A collaboration with Nicholas Kirkwood delivers a shared celebration of precious metals."

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HOWTOSPENDIT.COM Nick Foulkes Swellboy on...The rebirth of a jewellery brand by Francesca Grima

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"Of course I plan to celebrate Grima’s return to London by commissioning a pair of cuff links of appropriate ostentation: what I would like to capture – in cuff link form – is the look and feel of taking the convertible Rolls-Royce for a spin down the King’s Road on a Thursday night in 1968 – something that I am not sure Monsieur JAR would be able pull off, although were I to fancy fastening my shirtsleeves with jewellery that captured the automotive poetry of a Renault Safrane stuck in traffic on the Périphérique, Monsieur JAR would have first refusal."

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