A few months ago I attended the beautiful surrounds of Molten Stores Pop- up shop. Laid amongst the trinkets and jewels was this silver necklace. Long, tubular, metal beads formed a shining halo of ambiguity. It’s split personality displayed signs of tribal, bohemian and punk style that I was immediately attracted to. Being slightly unstable myself, I was soon distracted by other sparkly things and moved on. A week later Molten Store posted a photo on Instagram of Chantelle Cox, designer of label; Farron and owner of boutique Haut Boheme, wearing the gold version of my prior angelic vision with a thick collar made of intricately sewn together white shells from her own label. The combination had me awe struck.
When I mercilessly tried to get my hands on the ‘La Femme’ shell collar I was told that it was sold out. I was absolutely devastated (hash tag first world problems). My dreams of looking like Brooke Sheilds in The Blue Lagoon were shattered but little did I know my sister who had had to listen to my maniacal ravings about a necklace had conspired with Chantelle to get me one for Christmas before I could buy it for myself. There were almost tears on Christmas morning- fantastic accessories will do that to a girl.
One would think that a whopping collar typical of some sort of Tahitian tribal goddess would be enough adornment for the rather small area that occupy’s the air space between our head and body, but mine is rather greedy. During the pleasant surprise of Molten Stores Boxing Day sale, I acquired the silver ‘Bohemian’ collar.
These pieces are so beautiful they needed not to be worn with anything other than a simple outfit. A perfect example of my uniform dressing and a great canvas for these babies was a grey marle muscle singlet and understated metallic skirt. Styled here, the way that initiated this entire love affair, the ‘La Femme’ and ‘Bohemian’ collars are layered in the ultimate chiropractic sin. A gold metal cuff that I had wrapped in fluoro orange ‘brickies line’ for the Jet Accessories shoot added the perfect pop of colour. The thing that makes my heart flutter more than anything is that both of these treasures are from local Brisbane designers and stores. Something about wearing a piece from a label in my home city makes it all the more special.
Photos by Jordan Hill