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Nicole Whisenhunt: Points Of View

Art Deco accessories for Spring/Summer 2011.
Nicole Whisenhunt: Points Of View Art Deco accessories for Spring/Summer 2011.

Last year was a very exciting and productive month for accessory designer Nicole Whisenhunt. She flew to New York where she met several editors of high profile fashion glossies, to whom she presented her latest collection, Points of View.

"The collection was created in preparation for [a meet-and-greet with] press as well as launching my line in New York for www.vivre.com, " Nicole reveals. "I met with several editors from over a dozen magazines including WWD, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Condé Nast Traveller, Vanity Fair, and In Style, to name a few."

Points of View is an Art Deco-inspired lineup of neckpieces, earrings, pendants and cuffs that feature Nicole's signature embellished designs. "My inspiration was drawn from the Art Deco period, mainly its architecture and linear perspectives," she says. "While I was studying the influences of that specific period, [I discovered that] buildings and art were the main focal point." To illustrate, she showed us her pegs for the collection, which are indeed composed mostly of the era's intricately wrought architecture. Here and there are also paintings by one of the Jazz Age's most prominent artists, socialite Tamara de Lempicka (Madonna is a big fan of her work, and boasts of a substantial collection!).

"One thing that came to my attention was that most Art Deco styles worked with splashes of bright colors. If you notice, my last collection was a mixture of two techniques—a combination of beading and metalwork. With this new collection, we brought back the metallic component but we wanted to emphasize new angular perspectives. The introduction of stingray is also represented along with other exotic materials. One piece that comes to mind is the Jacqueline pendant that looks interesting because of how the stingray radiates a 3-D effect."

Given that the collection was produced specifically for her introduction to the international press, Nicole was fraught with excitement—as well as a good dose of anxiety. But the collection was well-received. "The response was amazing and came with an overwhelming feeling. Four of the magazines featured my pieces simultaneously. I was definitely filled with anxiety approaching these powerful figures in the fashion industry. But I was soon relaxed and comforted with the positive feedback they had given me. I couldn't believe I was having the opportunity to meet all these editors and stylists in places like the Hearst and Condé Nast buildings. It was such a surreal feeling that I would definitely never forget."

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Her lookbook showcases Isabelle Daza wearing pieces from the collection. "Isabelle has strong presence," Nicole says when asked why she picked Isabelle as her model for Points of View. "Not only is she gorgeous but beneath that exterior lies an intellectual and talented woman. After my first meeting and conversation with her I knew she was perfect for the collection. I couldn't be more ecstatic about having her represent my brand and my vision."

Dondi Narciso directed a short video of Isabelle modeling the pieces. Watch it below, and don't forget to click on the photo gallery to view the collection!

Click here for Nicole Whisenhunt's Designer Directory.

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