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Nicole Whisenhunt: Kitana

The accessory designer presents a spirited, edgy new collection.
Nicole Whisenhunt: Kitana The accessory designer presents a spirited, edgy new collection.

Accessory designer Nicole Whisenhunt cut the ribbon—no, she slashed it completely off—from her latest pieces in her newest collection, Kitana. The collection's title describes "discipline, intelligence, love, and perseverance" in Japanese.

According to Nicole, "Kitana was initially inspired by Japanese elements such as gardens and the fine lines and geometric shapes found in origami. In time, as the collection progressed, Kitana turned into a dynamic collaboration of present-day modernity consisting of motion and structural direction—executed with a classic, yet feminine oriental touch."

Veering away from the often too-pretty look of her designs, Nicole has ventured into tougher territory. Incorporating mid-size links as the bands of her eye-catching bracelets and neckpieces, the designer serves up a fresher, rocking new aesthetic. The chains are sewn together to create wide bands that hold the embroidered stones that are Nicole's favorite, imparting to their wearer a bolder style than the dainty one of the past Whisenhunt designs.

While the chains give Kitana a carefree, rock 'n roll feel, the accessory label's careful attention to craftsmanship is still evident in the pieces. As before, the gems in Nicole's designs are meticulously embroidered together onto fabric, resulting in durable settings that belie the accessories' delicate appeal.

Kitana is now available in Cura V. Click here for the Store Directory.

Click here for Nicole Whisenhunt's Designer Directory.

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