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Hold your gaze on the spring/summer 2012 lookbook of Amaloa accessories—past the fire-red Chrysanthemum ring and the cascading precious stone necklaces adorning the models, and a familiar backdrop comes into view: Palos Verdes. Designer Amaloa Bonvecchio was so influenced by the scenery of the area and the Hermosa Beach sunsets outside her studio, she chose to juxtapose her finished products with the beauty that inspired them.
“We went hiking with the whole crew and equipment to reach the different locations for the shoot. It was a beautiful experience!” she says. Amaloa may have been born in Caracas, Venezuela, but her handmade line of casual necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets and bags is simply California cool. The natural materials that twist and stack as part of her kaleidoscopic collection—such as wood, leather, feathers, horns and bones—work together to create a look that punctuates a fashion statement.
“I believe accessories are an important key to creating an outfit,” she says. “You can give life to a look just with the use of the perfect accessory.”
A natural orchid flower, preserved in resin, and a twisted, silver-plated wire form this amazing ring. $98
Amaloa accessories, $30 to $550 each. amaloa.com