Fall Fashion Week is wrapping up in New York, but that means we have Paris, Milan and more to look forward to. And as the weather cools off in Chicago, we are getting our wish list for the best shopping season of the year finalized. That of course means cozy sweaters and great boots, but it also includes a little bit of sparkle thanks to COUP jewelry.
COUP’s latest collection features pieces inspired by important moments in time and nature that span the whole globe. The COUP designers use nature-centric inspiration to remind all of us to stop and smell the roses in our own way! COUP co-founder Padina Yaghmai, chatted with us just as fall fashion is really kicking off to give us tips on accessorizing for the season, help us to see the beauty in all living things, and (of course) show off some seriously gorgeous baubles!
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR CURRENT LINE?
As with all our collections, we always find inspiration in the world around us, especially nature. But not in the cliché sense. With this collection, Nocturnal Shield, we wanted to pay homage to the Pangolin: an animal that isn’t traditionally associated to beauty or special characteristics. If you look closely, it is an extremely magnificent creature that has an external armor-like-skin to protect it from danger. It also reflects nature’s design choices that are aesthetically superior and have inspired man for ages. The name ‘pangolin’ comes from the Malay word pengguling, meaning “something that rolls up” – words that helped us to craft the individual pieces.
But did you also know that the Pangolin is one of the most trafficked animals? We saw a CNN report titled “The most trafficked mammal you have never heard of” and it pulled at our hearts. That is another reason that made us pick this animal as our inspiration.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE IN THE COLLECTION?
The Armour earrings. They seem to emulate the concept best.
Note: Our favorite are these Bee-Hive Half Moon earrings – perfect for any Beyonce fan!
HOW CAN WE LAYER NECKLACES AND OTHER DELICATE PIECES WITHOUT OVER-DOING IT?
Sometimes overdoing it can also work but if only you know what look you’re going for. I like putting together contrasting pieces and colors so that there is some personality to the look. One has to have established their own sense of style to be able to carry any look.
HOW CAN WE DO THAT WITHOUT GETTING OUR NECKLACES TANGLED?
When storing them, use proper jewelry boxes with divisions – especially when travelling.
When wearing them – good luck! I try to mix different sizes so that the tangling is minimal.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS TO MIX METALS?
If the outfit is planned to match the other accessories – bags/shoes – then feel free to experiment with mixing metals and colors. Just like layering, mixing metals is also a personal choice aesthetic. We don’t usually go for the traditional rules when we design Coup pieces or with our personal choices. The only thing we recommend is dress for the occasion and live it up!
WHAT ARE SOME ACCESSORY TRENDS WE SHOULD KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR NOW?
The bee and the bugs are back and they buzz like nothing else! Coup is proud to have been working with the multi-legged creatures for several years now and it never goes out of style for us.
WHAT ARE CLASSIC PIECES NO WOMAN SHOULD BE WITHOUT?
Pearls. You can never go wrong with them!
Note: The shirt is one of our new favorites for fall from Free People. You have to love a shirt that’s basically a glorified pajama top in a perfect shade for fall! And the sunnies are one of our favorite brands, ic! berlin. They’re a stand by and must-try because they never get caught in your hair!