One of my most adored jewelry and accessory brands has launched a new capsule collection... and my heart's a-flutter.
photos courtesy of Deepa Gurnani
The first time I ever saw Deepa Gurnani's jewelry, I was doing research for my editorial in Modern Luxury Weddings magazine. I flipped when I saw the exquisitely beaded and embroidered bridal earrings and headpieces. But I wasn't a bride (anymore).
A couple of years later, I was on the lookout for a pair of silver drop earrings. Didn't really know exactly what I had in mind at the time, so I Googled around a bit (as you do) and found "the ones." (Here's me glamming it up on The Avenue in my Deepa Gurnani RAIN Earrings. Hot tip: they still sell this style and it's available in 10 different colors.)
Three more Deepa purchases later (I bought another pair of earrings for myself, a pair for my assistant on her birthday, and snagged a fabulous cuff bracelet during the Black Friday sale last year) it became clear that this brand is an obsession of mine, so I decided it was time to share Deepa Gurnani with my readers. And I made a phone call.
Well, I learned that the genius of Deepa Gurnani is two great minds that think alike. Husband and wife Deepa and Jay Lakhani are a fashion dream team: Deepa studied fashion at London's prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, during which she worked with haute couture designers such as Alexander McQueen and got jazzed to experiment with new and different beading and embroidery techniques; Jay studied at NYC's esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology and went on to train under head designers at Tiffany and Bvlgari, refining his eye for detail and luxury. After joining forces both matrimonially and professionally, they created Deepa Gurnani, a line of unique and distinctive embroidered accessories that continues to amaze fans (like me!) season after season.
Deepa and Jay Lakhani
I caught Jay on his way out of the office, grabbing his coat and about to brace the New York City cold... a bitter 18 degrees. Here, it was a balmy 73 degrees and sunny, but I didn't wanna rub it in. Instead, I simply suggested that he and Deepa hop a plane down to Florida and come visit! He sighed and answered: "If only." (Ah, Covid.)
Alas, just as the caterpillar emerges from its chrysalis transformed into a butterfly, that harsh N.Y. Winter will soon turn to Spring. And yes my friends, that was my segue into Deepa Gurnani's latest capsule collection: METAMORPHOSIS.
"Just when the caterpillar thinks her life is over, she bursts forth from her cocoon and transforms into a stunning butterfly," Jay tells me, explaining the inspiration behind their most recent release. "One who is vulnerable today might be strong and successful tomorrow. In our new collection, we celebrate the butterfly as a symbol of hope and transformation, because butterflies make us believe in miracles," he says.
Indeed, Deepa and Jay Lakhani have pulled off another miraculous rollout. Here for your viewing and shopping pleasure are my top ten picks from METAMORPHOSIS by Deepa Gurnani:
Here's hoping the beauty and freedom of the butterfly inspires you to feel as beautiful as you are, and be free to express your style anyway you want to!