I snuck into the design room to catch a glimpse of the new SALVAGE line for Fall/Winter 2009. Let’s put it this way: if you’re a LOST fan still reeling from the nail-biting-edge-of seat finale and you don’t know how you will physically live through the long wait until season 6 starts in January 2010? Well, the wait for SALVAGE to launch in September will be downright excruciating for me now that I’ve seen what’s coming and the double-edge sword of a spoiler swung a hard and fast arc.
To the unpracticed eye, designer Deb’s worktable looks like a hodge-podge jumbled mess. Come on, she’s an artist, so it’s required. But as I lifted a chain here, an earring there and read scribbled notes, my pulse began to quicken at the sheer genius and my thoughts went to a covetous place.
The SALVAGE line is drawn from unique and unpredictable sources of raw materials, often the throwaway by-products from industry, recycled into ultra chic. Eco friendly, yes. Tired-out hippy craft fair? Uh, definitely not!
Watch for edgy industrial designs salvaged from the workbench, tack room or machine shop. Deb has captured the art of twisting conventionally masculine items into heart-thumping designs to send you into rocker chic overdrive. Metals pounded, fired and flattened create an edgy fierceness, tempered just enough to be almost delicate. Almost.
Look for designs salvaged from the 70’s and Boho Glam never looked so hot and updated! These vintage designs deliver a hip and edgy twist by contrasting peace and love symbols with Victorian-inspired cut crystal all co-existing on raw and rough antiqued brass. The designs can be easily worn by 15 year olds to 150 year old haute hippies, and the new chunky brass chain is jaw-dropping!
Relics salvaged from nobility will be a strong Twisted trendsetting look this fall and winter. Glamorous, statement-making pieces for holiday affairs pull from ethnic sources ranging from Tibet to Spain to Elizabethan England and boast rich, deep and dark tones for an eclectic, regal vibe.
In general, shiny plated metals are fading into the distance in place of metal-in-the-raw. Look for steel and silver with a flat, antiqued finish. Brass will continue to take a starring role, especially with fire-treated and blackened finishes. Large stick-and-hoop toggle clasps as well as tiny bangles are new. Convertible pieces are still very much a Twisted ideal, with a new STUNNING belt that converts into an even better long necklace.
I can’t WAIT to show you pictures, which should be coming by around July.
I don’t think I can sleep tonight.