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The Boldly Understated – NATALIA BRILLI

Belgian born Natalia Brilli designs sets and costumes for theatre and collaborates with many established fashion designers. Natalia channels all her energy into her fashion accessories which projects a simplistic, ethereal presence. Being a busy design student, I adore the fact that the accessories are monochromatic themed; meaning that they will match just about anything and everything in the averagely quirky art student’s wardrobe. The reason why I believe her pieces are easily matched is because they are simple and timeless; yet edgy enough to jazz up the everyday ‘uniform’ for work or school.

As she is known for famously wrapping her work in leather — and being the major leather freak that I am — it was obvious that it appealed to me immediately. Her brand launched in 2004 with a series of sautoirs and leather cameos. Her work immediately garnered attention from shops like Maria Luisa, Browns and Barneys. Within the same year, Natalia joined forces with Rochas as head accessories designer. Her brand’s distinct style has tickled my fancy: oversized pearl sautoir necklaces — simple or multi-tiered — adorned with exaggerated bows and the vintage cameos encased with the finest leather and suede.

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Jessica Chee is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

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