Designer Bio: Monique Pean is a Vogue/CFDA Fund winning designer. This former Wall Street darling was born in Washington, DC and worked in finance before creating her jewelry company in 2006. As part of her 2009 Vogue/CFDA Fund award (known in the industry as the CVFF,) she was granted a mentor: Tiffany and Co. CEO Michael Kowalski. The designing darling has gone up from there and this was her first show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
The Collection: This was a spectacular display of fine jewelry was inspired by her recent trip to French Polynesia and the works of post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. The necklaces truly come from the beauty of the land, using sustainably-farmed pearls, natural shell, fossilized wooly mammoth and walrus ivory, recycled 18-carat gold and conflict/devastation-free diamonds. The handcrafted collection is kind to the environment but packs one heck of a fashion impact, with organic shapes and native-inspired silhouettes with very Park Avenue friendly doses of diamonds and gold. This is the perfect collection for the coming season to support the neutral palette we’ve seen come forth from almost all the designers. Inspired by the islands, you’ll want a piece for the upcoming season for day or night and will definitely want to invest in the designer’s eco-chic designs moving forward. I know I will.
But don’t take my word for it. The beauty of the collection inspired me to take an entire gallery of photos. Please do enjoy (and feel inspired to create your own shopping list.) It’s truly a vision to behold.