One of the most Instagrammed looks of New York Fashion Week had nothing to do with loose silhouettes or the subtle play of sheer and opaque textures. No, the look that set Instagram on fire was the futuristic face contouring jewelry crafted by Sydney-based Sarah & Sebastian.
Making its debut at Dion Lee’s runway show, the karat gold or silver wire jewelry tightly defined each model’s profile.
Jewelry designer Sarah Gittoes (the Sarah half of Sarah & Sebastian), told Refiner29 that each piece of rose gold or sterling silver wire was custom-molded to fit each model. Surprisingly, the jewelry is not affixed to the face in any way. It’s held in place by facial tension.
“We liked the idea that each model’s contour was unique,” Gittoes said. “However, there was also the strength of uniformity.”
Refinery29 said the minimal facial jewelry added an exclusive touch to the already-gorgeous collection. The New York Times said the face jewelry heightened the mood of opulent primitivism. And Fusion.net picked the look as one of the “9 Cool Things We Love From New York Fashion Week (so far),” explaining that the customized minimal metal “face separator” highlighting the bionic aspect inside the everyday woman.
One critic pointed out a potentially cumbersome design flaw… “While it’s stunning, it’s not quite meant to be worn in real life… unless you can get through the day without opening your mouth,” she wrote.
Others were excited to give the look a thumbs-up on Instagram. “All about the face piece” and “Face contouring on point” were just two examples of the comments being shared from the runway in real time.
Images via Instagram.