Rachel Zoe once said, "Accessories are the antidote to the blahs." As temps are falling, outfits are becoming a bit more complex. I happen to be a huge fan of layers and the cozy pieces that make up a fall wardrobe, but sometimes, it's that one accessory that can really bring an outfit together.
In my quest for fresh, independent jewelry designers in my new home of NYC, I was excited to learn about Danielle Stevens. Not only are the pieces creative and whimsical, they don't break the bank. Sold!
Founded by Danielle Stevens in 2002, the namesake line delivers four collections a year with a characteristic balance between timeless, collectible jewelry and the ultimate statement in fashion accessories. What most caught my attention is that Danielle loves to combine gorgeous natural elements with man-made plastics and ceramics for a fun play on color and textures. Traveling the world, she has found only the finest stones, crystals, and beads from many cultures that she incorporates in her unique designs.
And the girl is legit. Not only has she been featured in InStyle, Lucky, People StyleWatch, Real Simple, Seventeen, Health and Redbook, she has celeb followers like Drew Barrymore, Carrie Underwood, Connie Britton, Kourtney Kardashian, Nicole Scherzinger, Reese Witherspoon, and Hillary Duff.
Check out my Q&A with Danielle below!
Check out my Q&A with Danielle below!
I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't fascinated by jewelry. What is your first memory of it? I grew up in a retail family and spent a lot of time in my grandmother and mother's fashion boutiques. So, while customers would be trying on clothes in the dressing room, I would be in a dressing room trying on all the jewelry — and then proceeded to show all the customers the new styles for the seasons. I loved watching all the fashion shows my grandma would produce for her store, and loved watching all the jewels come down the runway that accessorized all the gorgeous Parisian and European clothes she sold.
Was designing jewelry your childhood dream? Where did your aspirations come from? I always
wanted to be a journalist, even got a journalism grant at graduation from U of Michigan. I thoroughly enjoyed writing since I was young, but was ALWAYS working with my hands on the side. I painted, taught myself how to sew and how to make jewelry. I started officially making jewelry in college and would sell pieces right off my neck. I realized that being creative was the space I belonged in, and if I wanted to be truly happy, I needed to follow my dreams and make my creativity a full time job.
Which piece is your favorite in your fall collection? I absolutely love all our stackable bangles this season, I have been wearing a lot of some of our wood bangles with burnished silver bangles (jb34, jb35, jb42, jb39).
One of my favorite pieces from the fall collection, JB50C.
Where do you find inspiration as you create new collections and try to stay ahead of trends? I am always taking in my surroundings — whether taking photos while traveling, ripping out color inspiration from magazines and watching all the NY and Europe runway shows.
Your pieces have a lot of stones with interesting cuts, colors and sparkle (I love it!) Do you feel this is your signature trademark? Where do the ideas behind pieces such as these come from? I love all the faceted crystals and stones in the collection because they really make pieces look richer and they definitely provide that "sparkly" effect that everyone loves when wearing fashion jewelry! I don't necessarily feel they are my trademark as much as I think they just make the jewelry pop and wearing jewelry is all about having fun.
Describe the "Danielle Stevens" girl. My collection is always a reflection of what I would wear and what I see the everyday woman wearing. My jewelry needs to translate to a jean and tee shirt girl to a professional woman. Almost all pieces in the collection can literally be dressed up or dressed down depending on the outfit. I recently wore two of my bangles that are more "glam" to a black tie event and the following day layered them with wood and wore them with jeans and a sweater. Versatility is KEY!
What has been your most surreal career moment thus far? Two years into starting my company, one of my white summer necklaces got paired with an Oscar de la Renta gown on the cover of Town and Country. I literally was awe-struck, and felt so much gratitude for the opportunity to be featured with a couture dress in such a well recognized magazine! It really propelled my jewelry to the next level.
Who are your favorite "It Girls? Blake Lively, Julianne Hough, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Alba
What are you currently playing in your iTunes? Robin Thicke, Give it 2 U
Where can my readers learn more and purchase? daniellestevens.com just launched a new site! Check it out, it was so much fun to create and all our new fall styles are up!
Disclosure: I received a Danielle Stevens piece for trial and review. All opinions therein are solely my own.