Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah
Astley Clarke Astronomy

Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah
Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah

Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah.  February 2017 marked Dominic Jones’ triumphant return to London Fashion Week, as the young jewellery debuted his first collection for British luxury brand Astley Clarke. Jones joined Bec Astley Clarke’s jewellery label, which began as an online retailer stocking the work of niche names as Creative Director in September 2016. His first collection is split into three evocatively titled groups. Colour of Calder presents sterling silver stacking pieces drawing from the work of kinetic artist Alexander Calder – and the legacy of art collector Peggy Guggenheim – for inspiration. Phototaxis, which is modelled by Georgia May Jagger, finds beauty in an all-together more ephemeral source of inspiration – the British moth. In fact, the winged reference also points to Bec Astley Clarke’s family history as her genetecist grandfather Sir Cyril worked on a cure for Rhesus disease through detailed research into insects. The third grouping of Astley Clarke AW17 is Astronomy. Available from this week, the collection looks to distant galaxies, with precious stones representing planets: Jones chose Labradorite to represent Jupiter and a flat sliced Ruby for Mars. 10% of sales from Jones’ beautiful Earth pieces will be donated to support the work of the  World Land Trust. Jones recruited Adwoa Aboah to model the eco-conscuis collection. ” She’s completely democratic in what she wears mixing old and new, fine and contemporary; it’s that freedom that I think represents Astley Clarke”, the designer says, explains his choice of ambassador to Something About. Read below for the full story behind Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboa.

Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah
Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah

 

Astley Clarke: Dominic Jones on Adwoa Aboah

“Adwoa and I have been close friends for five years now and we’ve seen each other through highs and lows: we’ve been to muddy festivals, carnivals, palm springs pool parties, broken into secret gardens under moonlight. She’s someone who personally really represents everything I would want for my first collection and for the brand. She has a confident personal style and the way she wears clothes and jewellery is her own. She’s completely democratic in what she wears mixing old and new, fine and contemporary; it’s that freedom that I think represents Astley Clarke.. The democracy that comes from the pricing of our product selection is very rare in the jewellery world we’re not focused on chasing bling wearing women with our fine collections and equally we really celebrate materials and processes which creates a distinction from what we’re doing with contemporary jewellery in comparison to other brands in the same price.In general the history of jewellery as a category has been dominated and defined by being bought by men and given to women, I’m trying to create a brand that is interested in women and works with them, to make jewellery women will see and fall in love with and buy for themselves”.

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Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah
Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah
Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah
Dominic Jones and Adwoa Aboah