Today, as I had mentioned some time ago, I had a meeting with Ranjana Khan. While I walked her palatial showroom I found it hard to believe her line was only a year or so old. Her sense of color, design, texture is so profound and her intimate understanding of proportion, function, and material is apparent in all she designs. For example, her bracelets and necklaces all use magnetic closures making them effortless to put on. Ane pieces she designs that feature rhinestones are typically wrapped in tulle not only to play with texture and shine but to ensure that your clothing will not be snagged or pulled.
Perhaps the most exciting part of my trip today was having the pleasure of discussing the jewelry with the artist herself who graciously showed me her favorite pieces and modelled them for me while discussing the joy of creating jewelry under her own name. As I learned, she had previously worked quite intimately with Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, who she described as gracious and humble, a true genius, and was the brain behind the tulle-wrapped pearls that provided his brilliant entrance into costume jewelry. A year ago, after collaborating with many more design houses including Balenciaga and Jean-Paul Gaultier, tired of splitting her time between Europe and India, Ranjana decided it time to create something for herself.
I was blown away by her Spring collection, a celebration of beauty's decay and the cycle of life. The whimsical pieces incorporate vintage petals, handburned, stained, and dyed, woven into stone and crystal, oft topped with vintage metal and beaded bugs.
Clip-on earrings with crystal and vintage petals
Crystal necklace woven on lace and tulle with magenta velvet tie closure
While all of these pieces won't arrive until the new year, to my surprise and delight I was able to order a few pieces to pick up on Tuesday in time for Launch. A sneak peak:
Purple and gray crystal necklace with tulle and grosgrain, $520.00
She is a truly incredible talent and I am beyond honored to have met her and to be able to share her work. It makes my launch next week all the more exciting.