SILK AND SILVER: Two young designers are showcasing their wares in London this month, with little fanfare and much talent. After working with the late Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Zac Posen, and designing for private clients, Edeline Lee has unveiled her first clothing collection. It features lots of pleated silk and hand stitching, and takes its cues from Madame Gres and the pre-Modernist architect and designer Josef Hoffmann. “I want to make things for the women I know, things that are elegant, precise, and cover a woman’s body in the right way,” said Lee. The collection includes French tweeds and hammered silk for dresses, sustainable wool jersey for skirts with pleats, and hand-pleated silk jersey for sleeveless blouses.
Lee is showing her collection together with the London-based jewelry designer Cora Sheibani, whose latest designs are inspired by the sky, including silver cloud brooches — some of which are purposely left tarnished — with diamond drops of rain. She has also created brooch “sets” of tiny birds that can be scattered over a jacket lapel or dress. “I don’t mind tarnished silver, that’s what clouds look like sometimes,” said Sheibani, whose jewelry is all handmade, and sold exclusively to private clients.