Rebecca Taylor x Melissa Joy Manning, a jewelry collection bowing later this month, features delicate rings, earrings and bracelets made from rose gold wire and other metals wrapped around raw aquamarine, pyrite and vintage turquoise.
“I love feminine color, especially color that feels almost magical,” Taylor said. “I’m obsessed with opals.”
“Roald Dahl said, ‘Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.’ That’s always been my modus operandi for designing,” Taylor said. “I love fantasy and ethereality.”
Taylor called this “a particularly beautiful moment in fashion, in terms of color and femininity.” Dresses in her spring collection have otherworldly names such as Leopard Fever, Watercolor Star, Astro and Flame of the Forest.
Manning finds inspiration in nature, from Death Valley’s stark scenery to the fjords in Iceland to the lush tropics of Bali. “Rebecca and I had a lot in common in terms of aesthetic,” Manning said. “It’s still recognizably my work, but some of the tweaks are very Rebecca.”
“The color palette is different for me,” Manning added. “I maybe wouldn’t have thought to put all the colors together in one piece. It’s a very pretty perspective. I tend to be more monochromatic.”
“Melissa and I were natural allies and partners,” Taylor said. “We’re both spiritual and Bohemian. She won’t use any coral because of its endangered status.” Manning’s materials are ethically sourced and green certified, and she uses recycled metals.
“I love her commitment to ethical business,” Taylor said. “It’s admirable in today’s world where you feel constantly compromised.”
To celebrate the collection, Taylor had her ears pierced again. “Now, I can join Melissa, who has hundreds of holes,” she said. “I went to Williamsburg [Brooklyn] to a tattoo parlor to get the three new holes.”