Friday, June 17, 2011

Madonna's "Sex" Book Inspires Jewelry Designer Eddie Borgo

As part of "J.Crew"'s joint effort with the "CFDA" Fashion Fund, Eddie Borgo - a young jewelry designer with a penchant for severe, but polished designs - has debuted a collection which combines his edgier themes with more approachable creations.

"What was your inspiration for your most recent collection? What do the symbols you used - like the padlock - represent to you?"

Eddie Borgo:

"My collection plays with the ideas we have of subculture, and then how those subcultures trickle up into the luxury and fashion market.

I have looked a lot at the history of rock 'n' roll, as well as punk rock and glam rock, in New York City. I am interested in the many ways that music has helped to shape history.

Also, I want to identify symbols that we relate to the different realms of NYC culture - how and why a padlock around someone's neck can immediately establish their identity. My aesthetic has to do with the idea of high-end meets street.

The SS11 collection was highly inspired by Madonna's book "Sex" by Fabien Baron, a high fashion interpretation of sexuality and its subcultures. I reconsidered metal fetish hardware by taking bondage cuffs, piercings, padlocks, and latches and making them sophisticated through the use of fine jewelry techniques. This S+M aesthetic is softened with the use of Lapis, Labradorite and Howlite."

source: stylelist

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