Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James Jewelry
Whenever we find ourselves on the horns of a fashion or outfit dilemma, we find that more often than not, the solution lies with Elizabeth and James. Whether it¬'s with a sleek pair of sharply cut skinny trousers, haberdashery-influenced vest, or a wonderfully versatile cocktail dress, the thoughtfully designed pieces consistently solve our clothing conundrums. Naturally our interest was piqued when we heard a jewelry line was in the works, as the designers of Elizabeth and James (you might know them as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) are quite well known for their taste in bijoux. The duo collaborated with famed jewelry designer, Robert Lee Morris, and created a stellar collection that¬'s just as noteworthy as their contemporary line.
The relationship between the fashion prodigies and the industry insider (Morris has worked with many notable designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Donna Karan) began last June, when the Sisters Olsen saw a video featuring Morris¬' work during a rehearsal for their CFDA Fashion Awards presentation. The pair flipped for his innovative style and artistic sensibilities and Ashley ended up wearing one of Morris¬' cuffs to the event. The borrowed bracelet led to a meeting and post t√™te-√†-t√™te, the girls and the jewelry gent quickly began working on a full line of earrings, rings, necklaces, and, of course, bracelets.
The jewelry collaboration¬--formally known as Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James¬--debuts this season with 42 different pieces, most of which are available in both brushed silver and antiqued brass. Much like E and J clothing, there are edgier items (like the Dagger Necklace) as well as new classics (like the Bold Silver Cuff). In the spirit of Mary-Kate and Ashley¬'s own personal style, many pieces in the collection are customizable and allow for interpretive wearing. To wit, the Chain Necklaces, which are also available in turquoise and red coral, can easily be wrapped around a wrist instead of a neck, and personalized with a snake or scarab charm or two.
We pulled some of our favorite bits and baubles from the collection for today¬'s story and were amused to learn that many of our selections are also dear to the designers¬' hearts. Word is that Mary-Kate likes to wear a single Dangle Cross Earring ($175), the Dagger Necklace ($525), and all the serpentine pieces, while Ashley¬'s keen on the Bold Silver Cuff ($525) and turning various Chain Necklaces ($395-$495) into one-of-a-kind bracelets. As for your editors, we¬'re in agreement with all of the above, but also have a fondness for the Snake Ring ($155) and wouldn¬'t mind a Plus Cuff ($350) or two¬--though we¬'re pretty much interested in the whole range! Of course, that¬'s the whole problem with the Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James collaboration: what in the world will we buy first?