NYFW 2019: Ariana Boussard-Reifel Jewelry x 3.1 Phillip Lim



Earlier this week we recapped some of the best jewelry on the NYFW 2019 runways, and today we’re closing out the coverage with some gorgeous photos from Monday’s 3.1 Phillip Lim show, which featured the work of jewelry designer Ariana Boussard-Reifel.

Held in an open-air warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Lim’s spring 2020 show emphasized sustainable fabrics, voluminous necklines, asymmetrical tailoring, and a certain utilitarian chic for the “3.1 global citizen.”

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Boussard-Reifel’s Antilles earrings (photo by But Sou Lai for 3.1 Phillip Lim)

Best known for jeweling Beyoncé on a variety of high-profile occasions (including her Lion King music videos), Boussard-Reifel, who is also an accomplished fine art sculptor, favors exaggerated proportions with an exotic, ethnographic slant and motifs that suggest the line and form of ancient armor and adornments.

Mutual friend and stylist Melissa Levy introduced Lim to Boussard-Reifel’s collection, which prompted the noted fashion designer to get in touch about potentially collaborating on his upcoming runway show. The two minds had just a month or so to pull a jewelry edit together.

“It happened really fast,” says Boussard-Reifel. “3.1 Phillip Lim focuses on sustainability—the show was plastic- and paper-free—and our collaboration was no exception. All our jewelry is made from recycled materials with every effort turned toward creating an ethical and sustainable company.”

Embracing a sculptural fluidity with tough-luxe heft and sheen, pieces from Boussard-Reifel’s core line helped amplify the the “global citizen” story within Lim’s stark, neutral palette (save for pops of lemon yellow, expressed in a Mackintosh-like fabric).

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Photo by But Sou Lai for 3.1 Phillip Lim

She also made three custom collar necklaces in recycled sterling silver and bronze for the event. “Each was custom fit to enrobe the body and evoke strength,” says Boussard-Reifel “I sculpted the pieces in wax on my own neck and then cast them into recycled metal.”

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“I made the neck sculptures just 10 days before the show,” says Boussard-Reifel (photo at left courtesy of Ariana Boussard-Reifel; runway photo by But Sou Lai for 3.1 Phillip Lim).

On the day of the show, Boussard-Reifel and her team were backstage to help put the finishing touches on the looks.

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Boussard-Reifel adjusts one of the custom “neck sculptures” she created for the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway show on Monday (photo at left courtesy of Ariana Boussard-Reifel; photo at right by But Sou Lai)
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Backstage at the 3.1 Phillip Lim show: The model is wearing Boussard-Reifel’s Oya earrings (photo by But Sou Lai for 3.1 Phillip Lim).

Here are a few pics from the runway, so that you can see how the looks came together. I love how the metallic flashes and robust, organic shapes complement the fashion, alternately dramatizing a sleek black strapless dress or adding a little breezy swing to a trim white blazer.

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Boussard-Reifel’s Winona earrings (photo by But Sou Lai for 3.1 Phillip Lim)
3 1 Phillip Lim Ariana Boussard Reifel all white runway look
Boussard-Reifel’s Platoro earrings (photo by But Sou Lai for 3.1 Phillip Lim)
3 1 Phillip Lim Ariana Boussard Reifel hoop earrings
Ariana Boussard-Reifel’s Meridian earrings (photo by But Sou Lai for 3.1 Phillip Lim)

 

Top: At Monday’s 3.1 Phillip Lim show in Brooklyn, N.Y., models wore jewelry by Ariana Boussard-Reifel (photos by But Sou Lai for 3.1 Phillip Lim).

 

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