King of contemporary jewellery, Dominic Jones, has collaborated with fashion consultant and stylist Amanda Harlech to create Harlot and Bones – an annual collection of darkly glamorous rings, lockets and modern heritage pieces.
Harlot and Bones, a play on Jones and Harlech’s surnames, is an annual collection of designer jewellery inspired by Edwardian mourning pieces and jewellery that tells a story. Each piece is accompanied by a small poem penned by Harlech herself – when put together the couplets tell a tale of a girl escaping a life, and losing her favourite heirlooms along the way.
Immortalised in an image by Nick Knight and Harlech’s daughter Tallulah, the themes of family heirlooms and keepsakes run deep in the collection which features opening compartments on almost every piece. The Liberty heritage suite was transformed into a woodland wonderland for the launch of Harlot and Bones – we caught up with the British designer to discuss the romance behind the story and what exactly he’d keep in his perfume bottle pendant.
Which is your favourite piece?
The perfume bottle is my favourite because it’s so detailed, I thoroughly enjoyed carving it.
Why the woodland theme?
The lookbook and story behind the image is about a girl who is lost on the moors, and she drops the jewellery that she’s taken with her. She’s escaping a life and took her most treasured possessions, but drops them.
Which pieces open?
Nearly all of them open, the cuff is a locket, the rings are all poison rings. The only things that don’t open are the earrings. In my shield necklace I’ve got a four leaf clover that my dad found, and a picture.
What would you put in the perfume bottle necklace?
Perfume…absinthe…your nan’s ashes
Do you get part of the poem when you buy a piece?
There is a poem per piece that ties into the story of the collection, it’s a whole story that’s split into little poems about the girl and her journey.
Shop the Harlot and Bones collection at Liberty.co.uk
Discover the inspiration behind James Millar’s print design for the the Liberty Loyalty 15th anniversary card.
James Millar is the name behind the eye-catching purple and greyscale rose print limited edition card for Liberty Loyalty. Created through layering photographs of roses taken on a recent inspiration trip to Granada. The individual photographs were taken within the beautiful gardens of the world famous Alhambra and then collaged together to create this final design, both abstract in its style and unisex in its appeal.
“I wanted to create something slightly more unisex so I decided to produce a photographic based design rather than a drawing. I had just come back from a trip from Granada, Spain and I had taken some rose photos whilst in a beautiful garden there so I decided to use those photographs to collage together my design. I also wanted to play with the existing card colours of silver and purple but re-interpret and use them in a new way, hence the colour scheme used in my card.”
When deciding who to ask to design a limited edition print for the Liberty Loyalty 15th anniversary cards, Head of Design for Liberty, James Millar, was an obvious choice. James oversees all accessories for both women and men, including our world famous Liberty scarves, iconic Iphis collection of small leather goods and bags. He has previously worked for leading fashion labels including Jonathan Saunders and Loewe, and is a graduate of the prestigious MA fashion course at Central St Martins, London.
Our womenswear buyers pick the best jackets for spring.
It’s not always easy to judge the UK’s weather patterns between February and May. One moment it might be hailing down with rain, snow and anything in between, the next it could be bright and glorious sunshine with temperatures raised to that of the Med. So if there’s one thing a fashionista, and sensible British dresser needs in their wardrobe come the warmer months, it’s a versatile but equally stylish spring jacket.
This transeasonal staple is not always the most straightforward piece to buy for one’s wardrobe, however, with an abundance of options available (see the catwalks of SS14) you might find you’re debating which styles to opt for. For an effortlessly chic look that can be dressed up for day or night with the right dress and heel, depending on the occasion, opt for a boxy bomber jacket in whatever colour, print or embellishment takes your fancy. This enduring emblem of the sports-luxe trend has received couture-worthy treatment from the likes of Stella McCartney, Teatum Jones and Alexander Wang to make it the covetable piece of the season.
Equally, more tailored styles such as those by Sessún, YMC and Acne have their merits, with their elegant structures and materials – perhaps a little more on-trend for more feminine, classic trends. As usual, the humble denim jacket has been reborn, as it is every season, with timeless panache. Vintage, beaten and worn to death is the way to do denim this spring, so choose styles that look like you’ve owned them since your teens.
Acne Studios Rita LA Liberty Print Leather Biker Jacket
“Adorned with no less than three classic Liberty prints, this leather biker jacket is not only a true collector’s item, but also a statement addition to style seeker’s wardrobe. I love that the boxy cut of Acne’s Rita allows the panelled design to take centre stage.”
DKNY X Opening Ceremony Contrast Sleeve Denim Jacket
“Opening Ceremony’s spring collaboration features exclusive styles reissued and reinvented directly from Donna Karan’s 1990s archives. This edgy take on a classic letterman jacket will infuse any look with instant New York cool.”
Stella McCartney Python Print Jacquard Bomber Jacket
“The mix of the print and casual shape of Stella’s luxe bomber effortlessly interprets two of the British designer’s most popular high-fashion trends for spring: sports luxe and wearable animal prints.”
T by Alexander Wang Textured Neoprene Bomber Jacket
“Sports couture is part of T By Wang’s branded DNA, and this neoprene bomber jacket is an effortless way to incorporate the aesthetic into your wardrobe. The classic, versatile bomber shape will work with everything from J Brand skinny jeans to a Kenzo mini dress.”
Teatum Jones Jessica Floral Print Bomber Jacket
“Graphic florals were a major story on the SS14 catwalk and this longline silk jacket by Teatum Jones is a strong homage to the trend. The perfect punctuation to an everyday look, this jacket will brighten up rainy British days.”
For more spring cover-up inspiration, discover more jackets and macs in our exclusive online edit.