By Edo Chorm, Contributing Blogger
The ’80s and early ’90s saw the rise of SUPERmodels. Albeit the word still has diva potency to those who now hold it, the meaning of that word for such faces (and bodies) of Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer blew everyone else out the door. The Glamorous, diva-esque and larger-than-life portrayal these classic beauties depicted on-camera and off-camera (al la Evangelista’s “we don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day” quote) had the fashion and media world fixated. The over-the-top fashions which consisted of clothing, jewelry and accessories in funky shapes and colors are so imbued with this particular era, it’s impossible not to be able to recognize ’80s and early ’90s fashion off the bat.
As I came across Ben Amun’s (pronounced Ah-Moon) jewelry, I went through an epiphanic moment. Browsing through some of his pieces, images of models looking carefree with bright smiles on their pretty faces, and those handsomely, beautiful, bold brows to boot, appearing on matte and grainy pages of old Vogue magazines flashed in my mind (I had a collection of these vintage issues which I received as a Christmas gift). The bold and chunky, and quite colorful attire and accessories that they were rocking seemed—for both stylist and model—as the coolest and trendiest, and that we must, without a doubt, emulate. Fashionistas did, but it wasn’t only about the fashion that they were trying to emulate. It was about an elusive lifestyle, amassed with only beautiful and cool things that they were led to believe they could also follow.
It’s actually of no surprise that Amun’s jewelry set off these thoughts for me since the designer, Isaac Manevitz was a pioneer of the statement-making jewelry movement in the early 1980s! Simply put, he was one of the first to have started this gaudy luxe fashion trend. As an innovator, he has established himself in the fashion industry for more than 30 years, gaining an impressive roster of A-list celebs such as former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Kate Moss, Fergie, Nicki Minaj, Blake Lively and Rihanna and his jewelry has also been prominently featured in highly influential publications such as Vogue, W, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire. Manevitz’ artistic approach by using fine, unusual materials such as lucite, pewter, glass and crystal to create one of a kind, and hand-crafted jewelry, which by the way are locally made in Manhattan, makes this brand that much more appealing.
Creative Contrast now carries Ben Amun, housing some exquisite pieces that mirror the super, uber vogue styles of SUPERmodels in the ’80s and early ’90s. The time now shouldn’t be a problem as these carefully chosen pieces from our website have stood the test of time (why do you think the brand Ben Amun still carries such nostalgic gems?) and will compliment fiercely into modernity.