(Excuse the title incorporating a very un-Susie word - 'awesome'. I've clearly been in Miami for too long...)
'Marry new, old, basic and kitsch'
Placing things out of context is what AKA (Anastasia Kolos Accessories) is all about. Scrunchies, holographic wrapping paper, mens' watches all don't sound like things that should be in the same collection but then again, Kolos' collection debut is aptly called 'Fragmented Memories'. There is a naivety to the bags and jewellery that really works. Kolos has had a varied background moving about from her hometown in Minsk, Belarus to Toronto and then to Paris where she designed accessories for Martine Sitbon, Givenchy and Lanvin (phew...what a CV....!). Now, she will be launching her own collection for SS08 that quite nicely coincides with my newfound love for a conical handbag...
Here's hoping for many a new stockist for Anastasia for her perfect balance of the familiar and well-designed accessories. It's just as well that AKA happens to be my most oft-used word (I'm a fan of abbreviations...)....as opposed to 'AWESOME'.... (seriously.... the SHEER number of times that the word is used here!)
The jewellery is delicate enough not to veer too far into 'ironic tacky' territory.