>> Supposedly we're all a little tired of the "x" sign denoting yet another collab. Supposedly all fast fashion collaborations apparently isn't "fashion" at all. Supposedly they are all the product of a identikit factory line. I don't dispute some of those statements in the case of certain collabs but some are still meaningful like Topshop's latest collaboration with one of my favourite fine jewellery designer Jordan Askill. Jewellery designers haven't pounded the collaboration treadmill hard yet and many probably feel that their work is too fine, niche or precious to be filtered down through to high street prices. Topshop had only previously worked with Pamela Love on a collaboration and so even they're treading the waters gingerly and fortunately for us, the results do retain the feeling that these necklaces, rings and bracelets should be treasured. At a small intimate dinner last week held in honour of Askill, he had nothing but praise for the Topshop team and the way they approached the collaboration, ensuring that quality and design wasn't scrimped. Askill's secondary Jordy line is already a simplified expression of his elaborate designs that often feature animals like horses, panthers and birds in motion curving beautifully and elegantly around the finger, wrist or neck.
Therefore this collaboration gave Askill the chance to distill his work into memorable charms and motifs that are still signature to him. Ancient Egyptian artefacts gave way to the main feline panther face which graces this seven piece capsule collection, consisting of cuffs, rings and charm and locket necklaces. Simpler heart and cloud rings will cost you ¬£25 and the rest prices up to ¬£80. I'm especially loving the panther head charm that reveals another hidden charm, a secretive element that I associate with Askill's ethereal and often magical work. Charm and desirability at this price can't be faulted, especially for a fledgling designer like Askill.