Hannah Almassi, Deputy Fashion News and Features Editor for GraziaUK, has learned that gaudiness is next to godliness within the realms of her incredibly worldly wardrobe. Below she spills her style secret: more is more! Here to encourage you pile on the adornments, read on to hear Hannah’s take on Mawi’s SS/12 collection and see how she styles it. Photographer Phill Taylor captured Hannah in her divine duds.
I’d like to put forward a motion that gaudy should no longer be a derogatory term.
I LOVE gaudy. I think being a bit gaudy is almost too fun. and most of all, a little dash of gaudy – via, let’s say absolutely fabulous jewellery – can provide a talking point in all sorts of situations. something to kick a conversation into action. OTT earrings have successfully hauled me out of more than one very awkward silence.
I put my magpie tendencies down to the Iranian side of my family, where one brooch isn’t enough, hell no! You’ll need earrings, a necklace, a monogram emblazoned scarf and some variety of embellished cardigan to really make an impact and be remembered at a family do.
So that’s probably why my eye was fast led to Mawi at the start of my career in fashion. There’s a guaranteed hefty selection of what could be considered gloriously gaudy pieces in each collection. Brightly coloured stones (pink being my current obsesh), raj-worthy detailing, majestic gold, costume without being retro, it’s enough to make a jewellery-loving girl go giddy – and tempting enough to convert the minimalists, I reckon.
More delicate pieces will please many, but I’m into BIG! and Dynasty…. So I’ve chosen five of my favourite spring/summer’12 bits that add sparkly oomph to some summery outfits – whether that’s a hungover Sunday brunch ensemble or dressing up to the nines for a super glam party (invite pending)….
Find all of the jewels Hannah wore in this post at Mawi’s online store.