Shard-inspired jewellery for Freedom at Topshop

Freedom at Topshop’s latest jewellery collection takes inspiration from London’s  ever-changing skyline,  writes Rebecca Gonsalves

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Dwarfing its neighbours, The Shard has certainly become a controversial feature of the capital’s skyline, but the Renzo Piano cloud-piercer has quickly found a place in the hearts of modern Londoners.

One such is Evie Armstrong-Clarke, a third-year student on the jewellery BA course at Central Saint Martins and the winner of a talent search by Topshop’s jewellery brand Freedom.

Armstrong-Clarke’s “dynamic, statement and convenient” designs were selected as the best by an industry panel that included luxury jewellery designer Solange Azagury-Partridge and Emma Farrow, head of design at Topshop Unique.  Wearable yet conceptual, her designs – inspired by the architecture of the capital – encompass necklaces, stackable rings, bangles and earrings composed of jagged acrylic and chunky chains.

 

Dubbed The London Skyline Collection, the interlinking designs come in a subtle translucent acrylic, or bright blue or orange and can be worn alone as a single statement or layered with other pieces to create a full-on effect.

“Evie’s designs are at once strikingly modern and unusual and very easy to incorporate into an everyday wardrobe,” says Farrow who is responsible for Topshop Unique, the brand’s premium line which will show it’s spring/summer collection at London Fashion Week on Sunday. “It’s exciting to have discovered a designer of this calibre at an undergraduate level, and also to be able to elevate her work, giving it the platform she deserves.” Each piece comes with an ID tag bearing Armstrong-Clarke’s name – which will provide a helpful aide-memoire for those who recognise this designer as one to watch.

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