Kelly's '70s-inspired jewelry creations
"Where did you get that?” is a question I often have been asked about the jewelry I’m wearing — and I admit that I’m usually wearing a lot.
With accessories, I like to mix trends and make a statement with what I love and who I am at a particular minute. I layer pink Tahitian pearls with Helen Ficalora gold charms, and chain-link necklaces with the beaded, rocker-inspired jewelry I design with my team, L’Noir.
My current collection — Kelly by Kelly Killoren Bensimon — is the sixth jewelry line I’ve designed, and it shows off the two sides of my style: rock ‘n’ roll and heirloom.
I’ve been making jewelry since I was 16, and designed my first ring with a jeweler when I was on a modeling job in Panarea, an island off the coast of Italy. My first line was sold at Barneys New York, and was made of fishing swivels paired with pearls, beads and religious medallions. I then moved on to objects, and created a line of owl pendants in specific base metals and Swarovski crystals.
Then came the pavé. The economy was in a recession, so I created a line that looked rich at a great price. I mixed Indian-inspired bracelets I had seen for years and made them larger, more luxurious and blinged-out. My feather-phase came to a peak last summer, and I created feather- wrap bracelets, necklaces and a single feather earring (100 percent of the proceeds went to Feeding America).
This summer, ‘70s rock bands inspired the hard-edge details of my line.
The newest “Real Housewife,” Cindy Barshop shows off that vibe perfectly with her Chrissie Hynde downtown look — she provides the perfect contrast to this Midwestern-born beach girl’s style. On June 30, Cindy and I will be hosting an event at Cindy’s spa, Completely Bare, where you can check out the necklace I made specifically for the party.
Cool has a price — and it's not expensive.
Kelly by Kelly Killoren Bensimon is sold at DASH, Wink and W-Hotels The Store. Prices range from $50-$150.
Meet Kelly and Cindy Barshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 30 at Completely Bare (25 Bond St.).