Delicate and unique, organic and yet classic, FARIS is a jewellery line with elegance that celebrates a minimalistic sense of adornment.
Founded by designer Faris Du Graf, in Oakland in 2012 though based now in Seattle, FARIS appeals to the curious, the design-savvy, the artistic and the elegant; it’s complex but it’s digestible – a wearable statement – and is inspired by what’s around the designer. Simple, quality metals – gold, silver, are mixed with the whimsical and precious – pearls and stones, and simple, modernist forms come with a gentle twist of the unusual – an angle, perhaps, or an organic touch. Thanks to the handmaking, every piece is its own. The ear lash earrings, for example, are entirely original – feathery and fine – and yet would slip into many an outfit with ease.
‘Model as Muse’ is a collaborative project created by artist Francesco Clemente and Harpers Bazaar. For the project, super models Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Anne Ewers, Liya Kebede and Iman were painted in magnificent outfits, making both model and fashion designer – namely Versace, Valentino, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Salvatore Ferragamo – the subject. The project wasn’t just about the final product though, a painted portrait, but the experience that went with it and the conversations that emerged – both during the sitting and as the models and works were photographed by Jason Schmidt whilst in discussion with Harpers Bazaar.
Whether it was intentional or not, in having models pose for their portrait the Model as Muse project triggered a conversation about beauty and image, the modelling industry and art, self-worth and womanhood. Contrary to what we might first think, a model posing for a portrait, the slow process in which their image is captured, is rather unusual and quite interesting. Many of the women had never sat for a portrait and therefore not been examined in the specific way that a painter does – looking but also choosing what to focus on and how to present it, perhaps with more control than that of a photographer. As Kebede said, “the relationship with a painter is so different… he’s so focused on you, and you’re always wondering, ‘What could he be looking at?’ It’s so penetrating.” Christy Turlington enjoyed the personal experience of being painted too, appreciating the way Clemente’s portrait of her celebrated her “gimpy” eye unlike in a photo session where people try to – as she said – “balance my eyes with light.” Clemente showed “one eye was as it is in life, which I love. I can see a lot of things that are me.”