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Finding Balance and Color in the Mojave Desert
Alantude F/W 2018 Fashion Presentation
Veatge Handcrafted Fine Jewelry

Finding Balance and Color in the Mojave Desert

Images by Taylor Jade Photography

Location: Seven Magic Mountains

(Vintage Blouse- The Vintage Label, Shorts- Andre Redou via Zoe Fashionplate, Necklace- Sonia Gracia Handmade, Arch Earrings- Sigfus Designs, Sunglasses- Darylynn Eyewear, Hat-thrifted, Ankle Boots-Target, Socks-Target)

It was freezing and incredibly windy when Taylor and I shot at Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains– a colorful art installation in the middle of the Mojave Desert, near Las Vegas, that features several columns of balanced rocks. I must give the wind credit though, as it did justice for my vintage marshmallow blouse and its’ billowy sleeves. I tied my black and white marbled clay tube necklace by Phoenix-based Sonia Gracia Handmade closer to my neck, so it can show-off next to the incredibly chic wingtip collar of the blouse. Overall, I wanted my black and white outfit to nicely contrast with the art installation, instead of wearing clashy colors. It was a fun day, especially when you have an excuse to go play in the desert.

Love my black ‘Arch’ earrings by Tucson-based Sigfus Designs? Lauren makes them in numerous colorways. Shop them HERE, and be sure to enter the code: HEATHERG at checkout.

Have you guys gone to Seven Magic Mountains? If so, tell me how you liked it in the ‘comments’ section!

Alantude F/W 2018 Fashion Presentation

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Alan Gonzalez presented his F/W 2018 collection in a rather unique style this season. Rather than doing a runway show, he chose to do a more intimate fashion presentation at Winter Street Studios. Guests were whisked up to the second floor via freight elevator, which led to the gallery space. There were several interactive sections with models posing and/or walking. When we first entered the gallery, we saw a model wearing the current season’s “Alantude Signature Dress,” posing and walking a small runway. Behind her were the same dresses from past seasons. We also walked through a room where there was an art installation that was in a form of a cloud with raindrops. Upon closer inspection, the raindrops had the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, as well as positive affirmation quotes.

Alan was inspired by rainy, dark days. He’s also had friends and family who go through depression, so speaking out about the disease (and mental illness overall) was imperative. He felt that the three collections validated that our society goes through rough times, yet we fail to reach out for help. According to the presentation’s program, “Taking the first step and talking to someone is crucial. It can be a difference between feeling like a hard time is manageable, or that it’s too much to handle. Remember, ‘After the rain, there’s a rainbow. After the night, there’s a morning. And after what seems like an end, comes a new beginning.’ You are loved. You are enough. And we are all here for you.”

The first collection was titled, ‘Strato-nimbus.’ It’s that depressing feeling you get when you see the approaching dark storm and rain clouds. According to the Alantude website, “It was a learning experience not only for them to find a way out, but for me to see how I could help. This is what we want to talk about for this season, and this depression is what inspired the clothing. With grey and comfortable designs, Alantude plays with linen and fleece giving them over-sized naturally draped silhouettes all dyed to look as if they just got rained on.”

The next collection is called ‘Silver Lining.’ This collection was inspired by the pouring rain. “As the rain starts to pour, the collection moves into a flowing design. We’ve introduced a blue fabric with silver lines in it to look like rain streaks to our grey palette from before. Now you can feel the rain crashing over the dresses and the water feels cleansing to the depression we are experiencing. It’s still there, but instead of feeling overwhelmed you feel connected to it,” Alan said via his website.

The last collection was suitably named, ‘After the Storm.’ As stated in the website, “‘The sun will come out. I know times are rough, but winners don’t quit. So don’t you give up.'” Every storm comes to an end, and though we know it will come again, the hope of a ray of sunshine is what keeps us going. In this part of the collection we are able to leave behind the clouds crushing us and truly find the ray of sunshine in ourselves.”

If you are experiencing depression, suicidal thoughts, etc., it’s OK to seek help!

Veatge Handcrafted Fine Jewelry

I was first introduced to Veatge while I was browsing Flea at Silver Street several months back. I met with the lovely Krishna- who is the brand’s creative director. She preceded to show me her best sellers and other unique jewelry. Her pieces are simple, yet are refined and statement-worthy.

Veatge (pronounced way-aaa-je) is Catalan for “journey.” Catalan is a language that is spoken in parts of France and Spain.

Krishna Chavda’s journey began as a teen. She was working with her father and uncle in their fine jewelry business in India, where she was born and raised. The business mainly dealt with 22k bridal Indian jewelry. She goes on to explain, “I wasn’t really into the traditional designs, as they were only for special occasions. One day I found a tiny shop in the old part of my town, it had beautiful glass beads and gemstones and I was completely mesmerized by the colors and those unique beads, I bought a handful and made necklaces and chokers for myself. All of a sudden, I was a cool kid in the school. (Yes, chokers were trending big-time 25 years ago, and it came back in last few years). Collecting beads and making jewelry was always a hobby, I never thought about making a career in it. After migrating to the USA and working in the corporate sector for several years, I realized the crazy markups in the jewelry industry, and it felt like spending an entire paycheck for a well-made fine piece of jewelry. I also briefly worked at a Turkish jewelry store during my college days, which gave me a good understanding of women’s choice in the western countries.”

After migrating to the U.S., her goals were different, she wanted to be independent and travel the world. She then settled in Houston, and began sorting out her future. “After finishing Masters in Business Administration I started working as a Financial Analyst at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and then later moved to Houston’s oil and gas industry. My time was mainly spent with numbers, large data, and spreadsheets. It wasn’t until my daughter was born and I stayed home with her, when the major shift in interest happened,” she explained.

While she was staying home with her newborn daughter, she decided to take up silversmithing class. Then, an idea dawned on her. “I was already making jewelry and gifting it to friends and family. But inspiration didn’t come until my husband pointed out that I COULD actually create a business I wished existed all along – a new direct to consumer concept in fine jewelry that provides a single platform for unique high-grade designs from around the world at fair prices. With a little bit of bootstrapping, combined with his business expertise and my creativity, together we launched Veatge. The name aligns well with my personal journey of connecting back to my roots and a passion that I never even knew I had.”

Krishna goes on to explain her brand, “Veatge is known for fine jewelry that is minimal, modern and made to last. You can pick a piece of Veatge jewelry, and tell that it is made with high-quality materials by skilled hands. We work directly with trusted manufacturers who share our values and have been in business for many years. All our jewelry is made using only precious metals (sterling silver, 14kt gold, 18kt gold vermeil). We are merging technology and fine jewelry and creating a unique brand experience, with price points that are affordable and easily accessible through our website – this is what sets us apart from our competition.”

When asked about her favorite pieces from her brand, she replies, “I love to wear jewelry depending on the occasion and time of the day. I keep it simple with dainty pieces such as opal ring and studs during daytime and nighttime is all about statement gold jewelry. Dome Ring and Abstract Wire Hoops are a staple. I also wear hammered hoops in silver with three circles ring, you can never go wrong with them when you are in a hurry.”

You can find Veatge through the website, as well as through pop-up markets. They will be doing a pop-up in Dallas later this year. Be sure to sign up for a newsletter, or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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One of Krishna’s first creations. (Image provided by Veatge)

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Dome Ring and Abstract Wire Hoops – Krishna’s signature pieces (Image provided by Veatge)

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Krishna Chavda- founder of Veatge (Image provided by Veatge)

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Me wearing Veatge. (Image by Krishna)

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