1. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I find inspiration from all sorts of things...but mostly vintage jewelry. I love the quality and construction of those oversized, over the top pieces you find at the local flea market. I also ask myself this question while designing, “if I were in a tropical paradise, with a beautiful bright printed dress with sun kissed skin...what piece of jewelry would I love to wear??” I am obsessed with color and I think it shows through in my designs. How could one look at hot pink or turquoise and not be happy?! I am really all over the place as far as planning my designs. I draw a lot of them...but sometimes, they literally pop in my head at the most inconvenient times (like 5:30 in the morning while getting ready for a photo shoot) and I have to run to my studio and start making it immediately! Some of my favorite designs are completely spontaneous.
2. What are some of the biggest trends you see in jewelry this season?
The statement necklace is still in full swing. Also piling on lots of layers for a dramatic effect. Turquoise has been declared the color of the year so we’re seeing tons of it this summer (which I love because it is one of my favorites!)
3. How did you begin to work as a jewelry designer?
I believe the root of it started when I was very young. My grandmother had an amazing thrift shop that she would let me go through and take what I wanted (how lucky was I?) I would get bags of old costume jewelry and take apart the ones I didn’t like and reassemble the beads and chains into new pieces of jewelry to give to my friends. When I look back, it was obvious that I had a keen interest at a young age. I went to ECU for fine arts and fell in love with metal design- so I there I found myself making jewelry again. It is a perfect marriage of my passion for art and fashion!
4. What are some of your favorite materials to use in your jewelry?
I incorporate a lot of Czech glass in my jewelry. That’s probably the number one material I use. I prefer glass over resin (aka plastic) because of the heavier weight, quality and the way glass feels on your skin vs. plastic. The downside to using glass is that it can be heavy...which is tricky with earrings! Other materials I like to use are Austrian crystal accents- they give just the right amount of sparkle to add that glam-factor without being overly formal.
Isn't Loren the cutest?
The Gracey bib necklace is one of my favorite pieces from Loren Hope Designs. Wouldn't it look perfect with the Regan Maxi dress from Lilly Pulitzer? It's perfect for the beach getaway or beach portrait.
Paired with an elegant straw hat, this ensemble is perfect for a day at the steeplechase or an outdoor event. Lilly Pulitzer's Blair dress pairs perfectly with Loren Hope Design's Nora bib necklace.
Make a statement! Loren Hope Designs' Harper necklace adds a splash of fun and color to the new Cedar dress from Lilly Pulitzer's Summer 2010 collection.
Another gorgeous turquoise piece from LHD is the Belize cluster necklace. Also available in pearl, this necklace makes an elegant compliment to your favorite Lilly dresses. This spring, I know that everyone is wild about the Multi Gator Patch pring. You'll get so many compliments on this necklace with the Lilly Pulitzer Cormick dress.
When I'm traveling, I like to bring only a few pairs of shoes and jewelry that will match with most of my outfits. I tend to wear things from a certain color family so that I can maximize my packing. Loren Hope Designs' collection matches my Lilly wardrobe perfectly!
Every season, I review the Lilly Pulitzer catalog in great detail. I look at the accessories that the models wear and try to find the non-Lilly items whenever possible. Loren Hope Designs is a natural compliment to Lilly and I hope to see her designs soon in a catalog!!
Loren Hope Designs is sponsoring a VERY generous giveaway for Maryland Pink and Green readers. One lucky winner will receive a Gracey Bib necklace valued at $160!
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The contest ends on Saturday, April 24. The winning entry will be drawn at random and will be announced on Sunday, April 25.