New York Magazine style reporter Charlotte Cowles called this headband “the best way to recycle old engagement rings.” Alternatively, she said, “this could be incorporated into some crazy proposal stunt involving a throuple.” (That’s a relationship with three partners, folks.)
What it is, actually, is one of the conceptual accessories created by designer Idit Barak for the evening and wedding wear fashion show of Fishndag, the design label by Hagit Witman, shown late last week at the Gindi Tel Aviv Fashion Week.
“It’s a homage to the bling,” quipped Barak, a New York Fashion Institute of Technology-trained designer who ran her own label, Delicatessen, for the last 10 years in Tel Aviv’s Gan Hahashmal, but recently closed the store to return to her first love, conceptual design. “Do we love the presentation or the actual bling itself?”
A lecturer at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Barak, an old friend of Witman’s, was inspired by the innate metaphors of engagement rings — the fantasy of the proposal, if you will.
After stumbling upon a dusty showroom in Tel Aviv full of discarded costume jewelry and their boxes, she began working with the materials at hand, creating silicon ‘diamonds,’ ‘bling boxes,’ and neon ‘diamonds.’
“They’re purposely not marketable, they’re show pieces,” said Barak. “A fashion show should be an experience because it’s hard to see the details of the clothing up on the stage. We generally have less expectations of accessories, but the accessories pump up the show volume. They create a stage for the clothing.”