Designer Profile: Pamela Love

In (eager) anticipation of Pamela Love’s jewelry trunk show at Goldyn this Saturday, August 8th, my thoughts on her Instagram as major life goals, the piece I’m dying to add to my own jewelry box, and a peek at her new collection.

by Julia Cardi

Pamela Love’s Instagram page is a moodboard of serious #Lifespo, made up of tempting photos of her jewelry, interspersed with enviable travel shots to awaken anyone’s wanderlust and snaps of Pamela herself, a waifish woman with a chiseled face and intense stare made for the Instagram age.

Pamela Love. Photo: Skye Parrott

Pamela Love. Photo: Skye Parrott

But the page is more than just a beautiful edit in itself. It’s an extension of the earthy-edgy aesthetic of the Pamela Love line and paints a story of the woman who wears it – bohemian-spirited but refined, a little raw but with an affinity for the finer things, and modern and easygoing all the way through. Her pieces are at once tame enough for everyday and yet so thoughtful in their design that they’re made for a wearer who knows how to make herself feel like a million bucks.

Frida ear jacket. Photo credit: Instagram

Frida ear jacket. Photo: Instagram   (@pamelalovenyc)

For me, the piece to dream about is the Frida ear jacket. A luminous opal stud backed by three diamond-encrusted gold feathers, it’s the type of must-have showstopper to persuade me that paycheck (or several) it may take didn’t mean that much to me anyway. I don’t believe in love at first sight when it comes to men, but I’m not nearly as cynical when it comes to jewelry – Frida has me hook, line and sinker. I suspect the same story of every woman who’s taken with the line – whichever Pamela Love piece claims her heart, the infatuation is immediately gripping and deeply visceral. 


Talon cuffs

Talon cuffs. Photo: Instagram  (@pamelalovenyc)

Pamela Love’s eponymous jewelry line started out of her Brooklyn apartment in 2006, and since then has seen a meteoric rise with attention from the likes of Vanity Fair, Elle, and Interview, even snapping up the CFDA award for Accessory Design in 2013. Her passion for other art forms, such as painting and sculpture, has an osmotic influence on her jewelry, and she approaches the craft as an art form. Nature and tribal themes take center stage in her designs; arrowheads, celestial bodies, feathers, snakes and talons are some of her most prolific motifs.

Pamela’s Fall 2015 collection, titled Sueño – Spanish for “dream” – lifts themes from traditional American Southwest designs and Mexican art, particularly the work of Frida Kahlo. The eagle is one standout adornment. In Pamela’s own words, it symbolizes “strength, freedom, and supreme vision” (source: The Denver Post).

It’s this collection of dreams she brings to Goldyn this Saturday for her can’t-miss trunk show from 1-7 PM. Come for a meet-and-greet with Pamela, and of course, champagne and treats. While you’re here, get tattooed by Minka Sicklinger or Denver’s own Patrick “Fish” King from a selection of amazing custom designs, all inspired by the Sueño collection. As always, Goldyn is where the party is.

Click here to view tattoo designs available from Minka Sicklinger, and email minkasicklinger@gmail.com for an appointment. Click here for designs from Patrick “Fish” King, and email patrick@elcmens.com for appointments. Space for both artists is limited.

All photos property of Pamela Love.

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