By Dominique Koudsi.
Much like writing a second novel, I imagine one of the most difficult aspects of being a maker is following up a collection with something that is equally, if not more, inspired. And when that collection is particularly unique and stunning and, dare I say, sublime, then the pressure is really on.
When we first profiled her, Andreea Mandrescu showed us “Inlaid Skin,” a set of flexible pieces that attach to and wrap around the body—accessories that serve as a second, much edgier, far lovelier skin. The collection filled us with awe and wonder and the sense that we’d never seen anything like it before or since.
Until now, of course. With the introduction of “Materiality,” a stunning continuation of her previous works, but with new vision and just as much revelation, Andreea manages to create another incredible tactile and visual experience. Inspired by jewelry and precious stones, the collection takes a flexible, fluid, and much more playful approach to adornment.
Exploring materials and forms in both textiles and accessories, Andreea takes everything you could want the objects around you to be and turns it into a reality. Her pieces are so much more than simply something to wear. Have you ever had a fashion statement feel so perfect that it seemed like of an extension of yourself? With Andreea’s pieces, they actually are. And we’re totally fascinated.