This season, I was inspired by the sculptures of Gaudi and the colorful gardens that surround it. Deep emeralds, cobalt, and amethyst hues became the palette for the collection. I used hand mixed acetate to make modern version of flowers that feel extra feminine next to my color-blocked stone earring sculptures. The mix of color, soft shapes, and structure is what I try to achieve in every collection.
I start with an idea and look at paintings to form a color palette for the season. I love to look at vintage components and stones to build pieces. Then, I will sketch a shape and add it to photoshop to color and play around with ideas. Once I have a design I like, I see if I can work it into a necklace, ring, or other idea to build a story.
The Lele Sadoughi woman is someone that walks into a room and gets noticed. She loves feminine shapes like flowers, but is never a wallflower. She changes her jewelry daily like her outfits and enjoys pulling looks together. Fashion is fun and she takes changes to try new colors and shapes.
I treat jewelry like my outfits; they should change daily. I adore dresses and matching prints. I love a colorful top and matching skirt and pants. I also loved high heels and was pretty good at wearing them. Now that I have two young kids. I am constantly running around and carrying kids things. I still like to dress up, but I have invested in some more flats and kitten heels.
My mother gave me a gold cocktail ring when I was 16 and I want my daughter to have it. She will also inherit my collection of costume jewelry, that has amassed over 1,000 pieces.
I was at J. Crew during a successful IPO and I brought myself a pair of diamond studs. I have bins of costume jewelry, but not a lot of diamonds. J. Crew was a great education for me and having the opportunity to launch the jewelry made it that much more special.