It’s not often a fashion week presentation takes place in a library, especially one with such a rich history. But Dominic Jones is not one to follow the rules, and thus he presented his spring offerings in the Linnean Society library. The revered space was the perfect setting for a collection based on the natural world–it’s where Charles Darwin first announced his theory on evolution. Jones explained, “I felt such a presence when I first entered, and this collection ties in perfectly. It was the perfect time to show here.”
Jones showcased his ever sharp, covetable jewelry with a twist, atop human head and clawlike hand sculptures by Gary Card (finished at 5 o’clock the morning of the show). The heads were topped with enormous protruding antelope horns, echoing the largest necklace, a huge silver cast of two ridged antlers curving gently around the neck. The ever-present shark tooth was there in chain form, and gold manta rays adorned hands as huge cuffs and delicate rings. A crocodile’s jaw was scaled down into a silver bangle using 3D scanning techniques, resulting in a frightening precision on the teeth.
It was a novel take on Jones’s signature pieces, and one that definitely seemed to please Kate Lanphear, one of the young designer’s biggest supporters.