Friday, September 10, 2010

Crystal Castles

Let me start by saying that I've been pretty much obsessed with McTega since seeing their rainbow-colored resin baubles in Nylon Magazine a year or two ago. Created by science majors, and former Rodarte interns Sarah McLellan and Kristina Ortega, the line started as a jewelry collection, but has since evolved into a small collection of clothing and accessories. As a jewelry designer, I'm pretty much blown away by the process, which involves hand pouring each piece of resin, making every single design unique, and getting to see all the intricacies and color differentiations in person at their presentation was a real treat. The designers revealed that figuring out how to make each piece involves plenty of trial and error, and fooling around which often yields surprisingly gorgeous results, much like a science experiment. Most often the plastics develop into natural crystal looking formations, psychedelic stones, or glassy looking sculptures. The clothing was designed in similar manner, growing organically, yet following a precise pattern, echoing the growth of crystals and gemstones in nature. The pieces are currently available at Barneys, as well as their website. I'll take them all, please!

The lovely bartender models a piece from a previous season

Maja wears a pyrite necklace from a previous season

One of several misty terrariums filled with glassy resin baubles

Knot application detail on the back of a dress

One of the resin bangles, filled with every color of the rainbow

The prettiest and tastiest amethyst colored cocktails with rock candy stirrers that matched the jewelry!


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Mae said...

this post rules, I just came. it's like wearing straight up rock candy .

rebecca said...

is it weird to want to eat them all? i guess i could stick to the rock candy stirrers :)

Maggie said...

Oh wow I want these so bad.