One of the greatest pleasures of being a jewelry designer in New York is becoming part of a tight knit community, and meeting other emerging designers. We met Chris Habana in this way, and come to see him as an older-brother type of figure. Not only is Chris an amazingly talented designer, he's also incredibly fun and radiates great energy, which comes through in his work. Chris always manages to incorporate vivid colors into his pieces, and for spring, he presented two dual collections: his classic line Chrishabana, and his diffusion line, My Enemy. Both collections take popular morbid motifs like skulls, bones, and upside-down crosses, and give them a decidedly acid-house spin with technicolor enamel coating. There is always an edge to Chris's work, but it's also balanced by a sense of humor, mischief and merriment. Much like Chris himself.
You can see more of my photos from Chris's show on Un Nouveau Ideal.