DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Michelle Levy, Lead Designer Project DIY
We caught up with Project DIY’s lead designer, Michelle Levy, to find out about her favorite trims at M&J this season. In addition to her trimming faves, she gave us great tips on personal style and DIYs we should try.
Does your personal style influence your jewelry aesthetic? (As I’m asking this question she’s rocking amazing patterned pants, to die for jewelry and killer purple streaks within her tousled dark hair.)
My personal style definitely influences my jewelry aesthetic. I love to be a chameleon—some days I am dark and edgy and other days I’m more trendy and bright. I love using mixed metals that can be played up or down depending on my outfits, as well as having a few big statement pieces for getting all decked out.
Where do you find inspiration?
Where do I not?! Sometimes the colors in my salad inspire me to create. I always keep my eyes and ears open.
What trends are you most excited for Fall?
For Fall 2013, I am super excited about all the menswear styles that are coming in for women. Masculine fabrics like pinstripes, tailored styles, bowties and more squared-off silhouettes. I love how fresh it feels, especially when paired with statement-making accessories.
How has working at M&J influenced your jewelry making style?
Working at M&J has influenced what types of materials I am drawn to. I come from a jewelry background, and so I’ve learned a lot here about textile trims, embellishments and cords. I like finding ways to include them into my designs.
What materials do you prefer working with?
I prefer using metals, such as brass and sterling silver, as the basis for my designs. I always like my jewelry to have a strong and sturdy foundation. Once that is set, I can embellish with the daintiest of charms and not worry about the quality and durability of the piece.
What products are your go-to fall favorites?
Anything suede or leather. I also love trims with grommets and rivets for fall.
If you could only buy one product from M&J what would it be?
I would buy a gift certificate. Trick answer.
What are you coveting for fall?
Year after year, I covet a Burberry shearling moto jacket. It will be mine, one day!!
Do you have any fashion don’ts?
My biggest fashion ‘don’t’ is to be fearful. Oftentimes people lack the confidence to explore fashion and accessories. Try something new! It’s important to go with your instincts and express yourself. Another key tip is that not everything has to match… have fun with your fashion.