Originally hailing from Canada, Michelle Bobb-Parris is a London-based writer and photographer with an eclectic and global sense of personal style. We became familiar with Bobb-Parris after noticing how frequently she shined from the street style sections of magazines and blogs. Bobb-Parris’ outfits typically incorporate classic, preppy layers, and when it comes to jewelry, she veers away from minimalism in favor of bold, curiosity-inducing statement pieces. Over London Fashion Week, Bobb-Parris gave us a detailed look at her most adored statement jewelry. -The Stone Set
“There are probably two parts to my love for jewelry. My mom used to wear jewelry, but didn’t like the fuss of things dangling off her (makeup is her thing), but for me, I’ve always loved wearing metals and I’ve always been drawn to adding those little points of difference to an outfit. It’s funny, because it’s the one trait I didn’t inherit from my mom.
I go through phases as to what I wear most often, but earrings and bracelets are my constants. I got my ears pierced only a few years ago, so I haven’t gotten over the novelty factor. My favourites are a pair of clip-on vintage drop earrings from the ’70s that I purchased from Portobello Gallery when I first moved to London. The reason I got my ears pieced so late: I’d asked my mom if I could get them pierced when I was a child, so she took me to observe it being done to be sure I knew what to expect. I freaked out when I saw the girl wince from the piercing gun. Years later, when I moved to London, I went to a well-known tattoo parlour and piercing studio to get my ears pierced the old-fashioned way: with a clamp and needle!
There are so many shiny things made by talented people that I’ve fallen in love with in recent years. Lately, I’ve been drawn to the pretty simplicity of Monica Vinader. I love how her designs can take you from coffee with friends to a cocktail party. I also adore LeiVanKash Jewellery and Maria Francesca Pepe for their edgy femininity—the spikes, skulls, and roses are beautiful and very me. I’ve just gotten a piece from Rosantica and the brand immediately has me thinking of long summer days and nights with easy flowing chains of beads.
I’m definitely more partial to costume jewelry. I love the inherent fun and fantasy of it, and the way it can ramp up the interest factor of an outfit. Plus, I think it’s partly my inner sporty tomboy who feels like I shouldn’t be trusted with the more grown-up, expensive stuff just yet! I adore the Surrealist opulence of Delfina Delettrez’s designs and can’t wait to get my hands on one of her single-ear earrings.
I like to find jewelry at markets and offbeat retailers of vintage and costume jewelry. I love the idea of rediscovering something unique and giving it new life. One of my favourites in London is Portobello Gallery at 11 Portobello Road. They sell a wonderful edit of custom vintage jewellery pieces that the French owner sources from fairs and her contacts in France, and the tiny shop feels like a 1920s lady’s dressing room.” –Michelle Bobb-Parris
Read Michelle’s blog at WhoIsBobbParris.com.
Photography by Stefania Yarhi.