As usual the delightful and talented Samantha Wills has created a lavish and beautiful collection of jewels. Her new line Hunter and Gatherer: The Bowerbird Collective is all about the bohemian love.
Inspired by an imaginative bohemian, luxe sanctuary like apartment, the collections use of simple understated pieces is contrasted with statement eye catching necklaces, earrings and bracelets, providing a perfect balance of the wild child and down to earth nature.
The detail and silhouettes of each item are stunning. The constant use of teardrop like stones embedded in vintage patterns, combine classic style with Boho chic. A noticeable inspiration and one seen in her last collection, is the peacock like figure Samantha uses. This is used on many earrings, cuffs and pendants throughout the line. Perhaps it is the exotic, unique and beautiful qualities of the peacock that inspire so many of Samantha’s designs and colour palettes. It certainly adds to the collections striking aesthetics.
An outstanding feature of the collection and obviously a clear choice for statement designs, is the use of the panelling and collar like drop necklaces. Whether covered in opaque crystal like jewels or turquoise gemstones, these necklaces are feminine and unusual.
What I really love about this collection is its colour palette and use of gorgeous natural stones. Each individual item is elegant yet maintains a certain rawness that I have yet to see in any other label. This can be noticed especially through the softer hues of white and ivory paired with wrought gold’s and silvers. Samantha’s use of rhodonite pinks paired with Marigold gem stones also add playfulness to the collection and will perfectly suit the flirt and flighty natured. Of course the signature use of turquoise and jade is a constant throughout the collection and would not be Samantha Wills without it.
My favourites: For the evening the Heart of Aries Gold necklace and the Love Like Winter Necklace are just gorgeous and would be perfectly matched with all black. For the everyday boho edge, the From Now On Bracelet set, Pisco Sour White panel Necklace and the Love is Blind White earrings can all be paired with a pair of comfy boyfriend jeans and tee, allowing comfort and glam to combine flawlessly.
I feel like this collection is trying to send us a message somehow. That it is okay to be bold and make a statement about who you are through what you wear. It is okay to mix the feminine with the masculine. Jewellery should be an expression of you as an individual; it should never be a façade or a front. With Samantha Wills’s new Bowerbird Collective line, choosing pieces that are an organic extension of your personality will be natural.