Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Figure of Speech: a peek at Michael Mercanti’s latest gritty collection.
I had first discovered the Speech jewelry line a few years ago, when I had assisted a Globe & Mail shoot featuring the ridiculously talented singing superstar Florence Welch of Florence and The Machines. I remember being drawn to a particularly thorny silver necklace and was surprised and pleased to find out that designer Michael Mercanti was based right here in Toronto. That same necklace paired with a a super sequin Erin Klienberg sweater made for some serious CanCon and my lusting of all this Speech quickly took off. Mercanti’s past collections have always been lusciously dark. These are certainly pieces for those looking to showcase a subtle morbidity. Thorns, hammered nails, bat skulls and polished coral are hung on necklaces, battered in to delicate cuffs or hung long on silver necklaces.
It’s Mercanti’s latest collection titled, Apocalypse and the Moon, that leaves me quite excited and incredibly intrigued. From watching the teaser trailer it looks like the designer has certainly stepped up his game. While still as dark as ever, the pieces seem well made and sharp to the touch. While still using his trademark rose thorns and coral designs, Mercanti has aslo included semi-precious stones in to the mix by creating raw twisted rings and delicate necklace. While I am not sure when this collection will hit stores, if the video is anything to go by Mercanti will certainly have a hit collection on his hands.