Having only discovered Missoma relatively recently (I know! What on earth have I been doing with my time?) I am now a big fan of this contemporary jewellery brand. Subtly chic, yet with an edge, Missoma’s designs are just what I want to wear right now. Pave studs in cool little designs, necklaces designed to be layered and bracelets made to be stacked are all a very modern way of dressing. And so, I was intrigued to find out more about founder Marisa Horden. We know what she loves jewellery-wise, but what about clothes? Here she talks style, beauty and of course, jewellery. PLUS we have an exclusive 15% discount for W&W readers…
How would you describe your style?
Laid back but elegant. I like to be comfortable but I like it to be effortlessly chic (or at least that’s the goal!)
Do you have a set ‘look’ – i.e. you always wear jeans? Or do you like to experiment?
Skinny jeans, ankle boots, a simple blouse and loads of layered necklaces to dress it up a bit.
What are the foundations of your wardrobe?
Cool lace up boots or patent leather brogues by Jil Sander, skinny jeans from MiH, my Thela bag by Meli Melo and cashmere jumpers by Claudia Schiffer are my wardrobe essentials.
What’s a typical work ‘uniform’ for you?
T-shirts by Rag & Bone, jeans by J Brand and blouses from Trilogy.
What designers/brands do you like to wear?
I like subtlety! So, nothing too obvious…so Carven, Philip Lim, Isabel Marant and Philippe Roussel are all favourites.
What’s a typical weekend ‘look’ for you?
I live in Notting Hill so Saturdays are spent mooching around Portobello Market. I buy my fresh flowers and fruit, and might visit one of the stalls. I have a favourite gemstone dealer, art dealer, vintage stall etc. I love wearing my leopard print coat by Peter Jensen and my Panama hat from La Cerise sur le Chapeau in Paris. I tend to head to Santo for lunch – a Mexican at the top of Portobello Road!
What do you like to wear for a night out?
Amazing jewellery (of course!), shoes and a great clutch (my new fave is by Charlotte Olympia). The rest can be sleek, stylish and black (I still need to lose those extra pounds from Christmas!)
What is the one style item you can’t live without?
A great leather jacket. You can dress it up or down and it never goes out of fashion and always looks young and cool.
Please tell me about your jewellery – do you have any ‘rules’ i.e. no big earrings with necklaces for example?
If you’re doing layered necklaces then don’t do big earrings. Keep it small with studs or huggies (tiny hoops that hug the ear lobe). It’s basically like with makeup when you don’t do smokey eyes and red lipstick – you do one or the other. The same goes with rings and bracelets. You don’t want jewellery overload. If you’re unsure, I always say take off one piece of jewellery before you leave the house.
How would you describe Missoma’s designs?
Contemporary with a fashion-forward edge. The perfect staple for ‘every-day’ jewellery. Always wearable and perfect for layering. We like to mix and match, and we want to be able to build up our own combos. I love the new Magma oversized hoops (every girl should have a great pair of hoops) and the Magma circle pendant necklace – it’s one of those pieces that goes with everything.
Have you noticed any trends in how people are wearing/buying jewellery over the last few years?
People are wearing lots of little pieces and less big statement pieces. It may amount to the same value but you get more options; it’s a more casual, relaxed look. Delicate layering, lots of tiny rings on all fingers (no longer one big statement cocktail ring) and a mix of styles and looks. I think people aren’t afraid to think outside the box and be a little different. There’s no uniform anymore, people are expressing their individuality through a mix of looks all meshed together. It’s more eclectic and anything goes. And of course, not forgetting last year’s trend for loads of studs with much older women heading down to the local tattooist to get their ears pierced!
Are there any jewellery trends for spring/summer 17?
Statement hoops and pastel colours and more layering for a real ‘boho’ vibe.
What are your skincare and make-up essentials?
For cleansing I use Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and Daily Micro-Exfoliant followed by moisturiser by Lancome both day and night. Make-up wise I like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, Charlotte Tilbury lip liner, Kevin Aucoin Bronzer, Lancome Mascara – Dolls Eyes, Nars – Ashes to Ashes eyeshadow and Mac’s Antiqued eyeshadow as eyeliner – it’s the best shade to make blue eyes pop!
What are the last 3 things you’ve bought?
Some Jill Sander Brogues, a Zara Leather jacket and an Isabel Marant blouse.
1.Interstellar star drop necklace, £135
2. Lucy Williams x Missoma 18ct gold vermeil gold horn necklace, £139
3. Single silver pave lightning stud, £29
4. Silver hoop earrings with diamonds, £255
5. Gold pave x and o studs, £70
6. Archer Drop chain studs, £79
7. Gold Diamond pave lightning charm bracelet, £125
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