by John Russel Jones

Living in the New York City orbit I tend to have a bit of a soft spot for Art Deco: Although the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building may get all the attention, my favorite skyscraper of the period is the almost over-the-top General Electric Building on Lexington and East 51st Street. A few years ago I was lucky enough to have a friend who worked in a nearby building with a conference room on a high floor, and I got to have an eyeful of the landmark’s crown that features stylized “electric spirits.”

Since that sort of architectural excess seems to be coming around again, it’s great to see that jewelry brand Miansai is doing an homage to iconic Art Deco influences (albeit with a decidedly West Coast variation on the theme), collaborating with Everett Williams, a fashion and design influencer based in Los Angeles. The label is launching Miansai x Everett, a series of easy-to-wear jewelry inspired by Palm Springs and other desert iconography next Tuesday, May 23rd.

Art Deco influences can be seen in the retro shapes of the stones, as featured in a geometric interpretation of a cactus, which is recreated with green stones and incorporated into a gold pendant, earrings, and a bracelet. The lush green color palette echoes the theme of modern oasis with refreshing simplicity.

Williams is a multi-disciplinary creative director and artist known for his wildly popular art direction on social media. Everett has collaborated with some of the world’s largest fashion and luxury brands to forge cutting-edge editorials on Instagram. An LGBTQ+ fashion creator, Everett studied at the Parsons School of Design and worked under Marc Jacobs design team in New York. He is the creative director for all of his partnerships with brands, including YSL, Balmain, Versace, Gucci, Mugler, Maison Margiela, Coach, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Ferragamo, MCM, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, Tiffany & Co, and many more.