Dominic Jones Spring Summer presentation [Instagram: Grazia_Live]
On Sunday we had a moment of calm in our hectic schedule, as we nipped into a quiet library for Dominic Jones' presentation. His manta ray rings and crocodile scull necklaces were displayed on Gary Card sculptures in the oldest biological society in the world, the Linnean Society on Piccadily. Where better to display his shark tooth earrings than next to the work of Charles Darwin?
The platinum-haired designer told us: 'I was revisiting a similar aesthetic that I had in my second ever collection. I’m looking at evolution, natural forms, creatures and all sorts of things.' He added: 'I’ve got a mixture of a few different techniques. The starting point was castings from direct objects – antelope horns, rams horns, crocodile jaws – and from those I worked into them and changed the forms and re-organized them so they fit with the body nicely. Obviously I filed and sanded them nice fine jewellery.'
He also used 3D scanning for the first time and carved pieces by hand. 'I carved the manta rays and the sharks teeth by hand without any moulds. Then I've started using 3D scanning for the first time; I 3d scanned in some of the large pieces and changed the proportions and scales and printed them out and made moulds from those.'
Cara Delevingne, Clara Paget, Derek Blasberg and Kate Lanphear at presentation/ after party [Dominic Jones]
Dominic says he starts working his collections 'as soon as possible really. Especially over summer ones, because I normally have a lot of fun over the summer so try to get in before I start getting drunk at festivals. Then I do a lot of work after that.' He added: 'I normally have the idea for the next collection as I’m presenting and showing in Paris, it’s normally a knock on or a reaction to the last one.'
So what is London Fashion Week like for him? Can he join his pals Cara Delevingne and Harry Styles on the LFW party scene? Dominic said: With this collection I was working up to the last minute so haven’t got involved in fashion week yet, but I will do as of tonight. It was so hard not going to Cara’s W Magazine party. It was the biggest FOMO all of my friends there having fun.' Speaking of Cara we had to ask Dom what it was like to see his friend's meteoric rise. He said: 'It’s nuts. I’m really pleased for her she’s killing it. Absolutely killing it.'
Cara champions his designs and wore his cuffs to the Met Ball this year. Harry Styles is also a fan of Dominic's jewellery as he said: 'He wears my stuff all the time, he was a square ring and a little crucifix that I made him. If you look he’s normally wearing either the tooth ring or the square ring.'
So would he ever do a collection with any of his pals? Perhaps a Delevingne collaboration or a Harry Styles ring? Dominic said: 'Erm possibly if it was right and it’d have to be in the right context.' We think a Cara x Dominic Jones collaboration is always gonna be right.
See Dominic Jones' Spring Summer 2014 collection in the gallery below...