The Jewelry Designer: Karla Deras
If Karla Deras’ name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s all over the place right now thanks to the launch of her debut jewelry collection for Roman Luxe (and written up on our site, natch). Back in the day, she started a blog as a place to write about music (she was formerly a member of the band The Slumber Party Girls), but quickly found the online space shifting into a personal style journal — and the rest as they say, is history. After being given the opportunity to design a bag for Coach in 2010, Deras was officially hooked and knew her calling was to design accessories.
Even from a cursory glance at Karla’s Closet, it’s easy to see that she delves into the details of each and every piece that make up her fantastically original styles. When it comes to the new collection of jewels, she’s “constantly scouring antique malls and flea markets for one-of-a-kind jewelry,” so it’s no surprise that the bling is completely distinctive. The result is earrings in unexpected materials like faux-snakeskin alongside geometric bangles in vintage-inspired colors like oxblood. And for fans of this debut line, we have the scoop on the next one! Look out for color, gems, and stones to keep you bright all (next) spring long. Hear, hear!
—Elizabeth Parks Kibbey
Hair by Jacquie Fetch, makeup by Mayera Abeita and Ali Magee.