Angela Yeung, the award-winning South African jewellery designer behind the Impilo Collection, is collaborating with Chinese fashion designer, Chu Yan, to present a show at South African Fashion Week (SAFW) tonight.
Impilo Collection, a specialist art jewellery brand, was approached to design a contemporary jewellery collection to compliment Chu Yan’s “A Date with a Thousand Years” clothing collection, which is influenced by traditional Chinese dress of the Tang Dynasty period.
The resulting jewellery collection is a continuation of the idea behind Angela Yeung’s “Connect” range, which won an award in the 2014 AngloGold Ashanti Auditions jewellery competition.
The “Connect” collection is inspired by circles, the celestial symbol of life, and is a celebration of the African soul.
The pieces in the new collection display precision laser-cutting techniques and strong lines to emulate the artificial, divided world Yeung experienced growing up in apartheid South Africa.
The stark, linear cut-outs in the jewellery are ultimately connected into beautiful, intricate lotus and sakura flowers to symbolise that no matter how much pain we go through, winter will always turn to spring.
The collaboration between Yeung’s Impilo Collection and Chu Yan will show at the Johannesburg South African Fashion Week at Hyde Park Corner at 7pm on Thursday March 30.
“Impilo” is a word taken from Zulu which means “Life”.
The Implio Collection is comprised of unique pieces of investment jewellery, incorporating diamonds, pearls, and precious gem stones, set in platinum and gold.